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Temminck’s Stint in Australia

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Since we returned from Melbourne in May we have spent a lot of time in remote parts of northern Australia enjoying the bird-life. In recent weeks we have pondered over the fact that it is almost twenty years since we had a “first for Australia” and that was a Blue and White Flycatcher on 5th December 1995. Our latest trip this weekend found us two metres from a small shorebird that immediately struck us as a shorebird that we do not see in Australia.

A Terek Sandpiper flagged in Japan visits Australia

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Of course this is a risky business when dealing with birds, which could fly off at short notice! There it stood on top of a rock as if it was waiting for us to come along and admire it and tell the world that it had come to Australia during its non-breeding cycle of the year! Birding Australia Broome shorebird banding Terek Sandpiper

A Little Tern flagged in Taiwan visits Australia

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Of course there has been a good reason for this, especially when we discovered the first Temminck’s Stint to ever be observed in Australia! It is a lot less common to observe shorebirds from other areas in the flyway, but as the shorebirds return from the north we do observe shorebirds marked in Victoria and South Australia when they drop by to rest before crossing Australia to their original banding site. Birding Australia Broome Little Tern

Google says Australia is the most vegan curious


SBS reports that Google Trends ranks Australia number one for searching the word “vegan.” Potato, carrot, onion & of course #tofu with black salt and turmeric. Well Australia, we look forward to watching you shift from searching ‘vegan’ most, to being the most vegan.

Chris Brown Bowls With Disabled Kids In Australia


tour while in Australia, Chris Brown went bowling with ten kids from the organization Best Buddies Australia. Taking time off from his F.A.M.E.

Palm Springs, Western Australia

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This year we did the same, but this time it was Palm Springs, Western Australia! This track will lead you to the Halls Creek Poo Ponds and these are by far the best Poo Ponds in the north of Western Australia! We had a wander around the whole of the remaining water body the next day after being woken by Budgerigars, White-gaped Honeyeaters, Grey-crowned Babblers and of course the Blue-winged Kookaburra! Trips Australia

Northern Cable Beach birding

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The more secluded the beach the better of course! Birding Australia Australian birds Broome shorebirdsOne of the most secluded beaches around Broome is the northern end of Cable Beach. Cable Beach runs for 23 kilometres from Gantheaume Point to Willie Creek and the length of the beach can be traversed by foot or bicycle, but you do need to take note of the tides.

Australia’s extinct and threatened bird species

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Australia is a vast country with a very small human population, which mostly clings to the edge of the continent. Even the first explorers to Australia documented there was a risk of extinction of birds and animals into the future and subsequently decided to collect as many specimens as possible! Handbook to The Birds of Australia, 1865. It is rather sobering to read the list of extinct, threatened and near threatened birds in Australia and realise just how many there are.

Tawny Frogmouth family

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This is a remote part of Australia and distances can soon be covered, though on this journey north on 29th January we did encounter eleven sections of the main highway that had gone under water at creeks between Broome and Fitzroy Crossing. It really is “off season” in the north of Australia at this time of year, but that should not deter you from exploring or going birding. Birding Australia Kimberley Tawny Frogmouth

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Australia’s outrageously deficient carbon tax entrenches climate change inaction

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However sensible analysis of the proposals makes it clear that Australia’s pro-coal, pro-gas Labor Government has no intention of doing anything of the kind and its plan is simply a rhetoric-cloaked scheme for entrenched climate change inaction while pretending to do otherwise. Before considering the details of Labor’s plan one must consider Australia’s position as a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas pollution and fossil fuel exports.

Australia Animal Dance Party!

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From a groundbreaking conservation partnership in Fish River Station , to protecting Australia’s biggest land reserve in Southern Tanami , The Nature Conservancy has been hard at work protecting Australia’s beautiful lands.

Rules of Engagement: Solomon Islanders Prepare for Mining

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As one response the team worked to secure funding to support a study trip to Australia – a country where communities have experienced the highs and lows of mining for nearly 200 years. Images: Exchange trip in northern Australia.

Birding after the rains

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Not only have the birds arrived from other areas of Australia to breed, but many other creatures have been visible for those of us that are prepared to go bush-walking in extreme heat. Of course this all means it is once again perfect camping weather!

