Since my target area was temporarily closed, I returned to the scene of my last birding extravaganza and it didn’t disappoint. I saw a couple of new speciesDouble-barred Finch there and 3 more in the surrounding area. Australasian Shoveler Yellow-billed Spoonbill This is also the time of year to see juveniles, Juvenile Eastern Spinebill, Juvenile Mistletoebird.
It was an overwhelming day of birding—they were everywhere, completely inundating my ears and my eyes. I know I probably saw more, but 6 new speciesFuscous HoneyeaterRufous WhistlerBlack-faced MonarchMistletoebirdScarlet Honeyeater seemed like a good start (and I added a 7th at another location).
After a respite from birding, the birds reignited my passion by presenting a new species when I was wasn’t looking. And then, on a quick twitch on my commute home, I finally saw a Varigated Fairy-wren! I’m ba-aack!
A couple of short trips = new species and new photos. An overnight to Brisbane brought updates of 3 common Queenslanders, Bush Stone-curlew and chick, Blue-faced Honeyeater, and a weekender to the NSW South Coast yielded 3 new species, Whimbrel, Little Tern, and a few new photos Little Corella, Eastern Whipbird, Juvenile Grey Fantail.
The cicada chorus has awoken; from approximately 10 minutes after sunset till 10 minutes past the end of civil twilight it’s impossible to go outside without ear protection. They are loud enough to be heard while travelling on the back of a motorcycle at 120 kph—through a helmet!
At least that’s what the neighborhood birds are endlessly screeching. Australia’s parasitic cuckoos are back; Eastern Koels, Eastern Koel female, Eastern Koel juvenile can be heard throughout the area and today I saw the massive Channel-billed Cuckoo being harangued by Currawongs.
I always knew that my Tanzanian list was incomplete; it was more a list of photos of birds than birds themselves. Thanks to Mom’s travel journal and some remote twitching, my list has grown by 11 birds.