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Old Tuesday 1st December 2015, 21:28   #126
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2nd December, Gulf Harbour-Tiritiri Matangi Island Ferry
633. Parasitic Jaeger

Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf
634. Red-crowned Parakeet
635. North Island Saddleback
636. North Island Robin
637. Whitehead
638. Stitchbird
639. New Zealand Fernbird
640. Brown Teal
641. North Island Kokako
642. Rifleman

A pretty decent day to be honest!! It was a shame to miss Takahe and Lesser Spotted Kiwi, but I certainly can't complain! What a fantastic place.
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Old Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 10:59   #127
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Hi Gregor,

You continue to make excellent progress, well done.
It really sounds like a ride which is great fun !!

I was catching up on this thread yesterday evening and realised that having raised your A Levels and wished you well with them, at the beginning of the thread in June, I forgot to ask how the results went in August for you ? I hope well ?
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Yesterday I decided that I would create my world life list on Bubo ( under my maiden name of Rushton) , which is not something I have ever done before. I think that it will be a long work in progress, lol !!
As part of that I was inputting records from a birding day on May 14th 2014, in South - East Queensland, so not too far away from where you are now based. There were many smiles and happy memories. That date included O'reilly's , which you may recall that I previously recommended that you visit earlier in the year, so I am glad to see that you got there..

I was looking at the section of the Australian listers, to compare what Rob and I saw with what others have seen in the area I noticed that your records are featured there. It must take up a lot of your time, keeping this thread, your lists on Bubo and your blog. Where do you find the time ?

Do you also record your daily records in e-bird ( or bird track , before you emigrated? ).

I enjoy reading your blog and think that you have an engaging writing style. I also like to see the pictures that you post up there. What camera are you using for your shots? A lot of my bird shots end up far more blurred and distant than I would like them to be, so I am currently considering upgrading my kit and improving my skills before our next overseas trip.

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Old Friday 4th December 2015, 01:20   #128
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Thank you so much for your kind words Carol!! The results went very well thanks, I got three A*s! It does take a lot of time to keep everything up, but it is great fun doing so. O'Reilly's was a great recommendation, what a fantastic place that is. I will certainly be back once I'm home. I started using ebird about a month ago, it has been an especially useful tool in New Zealand! I found your list on BUBO for Australia and I see that there are three species on there that I'm yet to see!! I am very pleased to hear that you are enjoying blog, thank you so much for reading it. It certainly does take a lot of time to update it! My camera is a Canon Power Shot SX50 HS, which was something like 250, so it was pretty good value. I would certainly recommend it!

One more addition today as well:

4th December, North Auckland
643. Eastern Rosella
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Old Friday 4th December 2015, 22:28   #129
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5th December, Paihia, Northland
644. New Zealand Plover
645. Pacific Golden Plover (New Zealand tick!)
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Old Monday 7th December 2015, 23:31   #130
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7th December, Waitangi, Northland
646. Morepork

8th December, Watamata, Northland
647. African Collared Dove

Northland
648. Wild Turkey

It was fantastic to see NZ's only extant native owl- it took half-an-hour of waiting under the tree it was in for it to finally fly out! I ended my great New Zealand trip with two more of NZ's many feral introductions, I have decided to tick Barbary Dove as African Collared Dove for now. Now, back to Brisbane, from where I'll be heading out on a pelagic later this month. Hopefully I will be able to get one more trip in before university!
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Old Monday 14th December 2015, 00:56   #131
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14th December, Kedron Brook Bikeway, Brisbane
649. Pheasant Coucal

A very nice surprise this morning!
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Old Monday 14th December 2015, 07:50   #132
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14th December, Kedron Brook Bikeway, Brisbane
649. Pheasant Coucal

A very nice surprise this morning!
Yes, quite a surprising looking bird. I saw one at Mount Coot-tha a few years ago.
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Old Friday 18th December 2015, 08:24   #133
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Yes, quite a surprising looking bird. I saw one at Mount Coot-tha a few years ago.
They certainly are, surprisingly large and striking.

I had another great day today, with four (!) lifers!!

18th December, D'Aguilar NP, Queensland
650. Wedge-tailed Eagle
651. Paradise Riflebird
652. Green Catbird
653. Russet-tailed Thrush
654. Pale-yellow Robin
655. Common Emerald Dove

Sadly no Noisy Pitta, but with several other potential lifers to find here, I'll be back here as soon as possible!
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Old Sunday 20th December 2015, 06:16   #134
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20th December, Southport Pelagic, Queensland
656. Wedge-tailed Shearwater
657. Masked Booby (Australia tick)
658. White-tailed Tropicbird (Australia tick)
659. Black Petrel- vagrant to Aus!
660. Wilson's Storm-petrel
661. Tahiti Petrel
662. Cook's Petrel- first for Queensland and mega vagrant to Australia!!