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Lake Miranda

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Many of the lakes and rivers in Western Australia only contain water after significant rainfall and it may not happen every year! We came to an area where we could pull off the highway and noticed a track, which of course we took! Of course there is no guarantee that the lake system has water in it, but if you happen to be driving between Wiluna and Leinster than it is worth slowly down and having a look! Birding Australia banded stilts White-backed swallows

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Pentecost River birding

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On our trip to the north of Western Australia we took the opportunity to visit the Pentecost River, which is south of Wyndham and is near the start of the infamous Gibb River Road. The Gibb River Road is extremely popular during the months that it is open each year and basically if you buy a four-wheel drive and head to the Kimberley area of Western Australia it is on your “must do” list of things to do. Birding Australia Australian birds Kimberley

A Day in the Life of a Field Scientist: Western Australia Edition

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In July, I joined Nature Conservancy scientist Eddie Game , University of Queensland student Chris O’Bryan, and several Martu elders for a science-packed adventure in the depths of the Western Australia’s deserts. Measuring the Impact of Feral Camels in Australia’s Martu Desert.

Great Bowerbird bowers-Keep River National Park

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Keep River National Park is situated just over the border when you leave Western Australia and enter the Northern Territory and is always worth stopping off at for a night or two. Birding Australia Great Bowerbird

Wolfe Creek Crater birding

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This gravel road runs from south of Halls Creek to Alice Springs on a more direct route than the main highway, but of course is not accessible all year. Of course there was “danger” as high-lighted by the signage! It is of course the food of the Night Parrot , but none were observed on this occasion! Birding Australia Australian birds KimberleyAt the end of June we loaded up the car with no plan other than to head north and see what was about.

Birding a bush track

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Of course, we have never been that lucky since, but it is just the memory of that special time in ours lives that pulls us back to that spot. Birding Australia BroomeNow we are back in Broome under blue skies it is really good to get out and about in the bush and see what has changed over the wet season.

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Daly River birding

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Barramundi are often caught in the Daly River and it is supposedly the best place to catch them in Australia. Of course we soon made coffee and walked back across the road to sit by the Daly River once again! Birding Australia Australian birds

Doolena Gorge

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and on our more recent trip to the southern areas of Western Australia we returned to the area to see how different the birding is at this time of year. Of course I mean it was less than 20c/68f overnight when I say it was cold!

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Birding Broome to Derby

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It is never guaranteed of course, but there’s a better than average chance among the particular native trees. In fact the edges beside the highway are being burned to give vehicles more vision beyond the long dry grass as cattle wander freely across the northern parts of Western Australia. Birding Australia Broome DerbyOn our last visit to Derby in December last year it was the Wet Season and very hot and with the risk of a torrential storm.

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Bilyuin Pool

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On our camping trip into the more southern areas of Western Australia we spent two nights camping at Bilyuin Pool on the way south and again on the way back north. As with most remote places in Western Australia you do need to be self-sufficient and bring into the area everything you need.

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Return to the Poo Ponds

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Of course there are always warnings! Birding australia broomeIn January I introduced you to the Poo Ponds in Broome and after all the rain we have experienced in the recent months I thought I should let you know about the changes.

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Beach Stone-curlew

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Of course another bonus is that if there have been fires in the bush then you will also have a brilliant sunset……… a. Birds australia broome features shorebirds stone curlews

Why Australia’s Bike Helmet Laws Kill People


We’re going to take a look at why Western Australia’s seen an approximate 30% increase in cyclists admitted to the hospital since implementing mandatory helmet laws. So according to this statistical data , the number of cyclists in Western Australia skyrocketed in the 80’s.

Reddell Beach shorebirds

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Of course not all of our shorebirds will migrate, because some species remain here the first year after arriving from the north last year and also we have our resident shorebirds. Birding Australia Broome shorebirdsReddell Beach or Riddell Beach, depending on your source of information is a very picturesque beach in Broome between the port of Broome and Gantheaume Point.

