Needs less rain

26 08 2010

Rain. The locals love it, the bush needs it, and generally I don’t mind it, unless it’s coupled with <10C temps that become ~3C when you factor in wind-chill. Then I'm not so keen. And then when you have to be in the bush doing transects counting trees and ground cover for uni, I get seriously pissed off about it. Anyway – that's over now. Woohoo!

For the last 4 days I've been in Chiltern, the birding Mecca of northern Victoria, but I haven't been able to do anywhere near as much birding as I'd like to. I've managed to find Turquoise Parrot, and some sort of native marsupial (photo of it to come – I need help with identifying this one) at the Honeyeater Picnic area, an apparently resident group of Diamond Firetails on Lancashire Gap Road, King Parrot at Bartleys Block (apparently rare in the area – they responded to pishing!), and Australasian Shoveler at Chiltern Dam #1 (also unusual for the area).

Anyway, I'm off to Lake Cargellico shortly, heading up via Leeton and Cocoparra NP. Should be cracking.





Sydney – Chiltern – 23AUG2010

23 08 2010

Howdy.

Shirking electoral shenanigans, I embrace my inner nerd and go birding. Well, I have to come here for uni. Actually, Albury – well Thurgoona is where the uni is, although I don’t rate either place, so I’m writing from Chiltern, Vic. And there’s no embracing my inner nerd – I love it.

Aaaanyway, mostly travel today – around 600km worth. Still managed to pick up 33 birds, inc 9 raptors! Stupid amounts of Black-shouldered Kites around Albury. Makes it tricky to look for the Letter-winged Kite reported here around a month ago – particularly at 110km/h, but anyways.

Probable highlight was Turquoise Parrots at the Honeyeater picnic area at Chiltern – I usually have to go to the nearby Bartley’s Block for that. Was going to go spotlighting for owls tonight, but decided to drink goon instead. WOO.

Uni fires up tomorrow, so birding becomes limited, but stay tuned- the next 8 days should see some gold!

NOTE:
Updates are via phone, so no photos until I get back to Sydney, or hi-jack someones wireless.