My, how time flies! I have just checked and it has been a year since my last post. As I look back on the last 12 months I see one of the reasons for a lack of posts is a lack of new birding locations, just repeats of old favourites.
There have been some wonderful trips and weekends but just none that inspired me to do a blog. So, I have decided this is going to be a precis of the last twelve months to bridge from the last 2016 blog to what could be a very busy few months coming up with new places and new birds. My next planned blog will be in mid November.
The images in this blog are chronological and give a glimpse of my meanderings over the last year.
|The iconic Christmas Island bird, the Golden Bosun. This is the endemic golden race, Phaethon lepturus fulvus, of the White-tailed tropicbird.|
|This cafe is THE place to get breakfast after an early morning of birding, as long as one is not on a diet. The food is excellent and varies day to day.|
|Christmas Island Gecko|
|Waiting for swifts to arrive overhead at "swift alley", out by the new detention centre.|
|Common Emerald Dove, Chalcophaps indica|
|Male Frigatebird asleep on a hot day. If one has an inflatable pillow, why not use it?|
|Not the best photo in the world but I love the quirky idea of smartening up a derelict forklift|
|Oceania House or "The Big House", built by the Clunies-Ross family and now being used as a B&B.|
|Diningroom in Oceania House. The current owners have filled the house with period furnishings.|
|The Cocos Keeling Islands is not just birding, it is also world renown for diving, kite-surfing and here, Bone-fishing from a purpose-built boat. There was a luxury motor-yacht moored nearby.|
|The ferry between Home Island and West Island|
|The new ferry jetty on West Island|
|My easiest "mega" pelagic seabird ever. A Barau's Petrel circling over the end of the Cocos airport runway|
|Eurasian Hobby in Perth on my way home from Christmas Island|
|Noisy Miner in central Vitoria|
|Australian Hobby near Bendigo, Victoria.|
|Grey Petrel off Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania|
|Southern Royal Albatross off Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania with a Shy Albatross in the background|
|Three Minke Whales off Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania|
|Dolphin coming in fast from astern to catch a ride on the bow wave as we head back into port|
All images & text © Jenny Spry