wedge-tailed eagle


Order: Falconiformes. Family: Accipitridae – hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites and Old World vultures Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) Brahminy More »

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Japanese Cultural Night #2

Saturday Night Live. Last night I went out to the second Japanese Cultural Night at the Ski-jo up the road(Furano, Hokkaido, Japan). The last one was a few weeks ago so I More »

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Furano Skiing 3

Skiing at the Furano Zone. I woke up this morning an looked out the window and there was about ten centimeters of fresh snow on the cars. Which was a very good More »


On to Hokkaido

Arrived in Furano. I am so tired. My eyelids are drooping and my shoulders feel like the weight of the world is upon them. My head feels heavy and I am almost More »

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Best Bird of the Year 2010

Best Bird of 2010 I saw a post on 10,000 birds about the best bird of 2010 so I was curious as to what defines the “best” bird of the year. I More »

Pacific Gull

2010 Birding Photography Retrospective

2010 Looking Back Well here we go again. Another year bites the dust. I can remember doing my Overview of 2009 just like it was yesterday. The new year of 2010 started More »

la hoya skiing

South America Overview

South America I flew into Buenos Aries from Sydney after a horrendous 14 hour flight. It took me a few days to readjust my body clock. Meanwhile I was really enjoying going More »

Snowy Egret

More Chicama Surf, Birds

More Surfing and Birds at Chicama, Peru. This morning after my surf at Chicama, I saw an Egret down on the rocks below the hostel. I had seen a couple of them More »

American Oystercatcher

El Chaco, Paracas NP

El Chaco Birding. El chaco is the town and port at the entrance to Paracas Nature Reserve in Southern Peru. This morning after I arrived here, I went for a walk along More »

Andean Lapwing

Bird of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

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black-tailed godwit

Backpacker Birding Bangladesh

Birding in Bangladesh.

This is my research for a trip I hope to make to Bangladesh sometime in the future. Fingers crossed! In October 2014 A$1 ~= 68 Taka (tk). (Updating September 2015).


Suhrawardi and Ramna Parks ? River trips – eg Contic via Turag River.
Hotels : Old Dhaka: Hotel Sugandha, Grameen , 24 Nawabpur Rd, tk 120.
Hotel Al-Razzaque International , 29/1 North-South Rd, tk400.

Jahangirnagar University 32km from Dhaka.

Bhawal National Park is located at Rajendrapur, one hour north of Dhaka. On way to Mymensingh.

Mymensingh has a botanical gardens.
Nirula Hotel, Chowk Bazar, tk200.
Hotel Hera, 36/B S. K. Moharaja Road, tk500.

Madhupur National Park.
Bus from Mymensingh to Tangail. Bus to Pocheesh Mile. Rickshaw to Pirgacha village.
Stay at Pirgacha Mission, 0171 3003523 , tk100.


Khulna Division.

Khulna – trip to Sundarbans?
Khulna Hotels: Society Hotel, Helatala Rd, tk100. Hotel Arcadia, Khan A Sabar Rd, tk250.
Hotel Park, 46 K.D. Ghosh Road, Tk150-750.

Mongla – day trips to Karamjal Forest Station – Jahangir Enterprises, Mr Emdad and Mr Sobhan.
Stay: Hotel Bangkok, Main Rd, tk200. Hotel Singapore, tk 100.

Barisal Division.

Barisal – Hotel Ababil, East Bogura Rd, tk100. Paradise Hotel, Hospital Rd, tk250.
Village of Madhabpasa, 10km to NW of Barisal has a lake with birds.

Kuakata is a beach 100km from Barisal. Nearby Forestry Reserve. Hire fisherman to take you to nearby forested islands.
Stay: Hotel Sunrise, tk100.
Hotel Banani Palace. tk1000.


Chittagong Division.

Chittagong – Patenga Beach, Foy’s Lake, Kattali Beach.
Silver Inn Hotel, Station Rd, tk300.
Hotel Miskha, Station Rd, tk300.
Asian SR Hotel – 291 Station Road, Phone : +880-31-636383, Mobile: 01711889555, Website:, Email: – luxury for $15.

Rangamati – boat trip to Kaptai Lake. Stay: Hotel Golden Hill, tk200. Hotel Lake View, tk200.

