Postcard from Oz – Nov 18-24

It had been 2.5 years since I last returned to the place where I grew up, Melbourne, Australia, so it was about time we visited family friends again and November is generally a great time of year to do so – not too hot, but definitely not cold. Amidst all the visiting, and an unfortunate bout of stomach flu (that hit every member of the family!), I was able to do a little bit of bird photography in my folks’ backyard, as well a ‘big day’ of birding with a great local birder & guide (Steve at www.themelbournebirder.com), followed by some coastal birding in Sorrento on Port Phillip Bay.

The higlight from the backyard were the Rainbow Lorikeets – a noisy bunch, but just about unbeatable for colourful plumage:

There were so many highlights on the ‘big day’, given that we visited multiple ecosystems from scrub to rainforest to coastal wetlands, but I was very pleased with  the fairy wrens, the wetland birds in flight and some nice close-ups of a Black-shouldered Kite, who had eluded us up until the very end of the day :

I know the birds I got to see were just the tip of the ice-berg, so I hope to be able to go back & check out some other ecosystems next time!

 

Carburn Park – 29 Sep 2012

I recently joined the ‘Friends of Fish Creek Park’ fall birding course with a view to socialising with folks with the same shared interest in nature, as well as get to know some new parks in & around Calgary.

This second trip was to Carburn Park, about 15 mins drive from home.

No new birds for me, but I was quite please to get some close-ups of the White-breasted Nuthatch as well as some gull flight shots & some nice colourful autumnal backgrounds.

Jean Lafitte Park, Louisana – 21 Sep 2012

At the end of a business trip to New Orleans, LA I had the good fortune to be able to take a day off at the end of the trip to explore the wonderful Jean Lafitte Historical Park & Nature Preserve about 45 minutes south of the ‘Big O’.

I was very impressed with the park as firstly, it is large, and secondly it has an extensice and well-maintained series of duckboard trails that take you right out into the swamp. And of course, there is a wide variety of wildlife although not quite as many birds as I was expecting.

I did not have nearly enough time in the park and would definitely return if I get the opportunity.