As at the end of November my 2015 Australian bird list was a respectable 275 which, although a long way short of my 400 species goal, was very pleasing considering the busy year I had. I had also added 37 new Australian bird species to my life list, which now stands at 466 in total – nice!
Could a trip to Chiltern and the Western Treatment Plant (both in Victoria), two of Australia’s top ten birding hotspots, get my (Little) Big Year back on track? Well, they are fantastic places to visit and November is my birthday month, so maybe that would bring me some extra luck.
About five minutes drive from my house is Tallawarra Power Station, which has a series of ponds/wetland areas on its grounds. I have often seen some nice pictures of birds from this site, and had long wanted to go and explore there.
The Guinness Book of Records lists the Southern Cassowary, the world’s third largest bird, as the most dangerous bird on Earth and, having been privileged to have been within just a few centimeters of this magnificent animal, I can certainly say that they are truly a formidable bird, and look like they could definitely dish it out if they wanted to.
Spring is here!! Well, I am a believer in Spring starting after the equinox, which was on the 23rd of September, and, when I hear the first unmistakable call of a Channel-billed Cuckoo for the year, I start getting excited. This year, the first call was on the morning of the 14th September.
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.
Rapidly approaching the half way stage of the year and my goal of seeing 400 Australian bird species in the 2015 calendar year is looking very shaky! My secondary goal of adding 50 new Australian species to my life list looking even more in trouble, but I was hopeful that a trip up the north coast, with a visit to Byron Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant, could dig me out of the … preverbial!
My first attempt at a (Little) Big Year has hit the skids a little. My goal was 400 Australian bird species for the year but, as of the end of March, I had seen only 129. My other goal was to see 50 new Australian bird species for my life list, and I had only seen 8. This is harder than I thought.
For those who missed reading my first post on the subject. After watching the movie The Big Year starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, I (Peter) have decreed that 2015 will be my first attempt at a (Little) Big Year. So far this year I have seen 122 species (including 7 new sightings), with the highlight of the month being my first Eastern Ground Parrot.
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.