Saturday, 31 December 2016

Update 31.12.2016

Its sunny and still today, and warm rather than hot which is nice!

It's hard to believe that 2016 is nearly over.

I've just added a page in the Overseas Pages for Cordilleran Canastero, a bird I saw in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Update 30.12.2016

We had heavy rain yesterday afternoon so it's cooler today, but quite humid and sunny.

Processing photos helps to relive a trip!  Today's new bird in the overseas section is the Andean Flamingo which we saw in several places in northern Chile.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Update 29.12.2016

Its hot and humid in Melbourne with more rain forecast today, which takes adjusting to after the dry heat of the Atacama desert.

I've just added a page for Coroscoba Swan in the Overseas section.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Update 28.12.2016

Today I've added Black-necked Swan from our trip in Chile to the overseas pages.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Seasons Greetings

We got home from our holiday yesterday, so rather jet-lagged then!  After a good night's sleep I woke early and went for a walk this morning.   It was lovely to hear, see and smell the Australian bush again, despite our trip being excellent.

Thursday, 17 November 2016


I'm off on a holiday for the next few weeks and won't have regular internet access so just in case, have a very happy Christmas.

A Tawny Frogmouth family pretending to be stumps on a branch, their way of hiding, but the young one at the front has his eyes open too much.

Camouflage over!

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Update 16.11.2016

At the moment it is grey and still.

Today I've added Common Starling to the Australian species Pages.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Update 15.11.2016

Today is cool, cloudy and windy.

I've added a Page for Crested Pigeon to the Australian bird species Pages, and a photo of a young Australian Magpie to that page.

I've also just added another photo to the Rainbow Lorikeet Page.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Update 14.11.2014

It's grey but bright again with a moderate breeze and has rained.  It's cool.

Today I've added Martial Eagle from Kenya.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Update 13.11.2016.

It's grey but bright today with a moderate wind, and there was some rain overnight.

Today I've added Little Bee-eater from Kenya.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Update 12.11.2016

It's clouded and almost still with rain forecast.

Today I've added Lappet-faced Vulture and Ring-necked Dove from Kenya.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Update 11.11.2016.

It's sunny and still this morning, and an introduced species, the Common Blackbird is singing as I type!

Today I've added Yellow-throated Sandgrouse from Kenya.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Update 10.11.2016

It's grey but bright with a slight breeze today.

I've added Royal Penguin to the Australian species.   Have a look at the page to enjoy these Penguins which have real personality!

 I've added a photo of a female  to the Australian King Parrot  page too.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Update 9.11.2016

Today is sunny with a moderate breeze.

I've added Red-rumped Parrot to the Australian pages

and Atlantic Puffin from Iceland to the Overseas pages.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Update 8.11.2016

Today it's sunny with a light breeze.

I've added a page for Light-mantled Sooty Albatross.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Update 7.11.2014

Today is cloudy and very windy with rain forecast for this afternoon.

I've just added Brant Goose, and Pacific and Yellow-billed Loons from Chukotka in eastern Russia.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Update 6.11.2016

It's brighter today but still quite windy.

Today I've added Gabar Goshawk and Eastern Paradise Whydah from Kenya,

and Sooty Robin, House Wren, and Magnificent Frigatebird from Costa Rica.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Update 5.11.2016

Today is stormy and cool with a strong wind and grey skies.

I've added a Page for King Penguins today, and added to the Dusky Moorhen page,

added a Page for Southern Lapwing, South American Tern, and House Sparrow from Argentina,
and added a Page for Surfbird from U.S.A.

Friday, 4 November 2016

Update 4.11.2016

 It's sunny and warm today with a moderate wind, and a change forecast for this evening.

Today I've added a page for Superb Fairywren

Australian King Parrot, Red-browed Finch, Crimson Rosella and Southern Giant Petrel.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Update 2.11.2016

Today was mostly cloudy with a light breeze.  I saw 37 species on my walk at Banyule Flats, and submitted the list to eBird.

