Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Long time no see, Mr Pardalote

After almost six years and several probable distant hearings finally found a Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) this week, on a mound of excavation spoil at the northeast corner of Tyto. More 'plink plink plink' yesterday but no sighting. Leaves me 10 unseen birds on thealltime list of 235. Should be a doddle to add the rest by 2070.

Meantime, a few familiars from the hide for last time in 2009. Opening with Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton). Not much depth of field because main effort going to trying for crakes further off in the scleria.

White-browed Crake (Amaurornis cinerea) steps into the open.

Spotless Crake (Porzana tabuensis) steps into the half open.

Finally, Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis). Almost a miracle picture (for me), full frame, handheld, manual focus 600mm= at 1/80th. Pity it's not sharp. Here's to crisper efforts in 2010! All the best. 


Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
I like your Rufous-throated Honeyeater, even if you are being self-critical.
Pardalote shot cute, too.
Do you aim to be here in 2070? I will be 122 by then, myself.
You might have to put the Caravan on floats by then, if predicted sea-level rises occur.

mick said...

Beautiful birds - as per usual! I'd really like to see a Crimson Finch!!

tilcheff said...

Happy New Year, Tony!

Just wanted to say that I've enjoyed your fantastic blog quietly without commenting for a very long time...
Love your beautiful photos and your sense of humor!

Sebastian said...

Happy new year! Congratulations on the Striated Pardalote. I was searching for that bugger on the tablelands but alas, no cigar.

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks all. Sorry for late reply, but modem's been sitting in the fridge: seriously, it needs the cold to snap it back into connecting. Must be semi-dry joint somewhere.

All the best for 2010.

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