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

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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

Birding across the north of Australia in July

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In Australia it is winter in July, but the weather is as perfect as you could hope for in the north of the country with daytime temperatures around 30c/86f and the night-time temperatures being around 20c/68f and rarely a cloud in the sky. Birding Australia

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.

Halls Creek Poo Ponds

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Halls Creek is situated inland on the Great Northern Highway, which is the only bitumen road around the north of Australia. Our reasons for always stopping in Halls Creek are of course to go birding! In the centre of Halls Creek is a turn-off called the Duncan Road , which heads out as a bitumen road initially and soon turns into a gravel road that winds back and forth between Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Birding Australia Australian birds Kimberley

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Little Ringed Plover

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It is believed that the sub species most likely to be visiting the north of Australia is curonicus. Little Ringed Plovers are being observed more often across the north of Australia nowadays over our summer months, but that could easily be more people spending time looking and reporting the species. Of course we will also be looking out for the return of our Semipalmated Plover that has been making Broome its home since 2009 for a few months each season!

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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.

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.

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 Animal Dance Party!

Conservancy Talk

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.

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

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.

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.

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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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

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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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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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 revisited

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I mentioned recently about the arrival of the Black-tailed Native-hens at Bilyuin Pool this year, but of course there were many other species of birds to enjoy. Birding Australian birds Western Australia

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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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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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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

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

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.

Great Egret-134th garden bird

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The Great Egret was the 134th bird that we had recorded for our garden and of course there may well be other birds that have eluded detection either at night or when we are not outside observing or away from home! Birding Australia Broome Great Egret

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?

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.

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

Karumba, Queensland

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There is access to the Norman River and the Gulf of Carpentaria and there are of course crocodiles to consider in this northern part of Australia. Our visit to Karumba earlier this year was of course to observe the local bird-life and we took some time driving from Normanton.

The Australian Bird Guide: A Review

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Are there birders out there who do not dream of birding Australia? Possibly birders who have already birded Australia (but, wouldn’t you want to go back?) Distribution maps are based on data gathered by Birdlife Australia and have an “unprecedented accuracy.”

Pictorella Mannikins

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Pictorella Mannikins- Heteromunia pectoralis -are a very small bird that inhabits the northern part of Australia and likes tall grass! Of course there are also the Chestnut-breasted Mannikins to look out for as you travel north as well.

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.