I've just added a page for Brown Skua in the Australian species included column on the right.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Update 1.11.2016

Today started out sunny, but by mid-morning has clouded over and showers are forecast.

I've added Helmeted Guineafowl from Kenya,

and Razorbill
and Red-throated Loon (Diver) from Iceland. 
Red-throated Loon also from the U.S.A.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Update 31.10.2016

It's been our coldest October for 8 years, and there was snow in the Otway Ranges overnight - a rare event at this time of the year.

I've just added Little Cormorant  and Black-hooded Oriole from Sri Lanka.

I've just realised that the Little Cormorant is the 200th bird I've done a page for - how many to go?????

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Update 30.10.2016

Today started out with an overnight low of 17C but late this afternoon a strong westerly change came through and the temperature dropped to about 14.   Our spring has certainly been up and down, but mostly down.

Today I've added Legge's Hawk Eagle from Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Update 25.10.2016

It's sunny this morning and still.

Today I've added Scarlet Macaw, Roseate Spoonbill,  and Common Black Hawk from Costa Rica,

Asian Brown Flycatcher from Sri Lanka,
Wilson's Snipe and Grey (Black-bellied) Plover from the U.S.A.,
and Temminck's Courser from Kenya.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Update 24.10.2016

It's cloudy and still this morning with the sun trying to break through.   Still cool.

Today I've added Yellow-throated Toucan, Montezuma Oropendola, Great Curassow, Crested Guan,  Gartered Trogon, American Pygmy Kingfisher and Clay-coloured Thrush from Costa Rica.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Update 23.10.2016.

Today I've added Arctic Jaeger and Snow Bunting from Iceland.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Update 22.10.2016

It's cool and windy today with a moderate wind.   We've had a shower but the sun is out now.

Today I've added Silvereye, Horsfield's Bushlark, and Grey Currawong from Australia,
and Anhinga from Costa Rica.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Update 17.10.2014

Today is cooler with variable weather and a moderate breeze.  I walked at Jumping Creek section of Warrandyte State Park this morning and it was great to see some wildflowers, fungi and green again here after all the rain we've had over the last couple of months.  The Yarra River is fast flowing and high.

Today I've added Hamerkop, Grey Crowned Crane, Common Fiscal and Marabou Stork from Kenya.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Update 16.10.2016

Today is cloudy and warm with a moderate wind.

I've added a page for Fairy Prions and Wedge-tailed Eagle from Australia,

Painted Stork from Sri Lanka,
and Red (Grey) Phalarope and Purple Sandpiper from Svalbard.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Update 15.10.2016

I've added Red-kneed Dotterel, Australasian Bittern, Brolga, and Black-browed Albatross from Australia today,

Glaucous Gull from Svalbard,
Black-legged Kittiwake from Svalbard and Chukotka coast of Russia,
and Brewer's Blackbird from the USA.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Update 14.10.2014

A beautiful sunny morning with no wind for a change!

Today's additions are:

Malleefowl, Whiskered Tern and European Goldfinch from Australia,

Purple Heron from Madagascar and Sri Lanka,
Madagascar Hoopoe and Humblot's Heron from Madagascar,
and Black Vulture from Costa Rica.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Update 13.10.2016

Today I've added a page for Striated Pardalote from Australia,

Fork-tailed Drongo and Rosy-patched Bushshrike from Kenya,
Crested Duck, Rufous-collared Sparrow and Dolphin Gull from Argentina,
Rufous Vanga from Madagascar,
and Silver-throated Tanager from Costa Rica.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Update 12.10.2016

A grey still day with rain forecast around lunchtime.

I've added White-breasted Robin from the south-west of Western Australia and Little Raven from south-eastern Australia,

Adelie Penguin from Antarctica,
Bald Eagle from Canada and the U.S.A.,
and Speke's Weaver and  Rock Martin from Kenya.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Update October 11, 2016.

