Monday, February 6, 2017

Palm Springs

We are back in California, recovered from the monthlong trip to Australia and Fiji. We decided to skip the Super Bowl and go to Palm Desert. Here's a few birds we saw.

Verdin
Verdin

Cormorant
Cormorant

Friday, January 20, 2017

Queensland birds

We are back in California after 3 weeks in Australia. It's hard to limit the photos but here are some favorites.
Also a bat.



Buff-breasted paradise Kingfisher
Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher

Rainbow Lorikeets on Grevillea
Rainbow Lorikeets

Tawny Frogmouth
Tawny Frogmouth

Spectacled Monarch building a nest
Spectacled Monarch

Black-faced Monarch
Black-faced Monarch

Eastern Whipbird
Eastern Whipbird

Rainbow Bee-eater
Rainbow Bee-eater


Eastern Yellow Robin
Eastern Yellow Robin

Pale-yellow robin
Pale-yellow robin


Juvenile Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra

Regent Bowerbird
Regent Bowerbird

Bridled Tern
Bridled Tern

Buff-banded Rail
Buff-banded Rail

Superb Fairy-wren
Superb fairy-wren

Variegated Fairy-wren
Variegated Fairy-wren

Red-backed Fairy Wren
Red-backed Fairy-wren

Rufous Fantail
Rufous Fantail

Flying fox
Flying Fox (Fruit Bat)

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Fiji birds: Nadi and Taveuni

We spent Christmas week in Fiji. Here's our birding highlights.

White-collared Kingfisher
White-collared Kingfisher

Collared Lor
Collared Lory

Jungle Myna eating a papaya
Jungle Myna

Vanikoro Broadbill
Vanikoro Broadbill


Orange-breasted honeyeater
Orange-breasted honeyeater

Banded Rail
Banded Rail


Fiji white-eye
Fiji White-eye

Red-breasted Musk Parrot
Red-breasted Musk Parrot

Fiji Goshawk
Fiji Goshawk

White-faced Heron
White-faced Heron

Polynesian thriller
Polynesian triller


Fiji woodswallow
Fiji Woodswallow

Common Myna
Common Myna

Red Avadavat (Red Munia, Strawberry Finch)
Red Avadavat

Reef Heron
Reef Heron


Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird

Golden Plover
Golden Plover

We had some problems with Bird Identification, but eventual found a good birding brochure from a driver and searched the internet for the rest.






Thursday, December 8, 2016

Birding the fish market in San Mateo

Black-crowned Night Heron
Night Heron

Egret
Egret


Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye

Mike had a meeting near San Francisco Airport. While crossing a bridge, he noticed some birds and stopped in the parking lot of a restaurant to watch a while.

Backyard Bluebirds

Western Bluebird

Western Bluebird

We don't get bluebirds in the yard much, but some have been coming by this week. Maybe they'll find the Bluebird house we put up a few years ago.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Hooded Mergansers rule

The hooded Merganser is the bird that pushed us ove the edge. We became birders because these ducks landed in the lake in New Jersey we lived on. I'm glad they spend the fall and winters in Southern California too.
Hooded mergansers