Danika's Big Year 2020

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dannyka6
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Century not out :) And don't worry about being the wooden spooner Dale, slow and steady wins the race :)

A general question on numbering, when I go in to a post to add numbering, how do I do it?? The photos are all down below, and the text box is up above so I can't number them in context like others have done...? Thanks in advance.

sue818
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It seems you can no longer use hard returns to separate text and pictures. You can separate links as some of us are doing. So the only option seems to be numbers first (with names if you can) followed by photos. Sorry but I cannot see any other way so why not just start from where you are now?

Well done on reaching the century!

dannyka6
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Thanks Sue. I'm adding photos as files so they seem to be adding altogether and as you note I can't separate them. I don't have links that I can add because I simply don't have any of my photos anywhere I can link from eg. Flickr. So I'll just put all the numbers and names at the top and assume you can all follow along!

dannyka6
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Well I've had a bit of a lull in posting but I have collected a couple of photos across the last month. To clarify, can I include birds that are free-flying birds in a zoo/wildlife park? Thanks

Replacement Grey Fantail

102) White-throated Treecreeper

103) Australian Ibis

104) Nankeen Nightheron

Replacement Moorhen

sue818
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Welcome back! Good to see more posts and love the young birds.

Firstly to answer your question: if you mean birds flying within the park boundaries but free to fly out again, then they are eligible to count. However, birds enclosed within a free-flight aviary would not be suitable.

I also think your last photo of a Striated Heron is actually a young Nankeen Night-heron as it lacks the black cap. However, still working on my eyes post surgery so await a second opinion.

Hope that is of some help.

Devster
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Good to see you posting again danny. Agree with Sue on both accounts. Ok to post wild birds in a Zoo sancturary as long as they are free to leave. For example up at Australia Zoo there are quite often Nankeen Night-herons around the Brolga and Jabiru area that would count as they are wild. However the Brolga and Jabiru wouldn't count as they are part of the exhibits and are unable to leave.

Also Sue is correct. That is a young Nankeen Night-heron not a Striated Heron. Easy to get confused though as they look nothing like their parents.

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Some nice shots Danny, love the two heron shots. Had to look the juvenile Nankeen up, agree with Sue & Dev, its definitely a juvenile Nankeen not a Striated. I've never seen a juvenile, would almost definitely have called it a Striated too if I hadn't checked. Nice shot. The shot of the adult is also lovely. 

dannyka6
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Okay thanks guys, I'll remove the juvenile Night-Heron...funnily I initially thought it was a juvenile as I have seen them before and realise that they don't look like the parents, but later changed my mind to Striated Heron. I'll have to look further afield, cheers Danika.

dwatsonbb
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Agree with the others, your getting some great photos of lovely species. Thanks again for posting.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

dannyka6
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Sometimes you're out and about and all you have is your phone! And it's quite frustrating but what can you do?? So here are a couple of poorer shots but in they go to make up the count

105) Straw-necked Ibis - to make it worse it was raining!

106) Rock Dove - almost a cool shot, would've been better on an SLR

Devster
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You got to do what you got to do danny.

BTW I couldn't see any White Ibis or Sacred Ibis but there are a lot of Straw-necked Ibis there

dannyka6
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I thought Sacred and Straw-necked were the same thing but maybe not?

dwatsonbb
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Take what you can get when you can Danika, you never know if another opportunity will present. Maybe an upgrade at some stage? having said that, I'd be happy to see the Ibis, and the Rock Dove is a nice photo, with the other bird in flight as well (presume another Rock Dove).

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818
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Great to see you getting out and about, Danika. Your Ibis are Straw-necked Ibis as suggested. I don't believe that there are any Sacred Ibis in Australia as they seem to be African; the closest in looks is the Australian White Ibis. No problems capturing an image on your phone ... it could be something really exciting and your only proof. Keep them coning.

dannyka6
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When I was growing up we called what I now know are Straw-necked Ibis, Sacred Ibis, I just assumed it was a common name. I've fixed it up. Just like we always used Bellbird to describe what I now know are Bell Miners. 

dannyka6
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A walk around Lysterfield Lake today to stop me feeling housebound! This yielded a lovely White-eared Honeyeater, excuse the horribly exposed photo.

And I realise looking back at some photos from last week that there's actual another addition from Rickett's Point Marine Sanctuary, that I overlooked at the time because I thought I already had it!! Shouldn't write them off so easily, nearly missed it!

And some replacement photos that I had fun with - enjoy!

107) White-eared Honeyeater

108) Pied Cormorant

Replacement Greater Crested Tern, one serious and one for laughs

sue818
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Yes, that happens. I called them Bellbirds. Not sure if that was just a common name or if official names were updated or even if I have just become more exact in my naming. Keeps us learning.

dwatsonbb
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Love the Tern photos, to capture a bird in flight not once but twice, and the posture of the 2nd is gold.  I note they are 2 different birds (different head markings), were there a few around? The White-eared Honeyeater would be a new one for me. I also like the contrast from land to water in your Cormorant shot.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

dannyka6
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I forgot to add one more replacement photo: Crested Grebe - a super cute find today at Lysterfield Lake

Devster
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The White-eared Honeyeater would be a new one for me as well. That Tern photo is a classic. I do love the Great Australian Gebes. Well done

sue818
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Love that Crested Tern shot and the Great Crested Grebe but the White-eared Honeyeater is also a nice find. Good to see you finding so many interesting birds.

dannyka6
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In my boredom and with no birding outings thanks for Covid-19 living restrictions, I've taken to neighbourhood replacement shots so here goes! These are from Blackburn South, 3130, either in my street or on the "fitness" walks I've taken up as of yesterday that happen to require a camera!

