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Birds during my time as a student (1 Viewer)


Gregor Tims
I've decided to start a list of birds I've seen between starting university and before I graduate (right now in approximately November 2018). I started in late February this year, so I'll start by listing birds I've seen since then based on ebird observations I've made. I don't have any particular target as quite frankly I have no idea where life will take me during this time, but it's certainly going to be great fun tracking it with birding observations!

I'll start with my first ebird observations since I started (obviously these records don't represent the first time I saw the birds since starting uni, but the first time I recorded them on ebird). Species in bold are lifers.

19th March 2016, Southport Pelagic, Qld- not all birds seen were noted
1. Kermadec Petrel- my first lifer after starting university
2. Tahiti Petrel
3. Flesh-footed Shearwater
4. Wedge-tailed Shearwater
5. Hutton's Shearwater (Australia tick)
6. Wilson's Storm-petrel
7. Brown Booby
8. Australian Pied Cormorant
9. White-faced Heron
10. Pomarine Jaeger (Australia tick)
11. Arctic Jaeger (Australia tick)
12. Common Tern

21st April, University of Queensland, Qld (all birds had been seen here before this!)
13. Maned Duck
14. Pacific Black Duck
15. Hardhead
16. Australian Brushturkey
17. Little Black Cormorant
18. Little Pied Cormorant
19. Australasian Darter
20. Australian Pelican
21. Intermediate Egret
22. Striated Heron
23. Australian White Ibis
24. Brahminy Kite
25. Australasian Swamphen
26. Dusky Moorhen
27. Eurasian Coot
28. Masked Lapwing
29. Crested Pigeon
30. Laughing Kookaburra
31. Long-billed Corella
32. Little Corella
33. Rainbow Lorikeet
34. Noisy Miner
35. Australian Magpie
36. Magpie-Lark

21st April, Simpson Falls, Mount Coot-tha, Qld
37. Topknot Pigeon
38. Fan-tailed Cuckoo
39. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
40. Australian King Parrot
41. Pale-headed Rosella
42. Little Lorikeet
43. Lewin's Honeyeater
44. Yellow-faced Honeyeater
45. Scarlet Myzomela
46. White-throated Honeyeater
47. Striated Pardalote
48. Eastern Whipbird
49. Pied Currawong
50. Little Shrikethrush
51. Grey Shrikethrush
52. Australian Golden Whistler
53. Rufous Whistler
54. Willie Wagtail
55. Grey Fantail
56. Torresian Crow
57. Rose Robin
58. Silvereye

22nd April, Simpson Falls, Mount Coot-tha, Qld
59. White-headed Pigeon
60. Peregrine Falcon
61. White-browed Scrubwren
62. Grey Butcherbird
63. Rufous Fantail
64. Eastern Yellow Robin
65. Welcome Swallow
66. Red-browed Finch

25th April, Black Duck Hole, Murrumba Downs, Qld
67. Plumed Whistling Duck
68. Black Swan
69. Cotton Pygmy Goose
70. Grey Teal
71. Australasian Grebe
72. Little Egret
73. Royal Spoonbill
74. Whistling Kite
75. Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
76. Little Friarbird
77. White-breasted Woodswallow
78. Black-faced Cuckooshrike

2nd May, Grange Forest Park, Qld
79. Feral Pigeon
80. Spotted Dove
81. Red-backed Fairywren
82. Brown Honeyeater
83. Pied Butcherbird
84. Australasian Figbird
85. Tawny Grassbird
86. Common Myna
87. Double-barred Finch
88. Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

11th May, Anstead Bushland Reserve, Qld
89. Eastern Cattle Egret
90. Straw-necked Ibis
91. Peaceful Dove
92. Bar-shouldered Dove
93. Pheasant Coucal
94. Little Bronze Cuckoo
95. Rainbow Bee-eater
96. Noisy Friarbird
97. Spotted Pardalote
98. Varied Sittella
99. Olive-backed Oriole

16th May, Priors Pocket, Moggill, Qld
100. Pink-eared Duck
101. Great White Egret
102. White-bellied Sea Eagle
103. Buff-banded Rail
104. White-headed Stilt
105. Black-fronted Dotterel
106. Galah
107. Tree Martin
108. Common Starling

20th May, Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve, Qld
109. Eastern Grass Owl
110. Superb Fairywren
111. Spangled Drongo

26th May, Gold Creek Reservoir, Qld
112. Brown Quail
113. Wonga Pigeon
114. Azure Kingfisher
115. Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
116. Bell Miner

29th May, Gold Creek Reservoir, Qld
117. Grey Goshawk
118. Black-breasted Buttonquail
119. Common Emerald Dove
120. Large-billed Scrubwren
121. Brown Thornbill

