If I were doing a big year, I would bird like a maniac. All those who know me know that I can bird with a passion. We are taking this easy, but still keeping a list. Yesterday we saw our 100th species on that list. I have seen more than that in a day of hard birding, but we’ve mostly been spending time with family and getting Matilda ready. I am very grateful for it all.
Yesterday morning began with a walk around this beautiful caravan park in Anglesea. We picked up a few birds that we had not seen this “year.”
|The precious and ubiquitous Superb Fair-wren (female or plain male). |
|The always wonderful Red-browed Finch|
Then we drove our house to Point Roadknight, one of the most beautiful places I know and a consistent spot for the endangered Hooded Plover. We saw two. They are precious. We walked around the point and had a couple of Great Cormorants and Pacific Gulls as well as a flock of Crested Terns. And in the middle of them all was a Black-faced Cormorant. Not a bird I expected to see there. I am grateful.
|Black-faced Cormorant, an unexpected bird... (Pacific Gull behind him).|
Then we headed to Aireys Inlet and ticked off a few more birds and even found Lynn a lifer! We ended up seeing several Crescent Honeyeaters walking in the beautiful forest near Distillery Creek Picnic area (where we ate lunch… still getting used to birding from “home!”). I am so grateful.
|Masked Lapwing showing why it has been called the "Spurred Plover." Look at those spikes on its wings!|
|Often seen and usually taken for granted, the Pacific Black Duck, beautiful, yes?|
|Lynn's Lifer Crescent Honeyeater! We saw several including one beautifully colored male, but this was her first and the only one I photographed.|
Today we begin to journey inland and up. I will certainly attempt to keep this blog up to date. I know the challenges of internet connection will present themselves as well as just time itself. This is a much more quickly written blog than usual (I just banged this out, so to speak). So don’t always expect wit and clever writing (ever). Just remember, I am very grateful to be able to do this and share it with you all. Yes I am.
Birds. Peace. Love. Earth. Laughter. Music.