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Sue Taylor
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ONE MAY DAY AROUND RUTHERGLEN
Since my three lifers in January, birding has been quiet.  My mate, Philip Jackson and I spent a day at Werribee in March (well, half a day to be correct) and came away very pleased with a score of 83 species, or 84 if you count the scrubwren Philip saw tha...

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PELAGIC, KIAMA, 25 MARCH 2017
Just about anyone else who saw a South Polar Skua, a Kermadec Petrel and a Gould's Petrel on the same boat trip, would be very pleased with themselves.  Me, I just can't help thinking it's unfair!  I liked these birds of course, and the close-up and persona...

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SUMMER'S OVER!
This morning, 28 February, I did my walk early, as the forecast is for another scorcher.  It was my last walk this summer, my 52nd for the season.  In total, I recorded 26 species of birds.  I recorded five species on every walk (Spotted Dove, Rainbow Lorik...

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BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER AT LAKE MURDEDUKE
Yesterday, I admired the Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lake Murdeduke, just outside Winchelsea, west of Geelong.  What a pretty little bird! James drove me down.  He'd seen the bird before, but wanted to get better photos. I just wanted to add the bird to my l...

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DARWIN'S MYSTERY GULL
As soon as I heard about the mystery gull in Darwin, I wanted to see it.  The authorities were debating its identity:  some said it was a Caspian Gull, some said it was Heuglin's Gull, which (so I learnt) is a race of the Lesser Black-backed Gull.  Whatever...

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800 AUSTRALIAN BIRDS! OR IS IT?
Yesterday, I saw a South Island Oystercatcher, which I believe to be my 800th Australian bird.  Yippee!  The lustre is a little removed from this apparent milestone, because doubt has been cast on one of my sightings:  the American Golden Plover I saw in Ma...

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WONDERFUL WERRIBEE - AGAIN
'Why do you want to go to Werribee?  We were there on Sunday!' Rog and I have been married for over forty years, and he still doesn't understand! My birding mate, Philip, was back from his New Year's sojourn, and had suggested a trip to Werribee on Thursday...

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A TRIP TO WERRIBEE: THE BEST WAY TO START THE YEAR
I started 2017 grumpy.  I was forced out of bed half an hour early by Roger's stentorian snoring, only to be confronted by a large unfriendly spider that had taken up residence in the shower recess.  I left home at 5 to 7.  There was no traffic.  I arrived ...

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CHRISTMAS ISLAND DECEMBER 2016
Having achieved a remarkable eleven lifers on the Cocos Islands, I couldn't help wondering what treasures were in store for me on Christmas Island.   As this was my fourth visit to Christmas, I had no right to expect anything new.   Perhaps not the rarest p...

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COCOS ISLANDS DECEMBER 2016
Jenny Spry, the first woman to reach an Australian birdlist of 800 birds, told me that the secret of reaching 800 birds was to do lots of pelagics.  I've done an awful lot of pelagics when I haven't added anything to my life total.  I think the secret to re...
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