What an awesome day, especially seeing when we discovered that photographs showed that the 'Black- winged Petrel' was in fact a Cook's Petrel!! Common Tern was also an Australian tick for me today.
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Old Thursday 24th December 2015, 00:42   #135
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24th December, Anstead Bushland Reserve, Queensland
663. Little Friarbird

The highlight of this morning was definitely seeing two Koalas, just half-an-hour from home!
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Old Thursday 24th December 2015, 09:01   #136
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24th December, Anstead Bushland Reserve, Queensland
663. Little Friarbird

The highlight of this morning was definitely seeing two Koalas, just half-an-hour from home!
Did you see many other birds there? I read on-line that it is a good place, even having quite a few records of apostlebirds, which are a favourite of mine (as are many other species, admittedly!). Was it easy to get to the reserve? I have read that there is a bus that stops fairly close by.

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Old Thursday 24th December 2015, 13:35   #137
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Did you see many other birds there? I read on-line that it is a good place, even having quite a few records of apostlebirds, which are a favourite of mine (as are many other species, admittedly!). Was it easy to get to the reserve? I have read that there is a bus that stops fairly close by.

Happy Christmas!
Happy Christmas to you too!! I travelled there by car with my Mum, so unfortunately I'm not sure about how easy it is to reach by bus, though it is very close to Pullenvale, so it shouldn't be too bad! The drive from the central suburbs was very easy indeed. Being with my Mum did restrict my birding sadly, though I have seen several recent reports of both Apostlebird and Oriental Cuckoo from there. I've attached my ebird checklist from this morning here:http://http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26426159 . It seemed like a great area for birds, so I will certainly be back there (maybe by myself next time!), and I would definitely recommend it!
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Old Friday 25th December 2015, 13:22   #138
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25th December, Mount Coot-tha Forest, Queensland
664. Southern Boobook
665. Tawny Frogmouth

A great night walk around the forest, with two Boobooks seen along with great views of the Frogmouth. Sadly no Powerful Owl though- next time hopefully!!
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Old Saturday 9th January 2016, 05:32   #139
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9th January, Sandy Camp Road Wetlands, Queensland
666. Wandering Whistling Duck

The number of additions to the list has reduced drastically over the last few days, so it was nice to get my first new bird for this list of the year this afternoon! I'm hoping to have one more trip before I start university. We shall see if that ends up happening!

Edit: on inspection, I have discovered that a Harrier I saw on the 7th January at Kedron Brook Wetlands was in fact not a Swamp Harrier, and was instead a:
667. Spotted Harrier
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Old Wednesday 13th January 2016, 08:59   #140
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13th January, Anstead Bushland Reserve, Queensland
668. Little Lorikeet
669. Oriental Cuckoo- a great bird to see!
670. Common Bronzewing

A fantastically successful brief trip this evening. Hopefully I will have a car of my own sorted by later this week, which will help a lot in finding birds around here!
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23rd January, Anstead Bushland Reserve, Queensland
671. Apostlebird
672. Pacific Swift

Another great morning at this great reserve! It is now exactly a month until I will be starting university and sadly it looks as though this list will be continuing to dwindle for that time as I suspect I won't be able to leave Brisbane before then. Hopefully I'll be able to find a few more species yet!
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Old Sunday 24th January 2016, 06:12   #142
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24th January, Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve, Queensland
673. Pectoral Sandpiper
674. Marsh Sandpiper

Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate, Queensland
675. Whiskered Tern
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Old Monday 25th January 2016, 07:19   #143
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25th January, D'Aguilar NP, Queensland
676. Australian Logrunner
677. Wompoo Fruit-Dove
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Old Friday 29th January 2016, 06:17   #144
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29th January, Lake Samsonvale, Queensland
678. Little Bronze-Cuckoo

Sadly a frustrating morning, as there were several more species that I could have found here, including Brush Cuckoo that I only heard. Hopefully I'll be able to get there again in my final three-or-so weeks before university!
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15th February, D'Aguilar NP, Queensland
679. Noisy Pitta

A fantastic bird, but I very much hope that it won't end up being my last addition to this list! I will be starting university next Monday, and I will be trying my best to get a few more new birds before then!
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19th February, Mount Coot-tha Forest, Queensland
680. Wonga Pigeon

This bird will almost certainly be my last addition to this list sadly. My freshers' week begins on Sunday, and although I did specify that it was up until my first lecture at university, I very much doubt that I'll get the opportunity to find any more birds! 680 is well above my original target of 600, which is extremely pleasing. It has been a fantastic eight-or-so months' of my life, and now I am very excited to be beginning the next chapter!

I will go and have a look for Eastern Grass Owls this evening, probably the only feasible bird remaining.
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