Tuesday, 15 July 2008

In which I consolidate my reputation as the world's second worst birdwatcher

Forgive my absence. I've been trapped in the gill net of work. You know how it is.

Since I returned from my northern adventure, my camera has done nothing but gather dust. (Along with my brain.) (Metaphorically, obviously. I don't keep my brain uncovered on a shelf. That would be careless.)

Anyway, it's time to get back into exploring the natural world — even if it is the middle of winter. I'm hoping to squeeze in a trip to the Wimmera (SW Victoria) before semester starts. At the very least, I should nip down to Serendip Sanctuary to photograph the waterbirds. (Or just the water. There ain't much of it around.)

And on the subject of birds, here's a confession that may promote (demote?) me from the rank of world's second worst bird watcher to the number one spot.

I was reading about Cape Nelson, a place that I've visited on several occasions. Every time I've been there, I've seen what look like female blackbirds scuttling through the heath near the lighthouse. It's just occurred to me that they're probably not blackbirds at all but rufous bristlebirds (Dasyornis broadbenti), one of our southern endemics.

And by 'just', I mean about fifteen minutes ago. Only three and a half months after my last trip.

*face palm*

There's only one thing for it. I'll have to go back to Cape Nelson to check.


ETA: How did I miss out on linking to Duncan's t'riffic photos of rufous bristlebirds? Now picture these birds skulking in the vegetation rather than hanging around the Point Addis carpark and you'll see what I mean about the blackbird thing.


Mosura said...

Amazing what 3 months and some work related stress can do to a blackbird :-) Just kidding of course. Sounds like a good reason to go back.

Snail said...

By this time next week it'll be an ostrich!

Duncan said...

Are these what you saw Snail?

Snail said...

I've certainly convinced myself it is, Duncan.

And now a second face palm for not linking to the best bristlebird photos on teh intaweb.

Will rectify immediately.

Mosura said...

I'm trying to turn a Forest Raven in to a Little Raven over here. Are you good at telling them apart?

Snail said...

I saw your post. They're all ravens to me. It's a terrible thing to confess but I am seriously ornithologically challenged. One bird at a time, I reckon.

Mosura said...

No worries - I'll tell you one thing, British crows and ravens are a lot easier.

jj said...

And I have had trouble with Grey and Pied Currawongs ... beat that!

Snail said...

I can tell a raven from a writing desk ... and a Torresian crow. Not that you see a lot of Torresian crows in Melbourne but if I did I would be able to distinguish it from both an Australian raven and a writing desk.

Mosura, you're dead right about the British corvids. Rooks, carrion crows, hooded crows, ravens, jackdaws, jays, magpies ... One of each, all nice and neat.

No, jj, not the currawongs!