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  1. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    Quick update:

    Past trips this year:
    March '19: Victoria
    July '19: Kimberley and Top End
    +some small local birding day-trips


    In October I'll embark on my last big trip (about two months) before heading home via Indonesia. (Will start a thread for advice for that in the next couple of days.)
    Port Hedland - Perth:
    9 days exploring north (Cue/Shark Bay) as well as hopefully picking up the handful of birds I'm still missing from the southern area (esp. Baudin's) and Western Quoll.
    Perth - Alice Springs:
    Three days on my own before joining a three week tour (Alice - Coober Pedy - Uluru - Darwin) followed by another two days by myself.
    Darwin - Hobart:
    My first time to Tassie and one week to find it all. Should be interesting though I'll probably give Melaleuca a miss as flights are ridiculously overpriced.
    Hobart - Adelaide:
    Mallee birding, Rock-wallaby and Wombat. Not sure about the rest. Will see if time and money allows for anything further afield. Kangaroo Island suffers from a severe case of overpricing as well (I really shouldn't be surprised. I'm in Australia after all...) so pretty sure I will give that a miss too.
    I'm pondering options to go up or down the east coast after (why did Eungella have to be on fire last time?:(), but I'm not sure there's much of a point in looking for Bennett's Tks again without a reliable location or Mountain Pygmies if their population is low atm). Maybe I should leave something for the future. We'll see.

    I'm hoping to break the 600 in birds, the 100 in marsupials (the 160 in mammals overall), the 200 in reptiles and maybe even the 60 in frogs by the end of the trip :fingerscrossed:. I think that should be a good effort for two years.


    I probably won't be writing any more reports anytime soon, but if anyone is interested in info for a specific location or species (s. year lists) feel free to ask here or in a PM.
     
  2. jwer

    jwer Well-Known Member

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    Just read up on the whole thread, fascinating stuff :)

    Sounds like you either don’t sleep or are on a reverse-light scheme, sleeping during the day :p

    Thanks for posting!
     
  3. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    I try^^
    (There's more where that came from here, here and here. ;))

    I usually try to go for option two but most of the time it's too hot to sleep in the car during the day so I end up doing option one and crashing hard once I get back home.^^
     
  4. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    As my two years are now officially up I'm gonna do a final tally.

    Based on The Australian Bird Guide by Peter Menkhorst et al. and listing only species with distribution maps therein; with newer splits, vagrants, other additional species as +x in []

    Birds

    Casuariiformes
    Cassowaries (1/1)
    Emus (1/1)

    Anseriformes
    Magpie Goose (1/1)
    Ducks, Geese, Swans (21/21)

    Galliformes
    Megapodes (3/3)
    Guineafowl (-/-) [+1 Helmeted Guineafowl (no distribution map)]
    Pheasants, Fowl and allies (3/3)

    Sphenisciformes
    Penguins (1/1)

    Procellariiformes
    Austral Storm-petrels (3/5)
    Albatrosses (7/13)
    Petrels, Shearwaters (8/36) [+1 Grey-faced Petrel (split from Great-winged Petrel)]
    Northern Storm-petrels (0/2)
    Diving-petrels (0/1)

    Podicipediformes
    Grebes (3/3)

    Phaethontiformes
    Tropicbirds (0/2)

    Ciconiiformes
    Storks (1/1)

    Pelecaniformes
    Ibises, Spoonbills (5/5)
    Herons, Bitterns (13/14)
    Pelicans (1/1)

    Suliformes
    Frigatebirds (2/2)
    Gannets, Boobies (2/4)
    Cormorants, Shags (5/5)
    Darters (1/1)

    Accipitriformes
    Ospreys (1/1)
    Kites, Hawks, Eagles (16/17)

    Otidiformes
    Bustards (1/1)

    Gruiformes
    Rails, Crakes, Coots (13/14)
    Cranes (2/2)

    Charadriiformes
    Button-quails (3/7)
    Stone-curlews (2/2)
    Oystercatchers (2/2)
    Stilts, Avocets (3/3)
    Plovers (12/13)
    Painted-snipes (1/1)
    Jacanas (1/1)
    Plains-wanderer (1/1)
    Sandpipers, Snipes (21/28)
    Pratincoles, Coursers (2/2)
    Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (13/23) [+2 Aleutian Tern and if splitting Common/Australian Gull-billed Tern]
    Skuas, Jaegers (2/5)