Musk Lorikeet, Galah pair (note the different coloured eyes), Crested Pigeon, Magpies, Grey Butcherbird, Pacific Black Duck fun shot, Noisy Miner poking its tongue out!, Rainbow Lorikeet posing.

No new records, can't wait to get out again ASAP!!

dwatsonbb
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If you are/were like me, all my exercise comes from either birding or working, so I expect the belt might need to be let out, hard to get enough exercise when you not excited about it.

Great photos. Love the duck and the Noisy, but they all good quality photos, thanks for posting and stay safe.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818
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Good to see some birds are around in your area. Not a bird in my yard today; overcast and rain threatening. The action is down the street in a neighbour's yard witha huge flowering gumtree. Might have to trim my trees to promote some new growth and flowers.

Great to see some birds form you but stay safe.

dannyka6
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Well finally one more to add to the tally, a completely accidental find in the dark on our exercise walk therefore no proper camera, and terrible quality, but nevertheless:

109) Tawny Frogmouth - our backyard tawnys abandoned us just as the challenge began so I've been looking out for these ever since and finally we found this just around the corner, but it isn't one of ours

dwatsonbb
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I'd be happy with that, just to get another bird on my list. Been pretty quiet around here, only the odd blackbird, even the Superb Fairy Wrens are staying home.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

dannyka6
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One more for the tally, slowly we creep along...I folded today and took my camera on my exercise walk. It was just such a beautiful day and its been sooo long since I've been birdwatching. I walked 6km to the lake and back to do the lake walk so it was for exercise too, my excuse. I finally managed to get that elusive photo I've been chasing...its not great, so I'll be looking for a replacement later when I can do this properly.

110) Spotted Pardalote - the upside down inside out view

dannyka6
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Dandenong Wetlands/Dandenong Creek Parklands

So EXCITED!!! Today is the first day that we are allowed to go hiking, and do sports (I'm including birdwatching) in groups of up to 10!!! So I hit up a girlfriend and her little fella and we went lickety split for a wetland! And it was indeed wet, it having rained 8 days out of the week lately. 

So here are a couple more for my list that I proudly present to you, from covid-19 restriction level "More to my liking" and "Hopefully still safe enough"!!

111) Red-rumped Parrot

112) Flame Robin - the display put on by this pair of robins was spectacular, I wish I had better photos to share. It was awesome to see these 2 so early in the season

I've thrown in a replacement Straw-necked Ibis shot as they were hanging around all over the place

dwatsonbb
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Lucky you, our restrictions are easing slowly, but not enough to get anywhere decent yet. Some nice photos of some nice birds. Thanks for keeping the posts coming, I am hoping to get out soon and build my tally - was hoping for 100, should make it. Hopefully spring will bring me some luck.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

dannyka6
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Eynesbury State Forest, Grey Box remnant bush, 16th May

So our bird photography group that has had to pause our activities since March had a pre-planned outing for this Saturday that no one originally thought would happen, but since restrictions opened up so that 10 people can get together to participate in "sporting activities" from this last Wednesday, our organiser put out an expression of interest and got swamped!! 3 little groups of 7-9 people spread at 1.5m intervals throughout the bush for 3.5 glorious hours of perfect though chilly sunshine and I have never been so excited to go birdwatching with my fellow birdwatchers!!! 

A thrilling lifer in the form of several little flocks of Blue-winged Parrots was a terrific win for me, and there were plenty of other good finds although the overall activity wasn't high. Enjoy, and I hope you are all able to slowly get back into birding soon too. I knew I was missing it, but I had no idea how much! Being out in the bush all day looking at birds just can't be replaced by anything else.

113) Blue-winged Parrot

114) Brown Treecreeper

115) Striated Pardalote

116) Little Eagle

117) Golden Whistler

118) Purple-crowned Lorikeet - a very exciting catch, albeit a terrible photo looking up past its butt to its face! But I got it!! 

And a couple of replacement shots: Chestnut Teal shining in the sun, a Willie Wagtail and a Whistling Kite right overhead

karentwemlow
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So great you've been able to get back out and about, inspiring the rest of us perhaps? I have been going out locally as I usually do, bushwalking and bike riding. But no new birds to add. This was to be my year of doing my birdwatching away from home.... but so far that hasn't worked out!

I've been adding your sightings to a running tally, can you double check your numbers as I have 117 for you rather than 118. I think the culprit is a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper added on 5/2 and again on 7/2 but if you can check and confirm that would be good. I can update if things are wrong my end too, just let me know.

And on that note I am going to go for a walk with the camera, just in case there's a new bird out there waiting for me....

dannyka6
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You are quite right, I just did a search on my Excel spreadsheet and its in there twice! Sorry about that! I'll remove the second one and then we'll agree on 117.

Definitely try to get out a bit further from home if your restrictions allow it, it was so nice to see new birds!!

dannyka6
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Just a replacement Golden Whistler after my efforts on Saturday weren't so successful. I tried very hard today to come up with a Buff-Rumped Thornbill shot but nothing, got great views through the thicket with my binoculars though...I'll try to be satisfied with that!

sue818
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So pleased to hear that you managed an outing with fellow birders and had some great finds... Little Eagle and Purple-crowned Lorrikeets! Well done! Not much around my backyard and the local places a bit quiet as well, so come June, I hope to get further afield. Hope to see more from you soon.

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