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little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 7, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
thanks Dee,

the names are almost as cool as the birds. I know nothing about Australian birds, except that they would probably all be lifers (life species as well as life families and even orders).

Will you be around long enough to start seeing northern hemisphere migrants?
Taking a boat to Tasmania (i.e. doing any pelagic birding)?

I liked the Red Wattlebird best, so far. That Eastern Rosella was too gaudy to be real.

Enjoy
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:29pm PT
"Duckumentary!



http://movies.netflix.com/WiPlayer?movieid=70279449&trkid=13462061&t=NATURE%253A%2BDucks%253A%2BAn%2BOriginal%2BDUCKumentary&tctx=12%2C37%2C4e184ea9-296a-43d9-a89f-9b98c22dd293-59098793
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
Dee's a big cheater. He 'pre-listed' with that Red-necked Stint he got in
LA a few weeks ago. They winter down under. ;-)

Is there nothing normal in Australia?
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
dee ee,

Good job on the Frogmouth. I understand they are quite cryptic. Was it making any sound?

I can't wait to see all these wild birds. They are so different from ours, I don't know where in the filed guide to look. Have you seen any Currawongs yet?
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Hi- One of you will surely know what this pretty bird is. Daphne and I saw it up at the base of Crystal Crag. Pretty large, dove grey body and head, about 2/3, with a black tail with 2 white bands:

Credit: phylp


Credit: phylp
john hansen

climber
Aug 7, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
As from the previous page. That is a Clark's nutcracker.

"Sharp bill like a seabird"

The habitat and elevation are right too.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 8, 2013 - 02:11am PT
Thank you John Hansen. Sorry I didn't see her post on the previous page - just got home tonight after 6 days away and have barely unpacked.
john hansen

climber
Aug 8, 2013 - 02:48am PT
it's all good. Waiting for slater's and Dee's post's
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Aug 8, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Late summer local bird bump...
Pygmy Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Credit: BrassNuts
Baby Hairy Woodpecker contemplating the big jump
Baby Hairy Woodpecker contemplating the big jump
Credit: BrassNuts
Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Credit: BrassNuts
Papa Hairy feeding the kid
Papa Hairy feeding the kid
Credit: BrassNuts
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Aug 9, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
I love Arizona!
I love Arizona!
Credit: Slater

42 new lifers!

Temps ranged from 62 to 103.

totally epic trip!

http://slatervision.com/www.slatervision.com/Arizona%20Birding%202013/

if you want the full show!

Bird on!
10b4me

Ice climber
Wishes-He-Was-In-Arizona
Aug 10, 2013 - 12:38am PT
looks like some good birding, and you climbed Hitchcock Pinnacle
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Aug 11, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
Credit: craig mo
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 11, 2013 - 02:44pm PT
So many great photos. Thanks to all. Who are you in AZ with Slater? Looks like a fun crew. Awesome birds. I love the Sulfer-Bellied Flycatcher. Glad you saw him
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Aug 11, 2013 - 11:24pm PT

Okay folks, no pics. But a question.
Been looking at all my bird books and can't find it.
I had a new bird in my backyard today. I thought it would
be a warbler of some sort. Total yellow breast. Gray, blackish
head with a bit of a crest to the rear. A single white
band on each wing. None of the warblers in my book looked like
it. Any ideas?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 11, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Well, I don't have a guide to the state of Confusion so it could be tough to help. ;-)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 11, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Sounds like a Lesser Goldfinch, or maybe an American Goldfinch Steve W.

American Goldfinch: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/american_goldfinch/id

Lesser Goldfinch: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Lesser_Goldfinch/id
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Aug 12, 2013 - 12:14am PT
Nice action shot Craig Mo and fun arizona album Tom Slater! Thanks.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 12, 2013 - 08:47am PT
Dang, we are back in Parkdale (Melbourne) after 4 days in Tasmania.
We flew, so no pelagic action. But yes, from the moment I got off the plane here it's all lifers(almost)....except for the House Sparrows and Rock Doves. 80% of Australia's plant and animal species are endemic.

I'll wait till later to brag too much. It rained 3 of 4 days in Tas (and was snowing hard when we left Cradle Mtn. Nat. Pk. today)so we didn't see as many as may have been possible. Even so it was awesome. What a place! It's the effing garden of eden down there.

Aside from the birds we had Wallabies, Podaroos, Paddymelons (sp?), Wombats, 2 species of Possum....we struck out on Platypus and Tasmanian Devils, though not for lack of trying.

The Frogmouth was my single most coveted bird and we found them on the 3rd day. My bro and sis in law are (semi-serious) birders and knew where in Braeside Park (near Melbourne)they can be found. I saw it yawn and it's whole head opened up, rad. There were two there.

My pics are so so, the lighting was always bad and the coolest birds are fast and never sit still. In many cases I was lucky to get the binos on them before they were gone.

Enough flap for now.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 12, 2013 - 09:10am PT
A few from Tasmania, the more mundane ones!

Masked Lapwing

Credit: dee ee

Crested Tern

Credit: dee ee

Kookabura

Credit: dee ee

Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos, hundreds came in to roost just after dark, what a racket!

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 12, 2013 - 09:26am PT
Slater, that looks like a great trip!


Currawongs eh?

The Black Currawong is one of the most common birds in Tasmania. I also had a Pied Currawong in Parkdale.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
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