Dale's Big Year Challenge 2020

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Thanks all. Karen, if you have time some stats would be awsome. Dev did some last year, and although not a competition, it does make interesting reading. If you look at the link below, you can see some of the info he was able to provide. Not sure what your able to achieve, but anything would be great.

And yes the Goshawk does have an intimidating look. I posted it on a Tasmanian FB page, there is being some study done on the white morph in our area. The founder of that page says mine photo is of a young bird.

Here is a link to that page, if you interested,not sure if you can view unless you join though!
 

Thanks again all, think it will be a while before I found anything new, we are on increased lockdown from midnight tonight - only go,out for work and essentials.

Stay safe, and happy birding (from your backyard).

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

karentwemlow
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Thanks Dale, I can't see a link?

And I'm always birding from my backyard, this was the year I had planned to actually go out and do some birding elsewhere! Oh well, I'm happiest at home so this suits me fine.

Just about to head off to bed but I heard what I think is an Owlet-nightjar not far from my window. As soon as I press record on my phone, it stops. I just went out with a torch to have a look but of course all was quiet. Probably watching me the whole time. I'm sure he will speak up again as soon as I go to bed.

dwatsonbb
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Sorry Karen, I got distracted, I'll try again.

It's fantastic that your happy birding from home, and you certainly have some fine species. Hopefully you can keep chugging away, even just to give me something different to look at.

Dev's stats

http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/forum/Small-Year-Stats-so-far

Grey Goshawk (Pure White Morhp Tasmania)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2321293554762258/

Hope that works for you!

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

karentwemlow
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Hi Dale, yep I'll do some similar stats after work today, not a problem.

Love the Grey Goshawk!!

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Finally getting round to sorting the past 3 months photos, there aren't that many, just been lazy and busy at the sametime. A few EBC (crappy photos) and few I am quite happy with. No particular order - 

Upgrade for 25. Pacific Black Duck - I like the reflection and detail in this one.

Pacific Black Duck by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Upgrade for 17. Australian Pied Oystercatcher - like the reflection on this one

Pied Oyster Catcher by Dale Watson, on Flickr

71. Musk Duck - definetaly an EBC - long way off, dark bird, grey sky, grey water, but a 1st sighting for me, and he has his lobe inflated, which struck me as odd, he was the only one around.

Musk Duck by Dale Watson, on Flickr

72. Laughing Kookaburra - another introduced species for Tasmania. I was able to get quite close, and so am relatively pleased with the outcome.

Kooki by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Laughing Kookaburra by Dale Watson, on Flickr

73. Common Starling - introduced feral, but hey a guys go to get numbers up somehow!

Common Starling by Dale Watson, on Flickr

74. Dusky Robin (Tas. Endemic) - another only just photo, hard to pin down,they just keep moving through the branches.

 Dusky Robin by Dale Watson, on Flickr

75 Grey Shrike Thrush. This one followed me along the track, but was busy looking for food, and wouldn't stay still for long. It was also somewhat camoflaged.

Grey Shrike Thrush by Dale Watson, on Flickr

76. Collared Sparrow-hawk - this one got inside our local Animal Tuckerbox (a rural supply type store - building is like a warehouse).My colleague was picking up some supplies, and just happened to be in the right place at the right time - Nikon P900, my carry almost everywhere camera, lighting wasnt the best - the "bright" photo is lights on, the others are lights off, trying to get it to fly out the door. It was spotted chasing House Sparrows into the building. It left the building after about an hour (I as going back the following day if it was still inside with the good camera)

Collared Sparrow-hawk by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Collared Sparrow-hawk by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Collared Sparrow-hawk by Dale Watson, on Flickr

77. Scarlet Robin, very much an EBC - heavily cropped,exposure adjusted etc. Sadly backlight and a long way off. Anyhow it's another counter.

Scarlet Robin by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Took what I thought was a Black Currawong (Tas Endemic) - ID by call, but my photo is of a Forest Raven, there must have been Currawong calling very close by, but unfortunatley I didn't see them. Here is the Raven anyway - additional photo for 69.

Forest Raven by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818
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NIce set of birds, Dale. Love the young Collared Sparrowhawk! I also agree that a good reflection does add to a picture. Seems to me your number of birds is climbing quite nicely.

dwatsonbb
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Thanks Sue. Have passed last years small year challenge, and have got roughly 25% of birds seen in Tasmania. Also have a few easy ones, that I am trying to get better photos of. Maybe looking at visiting the daughter and grandson in Melbourne later this year, if and when we are allowed to travel. Hoping to get to the WTP at Werribee, so that might build some numbers.

Mostly I am enjoying seeing what everyone else sees in this great country og ours.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

dwatsonbb
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Went out looking again today, not much new, but here they are - 

78. Common Bronzewing - seen often, but 1st photo for me, they usually take flight before I see them.

Common Bronzewing by Dale Watson, on Flickr

79. New Holland Honeyeater - EBC - poor photo, the obligatory branch in the way.

New Holland Honeyeater by Dale Watson, on Flickr

And another Eastern Spinebill 35. Just caus I like this photo.

Eastern Spinebill 1 by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818
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Well done, Dale... if only those branches would disappear. I have a theory that a bird likes to shade its eyes as I do!

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