Garganey in Australia

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Last week I mentioned the Tufted Duck that had suddenly appeared in Australia and it is not the only vagrant duck to have chosen to reside in Australia at the moment. With so much of the environment in Australia that is inaccessible at any time of year it does beg the question as to how many different bird species do arrive and then leave and never get observed! The first record of the Eurasian Hoopoe in Australia was well documented in 2011.

Brown Quail in Australia

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There is a lot of variation in the plumage of Brown Quail throughout Australia, but the female bird is generally paler than the male. The post Brown Quail in Australia appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Broome Brown Quail Western AustraliaBrown Quail- Coturnix ypsilophera are a species of birds that we do often encounter around Broome, but rarely get a chance to photograph. Brown Quail sometimes just squat in the grass and you would not even know they are in the area.

Palm Springs, Western Australia

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This year we did the same, but this time it was Palm Springs, Western Australia! This track will lead you to the Halls Creek Poo Ponds and these are by far the best Poo Ponds in the north of Western Australia! Trips Australia We visited Palm Springs, California towards the end of 1989 and we camped and looked for birds. On our trip to Kununurra and Keep River National Park in August we took a detour when we reached Halls Creek.

Northern Australia birding

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By the time we had reached Wyndham in the north of Western Australia we had encountered Gouldian Finches , but it was not until we were at a small billabong between Wyndham and Kununurra that I was able to photograph them. There are Apostlebirds in the northern part of the Northern Territory isolated from the main population down the east coast of Australia. Although they are distributed across the north of Australia and down the east coast they are easily overlooked!

Invasive species in Australia

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In Australia we definitely have our fair share of invasive species and the main problem is that we are such a huge land mass with such a small population. The population of Australia is concentrated mainly around the city areas along the coast and many invasive species have been able to spread with ease. European Red Foxes were brought into Australia in the 1850′s for recreational hunting and soon spread rapidly.

Camels to be Culled in Australia

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There are camels in Australia? Tags: cull camels australia environment Apparently so and they are considered feral pests. you know what that means.

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Temminck’s Stint in Australia

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Since we returned from Melbourne in May we have spent a lot of time in remote parts of northern Australia enjoying the bird-life. In recent weeks we have pondered over the fact that it is almost twenty years since we had a “first for Australia” and that was a Blue and White Flycatcher on 5th December 1995. Our latest trip this weekend found us two metres from a small shorebird that immediately struck us as a shorebird that we do not see in Australia.

Tufted Duck in Australia

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The above photo of a Tufted Duck was not taken here in Australia, but in Europe by myself. However, there have been a lot of photos taken of the Tufted Duck that is currently in Australia. It is very disappointing that this Tufted Duck overshot the north of Australia and ended up at the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee, which is 30 kilometres/19 miles west of Melbourne. With the current heat wave across Australia it has become harder to observe the Tufted Duck.

Eastern Curlew in Australia

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Over recent decades there has been a sharp decline in the population of Eastern Curlew visiting Australia during their non-breeding months each year. The Eastern Curlew is the largest of the migratory shorebirds to visit Australia and really can’t be mistaken for any other species. The post Eastern Curlew in Australia appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Australia Broome Eastern Curlew

Spinifex Pigeons in Western Australia

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In Western Australia we have two races of the Spinifex Pigeon Geophaps plumifera , but neither are found in Broome. Birding Australia Karratha pigeons TripsOne race lives to the north- Geophaps plumifera plumifera and the other race lives to the south- Geophaps plumifera ferrugines. They both live in rocky areas and amongst what is traditionally called Spinifex grass.

New Zealand, Australia to Conduct Whale Research Too

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New Zealand and Australia are joining forces to carry out research on whales using non-lethal methods, in an attempt to challenge Japan's hunting programme. Tags: australia whales new zealand Japan Good news! It's non-lethal. Eighteen scientists will set sail for Antarctica next month to study minke, humpback and blue whale populations. They will also be assessing the impact of climate change on the whales.

Grey Butcherbirds ??? Australia???s Shrikes

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Latham first described Grey Butcherbirds in 1801, like most people of the age he assumed Australia’s birds should be seen in the context of Old World birds and placed them with the birds he thought they most closely resembled, the shrikes of the genus Lanius.I’m Butcherbirds, like their relatives, are popular birds in Australia, their marcarbe feeding habits notwithstanding. When J.