    Columbiformes
    Pigeons, Doves (24/25)

    Cuculiformes
    Cuckoos (11/12)

    Strigiformes
    Barn Owls (5/5)
    Owls (3/5)

    Caprimulgiformes

    Frogmouths (3/3)
    Nightjars (2/3)

    Apodiformes
    Owlet-nightjars (1/1)
    Swifts (3/3)

    Coraciiformes
    Rollers (1/1)
    Kingfishers (10/10)
    Bee-eaters (1/1)

    Falconiformes
    Falcons, Caracaras (5/6)

    Psittaciformes
    Cockatoos (13/14)
    Parrots (34/41)

    Passeriformes
    Pittas (2/3)
    Lyrebirds (1/2)
    Scrubbirds (2/2)
    Bowerbirds (10/10) [+1 Black-eared Catbird (split from Spotted Catbird)]
    Australasian Treecreepers (6/6)
    Australasian Wrens (16/23) [+2 Purple-backed Fairy-wren (split from Variegated Fairy-wren) and if splitting Pilbara and Sandhill Grasswrens (from Striated Grasswren)]
    Honeyeaters (72/75)
    Bristlebirds (3/3)
    Pardalotes (4/4)
    Australasian Warblers (39/40) [+1 Spotted Scrubwren (split from White-browed Scrubwren)]
    Australasian Babblers (3/4)
    Logrunners (2/2)
    Whipbirds, Quail-thrushes (8/11)
    Boatbills (1/1)
    Woodswallows, Butcherbirds and allies (15/15)
    Cuckoo-shrikes, Trillers (7/7)
    Sittellas (1/1)
    Australo-Papuan Bellbirds (1/1)
    Whistlers and allies (13/14) [+3 if splitting Crested Shrike-tit into northern, eastern and western and if splitting Little Shrike-thrush into Rufous & Arafura]
    Figbirds, Orioles (3/3)
    Drongos (1/1)
    Fantails (6/6)
    Monarchs (13/13)
    Crows, Jays (5/5)
    Australian Mudnesters (2/2)
    Birds-of-paradise (4/4)
    Australasian Robins (21/21) [+1 if splitting Kimberley Flyrobin from Lemon-bellied]
    Larks (2/2)
    Bulbuls (0/1)
    Swallows, Martins (4/5)
    Reed-warblers and allies (1/1)
    Grassbirds and allies (5/5)
    Cisticolas and allies (1/2)
    White-eyes (2/3)
    Starlings (3/3)
    Thrushes (3/4)
    Flowerpeckers (1/1)
    Sunbirds (1/1)
    Old World Sparrows (1/2)
    Waxbills, Munias and allies (18/19)
    Wagtails, Pipits (1/2)
    Finches (1/2)

    Total: (599/711) [+12]
     
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  5. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    Wow, that's extremely impressive. What happened with the lyrebirds? Which one did you not see?
     
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  6. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    Missed out on Albert's (saw every subspecies of Superb). I think I mentioned in the year list thread at the time how frustrated I was with the birding at Lamington/O'Reilly's. That was one of the reasons (+missing out on Marbled Frogmouth, generally slow going, etc).
     
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  7. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    Totals
    Reptiles: 236
    Amphibians: 59
     
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  8. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    based on wikipedia list

    Amphibians

    Bufonidae
    Beaked Toads (1/1)

    Hylidae
    Water-holding Frogs (4/13)
    Tree Frogs (25/65)
    Big-eyed Tree Frogs (0/1)

    Microhylidae
    Nursery Frogs (1/5)
    Rainforest Frogs (1/14)

