Saturday, April 25, 2015
When at boot camp with Bundanoon's Sharp Fitness early this morning, I almost annihilated a Common Jezabel. It was sitting on the concrete path by Bundanoon Oval. I carefully picked it up and placed it on a patch of grass so my fellow boot campers and I wouldn't kill it while jogging. Common Jezabels are eye-catching things. Not sure how common they are. I'd not seen one before in Bundanoon. LJ, Anzac Day 2015.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
It's been a while between entries. Apologies. Although I've been out in the field sporadically since my last post, there haven't been a hell of a lot of noteworthy sightings. Just before the endless storms that have wreaked havoc along the eastern seaboard over the last few days (my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones or lost their homes), I was fortunate to come across a family of Euros or Eastern Wallaroos near Santi Forest Monastery in Bundy. At first glance I thought I had Eastern Grey Kangaroos with a Swamp Wallaby. On closer inspection I realised I was seeing a male Euro with 2 females and a joey. The male was stocky/bulky, with coarse deep brown-grey fur. The slight white cheek streaks were another distinguishing feature. Though widespread in NSW, I've not seen Common Wallaroos in The Southern Highlands before. I was buzzing for a few hours after seeing them. LJ, April 23 2015.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Last Wednesday morning, in flawless weather, I drove for about 1hr and 40 mins to Lake Wollumboula on the south coast, so as to tick the White-rumped Sandpiper that turned up in early January, a little further north. It was discovered by Nigel Jackett. A most amazing find. Big ups to him for unearthing the little bird, a wader hard to distinguish from other brown/grey little waders. The WRS should've been in North or South America, not on the east coast of Australia. This is only the 6th or 7th time one has been seen in this country. After a bit of time (when a westerly was battering the dunes and lake), the WRS was pointed out to me by another birder who'd visited from Dubbo (thanks, mate). I was stoked to see the WRS, even though it was drab, unassuming. The bird fed frantically among Red-necked Stints and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, probing all of its bill into the lake shore as if a dowitcher. Great and Red Knots, Lesser Sand Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwits and a Broad-billed Sandpiper were the other migratory waders present. I was glad to pick out a single Fairy Tern roosting with a mass of Little Terns (the latter are gorgeous things, almost angel-like). So, three ticks for me - the WRS, a Broad-billed Sandpiper and a Fairy Tern. It's been a while since I've ticked 3 new birds in one day. My Australian bird list now stands at 535 species. LJ, January 19, 2015.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I didn't expect to see a Blue Mountains Tree Frog by the side of the road leading to Bonnie View the night before last. Truthfully, I didn't know what species of tree frog I had before me, when I picked it up and had it sitting in the palm of my right hand. The amphibian was quite content there and sat up more purposefully when I shone my torch on it. I'm pretty sure I've never seen a BMTF before. LJ, December 18 2014.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Opposite my home the other day, a Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, minding its own business while munching on pine cones, was swooped by a Red Wattlebird. The RW struck the YTBC hard - the YTBC screamed, panicked and fell from its perch. It then laboured away, not to be seen again. I've never seen an RW be so aggressive towards a bird larger than it. I'm not surprised by this - that particular RW lives next door and is fiercely territorial. You gotta admire its chutzpah and fortitude! LJ, December 5 2014.