Michael's Big Year '23

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Michael's Big Year '23

1. Green catbird - Integral energy park, Dapto

2. Superb fairywren - Jerrabombera Wetlands Canberra

3. Eastern spinebill, imm.- Integral energy park

4. White-throated treecreeper - same spot

5. Laughing Kookaburra - Mount Nebo, Wollongong

5. Kookaburra's early morning, Basin View

6. Australian Brush Turkey - Mount Nebo Wollongong

7. Shining-bronze Cuckoo - Mount Nebo

8. Dollarbird - same spot

Ok. Tried to use Flickr to improve quality.

dwatsonbb
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What a great start Michael. Love the Catbird and the  Brush Turkey, but they are all fantastic. Seems like you have the handle on the Flickr thing.

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Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Devster
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Great start Michael. Love the Kooky steakout. Nice colours on the Dollarbird

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8 Addition to the dollarbirds - taken yesterday at Integral Park, mainly to show the young one by comparison. Parent was taking random cicadas out of the air.

This next batch were from Basin View, a lot from our back deck which was lucky, but some also from nearby bush.

9. Chestnut Teal

10. Crimson Rosella - lots of these around the house and in the bush.

11. Little Corella - check his right foot, as he missed the plank altogether, and fell forward onto his beak. Entertaining.

12. Rainbow lorrikeet - cranky as usual.

13. Rufous fantail - adult flitting about feeding the young one (who actually sat still for a photo).

13. Rufous fantail - posing nicely.

14. Satin bowerbird

15. Striated Heron - from the back deck, so cropped a bit and 'noisy', but interesting about the neck extension.

16. White-headed pigeon - an EBC shot, but first time I have seen these at the Basin. 

17. Variegated fairywren - local walk along the basin, these were often bouncing around with superb fairywrens.

Devster
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Those Heron necks are amazing aren't they! The way they go from nothing to huge. Just like a go go gadget neck

dwatsonbb
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Fantastic again Michael. Love the comparison with the Dollarbirds, and the colours in all of those other photos - stunning! Also love the Rufous Fantail, such sharp crisp shots. If they are anything like Grey Fantails, you have done well to catch them stationary.

12 of your birds so far would be lifers for me.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

karentwemlow
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Great start Michael, some awesome pics.... but I really love the little Rufous Fantail, such a gorgeous little bird.

sue818
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Wonderful start, Michael and some great shots. Flickr seems to be working nicely for you. Love the Spinebill and Catbird but the colours are stunning on others as well. 

michaelrt71_1
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Thanks folks! 

I drove to Lake Wollumboola (not far from the Basin) in the second week of January, but one day was dark and the lake was running out to sea, making clear close shots difficult. The second day I hiked up from the south and hid in the dunes to watch the various terns.

18. Bar-tailed godwit

19. Eastern reef egret - I saw my first, and only, one here last year, so I was happy to even get this EBC.

20. Eastern curlew 

21. Little tern - very active both days, fishing and feeding young. Nests on the sand-flats between the lake and the ocean, with many signposts to keep fisherman and dog-walkers away.

My education continues as I learnt to distinguish between the little tern and the fairy tern, with the black extending to the bill from the eye in the former, while the fairy has a gap. Hopefully these shots show the difference. Little tern again first.

22. Fairy tern - also lacking the small black tip on the bill.

23. Pied oystercatcher - blurry on the dull day.

24. Red-capped plover - I just love these little guys.

sue818
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Great set of birds, Micahel... especially the two very similar Terns and the Red-capped Plover. You are lucky to have such a diverse range within reach of home.

dwatsonbb
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Another fantastic set Michael. Love the comparison with the terns. Those tiny Red-caps are awsome little birds.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Devster
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Well done Michael, you have taught me something different about the Terns as I thought Little and Fairy were the same bird

karentwemlow
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Nice shots Michael, those lake/water trips really pay off don't they? I must get out to one or two this year.

AbbyGrace
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Wow Michael what an awesome start! Love those Eastern Curlews!

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Still from the second week in January in the Shoalhaven area. We walked 8km from Vincentia to Hyam's Beach and back (southern side of Jervis Bay, so I was glad I carried the extra 4kg of camera +lens.

25. Striated thornbill

26. White-bellied sea-eagle - came low over the houses and freaked a lot of parrots out.

27. Yellow-faced Honeyeater - this adult had three little ones stacked up on a nearby branch.

28. Eastern yellow robin

Also went to Shoalhaven heads one morning to catch some water birds, but the timing, tide and light weren't quite right. Found the following there instead.

29. Pied Currawong

30. Yellow-tailed black cockatoo - shredding whole chunks off a banksia.

AbbyGrace
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Nice birds Michael! Aren't the WBSE impressive?! 

Devster
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Great shots Michael. That WBSE certainly came in close.

Don't the YTBC do some damage to the trees?

dwatsonbb
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Michael, your photography has come along way in my view, or is it that you are no longer compressing photos too much for this site? 
Any how it does not matter, I am loving your shots of some exquisite birds. Please keep finding more, looking forward to them.

I can only imagine how hard that Striated Thornbill was to capture, and you have done it proud.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

karentwemlow
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Great pics Michael, my Magpies would have been off at that Sea-Eagle, they don't let them come down below a certain altitude! I wish I could get a better view, must have been great to see. Stunning close ups of the Striated Thornbill and Eastern Yellow Robin too!

sue818
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Another wonderful set, Michael. I also love the Striated Thornbill... those little birds are so hard!

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