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Sorry, blindly added likes without realising the milestones! Well done on 100!

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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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Nice work getting to 100. Some lovely robins.

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Ive had a little break, been busy studying everyones "ebc" photography tips, not bragging but I was actually pretty good already and most of them were "old hat" to me. So much so, that I will continue to use put a lot of those tips to practice and may even introduce a few new ones of my own.

108) Yellow Plumed Honeyeater, York (West Aus that is, about one and a half hour east of Perth) 19/5/18

My personal fave "ebc" tip,  as Henry said  "off with its head"

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109. Chestnut Rumped Thornbill, (foreground grass is really handy)

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chestnut rump, but again, no head

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110. Zebra Finch

My next "ebc" tip is to completely ignore your astute non-birding OH when he says 'there's a new Bird", insist its not until you realise it actually is and by now has moved far, far away..

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111. Western Gerygone (pronounced Jee-rig-on-ee), Im sure Im not the first new Birder to call it a "Gerry-gone"

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112. Spiny Cheeked Honeyeater 

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113.  Australasian Gannet, winter has arrived in my part of the world and the blustery winds make perfect conditions for Gannet watching from the shoreline. Juv. Cape Naturaliste, 30/5/18

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At first I thought this one was dead, bobbing around in the waves on its own, not moving, then a flock of Seagulls flew in and it perked up, they flew off,  it flapped its wings and flew the few metres to join them again. didn't look quite right though. We'd seen a young dead Gannet washed up earlier, it really would be survival of the fittest out there.

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Meanwhile the Adults were busy feeding

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114. Arctic Jaeger ( with breath held @Geoff, rotten photo I know but the best I could do, so ID uncertain)

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115. Whistling Kite, Herdsman Lake, Perth, 3/6/18

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116. Spotted Pardalote (ebc tip No 4, rush your shot, particularly if its the first time you've ever seen this Bird, so your OH can get home in time for the Footy)

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117. Freckled Duck, our rarest Duck I believe

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118. Baudins (long billed) Cockatoo, Dunsborough residential,  29/5.   You can see that "Long Bill" getting put to good use

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Size doesn't matter in the Bird world,  "I am Strong and Regal"

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"what was that, a mosquito?"

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"eek its back"

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"pesky little thing, bugr off"

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"too close, too close!!" 

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"enough already"

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elefromoz

Oh goodness, I don't know how the Spoonbills got there...

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TonyQ

Excellent and EBC additions and family politics, what more could we want:)

The Cockatoo is lovely.

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xelas

I am still smiling :lol:;the Spoonbill is a photobomb or better a postbomb :D

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18 hours ago, elefromoz said:

114. Arctic Jaeger ( with breath held @Geoff, rotten photo I know but the best I could do, so ID uncertain)

 

Oh dear, I really have no idea and I'd be guessing (though I am leaning toward Pomarine Jaegar). It's a tough one and not my strong suit.

If you like I can send the image to an expert on the off chance they can i.d the species.

 

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Peter Connan

Lovely new additions, and very helpful tips, thank you!

 

:ph34r:

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Dave Williams

You're certainly getting in to the true spirit of the challenge. Some excellent tips on achieving EBC perfection!

My guess, and it is a guess, is that the Jaeger is either Subantarctic Skua or South Polar Skua. I don't have a bird guide for your part of the world but it seems more likely than Artic Skua.

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@TonyQ,

On 6/5/2018 at 7:36 PM, TonyQ said:

Excellent and EBC additions and family politics, what more could we want:)

 thanks and my apologies for the family politics and bringing a new "low" to the thread

@xelas

On 6/5/2018 at 8:08 PM, xelas said:

the Spoonbill is a photobomb or better a postbomb :D

Whats scary is that I have no recollection of putting it there, anything could have popped in!

@Geoff, whilst I am deeply embarrassed at the thought of you showing anyone that photo, my curiosity has the better of me so I would be grateful for the help, thanks. It would be good to know for next time.

9 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Lovely new additions, and very helpful tips, thank you!

 

3 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

Some excellent tips on achieving EBC perfection!

 

@Peter Connan, @Dave Williams don't want to appear selfish, everyone has so generously shared here.

 

@Dave Williams 

3 hours ago, Dave Williams said:

is that the Jaeger is either Subantarctic Skua or South Polar Skua.

Both of the Skua are found here on our South Coast, the book says "can be confused with an Imm Pacific Gull" which is exactly what I first thought I was seeing with that big bill. Seabirds are a whole new world for me, thanks for the help/suggestion... 

 

 

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119. Striated Pardalote, 7/6/18 Local foreshore Alfred Cove. I was out walking with a friend when we came across a flock of about 20 Striated and Spotted Pardalote right beside the path, I've never seen that number together and certainly not both species feeding together. Pretty, tiny little Birds

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and a repeat of a previous "ebc" Spotted Pardalote

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120. I've been looking for this Bird for three years now, so I got lucky on the weekend and finally saw it, getting a photo was the tricky bit, so another "ebc", possibly my best so far..just in case I don't see another this year

Southern Emu Wren, 28/6/18, Castle Rock, Cape Naturalist 

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So a lean month, more due to lack of effort,  Im not a winter person, and the times I have ventured out have been pretty non-productive, maybe the Birds don't like it any more than I do. The Red-Tailed Cockatoos have been visiting our street though, they seem to love "puddles" on the road to drink from after rain.  Not the safest thing to be doing really, but they seem to prefer  them to mine and my neighbours Birdbaths.

Male

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Female

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I did venture out for a while yesterday, the wind was howling, it was fun watching the birds trying to fly into it, basically stationary mid-air

Au Pelican, such a huge wingspan

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Peter Connan

The Pardalotes are beautiful!

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xelas

And the Spotted is even more striking then the Striated! I can not give you and comment on the EBC bird; is there one on that photo :blink: :D?!

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Galana

Love the little fellas. Well done on the EBC. A worthy inclusion.:P

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Kitsafari

I'm learning more and more about birds in other countries - I've never heard of pardalotes but they are very pretty little birds! 

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Galana
On 6/5/2018 at 9:33 AM, elefromoz said:

114. Arctic Jaeger ( with breath held

My page opened up the screen a bit and this caught my eye.

I know nothing about Down under birds and don't even have a book on em but on the assumption these birds also come Up Over and Arctic Jaeger (Skua) parasiticus is a good fit for your subject.

I like the very small white on the outer primary, more obvious and larger on other species, and the more elongated body aft of the wings with little or no evidence of the short streamers. I would suggest this is a juv Arctic in the absence of anything more obvious.

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offshorebirder

@Geoff, @Galana, @Dave Williams, @elefromoz - the Jaeger is a Pomarine Jaeger.  

 

You can see enough of its "barrel chest" to eliminate the other two possibilities and it's obviously too bulky to be the smaller 2 jaeger species.  .  Amount of white on the primaries is subjective and variable and not sufficient for separating Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers.   The bird is an immature in very worn plumage and that accounts for the lack of tail streamers. 

 

Here is an example in similar plumage (and seen from below):   zzPomarineJaeger9.jpeg

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