On Tuesday I left Grafton to go on a 10 day Bird count and study trip. My group and I are based just out of the little village of Dundurrabin, Northern New South Wales in the Mt Hyland Nature Reserve.
Now I love my bird photography (I might not be that good at it yet, but I am getting better) but the people I am with are a whole different ball game to me.
They refer to themselves as Birders, and they live and breathe birds day and night, and I mean day and night. If they hear a bird calling at night and they haven’t heard it for a while, it doesn’t matter what time of night it is they will be up and out trying to find it. Rain hail or snow. Not that we have had snow, but the over two yes.
In saying all that they are all absolutely wonderful people to spend time with. Our team leader is a guy called Greg Clancy and I don’t think there is a bird, plant, tree, reptile or any other living thing that Greg doesn’t know. The scary thing is that Greg can also imitate all the birds and some of the frogs we have found.
Am I learning anything, hell yes, I have learnt more about Australian Birds in the last 5 days than I ever thought I would.I cant say I can make a bird call yet! well that’s not completely true, I do a pretty good chook sound. But I don’t think that really counts does it?
I have attached the first in a series of photos I have taken on the trip so far. So I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I have enjoyed taking them.