Bandarban stay: Hillside Resort, tk500. Hotel Greenhill, tk100. Hotel Purabi, tk100. .

Cox’s Bazar stay: Hotel New United International, Bangabandu rd, tk100. Hotel Panowa, tk200.
Chunati Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sonadia Island. Maheshkali Island.

Hatiya Island in the Bay of Bengal. Travel by bus to Noakhali, and then to Chaiman Ghat where you get the launch to Hatiya Island, landing at Nolchira Ghat. Stay in local accomodation on the island, and charter a boat.

St Martins Island – budget guesthouses along the main road such as Hotel Sea Heart, Bay of Bengal Guesthouse, Coast Guesthouse, Hotel Sadek, Oceanview and Coral Reef Guesthouse – tk1000-1500.

Khagrachhari – Hotel Jiran – Tk. 350-500.

Baillon's Crake
Baillon’s Crake

Sylhet Division.

Sylhet stay: Hotel Abu Humza near main bus terminal tk500.
Hotel Asia, Bandar Bazar, tk100. Hotel East End, Telihaor Rd, tk200.

Sunamganj – 70kms west of Sylhet. Birdwatching in haors(wetlands) upstream.

Srimangal stay: Hotel Taj Mahal, Dhaka-Sylhet Rd, tk100. Hotel United, tk100.

Lowacherra National Park, 8km east of Srimangal. catch bus.
Green Valley Guest House, South Baligaon (Boter Thol), Bhanugach . tk1500.

Satchari National Park , 60km SW of Srimangal, get Dhaka-Sylhet bus.

Rema Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, near Satchari.

Baikka Beel, is a protected part of the Hail Haor wetland complex. Start from Srimongol. Hire a CNG at station road, standard is 400taka for taking you to the Beel, waiting there for two hours while you watch birds and bringing you back to the town. boat ride ~30tk.

Trip Report

yellow rosella

Narrandera Wetlands

Riverina Birding.

The Narrandera Wetlands are on the edge of town and by the Murrumbidgee River. The local people have done a wonderful job rehabilitating the site, getting rid of exotic plants and replacing them with native trees and bushes.

Australian Magpie in nest
Australian Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)

Amazingly these magpies did not swoop me. As is per usual with these birds during spring. Notice the bits of string and assorted crap that make up the nest.

Yellow Rosella
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans flaveolus)

The Yellow Rosella is a sub-species or race flaveolus of the Crimson Rosella. Unless they have changed the taxonomy, with which I am way out of date.

Grey Teal
Grey Teal (Anas gracilis)

These were about the only water-birds on the pond. Probably there was too much water because of recent rains.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorhoa)

Lot of these little fellas flitting around the bushes. I also saw Little Friarbirds and Noisy Friarbirds. Not much else.

Tree Martin

Narrandera Birding

Five Mile Reserve.

Five Mile Reserve is five miles from Narrandera. doh! It is on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River on the old Wagga Road. I am seeing lots of nesting birds. First time I have seen a White-faced Heron in a nest.

White-faced Heron on nest
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

I know why they call crow’s nests in a ship. They are really high up at the very tops of tall trees.

Crow's Nest
Crow’s Nest

Tree Martins
Tree Martin (Hirundo nigricans)

Bonus photo. A White-winged Triller from Goolgowi. About a week ago.

White-winged Triller
White-winged Triller (Lalage tricolor)


Central West Birding

Marsden Rest Area and West Wyalong.

Marsden Rest Area is about 40 kilometers north of West Wyalong.

Canola field
Field of Canola.

The canola is coming along very well. There has been lots of rain and it looks like a bumper crop for the coming grain season.

Apostlebird on nest
Apostlebird on nest

Spring is certainly coming. This Apostlebird was probably warming some eggs on a nice mud nest.

Australian White Ibis
Australian White Ibis


Forbes Birding

Gum Swamp

Gum Swamp is a couple of kilometers south of Forbes in Central West of New South Wales. There is a bird hide there right on the water front where you can sit and photograph the birds as they glide by right in front of your eyes. There was a lot of water in the swamp due to recent heavy rains. Usually a lot of the swamp is all dried up.

