Karen's Big Year 2022

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karentwemlow
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Just one new one from my morning walk today. 
 

118. Australian Hobby

dwatsonbb
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After a slow start this year, your kicking on nicely. Loving all your photos, so many I have yet to see. Too many to choose favourites, Imlike them all.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

AbbyGrace
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Wow Karen, it looks like you are having an amazing time. Awesome birds and photos. I'm looking forward to our trip in Sept.

sue818
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Another great set of birds, Karen... that Kingfisher is a stunner with the light on the wings. It must have been wonderful to see so many different birds and the trip seems to have gone really well.

karentwemlow
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Home now, but found one more from NT.

119. Torresian Crow

And another two from home today, one from my morning 'lap' and another while working outside when the sun came out.

120. Red-browed Finch

121. Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

karentwemlow
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Thanks Dale, I will probably slow right down again now, only seeing new birds at home. But I will try one or two bird trips if I can.

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And thanks Abby, it was a fantastic trip. We are already thinking about going back!

karentwemlow
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Thanks Sue, I expect my current high unique bird count to drop significantly once you start posting from your trip :-). 

AbbyGrace
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Love seeing the Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters. Nice finds. 

dwatsonbb
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Yep that Yellow-tufted Honey eater is lovely, and a nice photo to show it off.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

michaelrt71_1
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Enjoyed all those birds from your NT trip. So many new ones in such a short time! That stork is something ridiculous, but not quite as threatening as the croc.

sue818
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Those Yellow-tufted HEs are gorgeous. Lucky you to have such wonderful birds visiting.

yes, I do have a few birds to add when wifi is dependable. We were without phone coverage in some places as Optus must have beaten Telstra to the area. At least the public phone was free! Great trip so far. NT is glorious for birders. So very pleased you had a wonderful time.

TommyGee
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Wow Karen, looks like you had an incredible trip. So many wonderful birds, plenty I'd never heard of :) 

karentwemlow
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It was a great trip, we are already planning to go back!

It's been a busy few months for me with work and uni and Leo... but while working outside during the week I heard a bird call that I wasn't familiar with, followed the sound and spotted a red head. Of course had camera handy so snapped a pic of him. A rare visitor to my place, nice to see.

122. Scarlet Honeyeater

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Oh, what a lovely find! Nice shot!

karentwemlow
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Thanks Alex :-)

I'm also hearing the White-throated Gerygones a lot lately. I thought I may have posted one from earlier in the year, but seems I haven't. There is usually at least one nesting pair at my place each season, sometimes two.

123. White-throated Gerygone

sue818
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A couple of beautiful birds, Karen and great shots. Your place produces some great birds. sure you will enjoy a return visit to the NT.

dwatsonbb
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Love both the Scarlet Honeyeater and the White-throated Gerygone, great photos. Your backyard and surrounds is amazing.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

michaelrt71_1
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That scarlet head is a standout in the yellow grevillea. The white-throated gerygone would be a new one for me; looks like Spring has certainly sprung at your place!

AbbyGrace
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Love your shot of the Scarlet Honeyeater Karen. The White-throated Gerygone would be a lifer for me, actually I haven't managed to find any Gerygones yet in Australia. 

karentwemlow
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We have noticed some 'unidentified' scat around close to the house lately, my husband thought it looked like it was from a dog. I put the wildlife camera out to see if we could identify it. I thought maybe kangaroo. I also spotted what I'm 'almost' sure was koala poo. Got  three pics so far, including a Swamp Wallaby and a Hare. We are used to wallaby scat, this looked bigger. Will leave the camera there for a while longer in case anyone else turns up. But for now it looks like I can at least add number 124. Tawny Frogmouth to my 2022 list.

sue818
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Your backyard is still delivering, Karen. Well done. 

As to the scat, I assume it is not a Wombat as that is fairly easy to identify being squarish. Might be interesting to sight the culprit.

Hope that the latest flooding and rain is not disrupting your family too much. At least the bridge won't wash away but has it gone under again? Stay safe.

karentwemlow
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Thanks Sue, no not wombat scat, and have not seen any new animal species there since putting the camera out, I think it possibly was a wallaby, maybe just a big one. And luckily no bridge closures during the last rain, and a week of sun coming up I think??

Today I got a new yard bird, was very excited after hearing a new call. I think I have heard them before but wasn't sure and didn't get a photo at the time, but I did today :-).

125. Eastern Koel

dwatsonbb
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Another nice yard bird Karen, also love the Tawnie on the trail camera.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

karentwemlow
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Thanks Dale, I love seeing the nocturnal animals on the camera :-).

Today I went for a short bike ride and bushwalk down the end of the street. Took my camera in my backpack and spotted this one that I realised I hadn't photographed this year. Bit of a blurry faraway pic, but EBC right?! 

126. Brush Cuckoo

I originally posted this as a Fan-tailed Cuckoo, but I'm thinking this might actually be a Brush Cuckoo. I've uploaded a second pic of the same individual, the eye ring is not very yellow like it normally is on the Fan-tailed Cuckoo.

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As I was going through my memory card to find some pics of birds I hadn't yet posted, I found this Fan-tailed Cuckoo which made me realise that my previous post was of a Brush Cuckoo. Spotted this one while house-sitting in Bilpin at the end of September. I had heard the call but couldn't see the bird so just took a photo in the general direction of the call. Only just realised now that I actually got the bird in the pic, was in the very bottom left so heavily cropped.

127. Fan-tailed Cuckoo

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Three more I've found on my latest memory card from the last couple of months.

128. Australian Brushturkey, spotted on a recent trip to Manly, I did the walk along the coast toward North Head, past the WW2 gun pits, while the boys played on the beach.

These two were from a trip to the Central Coast to visit my mum in September. I'm not too sure of the egret, can anyone confirm the ID?

129. Chestnut Teal

130. Cattle Egret

dwatsonbb
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Wel done. Sometime we get caught up in the more exciting birds, and easily miss the easier ones, I know that happens to me all the time.

Some nice birds in that lot.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818
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Great to see both Cuckoos, Karen and so easy to overlook easy birds.

I am unsure of the Egret ID because of those plumes although it probably is a Cattle Egret with those dark legs as Intermediate has lighter legs when in breeding plumage. So, I'm no help at all!

karentwemlow
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Thanks Dale and Sue, a couple more to add today, one extremely EBC but hopefully you can ID it. I see these birds fairly frequently on my walk down the end of the street, but they run fast and they are camouflaged by leaf litter. I will try to get a better pic before the end of the year.

131. Spotted Quail-Thrush (no fact sheet)

And a very common (but lovely) yard bird that somehow I haven't posted a pic of.

132. Common Bronzewing

AbbyGrace
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Nice finds Karen.

dwatsonbb
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Yep an EBC on the Spotted Quail-thrush, but I believe is clearly able to be identified as such ( I have been researching where to find down here, but again time and luck are against me).

Nice find just the same.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

michaelrt71_1
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Well done on splitting the cuckoos!

I have to agree on the common bronzewing; a stylish bird that subtly changes depending on time of year and angle of sun, sitting or in flight. They sit nearby our holiday house, and nod up and down at each other.

sue818
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Well done, Karen, I agree with Spotted Quail-thrush and love the Common Bronzewing. You live in such a great area.

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