    Myobatrachidae
    Tusked Frogs (1/1)
    Sandhill Frogs (0/2)
    Pouched Frogs (0/1)
    Australian Froglets (5/15)
    Ground Froglets (0/7)
    Giant Burrowing Frogs (2/6)
    Cannibal Frogs (0/1)
    Australian Swamp Frogs (5/13)
    Nicholl's Toadlets (0/1)
    Barred Frogs (5/7)
    Turtle Frogs (1/1)
    Stubby Frogs (2/10)
    Australian Spadefoot Toads (1/4)
    Opisthodons (2/2)
    Haswell's Froglets (0/1)
    Mountain Frogs (0/6)
    Toadlets (1/13)
    Gastric Brooding Frogs (0/2)
    Sunset Frogs (0/1)
    Torrent Frogs (0/6)
    Australian Toadlets (1/24)

    Ranidae
    True Frogs (1/1)

    Total: (59/~224)
     
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  9. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    Based on the Field Companion to The Mammals of Australia by Steve van Dyck et al.; with newer splits, other additional species as +x in []

    Mammals
    Monotremata
    Platypus (1/1)
    Short-beaked Echidna (1/1)

    Marsupials
    Dasyurids (16/57)
    Quolls (2/4)
    Dibbler (0/1)
    Pseudantechinuses (2/6)
    Kowari (0/1)
    Mulgaras (0/2)
    Kaluta (1/1)
    Tasmanian Devil (1/1)
    Phascogales (2/3)
    Antechinuses (5/11)
    Planigales (0/4)
    Ningauis (0/3)
    Dunnarts (3/19)
    Kultarr (0/1)
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    Numbat (1/1)

    Bandicoots (4/7) [+3 Western and Cape York Brown Bandicoot (split from Southern Brown Bandicoot) and Northern Long-nosed Bandicoot (split from now Southern Long-nosed Bandicoot)]
    Bilbies (0/1)

    Koala (1/1)
    Wombats (3/3)
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    Pygmy-possums (4/5)
    Wrist-winged Gliders, Striped and Leadbeater's Possum (6/6) [+1 if splitting Savannah Glider (from Sugar Glider) which I'm not gonna count here, because there's no paper yet]
    Ringtail Possums, Greater Glider (8/8) [+1 if Greater Glider split into northern, central (not seen), southern]
    Honey Possum (1/1)
    Feathertail Gliders (2/2)
    Brushtail Possums, Cuscuses, Scaly-tailed Possum (6/6) [+2 if Coppery and Northern Brushtail split from Common Brushtail]
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    Macropodiformes (45/50) [+1]
    Musky Rat-kangaroo (1/1)
    Bettongs (4/5)
    Potoroos (3/3)
    Tree-kangaroos (1/2)
    Hare-wallabies (1/2)
    Wallabies, Kangaroos (13/13)
    Nailtail-wallabies (2/2)
    Rock-wallabies (15/16) [+1 Wilkins' Rock-wallaby (split from Short-eared Rock-wallaby)]
    Pademelons (3/3)
    Swamp Wallaby (1/1)
    Quokka (1/1)
    Banded Hare-wallaby (0/1)

    Marsupial Moles (0/2)

    Total: (99/152) [+7]
     
  10. Najade

    Najade Well-Known Member

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    Placental Mammals
    Shrews (0/1)

    Megabats (9/12)
    Ghost Bat (1/1)
    Horseshoe Bats (1/2)
    Leaf-nosed Bats (1/8)
    Sheath-tailed Bats (2/8)
    Free-tailed Bats (1/11)
    Bent-winged Bats (1/4)
    Vespertilionidae (8/38)

    Rodents (16/57)

    Dugong (1/1)

    Eared Seals (3/5)
    True Seals (0/5)
    Dingo, Red Fox (2/2)
    Cat (1/1)

    Rabbits, Hares (2/2)

    Donkey, Horse (2/2)

    Pig (1/1)
    One-humped Camel (1/1)
    Horned Ruminants (3/4) [+1 if counting Feral Sheep]
    Deer (4/6)

    Southern Right Whale (1/1)
    Pygmy Right Whale (0/1)
    Rorquals, Humpback Whale (3/8)
    Sperm Whale (0/1)
    Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whale (0/2)
    Beaked and Bottlenose Whales (0/12)
    Ocean Dolphins (3/20)
    Spectacled Porpoise (0/1)


    Total: (67/218)
     
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  11. MRJ

    MRJ Well-Known Member

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    An extraordinary achievement
     
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