No OBP for me. Yet

31 10 2011

Well, yesterday’s flight got blown out, and it’s looking even worse for today. Just waiting for the phone call. Damn. Will try again for next week, otherwise it’s off to Werribee STW in the middle of winter to freeze to death and hopefully see one there.

Anyway – its not all bad. Mt Field NP is awesome! Some of the biggest trees I’ve ever seen, and some cracking birds – Pink Robin and more Tasmanian thornbills than you can shake a stick at. Trip total is 40 species, with 4 lifers thus far. There’s only 3 more endemics I need to see, and then I’ve got the taswegian bag. Except for OBP, but … Let’s not talk about that anymore…

Today we’re heading down to Recherch√© Bay, unless I get a phone call that says “hey Troy, even though there’s 60+ kmh winds, we’re going in – keen?”

Not likely eh?


Hooray for Tasmania

30 10 2011

Hello everyone, it’s been a while! Since I last wrote, I have been on another pelagic, but nothing else interesting. 2 new birds on that trip – white-capped albatross (which I have seen, distantly while sea-watching) and Grey-backed Storm-petrel.

Anyway – I’m currently in Tasmania for 2 weeks, with the main reason being to see Orange-bellied Parrot. I was actually meant to be driving to the airport right now. But they called and the flight is postponed until tomorrow due to a cold front. The current wind at Melaleuca according to the BOM is ~60km/h, so I’m kinda glad that it isn’t going ahead today. Instead we’re heading out to Mt Field NP.

Anyway , yesterday we swung by Richmond, and I’ve added 2 new birds to my Tasmania list, so it can’t be that bad. I also got shat on by a Blackbird, and although that’s meant to bring you luck, it obviously doesn’t apply to luck with the weather!

I’m writing this post on my phone, but I have got my laptop with me, so the next post (probably tonight) will have some pictures, and possibly less typos!