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Old Friday 30th October 2015, 08:11   #101
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30th October, Grange Forest Park, Brisbane
561. Australian Reed Warbler
562. Red-browed Finch
563. Brown Quail
564. Lewin's Rail

It was fantastic to find a great birding location right in the middle of the Brisbane, just five minutes' away from our new house! I will certainly be returning here regularly...
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Old Saturday 31st October 2015, 06:46   #102
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31st October, Boondall Wetlands Reserve, Queensland
565. White-throated Needletail

Very nice to get a lifer, though sadly the fact that it was high tide prevented me from finding any waders. Again, with this reserve within easy reach of home I shall certainly be returning here! I'm off to New Zealand soon which will be very exciting.
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Old Sunday 1st November 2015, 05:09   #103
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1st November, Brisbane Airport
566. White-headed Stilt

Nice to get an addition while picking up our dogs who finally arrived in Brisbane from England today!
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Old Sunday 1st November 2015, 10:24   #104
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Where at the airport did you see the stilt(s)?

Just to combine the subjects of #102 and #103 I saw my first ever white-throated needletails from the train when I was on the way to Brisbane Airport in late November 2013, my most recent visit to Australia. Great birds to see!
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Old Sunday 1st November 2015, 10:42   #105
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Where at the airport did you see the stilt(s)?

Just to combine the subjects of #102 and #103 I saw my first ever white-throated needletails from the train when I was on the way to Brisbane Airport in late November 2013, my most recent visit to Australia. Great birds to see!
They certainly are! Much more distinct than I had imagined. A nice flock of the Stilts came in to land on one of the shallow pools just outside the entrance to the airport while we were waiting in traffic. A White-bellied Sea Eagle was hovering above the same pool. What a great location the airport is in!
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Old Thursday 5th November 2015, 01:11   #106
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5th November, Kedron Brook Wetlands, Brisbane
567. Golden-headed Cisticola
568. Double-barred Finch
569. Glossy Ibis
570. Red-necked Avocet
571. Mangrove Honeyeater

Nudgee Golf Course, Brisbane
572. Striped Honeyeater

Nudgee Waterhole Reserve, Brisbane
573. Oriental Dollarbird

I went on a (very) long walk up to the fantastic Kedron Brook Wetlands today. Approximately 40 Red-necked Avocets as one of four lifers certainly made it very worthwhile!!

If I cannot get out again before Sunday, this may be my last birding around Brisbane for a while. I'm heading down to Melbourne to see a friend (I'll try my hardest to get some birding in!) and then on to Queenstown in New Zealand where I'm hoping to spend a couple of months working, I just need to find a job!
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Old Friday 6th November 2015, 03:26   #107
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6th November, Enoggera Reservoir, Queensland
574. Comb-crested Jacana
575. Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
576. White-throated Treecreeper
577. Fan-tailed Cuckoo

A fantastic final trip out before heading down to Melbourne. There seems to be an endless supply of additions to the total from around the Brisbane area!
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Old Sunday 8th November 2015, 01:39   #108
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8th November, Melbourne Botanical Gardens, Victoria
578. Little Raven
579. Chestnut Teal
580. Red Wattlebird
581. Grey Teal
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Old Monday 9th November 2015, 23:04   #109
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9th November, Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria
582. White-plumed Honeyeater
583. Long-billed Corella
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Old Thursday 12th November 2015, 23:37   #110
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13 November, Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria
584. Nankeen Night-Heron
585. Australian Hobby
586. Pacific Koel

Very pleasing to get an unexpected lifer today! I'm off to New Zealand tomorrow, so hopefully I will reach my target of 600 soon!
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Old Saturday 14th November 2015, 04:59   #111
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14th November, Queenstown, Otago
587. Kelp Gull
588. Black-billed Gull
589. New Zealand Scaup

It was fantastic to return to this awesome place nine years after my last visit. The low temperatures are feeling really horrible though after several months in the warmth of Brisbane!
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Old Saturday 14th November 2015, 23:05   #112
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15th November, Queenstown Gardens, Otago
590. Tui
591. New Zealand Bellbird
592. Common Redpoll
593. Grey Gerygone
594. Paradise Shelduck