Week 13: Melbourne, Australia Part 2

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This is a continuation of the story about landing in Melbourne, Australia, and I will cover our afternoon the first day and my visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. It just seemed wrong to post any stories about Australia without at least one Kangaroo, so on our second hike, those featured in the cover picture showed up on the edge of the forest. Australia Species 116. New Lifers from Australia 100.

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Sarus Cranes in Australia

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On our recent trip across the north of Australia we were lucky enough to encounter several Sarus Cranes- Grus antigone , which are incredibly tall and elegant birds. The Sarus Cranes were easily observed from the highway and although the field guides for Australia indicated we were in the right location for observing Sarus Cranes we had not been certain that we would encounter any or least of all so many! Birding Australia Sarus Cranes

Sea Snakes of Northern Australia

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Reptiles / Sea Snakes of Northern Australia Sea Snakes of Northern Australia By Clare M • March 13, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share A little bird told me this week that you are all rather interested in the sea snakes that we come across on the beaches here whilst observing shorebirds. I loved your post, I have to visit Australia someday.

Ring in the new year with the Australian Firefighters Calendar!

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What better way to ring in 2020 than with one of six unique calendars featuring Australia’s hottest firefighters with rescue cats, dogs, horses, and native animals! It’s hard to believe the new year is already right around the corner. A … Continue reading → people helping animals

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Fairy Pitta in Australia-a sad story

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As keen birdwatchers, who just happened to have found the Night Parrots in Western Australia, they were keen to look for the Fairy Pitta at first light the next day. This was only to be the second record for Australia. It was still only about 6:30am and we don’t know where it spent the previous night, but in their natural environment away from Australia they do roost in the trees. Australia-wide there is a huge problem with cats taking animals and birds.

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Shelters Fill Up Due to Wildfires in Australia

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Sea Shepherd Back in Australia to Refuel

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Labour Urges New Zealand to Support Australia's Call to End Whaling

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Grey-headed Lapwing in Australia

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Our plan was to head north for a few days and observe the concentrated bird-life around the remaining ephemeral lakes and observe some of the birds that had arrived in the north of Australia over the past few weeks. As with our trip to Saltfleetby in the UK , where we checked online first to see if any bird of interest was about and discovered there was a Long-billed Dowitcher to keep an eye out for, we checked the Western Australia Unusual Bird Sightings website.

Week Fourteen: The Center of Australia, and Sydney Part #1

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This week finds us flying from Melbourne, Australia, to Alice Springs, in the center of this incredibly large country. This is truly the center if Australia, no matter what method you use to decided the actual location of dead center. But the diversity, that I have found to be Australia, remains. I am sure the tormented scream was heard thru out much of central Australia. To me, no bird is more iconic to Australia, than the Laughing Kookaburra.

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A Terek Sandpiper flagged in Japan visits Australia

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There it stood on top of a rock as if it was waiting for us to come along and admire it and tell the world that it had come to Australia during its non-breeding cycle of the year! Birding Australia Broome shorebird banding Terek SandpiperI had only just written about the observation of a Little Tern flagged in Taiwan last week when another flagged bird from overseas placed itself in our path!

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Australia’s extinct and threatened bird species

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Australia is a vast country with a very small human population, which mostly clings to the edge of the continent. Even the first explorers to Australia documented there was a risk of extinction of birds and animals into the future and subsequently decided to collect as many specimens as possible! Handbook to The Birds of Australia, 1865. It is rather sobering to read the list of extinct, threatened and near threatened birds in Australia and realise just how many there are.

Spotted Whistling Ducks at Australia’s Wonga Beach

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Birders across Australia are excited about reports of a flock of 23 Spotted Whistling Ducks just north of Cairns in a pond in Wonga Beach. The birds have historically been found from the Philippines south through central Indonesia to Papua New Guinea though they recently colonized remote parts of the west coast of Australia’s Cape York peninsula. Asides Australia

Birding Sydney, Australia

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Contrary to what many people believe, Sydney is not the capital of Australia, and even calling it the premier city in the country might elicit angry complaints from the inhabitants of Melbourne. But it is the first and oldest city in Australia, and arguably the most scenic, sprawling (and it certainly does sprawl) around a series of attractive bays and harbors. It is also a fantastic place to watch birds, and to get an introduction to birding in Australia.

Proposal for the National Bird of Australia

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The irredeemably awful and generally terrible government of Tony Abbott is flailing around and one by-election away from open war on itself, and perhaps could use a distraction to take Australia’s minds off its stances on Syrian refugees, gay marriage and war on clean energy. It turns out that Australia has no official national bird (but we do have an official gemstone), and this is exactly the type of issue that can unite the fractured nation.

