Monthly Archives: January 2019

Arduinos and SD cards

If you require an SD card interface for your Arduino project I highly recommend purchasing an Arduino with one built-in.  It took three attempts to get an SD card interface added to my basic Arduino Mega:

  1. A very cheap generic (“LC Studio”) break out module that seemed to work intermittently at best;
  2. A cheap shield (linksprite SD Card Shield v1.0b) – not compatible with the Mega (it does not state this on the packaging but if you search the documentation on their website it clearly states this, I should have done my research first);
  3. And finally, a not so cheap Ethernet plus SD card shield (Freetronics) that worked without a hitch.

I would have been better off spending the extra coin on a Mega with the SD card interface built-in and reclaiming most of my weekend…

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