Birding!!!


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.

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Male Satin Bower Bird

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Grey shrike-thrush

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Grey shrike-thrush

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Grey Fantail

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Grey Fantail

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Grey Fantail

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Grey Fantail

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The name says all

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View from Mount Hyland

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Grey Fantail building a nest

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The nest

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Pied Currawong

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Male Satin Bowerbird

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Yellow -tailed Black Cockatoo

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Yellow -tailed Black Cockatoo

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Yellow -tailed Black Cockatoo

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Yellow -tailed Black Cockatoo

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Eastern Yellow Robin

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Sacred Kingfisher

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Purple Swamphen

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Grey-crowned Babbler

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Grey-crowned Babbler

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Grey-crowned Babbler

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Grey-crowned Babbler

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Grey-crowned Babbler

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Female Superb Fairy-wren

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Female Superb Fairy-wren

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Female Superb Fairy-wren

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Female Superb Fairy-wren

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Male Superb Fairy-wren

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Male Superb Fairy-wren

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Male Superb Fairy-wren

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Grey Shrike-thrush

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Grey Shrike-thrush

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Brown Thornbill

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Large-billed Scrubwren

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Large-billed Scrubwren

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Large-billed Scrubwren

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Large-billed Scrubwren

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The Nest

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I have been trying to get a photo of the Eastern Whipbird for ages. These are not the best, but I’m one happy camper with getting them.

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Female Eastern Whipbird

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Female Eastern Whipbird

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Female Eastern Whipbird

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Not the best shot, but very hard to get a photo of the Paradise Riflebird

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Female Paradise Riflebird

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Flame Robin Immature

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Flame Robin Immature

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Brown Thornbill

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Brown Thornbill

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Eastern Yellow Robin

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Eastern Yellow Robin

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At long last I got a photo of a Superb Lyrebird

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Female Superb Lyrebird

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Lewin’s Honeyeater

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Dusky Woodswallow

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