Danika's Big Year 2021

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Alex Rogers
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Good shots, and I like the environmental one of the cattle egrets too :-) 

AbbyGrace
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Nice shots Danika! 

dwatsonbb
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Again it's been a while since I have commented on your work. That New Holland is goergous, you getting a great variey, with great photos as well. Thanks for posting.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

dannyka6
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Thanks everyone!

Sometimes you need a photo of birds in context to appreciate them I think Alex, the Cattle Egrets would be nothing without the cattle hey?

And nice to see another joiner to the ranks Annie - welcome :) 

Today was a little trip to the botanical gardens in the city with Abby, I snoozed on the start of it so didn't see as much activity as I could have done but I got a couple of nice shots, it was a beautiful day. 

147) Bell Miner

Replacement: Nankeen Night-Heron, White-naped Honeyeater - although you can't see the white nape you can see the edge of the red eye line

karentwemlow
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Love your pics Danika and it's inspiring me to get out more, thanks for sharing :-)

Alex Rogers
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dannyka6 wrote:

Thanks everyone!

Sometimes you need a photo of birds in context to appreciate them I think Alex, the Cattle Egrets would be nothing without the cattle hey?

Couldn't agree more. I found this guy with his matching cow last year :-) 

dwatsonbb
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Love your Nankeen Night Heron, they are regulars at Latrobe in the central north of Tassie (about 3 1/2 hours from me). Last time I went specifically to see them and Azure Kingfisher, got the Azure, but the Nankeens were missing in action, still had a great day.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

AbbyGrace
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Stunning shot of the Nankeen Night Heron Danika! I might need to go back in, to get a better shot. :)

dannyka6
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Terrific shot Alex, love how the breeding colours match up too! Beautiful

dannyka6
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I've found Nankeen Night-Herons hard to find this year Dale for some reason, this is only the second one I've come across all year, not sure where they all are.

And I'd definitely be in on another botanical gardens trip Abby, say the word!

sue818
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Great shot of the Nankeen Night-heron, Danny. They used to be regulars at Warriewood but are much more difficult to locate unlike the Bell Miners which have moved in. Keep them coming.

Devster
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Wow what a great set. Congrats on the lifers. Always a fun and eciting experience. It's funny you say the White-eared Honeyeaters are rats as I have never seen one. We don't get a lot of the New Holland Honeyeaters either. I really love the light on the Black-shuldered Kite. Not many up here at the moment. I think they have all gone down there to get the mice as I hear there are plenty about at the moment. You are setting a cracking pace. Well done

dannyka6
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Abby and I took another field trip out to Reef Island this week to see if we could finally track down those elusive Tattlers...no cigar but I got a useable shot for 148) Australian Shelduck - ok for ID so I'll use it for now as I always see them flying, and never get closer

Also we believe this is a Striated Fieldwren that sang for us, and it replaces my previous shot

TommyGee
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I love the Nankeen Night Heron. You really caught the look in its eye :)

Devster
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Nice. 2 Birds we don't get up here. Never seen a fieldwren

dannyka6
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Tommy, I really thought that Nankeen Night Heron was giving ME the eye!

Dev that's interesting that you don't get those species up your way - I'm always envious of the species we don't get but I don't realise which species we have that others don't get! The grass is always greener type of thing I guess...

dannyka6
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SO over the last two weeks there have been rumours flying all over Melbourne about Swift Parrots hitting our state on their way over from Tassie. It started in a couple of spots a couple of hours out of Melbourne that I wasn't quite prepared to drive out to on the off chance that I'd manage to find the birds, then they were spotted in Plenty then multiple times at Lysterfield now at Fawkner Cemetery, all within 40 minutes of me. I've only seen Swift Parrots once, maybe twice before so I was keen to have another go.

I've been keeping my ear to the ground (i.e. Facebook Birdline and Vic Birders) for these reports and trying to line up my days off work with good weather, but in the meantime Abby beat me to it and bagged some great shots at Lysterfield. I headed out a couple of days later and had one of those ridiculous experiences where my husband and I walked around the carparks where the birds had been seen, did our best, saw some of the birds being chased off by Red Wattlebirds, couldn't find any roosted, got back to our car to leave, only to find 3 birders and 2 huge cameras right behind our car pointed at 2 trees over!! I'm sure they weren't there before!!! So we got our Swifties!

And a Musk Dusk shot as a place holder

149) Musk Duck

150) Swift Parrot

sue818
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Well done, the Swift Parrot has lived up to its name as far as I'm concerned... have not managed to see even one! Congrats on hitting 150!

Alex Rogers
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Congrats on the Swift Parrots and your 150! Going strong :-) 

Devster
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Soooo jealous of those Swifties. Looks like you're well and truley on track to beat your goal of 200

TommyGee
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Awesome job on the Swifts! I have to ask... when I was at Lysterfield, I asked a couple getting back in their car what they were all looking at. Was that you? Small world if it was :) 

dannyka6
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Hi Tommy, yes that was me!!! How about that?? We've actually met, we just didn't know it. We'll have to meet up properly and go birding sometime. Sorry about my husband starting to give you the low down on swift parrots, he'd just learnt about them that day and thought he was a bit knowledgeable lol!!

He wants to know, are you the one who left a kid in the car to chase swift parrots?? Haha! He saw the pram in the back of the car and thought it was typical of a bird photographer to grab the camera and go chasing the bird before all else....a comment on me I think!!

dannyka6
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Thanks for all the kudos guys, it was fabulous to get the Swift Parrot, I'd love to see them again before the season is over, and great to get to 150 too - I'm feeling more positive about getting to 200, just need to settle on a plan for an interstate trip.

dannyka6
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I wanted to update my Crested Pigeon and Common Bronewing shots which have long been lacking style with new ones I took yesterday on my birdlife outing - I finally got a bit of colour on the wings!

From my weekend outing to Mansfield I also wanted to replaced my Scarlet Robin photo with this shot of a pair of robins which almost worked out beautifully then didn't, but still shows the pair.

And I wanted to add in my male Golden Whistler shot now that I finally have one!

And lastly I wanted to show you a gorgeous pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles that I found at the weekend which are just so good!

karentwemlow
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Oh nice work on the Swift Parrots and how funny you met Tommy :-).

Those Wedge-tailed Eagles are magnificent aren't they? I rarely see them landed anywhere, always circling way up high, so great shot.

dwatsonbb
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Swifties are one of my bogie birds, I have often heard them, but getting anywhere close is difficult. Guess I will try again when they return "home" to breed. Your getting some great photos, thanks.

Congrats on 150. Looks like we are going to have several with 200 plus this year, great to see.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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dannyka6 wrote:

Hi Tommy, yes that was me!!! How about that?? We've actually met, we just didn't know it. We'll have to meet up properly and go birding sometime. Sorry about my husband starting to give you the low down on swift parrots, he'd just learnt about them that day and thought he was a bit knowledgeable lol!!

He wants to know, are you the one who left a kid in the car to chase swift parrots?? Haha! He saw the pram in the back of the car and thought it was typical of a bird photographer to grab the camera and go chasing the bird before all else....a comment on me I think!!

There you go, it IS a small world! You can tell your husband yes, that was me :) Sam was asleep in the car so I let him keep snoring while I got my Swifts. He didn't mind :)

Devster
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That is funny you both met and didn't realise it. Glad you know now. We need another Qld representative me thinks. lol

AbbyGrace
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Nice shots of the Swifts! And love your WTE shot as well.

sue818
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Stay safe and strong, Danika.

Alex Rogers
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Love your replacement shots Danika, looking good :-) What a great opportunity with those Wedgies. 

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