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Two Months of Lifers Down Under

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Old Saturday 30th November 2019, 23:35   #101
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Thanks Keith and Debs. Seeing both these really was a thrill that day.

I'd seen the Stone Curlew's in Norfolk a few years ago, but moving fast in a ploughed field and in failing light, so I knew my camera wouldn't be able to cope.
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Old Saturday 30th November 2019, 23:55   #102
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Through a gap in the trees I could see down to the beach and snapped a group of birds which turned out to be Pied Oystercatchers when I looked at the screen.

Late lunch we decided, as there was time before the ferry. Went into the Little Ship Club and had my first ever Calamari... delicious it was too.

Waiting to greet us was a Magpie hoping for a titbit but he was rather unlucky. Wandering round waiting for the ferry to turn up I saw an Australian Pied Cormorant swimming in the bay. He did catch a decent sized fish, but I preferred this picture.

As there's space, thought I'd add another picture of the Stone Curlew family.

Anyone heading to Brisbane, Stradbroke Island is certainly worth visiting. According to the website, there's 1860 species on the island (Flora and fauna). https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/w...adbroke-island
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That young Stone Curlew is just delightful Delia!

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Delia, the Little Pied Cormorant is in fact a 'Pied Cormorant' not a 'little' as larger than the other and I think more interesting!....another lifer?.......another set of wonderful images, envy you for seeing the Whale.....thanks for sharing, looking forward to next installment!
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Thanks Nora, indeed you're right, careless of me. Change made.

Yes - that really was a wonderful day, and one of the many highlights of my trip too.
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Delia -what a holiday and what a fabulous report. I have enjoyed reading all about your adventures - birds galore and everything else.

It is great to have a birding friends by your side to share your experience with

You are so lucky!
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Thanks very much for that Kathy.
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Sandy Camp Road Wetlands

3 October 2019

Days with Ken are running away with me now sadly.

Returning to Sandy Camp Road Wetlands this morning, but first stopping off at Lindum Park again.

The tide was out, so only distant views of the stilt today. However, we walked further right than last time and first saw a delightful Willie Wagtail.

Also there was a tiny Black-fronted Dotterel, I'm so glad I saw these, as I've long had a soft spot for the Charadrius family (though sadly I see he's been moved out of that family!).

After that we moved round to a different part of Lindum Park, which appeared to be rather busy.

First up was an Australian Pelican (right to the end of my trip I remained stunned at how big they are!) he was pretty close to a Little Egret.
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Old Sunday 1st December 2019, 16:53   #109
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There were a number of Australian Stilt there, also a White-faced Heron. Up in a tree was an Australian Pied Cormorant doing the typical wing pose.

Finally getting to the wetlands something attracted Ken's attention to a nearby hedge which turned out to be a party of Superb Fairywrens.

The first water on the left first showed us an Australasian Grebe and Comb-crested Jacana.
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That Dotterel is a very smart little bird Delia!

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Another day and another stash of photos to envy. Great stuff Delia
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Keep 'em coming, Delia! Thought I better mention though that you've got a couple of typos on your photo labels: It's a Little Egret in #108 and a Little Pied Cormorant in #109
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Thanks Larry, and also thanks for mentioning the errors. They've been corrected in my folder. Too complicated to re-upload them... at least for a little old lady
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A Reed Warbler gave me better views when he sat on top of the foliage beside the lake. On the path was a new species for me in Spotted Dove, an Asian introduction (am I allowed to count this one?).

Strange how, even going at the same time of day, species we saw previously were absent, but others were there instead. I suddenly saw something flying overhead and realised it was a Darter, and was pleased to have got a shot at it that's identifiable.

The pretty Welcome Swallows were flying around, one kindly settled on a dead branch for me.

Then we saw an Ibis 'walking the plank', obviously the water tasted sweeter at this point LOL. Also in there, keeping him company were Dusky Moorhens and Australian Grebes.
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When the light catches them right the swamphens look really beautiful, better even than in my shot here! Also in the water at this point were Wandering Whistling Ducks and Pacific Black Ducks.

As if to ensure I didn't forget what they looked like, there was actually a pair of Black-fronted Dotterel at the water's edge.

And a Willie Wagtail entertained us on the path.
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So much for the little old lady - much more "bestriding the earth like a colossus" and cleaning up on mountains of birds, whales, dolphins and monster trees lizards - great stuff!

Cracking shot of the kingfisher and love the Stone Curlew family - one of my favourite Australian birds!

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So much for the little old lady - much more "bestriding the earth like a colossus" and cleaning up on mountains of birds, whales, dolphins and monster trees lizards - great stuff!

Cracking shot of the kingfisher and love the Stone Curlew family - one of my favourite Australian birds!

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So much for the little old lady - much more "bestriding the earth like a colossus" and cleaning up on mountains of birds, whales, dolphins and monster trees lizards - great stuff!

Cracking shot of the kingfisher and love the Stone Curlew family - one of my favourite Australian birds!

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Continuing our wander we came across a pair of Royal Spoonbills, one in his fine breeding plumage; a Darter drying off his wings and a Grey Teal.

Before leaving that lake, I had to take a picture of the emerging Water Lilies, they looked so pretty.

Walking along another path, there was a Brown Honeyeater, maybe not the prettiest of them, but they are rather neat.

We also saw a Lewin's Honeyeater but I didn't get a picture that I could use.
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Just caught up on your recent posts Delia! Awesome sightings, the Humpback Whale must have been so special to see.
I agree the Stone Curlew family look delightful and also the smart looking Black-fronted Dotterel.

Looking forward to reading about and seeing more please.
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Walking the woodland path still, the next delight was a wee Silvereye hanging off a tree. Such pretty wee birds.

Back at the 'Jacana' lake, he didn't let us down, and I actually got an action picture!

More new birds quickly followed, with a pair of Magpie Geese on the opposite bank and a Sacred Kingfisher in a dead tree. Beautiful.
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I'd love to see a Silvereye and that is one fine image girl.
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That Silvereye is gorgeous Delia!

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PS Good to see we're back on track for the monochrome theme with those Magpie Geese! LOl!
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There was a Glossy Ibis beside the Magpie Geese and not far away from them an Intermediate Egret.

Also making use of the dead trees in the water were Welcome Swallows.

Just before leaving this superb wetland, I took a picture of another of the lakes and in a hedge there was a Crested Pigeon looking a bit sideways at me; obviously wondering what I was up to.

Certainly a wetland well worth visiting if you're in Brisbane, it really has a lovely selection of wildlife there.
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Bribie Island

4 October 2019

Sadly my last day with Ken and Judy. They're handing me over to Hans and Judy in the afternoon, but first we head to Bribie Island.

Within minutes we had one of the main objects of this visit Beach Stone Curlew and a pair of them no less. A Pied Oystercatcher was on the same section of beach but further away.

I walked along the path with Judy and then when there was access went down onto the beach where I found a Striated Heron, then a Masked Lapwing took off and flew around, giving me a chance to practise flight shots.

Wandering back a Willie Wagtail flew past me and sat on a post... would have been rude to ignore him, don't you think?
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