Thinking About Birds

My focus for birding is Australia and its territories. When I travel overseas, I always keep a record of what birds I find and I often will include a few days during the trip when I go to some places which seem prospective for finding birds. In the past, many of my overseas trips were work-related. If I was lucky I might get one day of a weekend when I could go birding. Now, the majority of my overseas trips are with my wife, and are aimed at general tourism but with me ducking off some times. I've also done some trips to Japan, focused on visiting sites for Grey-tailed Tattlers.

Although I don't formally keep a world bird list, I have a reasonably good idea of what I've seen before and what are new species for me!

These have been my “recent” trips (short trips involving less than a week away are ignored):

Year & trip

2018

June: Western Australia


May: Scotland, Shetlands, Denmark

2017

November: Victoria/South Australia

September: Sri Lanka

2016

AugustDenmark, Iceland, UK

June-July: Queensland

March: Perth and South-west WA

2015

Oct-Nov: Mt Isa area

May: Japan

April: Denmark

2014

October: Strezlecki track

August: South-west WA

May: Japan

2013

August: Japan

April: Macquarie Marshes, Bowra

2012

November: Cape York/Iron Range

May: Newhaven Reserve (NT)

April: USA / Canada

January: Norfolk Island

2011

October: South Australia (Gluepot)

September: South Korea, Russia (Vladivostok)

February: South Africa (4th such work trip)

2010

October: Pilbara Region (WA)

June: Albany/Cheynes Beach

March: Patagonia (Chile & Argentina)

February: Tasmania (Eaglehawk, Melaleuca)

2009

August: Jupiter Well (WA)

May: King Island and Werribee

2008

November: Vietnam (second visit)

August: Tasmania (Eaglehawk)

July: Bowra (Qld)

2007

Nov/Dec: NZ and Macquarie Island

August: Cape York/Iron Range

2006

December: Christmas Island (and briefly on Cocos Island)

December: Cheynes Beach (WA)

October: Torres Strait

January: Vietnam

New Birds



No new birds, but it was great to see some old favourites again. A focus for the trip was to join the Noisy Scrub-bird recovery project team for a week - I learnt a lot about scrub-birds and was able to look at a bird in the hand (and then to follow it around using radio telemetry).

I saw 24 new species (outof a total of 98 species), with the highlights of these being Red Grouse (in Scotland), Northern Gannet (in the Shetlands) and Green Woodpecker (in Denmark), and Guillemots and Razorbills (Scotland and Shetlands). And, I really enjoyed seeing Atlantic Puffins once again.


Ostrich (at Barham). Also it was great to catch up with some old favourites (e.g. Western Whipbird, Purple-gaped Honeyeater, Cape Barren Goose).

I saw 143 species in three weeks, of which about 120 were completely new birds for me. The one which impressed me the most was the Malabar Pied Hornbill but there were plenty of other great sightings too, including endemics such as Sri Lanka Blue Magpie and Sri Lanka Crested Drongo. I saw the majority but by no means all of the Sri Lanka endemic species, I didn't tally it up as there also were quite a few endemic sub-species alsoseen and I was just as happy with those sightings.


Many, especially in Iceland (which has no endemics but I was relatively new to northern European birds). My favourite was the Atlantic Puffin; I was also pleased to see lots of Northern Fulmars.

Albert’s Lyrebird, Eungella Honeyeater, Southern Cassowary

Eurasian Hobby (and, it was great to see the Noisy Scrub-bird again!)



Kalkadoon Grasswren, Carpentarian Grasswren

Rock Thrush, Gadwall, Pacific Diver (but my focus was Grey-tailed Tattlers)

30+ new birds(my favourite was the Wren)



Western Grass-wren

Nil (but I was pleased to find many species that I don’t often see)

Dunlin, Black-billed Spoonbill, Black-headed Gull, Wigeon (but my focus was Grey-tailed Tattlers)



Many (but my focus was Grey-tailed Tattlers)

Nil



Spotted Whistling Duck, Black-winged Monarch

Rufous-crowned Emu-wren

Many

Norfolk Island endemics



Scarlet-chested Parrot (#700), Barbary Dove (#699, tracked it down in Adelaide prior to going to Gluepot)

Several, mostly on Jehu Island. Unfortunately,Vladivostok was very ordinary for birding!


Several in the Cape Town area



Red-necked Phalarope, Oriental Pratincole

Western Whipbird

Lots


Cook’s Petrel




Princess Parrot

Orange-bellied Parrot



A handful

Grey Petrel

Black Honeyeater



Several including 4 species of penguin

Most of the Iron Range endemics



Blue-and-white Flycatcher, Common Kingfisher, all the Christmas Island endemics, Green Jungle-fowl

Western Bristlebird, Noisy Scrub-bird, Red-eared Firetail

Several including Shining Starling (650th Aust. bird)

Several