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.
Townsville Common Cons. Pk, track to Jacana hide, today. Flew off a second later with lighter load.
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