Also-rans: 2018 birding roundup

This was perhaps one of the most memorable birding days out we have ever done: perfect weather, mindblowing vistas, and incredibly abundant and diverse wildlife.

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Train Station Parrot Spotting

We last saw Swift Parrots in 2014 when they made an appearance in the carpark of La Trobe University (Bundoora), so I was eagerly awaiting their return to a nearby suburb – I love it when I don’t need to venture too far from my cosy bedroom in winter to see majestic birds! 🙂 In late April…

End of year birding: Day 1 – Seymour

Happy new year! May all your birding dreams come true – whether it’s ticking a Night Parrot in Australia, an Imperial Woodpecker in the USA, or a Great Auk in Europe. In the dying days of 2014, Imka and I planned three birding day-trips to try to push our year’s total to 175. Based on our…

Nifty Swifties in Bundoora

Now if you’ve been following this blog since its inception, then you know that we rarely ever find our target species. However, a recent twitch bucked that trend, and I am pleased to report that Swift Parrots are now on our life lists! To quote Colonel John ‘Hannibal’ Smith (from the 1980’s television series The A-Team),…