Pink-eared Ducks and Hardheads
Pink-eared Ducks and Hardheads

Pink-eared Ducks
Pink-eared Ducks

baby White-bellied Sea-eagle
baby White-bellied Sea-eagle

Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

black kite
Black Kite

Square-tailed Kite
Square-tailed Kite

Forbes bird list

Pink-eared Duck
Grey Teal
Pacific Black Duck
Great Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Black-winged Stilt
Peregrine Falcon
Black Kite
Square-tailed Kite
Whistling Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Brown Treecreeper

Willy wagtail

Bogan Weir Birding

Peak Hill, New South Wales.

Bogan Weir is about 6 kilometers west of Peak Hill along the road to Tullamore. The recent rain has pushed the water level right up to the top of the weir. Last night and yesterday afternoon it poured rain so I did quite a bit of reading.

Herons in a tree
White-necked and White-faced Herons.

There were 3 White-necked Herons and a solitary White-faced Heron on this dead tree by the side of the weir. I have not seen these together very often.

White-necked Heron
White-necked Heron (Ardea pacifica)

Also known as Pacific Heron.

Yellow-rumped Thornbill
Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa)

Yellow-billed Spoonbill
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)


Cassilis Park Birding

Spring is here.

It is nearly September and Spring is coming. I have been finding lots of nests. The other day I saw a Blue-faced Honeyeater nest and today I saw Magpie-lark and Noisy Friarbird nests. Things are warming up although I did spend a very cold night at Cassilis, on top of the Great Dividing Range at a whopping 700 meters altitude.

Noisy Friarbird
Noisy Friarbird (Philemon corniculatus)

Adult Noisy Friarbirds have the most beautiful neck frills. They are the most gorgeous birds and have the awesomest songs. The only thing that lets them down is the old-crone witch bump on the schnozz. 😉

Noisy Friarbird builds nest
Noisy Friarbird at nest.

The Noisy Friarbird nest seems to be made out of fluffy things and grasses all woven together in a messy construction.

Magpie-lark and nest
Magpie-lark at nest.

Peewees in contrast make the neatest mud nests.

Musk Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)

Golden Whistler
Golden Whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis)

White-throated Treecreeper
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus)

The orange patch on the cheek gives this White-throated Treecreeper away as being a female.


Battery Rock

Merriwa, New South Wales.

Battery Rock Rest Area is between Sandy Hollow and Merriwa on the Golden Highway, which goes from Singletong to Dubbo in New South Wales. I have never stopped there before, but imagine my surprise when I encountered these basaltic columns. They are formed because of internal pressures when they are cooling out from lava.

Basalt hexagonal columns
Basaltic columns

They are meant to be hexagonal but I counted a lot of pentagonal columns. I do not know why.

Basalt columns
Basalt columns.

There were a lot of Blue-faced Honeyeaters and I found a nest. I had never seen one of their nests before. It is a double first for me. doh!

Blue-faced Honeyeater at nest
Blue-faced Honeyeater

Pretty soon I will be seeing Yellow-necked Miners as I go west , but for now they are still Noisy Miners.

Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner

Not sure what this is. Some sort of parasitic plant growing on a gum tree.

Parasite plant


Saltwater Surfing

Mid-north Coast, New South Wales.

Green Knob is just on the coast from Taree on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. It is not a hollow wave but is good for long boards and just having fun. The sun was out and the tide was a bit low for my liking so I took some photos of a guy I met from Caloundra in Queensland.


It was early in the morning so the photos were a bit backlit. It is best with the sun in the west a lot more I reckon.

green knob surf
Turning into the bowl.

cutback Green Knob

Green Knob barrel
Getting inside a little barrel.


Fun and Games

Mid-north Coast – New South Wales.

Fun and games on the mid-north coast of New South Wales in the past week or so. I saw a Brahminy Kite on the back beach of Saltwater National Park.

Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite

And there were a lot of terns and gannets diving in the water for fish. I get a bit wary when birds are working out at sea. I worry about what else might be feeding on the fish.

Crested Tern
Crested Tern

Further up the coast at Rainbow Beach at Bonny Hills, there was a rainbow!

Rainbow Beach
Rainbow Beach

And a few kilometers up the road at Lake Cathie, this guy foolishly got his 4×4 stuck in the lake. The council gave him a fine because you are not supposed to drive in there.

Stuck in the sand
Stuck in the sand.