Bird of the Week Challenge: 30th of June - Around the World

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Bird of the Week Challenge: 30th of June - Around the World

What a stellar effort last week everyone. Thank you so much to all who took part and shared their brilliant photos. I was inspired this week from the exotic birds that popped up in last week's challenge. So I thought this week it would be great to go 'Around the World'. Lets see birds from as many countries/places as we can. I don't want to forget Australia though so lets see if we can get a shot from each state/territory in Australia as well and seabirds make it a bit tricky for.

Guidelines

  • Overseas: share a photo of a bird and state both the bird's name and the country that the photo was taken in. We can only have 4 different species from each country.  I will review this if we are getting stuck
  • Australia: share a photo of a bird from a state or territory - include the state/territory that the photo was taken in. We can only have 4 different species from each state/territory. I will review this if we are getting stuck
  • Seabirds: share a photo of a bird from a certain sea or ocean (pelagic species). We can only have 4 different species from each sea/ocean. I will review this if we are getting stuck
  • Each person has to wait for other people to post before sharing again
  • The same category cannot be posted twice in a row (e.g. 2 overseas birds posted one after the other).

Hope this makes sense, I am worried it is a bit confusing but we will see how we go.

 

First cab off the rank- a shot of an overseas bird species

 

please note the new edited guidelines (in bold)

mpb
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Malachite Kingfisher from the Olavango Delta, Botswana

So Australia next?

Mark

Elsie
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Australian Laughing Kookabarra. QLD, Australia

I can't wait to see everyones photos!

shoop
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Ok so it is a Seabird next ?

I have a Black Nape Tern , Melaka Waters ( flying beside the cruise ship we were on ) 

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

shoop
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Not sure if we were suppose to post one from each category in turn or 4 from one category in turn indecision.   !!! ???

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

Holly
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shoop wrote:

 

Not sure if we were suppose to post one from each category in turn or 4 from one category in turn indecision.   !!! ???

 

One from each category shoop - so next is overseas... (and not from Botswana)

 

 

sue818
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Spotted Cormorant from the Coromandel in NZ.  Australia next Sue

Headsie
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Great bower bird Kununurra Western Australia

darinnightowl
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See it!  Hear it!

Mid-North Coast NSW

mpb
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I think we are up to sea bird.

So Pelican from the Clarence River

Mark

Holly
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Hey gang - sorry it was one of those days and I have been off site and offline since about 2 (only just home)

I didn't make it entirely clear with 'seabird' - I actually meant pelagic birds - something you would see from a boat. Does that make sense? No one has to change anything previously but maybe we stick with pelagics from this point forward? Sorry - it was my fault for not being clear. Its a tough challenge this one!

 

On a positive though (and small brag) - part of my off site/offline activites involved seeing not 1, not 2, but 3 Powerful owls this afternoon laugh

 

 

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White Chinned  Petrel, Great Southern Ocean, and just for Holly, you can just see the motor of the BOAT, bottom left. Not a great pic, but conditions were trying.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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Australian Darter drying its wings on Swan river. Western Australia

Annie W
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Hi all - I was a bit muddled about the difference between sea vs shore birds etc blush and came across this little reference chart showing the difference between sea/shore/waders & thought it might be useful.

http://beachchairscientist.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/beachchairscientist_birds.jpg

I think we are up to Overseas, sorry I have nothing to help there laugh

NW Tasmania

Holly
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That link is awesome Annie - captures it beautifully.

 

I am going to simplify the rules a little. Apologies all, I got a bit carried away blush

There are still the 3 categories: Overseas, Australia, Seabirds... However rather than posting in a particular order the rule now is:

  • We can't post the same category twice in a row e.g. can't post 2 overseas birds one after the other. However the order can go any way.

For example - Australian bird 1 then seabird 1, then Australian bird 2, then overseas bird 1. Make sense?
 

I will edit the original guidelines now too.

mpb
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I will go again then with an overseas bird.

Secretary Bird from South Africa

Next post Australian or Seabird (pelagic)

Mark

Annie W
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No way, a Secretary Bird!  My young ones favourite o/s bird (for this week) - we only just watched a doc earlier this week with a short piece about these guys in them.  Aren't they amazing - unrelentless when they have a snake to stomp to death for dinner.  Fantastic shot Mark.

So, Australian Bird, Dusky Robin, Tasmania.  Next up, Seabird or Overseas.

NW Tasmania

Lachlan
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Here's a Kea from the Kepler Track at Hanging Valley Shelter in New Zealand. Sorry about the quality; it's not from my DSLR. 

