Michael's Big Year 2022

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AbbyGrace
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Nice shots Michael. You are finding some neat birds!

Alex Rogers
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Some great birds Michael, and so exciting to see lifers! Aren't pelagics fun? I'm keen to do more next year as well. 

michaelrt71_1
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Still trawling for local birds, checking against last years list. Unlikely to travel for the remainder of '22, so I will keep hunting in the Illawarra.

163. Rufous whistler - performing some great tunes while I was in Thirlmere lakes NP checking out wildflowers. Midday, so the light's a bit harsh.

164. Brush turkey - hanging out at the local botanical gardens.

165. Australasian Figbird - hearing these 'ping' at the top of trees before I eventually caught one wobbly photo.

Update on the Kestrel - lots of fun as 3 hunting the headland during a walk from Minnamurra.

Upgrade on satin bowerbird.

Waratah bonus - flowers back in force after fires hit Thirlmere lakes and then floods blasted through lately. 

dwatsonbb
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Micheal, some lovely shots there. I love the Rufous Whistler, the Kestrel and who can go past that eye on the Satin Bowerbird.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818
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Have to agree with Dale, those are lovely shots, Michael. I'm still hoping to get back to Barren Grounds again but the weather has not helped. Good luck hunting as the migratory birds are coming back and anything could turn up.

michaelrt71_1
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Walked up from Werri beach towards Kiama on the headlands and found a lifer bouncing around. Quite surprising.

166. Little Grassbird - (lifer) middle of a hot day, so harsh shadows spoilt his generous poses.

167. Domestic Duck - a big one compared to the pacific duck (thanks Karen for the reminder in the stats sheet). 

Fox bonus - this cheeky pest was sniffing around the tussocks not far from the little grassbirds. In the middle of the day, saw my son and I walking, and still wasn't bothered. I hope he didn't find any grassbird nests.

dwatsonbb
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Another lifer and a another wasted shutter count - haha, the only reason I take domestic ducks and some other species is to give me another number here.

Love the Little Grassbird, I haven't been able to,locate them here yet. The fox just chilling is also a nice photo, thankfully no foxes in Tasmania yet!

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

karentwemlow
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Oh that is a big duck hey?! Glad the list helped, I have some really common backyard birds that I've missed. Not great to see a fox, I get them on my property every now and then, but luckily not too often.

Little Grassbird would be a lifer for me too, well done!

sue818
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Pleased the fox seemed to be missing out!

Michael, not wanting to spoil your life list but I'm getting more of a Pipit feel than Little Grassbird. Looks a bit big and markings not quite right plus the location looks better for a Pipit as the Grassbird is usually very close to the water. Any other shots?

michaelrt71_1
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Hmm. I thought it might be a pipit too, but something turned me away from that (can't remember what it was now). Just checked my other photos and agree with you - much more like a pipit.

Back to 165. Sorry, folks for mucking up the stats.

sue818
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No worries, Michael. It can be difficult to decide on ID at times. I suggest editing your post so the Domestic Duck is 166 and the Pipit becomes an extra photo. Your list is correct at 166 (not 165). 

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