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Thank you for posting "repeats", @elefromoz; the look that a bird can produce is sometimes really expressive.

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2017 BY fizzled a bit for me, so time to have another “crack at it”. When the subject of New Years resolutions came around, with friends, I boldly said I was aiming for 300 Aus Birds this year. They c

62. Great Crested Grebe, Bibra Lake, 28/1/18  She was really working harder her two Chicks, I watched for 15 mins solid and reckon she dived every 5-10 seconds, coming up with food each time.

6/1/2017   I set out this morning to get all the “common as muck” Birds, so I wouldn’t make the same mistake as last year, and forget them. Well for the first half hour I could barely find a Bird

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Galana

Me too with the Spinebill. A stunner.

Nice job with the Rock Parrot too..The first is always the hardest. You will have them tapping the camera for attention next!

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On 23/02/2018 at 7:38 PM, elefromoz said:

79. White-Faced Heron, 12/2/18, Common the world over, but hey a tick is a tick.

 

As far as I'm aware it's only found in Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand... 

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@Geoff, thank you for setting me straight, my mistake. Must be confusing it with something else, "rookie-error". I'm sure there'll be many more.

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10 hours ago, elefromoz said:

@Geoff, thank you for setting me straight, my mistake. Must be confusing it with something else, "rookie-error". I'm sure there'll be many more.

 

Well take your pick... Great Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Cattle Egret and a few others. Basically the same bird the world over but different subspecies.

 

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81. Same tree as the last couple of years, at my local Cafe on the River

Australian Hobby (pair) 15/2/18

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The next set are from Rottnest Island which is a 20 minute Ferry ride off Perth

82. Tree Martin, I only ever see these when they are flying overhead at great speed 6/3/18

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83. Welcome Swallow, he certainly welcomed us each morning on our bedroom window, singing his heart out at sunrise, 6/3/18

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wrong bus-stop

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84. Banded Stilt on the Salt Lakes  7/3/18

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85. Avocet. my first sighting of Avocet Chicks. This lone parent was kept very busy seeing off every bird that came nearby. 8/3/18

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At one point it was "honking" loudly, clearly distressed. I thought it was me so i turned and backed off to see this standing behind me

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The Avocet flew in honking and Wings flapping, and the Kestrel couldn't fly off quick enough. The Chicks carried on oblivious to all the stress they were causing their parent.

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86. Pacific Gull 6/3/18

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87. Pied Cormorant 6/3/18

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88. Sooty Oystercatcher  6/3/18

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Peter Connan

What a great sighting! Wow.

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Galana

What a lovely bird is the Banded Avocet.

A great collection in the making.

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TonyQ

I really enjoy seeing the similarities and differences between you birds and those in the UK. A great sighting with the Avocet and the Hobby.

 

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Dave Williams

That has to be the most attractive Cormorant. The Avocet is a stunner too.

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PeterHG

I agree with the others, what a beautiful Avocet!

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Kitsafari

Lovely Avocet and spinebill!

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elefromoz

Thanks all, I too think the Avocet (Red-necked, I should have been specific), is beautiful and it seems there is only 4 different species worldwide, I might make it a mission to see all four, starting next year in the UK. Hopefully everyone will have forgotten about the cricket debacle by then.:o   Anyways, continuing on with Rottnest Island....

89. 90. Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone, 6/3/18

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91. White Fronted Chat (female)

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Male

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92. Bridled Tern, 8/3/18,  Helluva job trying to keep up with these Terns as they sped past, diving and weaving along the cliffs

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 Rottnests coastline is a little bit "mediterranean", areas of limestone cliffs tumbling to the ocean below, but it also has remnant pockets of bushland, home to isolated populations of little bush birds.

 93. Red-Capped Robin (male) 8/3/185ac879f3cb2dd_RedRobin3.thumb.JPG.c4c55c475872ce42aed5be6696a7e5a8.JPG

 

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Female

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94. Western Whistler

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Galana

Nice new bunch.

That little Red-capped Robin scores well in the cuteness stakes.

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TonyQ

Lovely additions- the robin gets a vote from me as well!

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elefromoz

Thanks @Galana and @TonyQ

 

95. Black shouldered Kite, not a good photo but when I saw it on a bigger screen I realised it had caught a mouse, you can see its rump and tail dangling. These are reasonably "common" locally so should get another chance

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96. Brown Falcon, 18/3/18,  Albany WA

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97. Common Sandpiper, 18/3/18, Albany

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98.Straw-necked Ibis, 19/3/18

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99. Currawong, 18/3/18, Albany

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100. Thought I'd have an Endemic West Australian Bird here, seemed appropriate as Im seeing how many WA birds I can get this year...

Western Rosella, Albany, 17/3/18, male

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I have a bit of trouble separating Females and Juv, so I won't try

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and Dardanup 6/4/18

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and a couple of repeats, just because I like them, both from Albany

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Peter Connan

Congratulations on your century!

 

The cricket debacle reminds me a little bit of our Hansie Cronje matchfixing scandle. Just seems to me a few scapegoats are being punished for a much wider problem.

 

Having said that, he did make it rather obvious...

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16 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Congratulations on your century!

@Peter Connan  Thanks, no fixing or fudging here, luckily the stakes aren't high enough (as far as I know anyway)

 

101. Spotless Crake 26/3/18, Busselton, it was a gloomy wet, wet day walking around what was really an industrial area beside a busy road, when I got another 'lifer', a very shy Bird apparently, so I got lucky. I now have both the Spotted and Spotless Crakes for the year.

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102. We've just had a few days in the wine growing area of the Ferguson Valley, just a couple of hours South of Perth. the BandB we stayed in had a permanent soak, lots of trees and a very healthy organic garden, paradise for little Birds. Sitting out on the Deck was such fun watching all the garden visitors going about their business

Scarlet Robin (female) 4/4/18

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(male)

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103. White-naped Honeyeater

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104. Inland Thornbill contemplating a bath...

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and then hanging out to dry

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105. Yellow-Romped Hornbill

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106. Soaring high in the thermals above us over breakfast, Ill put it in just in case, but hope for a better chance later in the year, further north where they are abundant

Wedgetail Eagle

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107. Red-eared Firetail, another SW Endemic, I saw these tiny little guys last year for the first time, and a long ways off, so pleased to have them within a few meters picking up little treats 

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White-breasted Robin (#71) Endemic, were in abundance all around the garden, such a delight to see.

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TonyQ

That Firetail is a stunning bird.

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michael-ibk

Agree with Tony, what a splendid little masterpiece of a bird!

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Peter Connan

I agree. Beautiful little thing!

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xelas

Congratulations on passing by the #100, and thanks for showing us all those far away (or should I say down under) birds!

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PeterHG

 Beautiful additions again. Great to see so many unfamiliar, yet splendid, birds in your thread!

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Galana

More congratulations on your well deserved century. and doing it with such lovely birds makes it very special.

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lmSA84

Well done on the ton! Beautiful sequence of birds 

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