Autumn colours

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In the north of Australia we also have changing colours, but it is not the foliage that changes. • Explore These Related Posts Sea Snakes of Northern Australia The plovers of Estero Lagoon, Florida A long way from nowhere Tropical Cyclone Carlos Wet Season Wonders.Or Clare and Grant-Broome Western Australia Mar 21st, 2011 at 5:15 am @ Jochen-thanks! Tags: australia , broome , seasons , shorebirds • Have you seen the cool 10,000 Birds t-shirts?

Australian PM Julia Gillard’s appalling record of climate change inaction

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Australia is a world leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. In Australian Federal politics the Liberal Party-National Party Coalition Opposition and the Labor Government (aka the Lib-Labs) have the same official climate change policy of a derisory 5% off Australia’s 2000 domestic GHG pollution by 2020 and unlimited GHG pollution through coal and gas exports. Thus Australia with currently about 22 million x 100/7,000 million = 0.3%

High polluting Victoria, Australia, hell-bent on increasing greenhouse gas pollution

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The State of Victoria, Australia, is the worst polluting state in Australia which in turn is one of the worst countries in the world for annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution. Victoria, like the rest of Australia, is committed to remorselessly increasing GHG pollution despite the fact that Victoria is the dirtiest state in one of the worst GHG polluting countries in the World.

Birding by bicycle along the beach

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The risk of bird or turtle nests being crushed by vehicles above the high tide mark is a possibility, but of course it is hard to police these rules. Trips Australia beach BroomeWe are very fortunate here in Broome to have such great beaches for cycling.

Shocking analysis by country of years left to zero emissions

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Australia is committed to a greedy and inhumane course of climate exceptionalism, climate racism and climate injustice.&#. Because of extraordinary Mainstream media censorship in Lobbyocracy Australia, few Australians realize that Australia has already exceeded its “fair share” of permissible global GHG pollution before science-demanded zero emissions in 2050. Thus for Australia 72.1 In 2009 Australia’s population was 22.0

Our Land, Our Water, Our Future: The Australia Beyond Coal & Gas Conference

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And of course, the Knitting Nannas are there to protest with their bright yellow yarn and commitment to provide a safe environment for their grandchildren. Sierra Club Organizing Director Bob Bingaman speaks at the "Australian Our Land, Our Water, Our Future: Beyond Coal and Gas" conference.

Isabelle Cornish is just another example of vegetarian inconsistency


According to Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, “A post announcing her ambassadorship was inundated with comments condemning the animal rights activist for working with the horse racing industry. Sadly, Cornish’s decision is par for the course. Photo: Bonds Australia.

Marine Protected Areas: Tokens or Treasures?

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It’s a little hard to get your head around what Australia did last November. Australia declared new marine protected areas that cover almost ten times that area — some 2.3 I’m delighted that Australia has upped the ante for marine conservation everywhere in this way.

A Kite and Wind Energy Takes a Car on a 3000 Kilometer Trip across Australia

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Now, a wind and kite system has been tried out in Australia and has met with ‘flying’ success. The major benefit is of course the cost of the trip. Wind has been harnessed and used in a variety of ways.

Yellow Chats

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Yellow Chats are endemic to Australia and are small passerines and the male bird is bright yellow with a black crescent across its chest. Other species of chats in Australia include the Orange Chat , which is questionably quite yellow! If you venture off birding in the south of Australia you will no doubt encounter the White-fronted Chat , which of course has a white front! Birding Australia Broome Yellow Chat

7 Resources for Natural History Nerds

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If you want to learn more about birding, this is a one-stop shop for online courses, tutorials and Birds 101, 201 and 301. And, of course, I’ve made no secret of my love for Merlin , Cornell’s birding app.). This post feels a little bit like a confession.

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Photographing Laughing Kookaburras with an iPhone

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I’m on a family trip to Australia at the moment. One surprising bird encounter was with one of Australia’s most iconic birds, the Laughing Kookaburra. This large member of the kingfisher family is a familiar sight… and sound, in Australia’s countryside and city.

What Exactly is a Pardalote?

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Couas and koels are both cuckoos, saw-wings are swallows and logrunners are an odd unique thing from Australia who’s only relative is the charmingly named Chowchilla). I’d never heard of them until 2005 when I saw some in the Botanical Gardens of Canberra in Australia. Pardalotes are actually their own family, and a family entirely endemic to Australia. You’ll find pardalotes over most of Australia, but only four species in all.