Today I've added Striated Fieldwren, Black Swan and Fairy Martin from Australia,

Blackish Oystercatcher from Argentina,
Antarctic Shag from Antarctica,
and Trumpeter Swan from U.S.A.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Update 10.10.2016

Today the wind has dropped but it's now pouring rain and much cooler!

Today's first new bird is the Emperor Penguin from the Weddell Sea area of Antarctica,

Large-billed Crow from Sri Lanka,
and Eungella Honeyeater and Brown Falcon from Australia.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Update 9.10.2016

We're expecting winds up to 120ks an hour today so a day to stay inside.  First bird today is a Snow Petrel which must experience such winds fairly regularly as it makes it home in Antarctica!

I've just added Eastern Chanting-Goshawk, Ruppell's Long-tailed Starling and Common Bulbul from Kenya,
Anna's Hummingbird and Spotted Towhee from U.S.A.
and Cape Petrel from the Southern Ocean.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Update 8.10.2016

I've added Indian Thick-knee from Sri Lanka,

and White-browed Sparrow-weaver, Donaldson-Smith's Sparrow-weaver, Green-winged Pytilia and Blue-naped Mousebird from Kenya,
and California Towhee and Black Phoebe from U.S.A.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Update 7.10.2016

It's grey and windy again today.

I've just added Black-faced Ibis from Ushuaia in southern Argentina,

 and a Loten's (Long-billed) Sunbird from Sri Lanka, and Australian White Ibis.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Update 6.10.2016

Today I've added Somali Bee-eater, Namaqua Dove and Crowned Lapwing from Kenya,

and White-crowned Sparrow from the USA, and Fan-tailed Cuckoo from Australia.

I finally managed to see the Cuckoo after hearing it for several weeks!  Maybe the sunshine after all the rain we've had brought it out!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Update 5.10.2016

Today I've added White-backed Swallow and Elegant Parrot from Australia,

and Marbled Godwit which I saw at Ballona Wetlands in Los Angeles and Upland Goose from Ushuaia in southern Argentina.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Update 4.10.2016

It's raining again today so am adding old sightings from overseas!

Added today are Fiery-billed Aracari from Costa Rica,

and White-headed Buffalo-weaver, Yellow-necked Spurfowl and Cape Teal from Kenya.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Update 3.10.2016

I've added several pages including Chimango Caracara, Magellanic Cormorant from Argentina,

Lesser Goldenback from Sri Lanka, 
Chinstrap Penguin from Antarctica,
Hooded Merganser,  Common Merganser and Golden-crowned Kinglet from U.S.A.,
Horned Puffin From Russia,
Pied Crow, Vulturine Guineafowl, Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eater and Speckled Pigeon from Kenya.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Update 1.10.2016

First additions for October 1 are Great Blue Heron from U.S.A.,

Horned Puffin from Russia,
Asian Paradise-flycatcher from Sri Lanka,
Madagascar Wagtail from Madagascar, and Southern Fulmar from Antarctica.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Update 30.9.2016

Today I've added Eurasian Coot, Wilson's Storm-petrel and  Grey-faced Petrel from Australia,

 Pygmy Falcon from Kenya and Kelp Goose from Argentina.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Update 29.9.2016

Today I've added Eastern Curlew, Plumed Whistling Duck, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Comb-crested Jacana, Eastern Reef Egret, and White-chinned Petrel all from Australia.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Update 28.9.2016

Today I've added Magpie Goose, Little Black Cormorant and Whimbrel.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Update 27.9.2016

Today I've added Apostlebird,  Hooded Parrot, Spinifex Pigeon, Hartlaub's Bustard, and Red-winged Parrot.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Update: 26.9.2016

Today I've added Australasian Darter,  Buller's Albatross, Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross and Tawny Frogmouth.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Update 25.9.2016

Today I've added Spotted Dove,  Brown Goshawk from Australia,

and Hadada Ibis from Kenya.