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US Retailers Investigate Mulesing in Australia

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Birding across the north of Australia in July

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In Australia it is winter in July, but the weather is as perfect as you could hope for in the north of the country with daytime temperatures around 30c/86f and the night-time temperatures being around 20c/68f and rarely a cloud in the sky. These temperatures make for perfect birding/camping weather and because that is one of our favourite pastimes we decided it was time to go and explore a bit more of northern Australia during July. Birding Australia

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US Retailers Concerned Over Australia's Delay in Ending Mulesing

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The American retailers are worried that Australia's ditching of its own 2010 deadline to end the practice may reignite protest: ''We are concerned about what future action PETA may decide to launch if the issue remains unresolved,'' the vice-president and international trade counsel of the National Retail Federation, Erik Autor told the Herald. Tags: australia sheep mulesing Such an awful practice.

How Much Animal Testing in Australia?

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Australian Association for Humane Research says that Australia experiments on more animals per capita than the European Union, the UK and New Zealand. Tags: australia animal experimentation animal research They are trying to get figures for the Northern Territory.

Australia Starts to Crack Down on Sea Shepherd Leader

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The Australian government appears to be cracking down on Sea Shepherd at the request of the Japanese. Earlier this year they seized records and videos from the Steve Irwin, and are now holding up Paul Watson's visa requests. The Federal Immigration Department has cracked down on Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson, demanding to know the anti-whaling group leader's police and court records as it reviews his visa.

Australia is closed-sorry….

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Australia has now been closed to anybody who is not an Australian citizen. Hopefully, in a few months’ time we will open our borders and Australia can welcome both people and shorebirds back to our continent.

Echidna-egg laying mammal-500th post!

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In Australia we have two egg-laying mammals. We have observed a lot more Echidna in Australia than Platypus. Platypus prefer a water habitat and their location in Australia means we have rarely travelled to where they live. Mammals Australia Echidna

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Midsummer in northern Australia

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Throw in the completely different climate we are experiencing in northern Australia and we seem to be absolutely worlds apart… but are we?! Weeping Mistletoe Amyema pendula in a Eucalypt tree We even have a Mistletoebird , which is present all over Australia and has a red breast, but I have been unable to get a photograph for this post myself. Asides Australia Broome

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters

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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters – Calygavis chrysops are found in the eastern and south eastern parts of Australia. They are not present in Western Australia or the Northern Territory, so not a bird species that we get to observe very often.

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A Tawny Frogmouth family

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Birding Broome Tawny Frogmouth Western AustraliaI won’t apologise for doing another post about Tawny Frogmouths , because they are just such beautiful birds! You will notice that it is a year ago that I wrote about the family of Tawny Frogmouths at Cygnet park in Broome.

Kimberley Flycatcher

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In fact it is a rather dull bird for Australia! If you came across a Lemon-bellied Flycatcher further north in Australia you would easily believe it was a different species. Birding Kimberley Kimberley Flycatcher Western Australia

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Whistling Kites breeding

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Whistling Kites are widespread across Australia and around Broome they help clean up the carrion along with the Black Kites. The travel restrictions are slowly easing around Western Australia, but you are still not allowed to enter from any other state or from overseas.

Pied Butcherbird family

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Birding Broome Pied Butcherbird Western AustraliaWe have been observing the Tawny Frogmouth family again during the week at the same park in Broome. The juvenile birds are growing fast and less interested in people in the park.

A Little Tern flagged in Taiwan visits Australia

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Of course there has been a good reason for this, especially when we discovered the first Temminck’s Stint to ever be observed in Australia! It is a lot less common to observe shorebirds from other areas in the flyway, but as the shorebirds return from the north we do observe shorebirds marked in Victoria and South Australia when they drop by to rest before crossing Australia to their original banding site. Birding Australia Broome Little Tern

Northern Rosella

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Northern Rosella are resident in the north of Australia, but not in large flocks. If you happen to be in the north of Australia then keep your eyes out for Northern Rosella and remember they may be at your feet or way up high in the foliage. There is another species of Rosella in the south east of Australia aptly called the Eastern Rosella. Birding Kimberley Northern Rosella Western Australia

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Dollarbirds are back in Broome

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We are lucky in Western Australia that we can move around our own state. We can’t move around the rest of Australia or go overseas, but keeping everyone safe is a priority. So much has happened in the world in their absence from Australia.

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