Headsie
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Artic Tern, Prince William Sound Alaska.

shoop
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Overseas bird- Thick-billed Green Pigeon - Bali Indonesia.

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

mpb
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Thanks AnnieJ, I was very excited to see the secretary bird, and so close. Nice shot of the Dusky Robin sitting on an invisible perchwink

Australian Bird

Spotetd Harrier.

Mark

Headsie
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Sandhill crane, Jackson, Wyoming USA

pacman
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White-faced Storm-petrel - pelagic birds come in all sizes

Peter

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Spotted Quail-Thrush, Braidwood, N.S.W.

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

sue818
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White-fronted Tern from the Coromandel, NZ

shoop
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Seabirds- Galapagos Penguins - Galapagos.

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

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Red-footed Booby, Christmas Is, Aust - ('you call that a wing - this is a wing')

Peter

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mpb wrote:

Thanks AnnieJ, I was very excited to see the secretary bird, and so close. Nice shot of the Dusky Robin sitting on an invisible perchwink

Thanks Mark, channelling magician Criss Angel perhaps laugh

Australian bird - Australasian Pipit

 

NW Tasmania

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That Secretary Bird is fantastic!

Blue-eared Kingfisher - Sukau, Malaysia (at least I think it is a Blue-eared Kingfisher - happy to be corrected if someone knows better!)

rawshorty
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PilotBird, A.C.T, Australia

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

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Holly wrote:

On a positive though (and small brag) - part of my off site/offline activites involved seeing not 1, not 2, but 3 Powerful owls this afternoon laugh

How awesome, Holly. I would love to see just one. cool

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

mpb
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Elliots Storm Petrel from Galapagos Islands

And a bonus shot of same birds with a UFO (or UFD).smiley

Mark

Headsie
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Lilac breasted-roller, South Africa.

shoop
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I must say I'm a tad jealous there at your Petrel mpb , I took some photos of them too while at Galapagos but nothing like the one you have shared. Outstanding !!!!!!

Overseas bird -Rufous collared Sparrow- Machu Picchu, Peru.

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

shoop
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Oh Headsie we posted at the same time (sad

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

birdie
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And both were beautiful Shoop ..... but I have to say Headsie you have my attention with that Roller .... that is stunningly beautiful and such a well taken shot!!!

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Reflex
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Australian Bird. A Barking Owl that looks a bit like a Whistling Kitewink

Samford Valley Qld.

pacman
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overseas bird - Flat-billed Kingfisher (Samoa)

Peter

mpb
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Australian birds

Brolgas.

Mark

shoop
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Gee Reflex just saw you posted a Kite , you had me fooled I thought it was an Owl . 

Well back to Seabirds and seeing pacman posted the Red-footed Booby I thought I would post the Blue-footed Booby, Galapagos.

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

Annie W
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Loving all the shots so much this week, what a fabulously talented pack of birders!  That Booby is just gorgeous Kerry, just beautiful.  Lol, I think reflex is tricking/testing us, that's actually a Barking Owl - beautiful bird. 

NW Tasmania

dwatsonbb
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Annie, I reckon Reflex has it correct, I don't think the eyes look right for a Barking Owl, but then again I am no expert!

Sam (my son) rescued a Swamp Harrier, and the first photos he sent to me, I thought it was an owl. Some of the raptors do have very forward facing eyes.

Edit Sorry Annie, seems you are right, Canoguy has correctly identified, if anyone knows he does!!!

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Canonguy
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Reflex, your bird is not a Whistling Kite, but an adult Barking Owl. You must have mistakenly uploaded the wrong photo.

pacman
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Pelagic bird - Cape Petrel, off Port Stephens, NSW, Oct '12

Peter

mpb
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Kori, Bustard, Kenya.

Mark

Reflex
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Australian Bird Nothing like a Whistling Kite or a Barking Owl. A Willie Wagtail.

Samford Valley Qld.

shoop
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Ok this is the last one from Galapagos seeing this is the 4th species posted from there. 

Seabird -Frigatebird. Galapagos .

Kerry - Perth, Western Australia.

pacman
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Overseas bird - Hooded Merganser, Chicago, USA - guess the male bird

Peter

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Another Australian bird...Grey Fantail.

Samford Valley Qld.

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Australasian Gannet as a seabird

Sunshine Coast Queensland

rawshorty
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Great Cormorant, Batemans Bay, N.S.W.

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

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