12th June, Nudgee Beach, Qld
122. Pied Oystercatcher
123. Whimbrel
124. Far Eastern Curlew
125. Silver Gull
126. Gull-billed Tern
127. Caspian Tern
128. Greater Crested Tern
129. Torresian Kingfisher
130. Australian Hobby

17th June, Moorlands Park, Auchenflower, Qld
131. Pacific Baza
132. Bush Stone-Curlew

27th June, Mount Glorious, D'Aguilar NP, Qld
133. Wompoo Fruit-Dove
134. Marbled Frogmouth
135. Crimson Rosella
136. Green Catbird
137. Satin Bowerbird
138. Yellow-throated Scrubwren
139. Brown Gerygone
140. Australian Logrunner
141. Pale-yellow Robin
142. Russet-tailed Thrush

27th June, Enoggera Reservoir, Qld
143. Variegated Fairywren
144. White-naped Honeyeater
145. Striated Thornbill
146. Varied Triller
147. White-eared Monarch

27th June, Harold Keilly Park, Qld
148. Magpie Goose

27th June, Black Duck Hole, Murrumba Downs, Qld
149. Forest Kingfisher
150. Blue-faced Honeyeater

27th June, Dowse Lagoon, Sandgate, Qld
151. Black-necked Stork
152. Great Cormorant
153. Comb-crested Jacana
154. Fairy Martin

27th June, Nudgee Beach, Qld
155. Bar-tailed Godwit
156. Mangrove Honeyeater

27th June, Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve, Qld
157. Chestnut Teal
158. Black-shouldered Kite
159. Swamp Harrier
160. Brown Goshawk
161. Sacred Kingfisher
162. Mangrove Gerygone
163. Mistletoebird

30th June, Luggage Point, Qld
164. Pale-vented Bush-hen
165. Yellow-rumped Thornbill
166. Australian Reed Warbler
167. Golden-headed Cisticola
168. Australian Pipit

1st July, Slaughter Falls, Mount Coot-tha, Qld
169. Powerful Owl
170. Tawny Frogmouth

3rd July, Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve, Qld
171. Brown Falcon

5th July, Armidale, NSW
172. Eastern Rosella
173. Red Wattlebird
174. Australian Raven
175. Common Blackbird
176. House Sparrow

8th July, McPherson Road, Tuggerah, NSW
177. Mallard
178. Red-whiskered Bulbul

8th July, Werakata NP, NSW
179. Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
180. White-cheeked Honeyeater
181. Yellow Thornbill

9th July, Mulla Creek, NSW
182. Red-rumped Parrot
183. Brown Treecreeper
184. Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
185. White-plumed Honeyeater
186. Crested Shriketit
187. Apostlebird

9th July, Dumaresq Dam, NSW
188. Musk Duck

9th July, New England Highway, NSW
189. Nankeen Kestrel
190. White-winged Chough

9th July, Old Wallangara Road, Qld
191. Wedge-tailed Eagle
192. Spotted Harrier
193. White-throated Treecreeper
194. Brown-headed Honeyeater
195. Diamond Firetail

13th July, Mutdapilly, Qld
196. Square-tailed Kite

20th July, Inskip Point, Qld
197. Little Wattlebird

26th July, Manly, Qld
198. Red-necked Stint

26th July, Sand Camp Road Wetlands, Qld
199. Eastern Spinebill

9th August, Anstead Bushland Reserve, Qld
200. White-bellied Cuckooshrike

29th August, Woodward Place Park, Pullenvale, Qld
201. Brown Cuckoo-Dove

For some reason, I didn't upload my observations from a trip to Melbourne in early April this year, where I also saw:
202. Little Penguin
203. Nankeen Night-Heron
204. Little Raven

While on the 21st May, I saw this at Emerson Park in Brisbane
205. Lewin's Rail

and on the 13th July this at Aratula in Qld
206. Jacky Winter

and during my first few days at UQ, several of these flew over:
207. White-throated Needletail

For now I'll just be focusing on birding around Brisbane, but I am hopeful that some overseas travel will be coming up at some point!
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12th September, Slaughter Falls, Mount Coot-tha, Qld
208. Leaden Flycatcher
209. Spectacled Monarch
210. Black-faced Monarch

The first summer migrants are starting to arrive back in Brisbane!
21st September, Osprey House Environmental Centre, Qld
211. Eastern Osprey

Wallaroo Circuit, North Lakes, Qld
212. Black-backed Bittern
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23rd September, Deception Bay, Qld
213. Black Kite

25th September, Windsor, Brisbane, Qld
214. Pacific Koel
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29th September, Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve, Qld
215. Channel-billed Cuckoo

Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve, Qld
216. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
217. Common Sandpiper
1st October, Osprey House Environmental Centre, Qld
218. Black-tailed Godwit
219. Great Knot
220. Red Knot
221. Red-capped Plover
23rd October, Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve, Qld
222. Pectoral Sandpiper
223. Latham's Snipe

Kedron Brook Wetlands Reserve, Qld
224. Marsh Sandpiper
22nd November, Lake Samsonvale, Qld
225. Common Cicadabird
226. Oriental Dollarbird

A long walk this morning in search of King Quails and Red-backed Buttonquails sadly drew blank on both, but I'll make sure I'm back here again soon.
Mid-Queensland, 3-5 December 2016
227. Little Eagle
228. Brolga
229. Torresian Imperial Pigeon
230. Olive-backed Sunbird
231. Lesser Sandplover
232. Greater Sandplover
233. Grey -tailed Tattler
234. Red-tailed Black Cockatoo
235. Little Tern

Sadly very few opportunities to find anything on a non-birding trip north. Hopefully I'll have the chance to come back up here soon!
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18th December, Singapore Airport
236. House Crow
237. Javan Myna

Short stop-over in Singapore on my way to see family in the UK. Very satisfying to get a lifer!!
19th December, Pimlico, London
238. Common Woodpigeon
239. Carrion Crow
240. European Robin

River Thames
241. European Herring Gull
242. Egyptian Goose
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20th December, Thames Foreshore
243. European Blue Tit
244. Black-headed Gull
245. Lesser Black-backed Gull
246. Great Black-backed Gull
247. Common Gull
248. Pied Wagtail
249. Grey Heron

250. Dunnock
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21st December, Islington
251. Rose-ringed Parakeet
252. Common Moorhen
253. Eurasian Magpie

Hyde Park
254. Greylag Goose
255. Mute Swan
256. Canada Goose
257. Tufted Duck
258. Northern Shoveler
259. Common Pochard
260. Little Grebe
261. Great Crested Grebe
262. Great Tit
263. Gadwall
264. Eurasian Jay
265. Song Thrush

266. Long-tailed Tit
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First of all, one I forgot to add:

14th December, Caloundra, Qld
267. Ruddy Turnstone

Then today:
22nd December, London Wetlands Centre
268. Mistle Thrush
269. Eurasian Wigeon
270. Common Snipe
271. Eurasian Teal
272. Northern Pintail
273. Eurasian Bittern
274. Northern Lapwing
275. Western Jackdaw
276. Common Chaffinch
277. Eurasian Wren
278. Water Pipit
279. Jack Snipe
24th December, near Andover, Hampshire
280. Red Kite
281. Common Pheasant
282. Eurasian Collared Dove
283. Redwing

Near Axminster, Devon
284. Common Buzzard
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25th December, Sidmouth, Devon
285. Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Hopefully I'll have the chance to do some proper birding at some point before I leave the UK!
28th December, Bushy Park, London
287. Coal Tit
288. Great Spotted Woodpecker
289. European Green Woodpecker

Hampton Court, London
290. Common Kestrel
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5th January, Shelton, Norfolk
291. Fieldfare

Buckenham Marshes, Norfolk
292. Common Shelduck
293. Common Stonechat
294. Barnacle Goose
295. Meadow Pipit
296. Greater White-fronted Goose
297. Pink-footed Goose
298. Stock Dove

Holkham NNR, Norfolk
299. Ruff
300. Eurasian Skylark
301. Eurasian Linnet
302. Common Redshank
303.Horned Lark
304. Brent Goose
305. Red-legged Partridge
306. Western Marsh Harrier
307. European Goldfinch
308. Eurasian Oystercatcher
309. Sanderling
310. Eurasian Curlew
311. Eurasian Collared Dove

Titchwell Marsh RSPB, Norfolk
312. Pied Avocet
313. Dunlin
314. European Golden Plover
315. Grey Plover
316. Common Ringed Plover
317. Common Scoter
318. Glaucous Gull
319. Long-tailed Duck
320. Common Kingfisher

Brancaster, Norfolk
321. Western Barn Owl

A fantastic day's birding in Norfolk. It would have been nice to have more time but it was great to see some fantastic birds today!
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15th January, Nairobi, Kenya
322. Marabou Stork
323. Red-winged Starling
324. Superb Starling
325. Yellow-billed Kite
326. Olive Thrush
327. Speckled Mousebird
328. Red-eyed Dove
329. Pied Crow
330. Speckled Pigeon
331. Hadada Ibis
332. Black-headed Heron
333. Baglafecht Weaver
334. Variable Sunbird
335. Amethyst Sunbird
336. African Palm Swift
337. Common Bulbul
338. Western Cattle Egret

It is so exciting to be back in Kenya! I'm off to Uganda tomorrow, to look for something very special... Let's see how that goes!
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