Went to Thomsons Lake last week with Martin Cake for a bit of a look.
With Martin’s expertise we saw all three of the common crakes for the area:
- Baillon’s Crake (Porzana pusilla);
- Australian Spotted Crake (Porzana fluminea);
- Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis).
They were all seen in the typha at the southern end within a few metres of each other!
Also seen was a tiger snake and a feral fox (inside the perimeter fence at the northern end of the lake).
My first new sighting for the year!
Red-eared Firetail (Stagnopleura oculata) – a small group (about 4) seen at Lesmurdie Falls. I managed to take some photographs but they were for identification only.
Lesmurdie Falls is local to me now – the birding there is quite good. There is still a fair bit of water flowing and most of the (unburnt) vegetation is thick and green. Also seen:
- Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides);
- Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens);
- Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera).
I am now the proud owner of a 2.16GHz C2D MacBook (2GB RAM, 120GB HDD, SuperDrive). I purchased it locally. It is my first Intel Mac (and at the moment I have skipped the G5’s completely). I haven’t used it for long enough to form an opinion but so far I am impressed.
The good news is that it finally exists, albeit in beta form. (1)
The bad news is that it is for Intel Macs only. (2)
(1) Not a big problem really, after all Gmail is still in beta and that works fine.
(2) Mainly an issue because I don’t have an Intel Mac.
I have finally finished building (I think) my hot rod Power Mac 7500. It has:
- 256MB of RAM (using 4 of the 8 slots in case I find some more 64MB sticks);
- An IBM 18GB SCSI disk;
- A PowerLogix PowerForce G3 350/175/512K G3 (Spartan) upgrade card running at 300MHz;
- A fairly generic USB 1.1 PCI card;
- An Apple Fast Ethernet 10/100 Base-T PCI card;
- An iXMicro Ultimate Rez Twin Turbo 128 PCI graphics card;
- An AppleVision 1710 Display.
Everything else (floppy and CD drive) is stock. It runs Mac OS 8.6 like lightning.
I can now beat the chess program (Apple Chess) that ships with Mac OS X (as long as the computer is set to the easiest mode). I think it is time to start cranking it up a bit… Most of the time I can beat the computer using less than 40 moves. Sometimes it takes me up to 60 (which is not a good thing).
Also found this site – MacChess – Dedicated to chess on Mac.