Sunday, April 01, 2007

Australia, Brisbane, and birds

I left Hawaii on Monday morning at around 2 am to travel to Brisbane via Nadi, Fiji on Air Pacific. The flight was fine on the first leg since I had a bulkhead seat with plenty of leg room. The layover in Fiji was about 6 hours, which meant going through immigration and customs and having to gather up my bags and recheck them for the next flight. That was a bit of a hassle, but manageable.

The airport terminal had plenty of windows giving views of the surrounding area. It rained a lot, which didn't make Fiji seem all that attractive to me. I talked to some of the tourists leaving the islands after an extended time and they said it had rained the entire time during their visit. I was just passing through, thanks . . .

Theo Haralampou met me at the Brisbane airport and brought me to his family's home. Theo and Stella and their daughters, Lauren and Melissa are lovely people and have made me feel very welcome in their home. I had an afternoon and full day before having to head over to the Turnfest 2007 site so I took advantage of the time to go do some birding. I took a short walk around the neighborhood on Wednesday morning and saw about six species new to me. After breakfast, Theo took me all around Brisbane to see some wetland areas and the shore of Moreton Bay. It made for some excellent birding and I scored 36 species for my life list on Wednesday, March 28th. Here are some photos of some of those species:

Australian Magpie

Noisy Miner

Rainbow Lorikeet

Magpie Lark (male)

Pied Butcherbird

Masked Lapwing

Pacific Black Duck

A view of one in flight


Torresian Crow

Straw-necked Ibis

Buff-banded rail

Great Egret

Purple Swamphen

Royal Spoonbill and Little Black Cormorant

Australian White Ibis

Welcome Swallow

Crested Pigeon

Dusky Moorhen and chick

Australasian Grebe

Comb-crested Jacana

Silver Eye

Superb Fairy Wren

Grey Butcherbird

Little Pied Cormorant

Australian Pelican


Australian Wood Duck (female)

Australian Wood Duck (male)

Forest Kingfisher

Little Black Cormorant

This is on Moreton Bay

We had lunch right at shoreline. The white ibis and noisy miners were pretty bold, just waiting for tables to be abandoned. This is a good example of a face that only a mother could love.

Silver Gull

Little Pied Cormorant

Grey-tailed tattler

Eastern Reef Egret

Black-faced cuckoo shrike

Brown Falcon

Rufous Whistler

Moreton Bay Fig - at the appropriate location

White-faced Heron


The Quacks of Life said...


Andi Wolfe said...

Pete - everyone around here is getting a kick out of my excitement to see their local birds. Wednesday was a big day - 36 new species for my life list:

1. Grey butcherbird
2. Australian magpie
3. Torresian crow
4. Noisy miner
5. Rainbow lorikeet
6. Crested pigeon
7. Magpie lark
8. Pied butcherbird
9. Masked lapwing
10. Pacific black duck
11. Dusky moorhen
12. Purple swamphen
13. Darter
14. Australian wood duck
15. Little black cormorant
16. Straw-necked Ibis
17. Australian white Ibis
18. Royal spoonbill
19. Great Egret (maybe this is the same one in the state, though)
20. Buff-banded rail
21. Welcome swallow
22. Australian grebe
23. Comb-crested jacana
24. Willie wagtail
25. Silvereye
26. Superb fairy wren
27. Australian pelican
28. Forest kingfisher
29. Silver gull
30. Grey-tailed tattler
31. Eastern reef egret
32. Brown falcon
33. Black-faced cuckoo shrike
34. Little pied cormorant
35. Rufous whistler
36. Figbird

The Quacks of Life said...

i am very jealous !! keep the photos coming