Recently we had a holiday of the best part of a week at the wonderful Narrawallee Creek Studio. (I’ve posted about a previous trip here). Obviously Jr, who was 6 and a bit months old at the time came along, and that significantly reduced my birding opportunities. Doesn’t he know that this isn’t the way these things are meant to happen??
In all seriousness though, it was a great trip. Tiring, but good. I managed to see some good birds, including 4 Hooded Plover at 2 locations (approximately 8% of the NSW population), the first lot of returning Bar and Black-tailed Godwit, Great Knot, Whimbrel and Eastern Curlew, a couple of late departing Double Banded Plovers. Shoalhaven Heads is open for business – you don’t need to take the ferry across to access the good bird areas, as was the case last year.
One of the other highlights was filming a Bassian Thrush having a good old feed – obviously it has got a mate – or a brood – on the nest. I had a look around for a nest, but couldn’t find anything.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrtroy/15232173407/ (I’ll add a screen cap and make this look better shortly. Trust me – it’s worth a click)
I also managed to get up to Mudgee for a look at the Citrine Wagtail a couple of days before – a lazy 700-odd km fathers day twitch before settling in to drink beer and watch the Swans play some mighty fine football. Shame they didn’t repeat that a couple of weeks later at the Grand Final, but it was a good way to spend my first fathers day. If all my future Fathers Days can be that tops, I’m in a pretty alright place.
Who knows when I’ll get around to uploading more photos and video – it’s taken me this long to get this video uploaded. Babies eh? Stay tuned however – I’ll upload a few shots to Flickr at some point soon.
Anyway – thanks again to Cindy and King for being excellent hosts, and thanks to you for taking the time to read this.