Thursday, December 31, 2009

Pectoral Sandpiper in Queensland

Had a wonderful day out yesterday birding with birder sepreme, Michael Atzeni from the Toowoomba Bird Observers. Mick kindly drove me around to significant birding spots in south-east Queensland and I had a ball. Saw some super species but the rarity of the day was this Pectoral Sandpiper, Calidris melanotos, spied by Mick at Jahnke's Lagoon near Gatton. Took almost 300 pictures on the day and will upload a selection later.











Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas in Summer

Above: Peregrine Falcon. I think he's a male.

Enjoying another holiday at home. Got 40cm of snow the day I left Japan. I'm pretty happy it's not too hot though here in Oz. Getting plenty of showers. Love the summer smells and colourful skies. Got the Peregrine Falcon picture along with the Nankeen/Australian Kestrels in Gatton, Queensland, on Christmas day. Scored the female Superb Blue Wren in our front yard this morning.
Above and below: Nankeen/Australian Kestrel

Below: Female Superb Blue Wren.