Brief photographic trip report 2008 - Part 2

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8 years 1 week ago #13438 by peter sharland
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Hi all

Here are a few more photos from our Australian trip in December 2008.
All of these were taken on Rottnest Island to the west of Perth, except the drongo,
which we found in the forest near Aurora Kakadu, just outside Kakadu National Park.


Grey-tailed tattler


Pied oystercatcher


Sacred kingfisher


Australian shelduck


Crested tern (I think)


Banded stilt


White-fronted chat


Red-necked avocet


Blue-billed duck


Spangled drongo

We found Rottnest Island to be a fantastic destination - there are no cars on the island!

Enjoy
Peter

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8 years 1 week ago #13443 by Rusty Justy
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Great thread of photos here, really would love to get out after varsity and see some birds outside of Southern Afroca.

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8 years 1 week ago #13444 by waldens@faerieglen
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Stunning birds,great photo's, there's a whole world of birding out there to be done. (A pity you can't add these to your local total to get to 800 before you-know-who <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> )
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8 years 1 week ago #13456 by peter sharland
peter sharland replied the topic: Re: Brief photographic trip report 2008 - Part 2
Thanks for the compliments! Australia has such amazing birds, with most of them being lifers for the South African birder.

Yes, indeed, the race to 800 is truly on. <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: -->

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8 years 1 week ago #13471 by mossie
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Ain't evolution marvelous.

Take a continent, split it in half, send one half across the world, add a time element, and voila, you have 300 new species. The only catch, is that each new species has a remarkable similarity to its sister species.

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7 years 11 months ago #13996 by Trevor Hardaker
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Hi Peter,

Thanks for your posting. It brings back good memories of birding in Australia - the birding there is relatively easy compared to birding in some other parts of the world.

Just one comment though - the bird labeled as Banded Stilt is actually a White-headed Stilt [i:1q4d1r8z]Himantopus leucocephalus[/i:1q4d1r8z]. Banded Stilt has an all white head and neck, but has a broad dark brown band across the lower breast.

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Trevor

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7 years 11 months ago #14018 by Batmad
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Crested tern is right <!-- s:yes: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/yes.gif" alt=":yes:" title="Yes" /><!-- s:yes: -->

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7 years 11 months ago #14049 by peter sharland
peter sharland replied the topic: Re: Brief photographic trip report 2008 - Part 2
Thanks for the heads-up, Trevor! <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

My field guide (Michael Morcombe) does not mention White-headed Stilt, neither does the little handbook that we bought on the island ("Birds of Rottnest Island - Saunders/de Ribeira") Clearly, I need to research further.....

Another correction that I only just noticed - the Blue-billed Duck was photographed in Perth at Herdsman Lake.

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7 years 11 months ago #14061 by Trevor Hardaker
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Hi Peter,

Depending on which taxonomy the book follows, they may have lumped it in with Black-winged Stilt i.e. the same species we get here in South Africa. However, most "up to date" authorities now split Black-winged Stilt into a number of different species across the world and the Australasian one is referred to as White-headed Stilt.

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7 years 11 months ago #14174 by Batmad
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Thanks for that interesting info Trevor :D

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