That was 2017, part 2

We got back to the cold and wet in early July. While we were checking up on the Bridgetown house, I was lucky enough to see a Restless Flycatcher on the back patio - such a beautiful bird.  July also saw a mad dash to Canberra for my daughter's graduation, sadly without my camera. Back... Continue Reading →

That was 2017, part 1

Way back at the beginning of January 2017 I was planning to be diligent about posting on my blog this year, envisioning at least one post a month. That idea fell by the wayside rather quickly. In my defence, we have had a bit of a crazy year, what with selling our house, moving, travelling... Continue Reading →

Carnaby’s chicks on campus

Carnaby's Cockatoos are endangered parrots endemic to the south-west of Western Australia, usually seen around Perth from late summer through to winter, when they move inland to breed. So it was a big surprise last summer when observant students discovered two pairs of these iconic birds breeding on a local university campus. As mentioned in... Continue Reading →

A few more fairy-wrens

Nine different species of fairy-wren call Australia home - and I'd love to see all of them. So far I've found five - the two well-known 'blue wrens' and the three I will focus on in this post: Variegated, Red-winged and White-winged. White-winged Fairy-wrens are fairly easy to identify if you see a male in... Continue Reading →

Australian “Blue Wrens”

Brightly-coloured male Fairy-wrens in their nuptial plumage can stop many an Australian birder in their tracks. The birds may be tiny but they more than make up for it with showiness. Most familiar are the two "Blue Wrens' - the Superb Fairy-Wren (Malurus cyaneus) of the east coast and Tasmania, and the Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus... Continue Reading →

Corellas and cockatoos

Some of the noisiest and most commonly seen parrots in Australia are the large white corellas and cockatoos - huge flocks can often be found congregating loudly near their roosting sites, like these Little Corellas at Carine Open Space. These birds all feed on the ground and seem to have adapted well to human landscapes, to... Continue Reading →

Eyre Highway

First stop on the Eyre Highway after Fraser Range was Balladonia. The golf hole here is named "Skylab" in homage to the bits of the NASA space station that scattered its bits all over the area in 1979. The Balladonia Motel includes a museum with some interesting displays and information, and provided a decent cup... Continue Reading →

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