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8/1-8/2/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, North of Kaumana Trail

Posted Sunday 2nd August 2009 at 07:30 by bkrownd
Updated Tuesday 4th August 2009 at 03:19 by bkrownd
I was watching new DVDs until late last night, and it rained into the morning which always makes it hard for me to get out of bed, so I got a very late start today. When this happens I usually go to somewhere I haven't been before to scout new areas. Disappointing at first, but sometimes it works out for the better. Today was one of those happy accidents.

My Saddle explorations along and South of Kaumana Trail are far from complete, but by now I need a whole day just to get...
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Black Turnstones watercolor

Posted Saturday 1st August 2009 at 19:04 by colleenc
One of the joys of being a beginning birder is so many new ones. Here is a page from my sketchbook of Black Turnstones. Just a small group of 5 I spotted while looking at some white pelicans and herons along Bodega Bay in No. Calif. It was almost dark and I almost missed them, did some sketches did the rest from some very blurry photos, and looking them up in my
Sibley to find out what they were. I like this little sketch which really does convey the way they were so busy
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7/30/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, South of Kaumana Trail

Posted Friday 31st July 2009 at 17:43 by bkrownd
I continued exploring the windward Saddle forests South of Kaumana Trail. The weather was pleasantly cooler Thursday and more cloudy, and it rained a bit around sunset.

I got an earlier start, but still not early enough. It's taking a long time to search this area. 3-4 hours of my day is lost just trudging to and from the location. It's about an hour from the car to bird survey transect 25, along Kaumana Trail and Opuhe Trail, and then at least another half hour along transect...
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On Seeing Kangaroos

Posted Friday 31st July 2009 at 11:02 by Francis Duggan
In the Wonthaggi heathlands two hours before nightfall
We saw a mob of kangaroos of all sizes big to small
On a cool Winter evening with a slight chill in the breeze
With my workmates Mike Reyerse and Bob Thompson and we were planting trees.

At least one hundred kangaroos went bounding up the hill
And seeing such a large mob of them is always a great thrill
As they stopped and stood erect gazing back at us from a safe distance away
They seemed...
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A Red Black Spotted Ladybird

Posted Friday 31st July 2009 at 10:58 by Francis Duggan
A red black spotted ladybird upon a stalk a thing of beauty rare
Reminds one of a poem by the Helpston poet the renowned one John Clare
The 'Clock a Clay' he referred to a ladybird by another name
The poem lives on as a poetic gem along with the poet's fame.

Ladybirds are friends of gardeners those who know better say
On aphids harmful to gardens and orchards it is said they do prey
Such handsome beetles in the sunshine lovely to behold
And...
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