Canberra Day 90

[Saturday 10th December]

Well here we are at Day Ninety! Can you believe it?? The original mission was to get to this place and we got there. Don’t worry though, we’re not quite finished…I promised to go to the last Canberra day if it was after Day 90. And that isn’t quite here, but don’t worry, not long to go.

This is our last weekend in Canberra. Well actually we’re spending today on the road and tomorrow in Melbourne so I guess last weekend was our last weekend. Too bad we didn’t know at the time; that’s how life goes I guess.

So we’re leaving for Melbourne this morning, driving through the day instead of the night for a change. It’s a nice change. Starting out a 7.5 hour drive after 5pm doesn’t make for good math. So this is the view we had all day today…not too shabby! And that’s all she wrote.

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Feathery Friday #5

This is a continuation of a series about our road trip.

11th July 2015

Last chance before heading home, so it was wetlands today, always the best option. Jerrabomberra Wetlands, and I highly recommend them!

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View from the bird hide

Had a remarkable experience with a fox! It came out of the bushes while I was standing still and we both just looked at each other and it wasn’t bothered so it ambled away! I got a few shots in, and wow, what a happening!

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In terms of water birds, there were a lot of grebes that I haven’t classified yet, several types of ducks (Pacific Black, Australasian Shoveller, Pink eared, Chestnut Teal) plus swans, coots, swamphens, and moorhens.

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Likely Hoary headed Grebes

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Australasian Shovellers

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Pink eared duck, Chestnut Teal

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Eurasian Coot

I had great views of forest birds: Red Browed Finches, loads of Superb Fairy Wrens, some White Plumed Honeyeaters, a White browed Scrubwren, a Brown Thornbill and Blackbird, plus yet more Yellow Rumped Thornbill…a couple of days ago I’d never seen these birds and now they’re everywhere!!!

Red-browed Finches - don't they look like someone had an accident with the red lipstick?

Flying female Superb Fairy Wren, an oops photo but still looks cool

Brown Thornbill, too dark but perfectly still; a miracle!

White plumed Honeyeater

Then an amazing raptor encounter with a hovering Black Shouldered Kite, then in the car and on the way home.

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There were plenty more raptors on the freeway hovering, cruising, diving but it’s almost never worth stopping, because they are hyper sensitive and fly off before you can stop the car!

Feathery Friday #2

This is the continuation of a series about our recent roadtrip.

His and hers luggage for the week of biking and birding

His and hers luggage for the week of biking and birding

7th July 2015: A rainy start in Lakes Entrance meant no sightseeing in the morning, so no bike ride along Cunningham Arm.

An attractive looking wood fire smoking the back yard at Manna Park

An attractive looking wood fire smoking the back yard at Manna Park

A beautiful drive through to Eden for delicious oysters for lunch, then afternoon tea with friends in Merimbula then on to Manna Park just past Tura Beach for more mountain bike riding.

Mountain biking at Manna Park

Mountain biking at Manna Park

I was happy to bird watch where we were, there weren’t any notable bird watching areas in the vicinity that came up on a Google search!

Grevillea growing around the park, makes for good birding!

Grevillea growing around the park, makes for good birding!

My friend photographer has inspired me to look at the ground, its amazing what you see!

My friend photographer [2_anne___ on Instagram] has inspired me to look at the ground; its amazing what you see!

I wandered around and got shots of a Little Wattlebird feeding on nectar,

A couple of blurry shots that'll make you wonder if you need your eyes tested; low light is hard to work with

A couple of blurry shots that’ll make you wonder if you need your eyes tested; low light is hard to work with

Early dinner for this agile birdie, lots of fun to watch and photograph...even with no light to work with!

Early dinner for this agile birdie, lots of fun to watch and photograph…even with no light to work with!

and a lifer in a Wonga Pigeon!

Could have missed this one in the gloom, but out of instinct I stopped the car and got a lifer!

Could have missed this one in the gloom, but out of instinct I stopped the car and got a lifer!

Another Wonga pigeon, from the other side...nothing flash and still a once in a lifetime for me, so far

Another Wonga pigeon, from the other side…nothing flash and still a once in a lifetime for me, so far

I drove elsewhere to get some other pictures, but the light and time of day were not on my side.

Not a bad alternative, but the light was too low for many photos

Not a bad alternative, but the light was too low for many photos

Last light of the day, not super productive but got me a lifer!

Last light of the day, not super productive but got me a lifer!