Queenstown Hill Recreational Reserve, Otago
595. Pipipi
596. California Quail
597. New Zealand Pipit

It was very nice to see some native passerines today (along with one European introduction and an American gamebird that were also additions to the list!). The birdlife here certainly has a very European feel, with Mallards, Eurasian Coots, Great Crested Grebes, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Chaffinches, Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Redpolls, Dunnocks, House Sparrows and Common Starlings all very common as well as a single Skylark up on the hill!
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Old Monday 16th November 2015, 23:18   #113
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17th November, Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve, Otago
598. New Zealand Fantail
599. Tomtit

Nearly there now!!
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Old Tuesday 17th November 2015, 03:07   #114
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17th November, Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve, Otago
600. New Zealand Pigeon

I have reached my target!! With three months left, this total will certainly continue to grow, especially over the next few weeks as I travel north up New Zealand.
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Old Tuesday 17th November 2015, 20:21   #115
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18th November, Frankton Road, Otago
601. Swamp Harrier
602. South Island Pied Oystercatcher
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Old Wednesday 18th November 2015, 14:25   #116
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well done Gregor !!
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Old Friday 20th November 2015, 05:10   #117
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well done Gregor !!
Thanks Carol! It ended up being much easier than I expected really, I was gearing up for a mad dash around Brisbane in February to get there!

One more today, and a very nice one indeed:
20th November, Franz Josef, Westland
603. Kea
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Old Saturday 21st November 2015, 01:30   #118
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21st November, Westland Tai Pouitini NP, Westland
604. New Zealand Falcon

What a stunning place! It was very pleasing to get my first NZ tick of the trip today as well, with two Shining Bronze-Cuckoos seen very well.
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Old Saturday 21st November 2015, 05:30   #119
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well done Gregor !!
I second that, although I had no doubt that you would manage, of course (#97)!

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Old Sunday 22nd November 2015, 04:37   #120
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I second that, although I had no doubt that you would manage, of course (#97)!
Thanks Allen!! Your prediction was certainly correct!

A very long day of traveling today sadly, but thankfully my bus stopped for half an hour in a great place so I at least had the chance to do a little bit of birding!

22nd November, Paparoa NP, Westland
605. Weka
606. Spotted Shag
607. White-fronted Tern
608. Variable Oystercatcher
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Old Tuesday 24th November 2015, 00:42   #121
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24th November, Kaikoura, Christchurch
609. Australasian Shoveler (New Zealand tick!)

I'm going on a pelagic birding trip tomorrow morning which is extremely exciting!!
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Old Tuesday 24th November 2015, 23:18   #122
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25th November, Albatross Encounters, Kaikoura, Canterbury
610. Cape Petrel
611. Salvin's Albatross
612. Westland Petrel
613. Antipodean Albatross
614. Northern Royal Albatross
615. Short-tailed Shearwater
616. Hutton's Shearwater
617. Southern Royal Albatross
618. Great-winged Petrel
619. Buller's Shearwater
620. White-chinned Petrel (NZ tick)
621. Shy Albatross
622. Northern Giant Petrel

What an awesome morning!! It was amazing to do this trip again, nine years' after I last did it. What a place!!
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26th November, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough
623. Little Penguin
624. Fluttering Shearwater
625. Rough-faced Shag- endemic!!

Motuara Island, Marlborough
626. South Island Robin
627. Yellow-crowned Parakeet
628. South Island Saddleback

I had booked a birding trip for tomorrow in the area, but sadly that seemed set to be cancelled, so I very luckily managed to get on a 'wildlife' trip in the same area today instead! Sadly this trip didn't allow for the opportunity to search for the critically endangered Malherbe's Parakeet, but it was fantastic anyway, with a great number of Dolphins (including on Hector's) seen.
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28th November, Cook Strait
629. Fairy Prion
630. Buller's Albatross
631. Sooty Shearwater

Sadly I saw no Common Diving-Petrels, but it was a fantastic crossing between the islands, with Little Penguins, Shy, Antipodean and Northern Royal Albatrosses, Northern Giant Petrels, Westland Petrels and of course heaps of Fluttering Shearwaters seen along with the additions to the total. Very nice indeed!
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29th November, Lake Taupo, Waikato
632. New Zealand Grebe
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