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Birding in isolation; home and nearby

Birding in isolation; home and nearby

Thursday, Aug 6, 2020

@ Adrian Tritschler

Over the six weeks from [2020-08-01 Sat] to [2020-09-12 Sat], what birds can I see while in “COVID-19, Stage 4 lockdown” at home. Restricted to one exercise outing per day, 5km range, 1 hour maximum.

Stage 4 lockdown was extended, so I extended my isobirding…

…until [2020-10-18 Sun] which was our last day restricted to five kilometres.

Grand total; 46 species (as of 2020-10-28 Wed).

Amusingly, within days of the lockdown ending I saw a first for me, a couple of Royal Spoonbill in the Huntingdale wetlands.

The birds, the birds…

The birds, the birds…

Monday, Dec 15, 2008

@ Adrian Tritschler

http://www.mtrothwell.com.au/: http://www.birdsaustralia.com.au/: http://www.ozwildbirds.com/: Some good photos, but I do wish she’d stop splitting words in two; eg Honey Eaters and King Fishers, which everyone else in the world seems to be able to write as Honeyeaters and Kingfishers respectively. http://iffa.org.au/: Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association
Magpie 1, Adrian NIL

Magpie 1, Adrian NIL

Monday, Nov 19, 2007

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After all these years of spotting the swooping magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) just in time, or hearing the whoosh as the go for the back of the head, today my luck ran out. Damn! Ouch. I was cruising home slowly up the Dandenong road service lane, no point in exerting yourself when the temperature is up around 35 °C, somewhere alongside the sports oval where the old men play boules there came out of the blue a completely unexpected smack on the side of the head.
Falco peregrinus

Falco peregrinus

Saturday, Oct 20, 2007

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Man these guys are fast! It seems to be a week for the Peregrine, yesterday there was an article about a nest and chicks on a city apartment block and photos on page 5 of both the big and the little newspapers; then today as we were driving out of the street I saw one hurtle past overhead. I think it must be the same one that I saw a few weeks ago in Oakleigh East as I was riding home, and some months ago chase pigeons over our house.
So much bird-life

So much bird-life

Sunday, Aug 19, 2007

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A weekend away from Melbourne down along the coast, there’s just so much bird-life compared with in the city. I still saw the airborne rats that are the Sparrows, Starlings and Indian Mynas, but off the top of my head I can remember: Magpie, Pied Currawong, Kookaburra, Crimson Rosella, King Parrot, Sulphur-crested cockatoo, Mudlark, Wood duck, Black duck, Dusky Moorhen, Pied cormorant, Little black cormorant, Black Cormorant, Silver gull, Mystery grey seabird, Pacific gull, Australian White Ibis, Superb Fairy-wren, New Holland Honeyeater, Brown thornbill, Black-shouldered Kite, Black Falcon, Nankeen Kestrel, Great Egret.
Something to Crow about

Something to Crow about

Thursday, May 24, 2007

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I don’t know if it is a result of the drought, general changes in the bird population, or me just being more aware of what lives where in Melbourne now that I’ve lived here for ten years! For the last few weeks, I leave work nearly every day on sunset and there is an enormous flock of crows or ravens in the trees and buildings around the north-east corner of the campus.
A Quick walk in the forest

A Quick walk in the forest

Saturday, Dec 30, 2006

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I decided to get away from people for a while and go for a walk up along the Erskine river, the town and the beach are packed cheek-to-cheek with New Year’s revellers or people here for the Falls Festival. Ten minutes along the banks in the cool and I couldn’t remember whether the sign had said 3 hours return or 3 hours one way … I guessed I could walk up to the falls and then catch the shuttle bus back (I’d seen the bus in town advertising free shuttle between the Erskine Falls car-park and the Tourist Information centre).
An Owl a day

An Owl a day

Monday, Jun 12, 2006

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Its amazing how much wildlife there is around the suburbs, hidden away in the trees and bushes — wildlife that only comes out at night, or when everything is quiet and all the people have gone away. This is the second time in a fortnight that I’ve seen an owl, or as I discovered once I uploaded the photo from my camera, two owls1! At first I thought these were boobook owls, an identification that one semi-knowledgeable person confirmed.
Birds in the garden

Birds in the garden

Saturday, Jun 18, 2005

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“Hey, what’s that?” was the cry at breakfast. A pair of Black-faced cuckoo-shrikes were flying about the garden, from the washing line to the gum tree to the apricot and back. OK, it must be about time that I wrote down all the birds we’ve seen in — or above — our garden. The following table is from the Monash city council, I’ve added in a column for our house!
The Birds, the birds!

The Birds, the birds!

Saturday, Oct 30, 2004

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Lorne is overflowing with bird-life, hopefully the increase in development and cat numbers won’t change this too much. Even in the last few years the Pied currawongs seem to hang around all year round, bigger and more boisterous, they don’t seem to have had too much effect on the smaller bids — yet. Then down at the river, the ducks are in a perpetual state of feeding frenzy, stuffed to immobility on bread from the tourists.
Journal for [2003-12-01 Mon]

Journal for [2003-12-01 Mon]

Monday, Dec 1, 2003

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Must be a day for the birds — running a bit late this morning due to sleeping in, I made myself even later by stopping for a couple of minutes to take some photos of a Nankeen Night-heron in the creek. The pictures didn’t come out very well, they were at the extreme end of the digital zoom, but it was unusual enough to see one out in daylight.
Springtime bird antics

Springtime bird antics

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2003

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Must be Spring! The university campus is full of nesting birds, including a rather aggressive Noisy Miner that swooped down and pecked me on the back of the head when I walked too close to its nest. A first for that species, I’ll add it to the list of magpies, mudlarks, swans and hawks that have attacked me over the years!
Journal for [2003-07-26 Sat]

Journal for [2003-07-26 Sat]

Saturday, Jul 26, 2003

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No riding this Saturday! After last night’s icy cold winds and three days of almost constant rain, neither of us felt like getting up and going out on the bikes — and besides, it’s been nearly three weeks since we visited the markets, there’s half an eggplant left in the fridge, and that’s about all… A bit of grocery shopping, a bit of breakfast, a bit of housework. Mind-boggling interesting stuff.

About

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…The Owner

There’s not much more I can add to who I am.

…The Site

I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.

Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.

…The ISP

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