Swifts and Swallows are often mistakenly considered to be closely related. Although they share similar habits, they are representatives of two distinct families. Swifts share a family with the swiftlets, while swallows are grouped with the martins.
June marks the half way point in my (Little) Big Year. At the end of May I was still a whopping 231 species short of my primary target of 400 Australian bird species for the 2015 calendar year, and 42 short of my secondary target of 50 new Australian bird species for my life list.
February was a little less exciting than January, which gave me a healthy 79 species, but nonetheless gave a good number of species’ sightings, including 3 new ones for my life list. I also had to say goodbye to a great friend of mine, Bob, who had been diagnosed with cancer.
To get started on the addictive hobby of birding (or birdwatching), all that you need is a pair of binoculars (or a scope), a pocket bird guide, a notebook and an idea of where to go to try and see what you want. This post will give you a quick introduction on the majority of what you will need which, when coupled with “A Photographic Guide to Birds of Australia” (by the Author), should have be well-prepared.