Category Archives: Birding

Review: Birders (film) on Netflix

I stumbled across this film via a Facebook post and watched it during lunch and on the bus home from work (it’s only 37 minutes long). It provides interesting insight into the birding on either side of the US/Mexico border, an area I knew very little about. A bonus is the wonderful cinematography (in particular the incredible raptor scenes). It’s a niche topic but I highly recommend the film.

July 2021 Birding Update

An overnight twitch with two friends to Credo Station yielded two new birds for me:

Good views of Ground Cuckoo-shrike and Zebra Finches also which was nice. These two additions take my Australian life list to 358 and my Western Australian life list to 295. Photographs from the trip are on my Flickr site.

2020 Birding Targets

In no particular order, my 2020 targets are:

  • Sooty Tern
  • Malleefowl
  • Black-eared Cuckoo
  • Southern Scrub-robin
  • Gilbert’s Whistler
  • Australian Owlet-nightjar
  • Barn Swallow (suspect I will need to upgrade my ID skills a bit for this)
  • Shy Heathwren
  • Rufous Fieldwren
  • Noisy Scrub-bird (will need a trip to Cheynes Beach for this)
  • Western Whipbird (as above)
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Australian Birds known to be kept in captivity in Perth

I’m going to compile and maintain this list to assist in distinguishing aviary escapees from over-travelling legitimate wild birds (relative to the Perth metro area).

  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Red-Collared Lorikeet
  • Princess Parrot
  • Scarlet-chested Parrot
  • Bourkes Parrot
  • Budgerigar
  • Cockatiel
  • Emerald Dove
  • Diamond Dove
  • Zebra Finch
  • Double-barred Finch
  • Painted Finch
  • Masked Lapwing
  • Banded Lapwing
  • King Quail
  • Brown Quail
  • Stubble Quail

2019 Birding Targets (updated)

In no particular order, my 2019 targets are:

  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater (unsure how I have avoided this one)
  • Sooty Tern
  • Eurasian Curlew (simply because there is one nearby)
  • Sanderling
  • Malleefowl
  • Black-eared Cuckoo
  • Southern Scrub-robin
  • Gilbert’s Whistler
  • Australian Owlet-nightjar
  • Australian Little Bittern (Herdsman Lake looking good)
  • Barn Swallow (suspect I will need to upgrade my ID skills a bit for this)
  • Shy Heathwren
  • Rufous Fieldwren

End of 2016 Update

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update.  Apologies to my regular readers…

Here is a point form update:

  • Work and life are very busy (so no change there);
  • I’m not sure what I think about Fitbit buying Pebble (I don’t remember an acquisition like this ever going well);
  • The finches are doing well, the Painteds seem happy and are breeding, the Zebras perhaps a little too happy…;
  • Bird watching has taken a bit of a hit (closely related to amount of free time available unfortunately);
  • Using a 1975 Mini Clubman as a daily driver seems to be going well (after the clutch was replaced).

Birds seen from my office window

List of birds seen from my first floor office window in Applecross, Perth, WA (in order seen/recorded).

  1. Silver Gull – regular fly-bys throughout the day
  2. Singing Honeyeater
  3. Rainbow Lorikeet – frequent
  4. Galah
  5. Australian Magpie – nesting nearby
  6. Australian Pelican – seen circling high
  7. Australian Raven – nesting nearby
  8. Red-tailed Black-cockatoo
  9. Red Wattlebird
  10. Laughing Dove
  11. Australian White Ibis
  12. Rock Dove
  13. Spotted Dove
  14. Willie Wagtail – road verge
  15. Brown Honeyeater
  16. Magpie-lark
  17. Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
  18. Eastern Osprey
  19. New Holland Honeyeater
  20. Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo
  21. Laughing Kookaburra

2015 Birding Targets

Here is a list of the birds I am looking for in 2015 (in no particular order):

  • Terek Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus);
  • Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii);
  • Black-eared Cuckoo (Chalcites osculans);
  • Gilbert’s Whistler (Pachycephala inornata);
  • Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata);
  • Inland Dotterel (Charadrius australis);
  • Lesser Sand Plover (Charadrius mongolus);
  • Painted Button-quail (Turnix varius);
  • Southern Scrub-robin (Drymodes brunneopygia);
  • Sanderling (Calidris alba).
Edit:  Added Sanderling…