Dale's Big Year Challenge 2022

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I love the caspian tern, Dale - fun to watch when they are fishing and a challenge to shoot in the dive. 

dwatsonbb's picture

Thanks Michael, I did see it dive and successful with a catch, but I wasn't ready for the shot. A work in progress, next time!

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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So today is the last day of another year. A few more to add, and then officially declaring my innings over for 2023. 153, not bad for a mug who has spent most of his time stuck on an island!

There will be a few extra photos, some better some not. Anyway HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Thankyou for all your kind comments and participation this year.

Special thanks to Karen and Sue for keeping track of the  numbers.

I will finish of with a few pelagic photos (that seems to have made most of my numbers) but before them a little trip a few days ago.

151. Eurasian Skylark - a photo lifer, even if a little EBC'ish. I have seen but never quick enough to get the shot. The photo shows the "white trailing edge" on the wings. I have other photosI thought were Skylarks, but unless there is disagreement on ABID, they shall remain Australasian Pipits.

Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

152. Tree Martin - again very much EBCs, but the white rump is visible.

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2o8P8Zn]Tree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans) by Dale Watson, on FlickrTree Martin (Petrochelidon nigricans) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

153. Long-tailed Jaeger - 1st of my pelagic species, but alas the only new one.

Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) by Dale Watson, on FlickrLong-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

And now for a few extras.

Almost missed out on the Swamp Harrier (very poor shot at 150), but the I saw 4 in 3 days. I like this photo showing the rump.

150. Swamp Harrier.

Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

136. Striated Pardalote - missed out on the Spotted and Forty-spot this year, will have to work harder next year. This little one was such a poser, and only a few metres away!

Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) by Dale Watson, on FlickrStriated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

And now to close out a couple of seabirds.

31. White-bellied Sea-Eagle

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) by Dale Watson, on FlickrWhite-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

6. White-faced Storm Petrel.

White-faced Storm-Petrel (Pelagodroma marina) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

140. White-headed Petrel.

White-headed Petrel (Pterodroma lessonii) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

73. Mottled Petrel.

Mottled Petrel (Pterodroma inexpectata) by Dale Watson, on Flickr

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818's picture

Wow, Dale, an impressive number for a small island guy. I love those pelagic birds especially those Petrels and the Striiated Pardalote is a beauty. Happy New Year.

AbbyGrace's picture

Wow Dale! What cool shots! Thanks for sharing this year, have found your photos/birds quite interesting!

TommyGee's picture

Love the pelagic work Dale. You can tell it's your number one passion now, the pictures and detail are just incredible.

Congrats on cracking the 150 for the year :) and thank you for so many beautiful birds and photos. Your use of light and colour is top-notch, especially with the smaller birds. I never tire of seeing your photos.

michaelrt71_1's picture

Great, Dale! Thanks for being an inspiration for pelagic trips. I love that white-faced storm petrel - hard to believe they exist out there, hopping from crest to crest, and you have captured that perfectly.

All the best for 2023!

sue818's picture

Thanks for the company, Dale. What a great year and a privilege to spend that day with you. Looking forward to more wonderful pelagic birds this coming year. Tommy nailed it with his comments. Impressive!

dwatsonbb's picture

Thanks all, the new year is near and I have started to get some birdies. Hope to start a new challenge week. Not sure who will join, but hey, I would be happy just to throw some photos up.

Pelagics are amazing, and I have learnt a lot from a range of sources, including here. Pelagic season starts soon, so keep, your eye out, I have an excuse to post some familiar species.

Sue, we enjoyed our day together, found and photographed some great birds. Hopefully one day we can do it again, and of course it will be fantastic to meet more of you guys.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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Congrats on your 150, thanks for sharing your photos this year Dale, I love seeing all these bird species that are new to me. And I will get down to Tassie for a trip very soon I hope...

Alex Rogers
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Thanks for all the wonderful seabirds this year Dale! Looking forward to more in 2023. 


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