Saturday, February 06, 2010
Melbourne 31 Jan
On Friday I went for a pre-flight run along the river in London - cold and wet, but I saw a superb male Sparrowhawk shoot into a riverside tree, then get chased away.
By Sunday morning, I was in sweltering in Melbourne! Went down to the Botanic Gardens and found Silver Gull, Rainbow lorikeet, Grey Fantail, a mystery blackbird (looked pretty much like a Blackbird - see photo) but can't work out what it is?, also saw a blackbird with brown tinges - what's that?, Brown Thornbill, Aus Magpie, Brush Wattlebird, Magpie Lark, Black Swan, Coot, Dusky Moorhen, Purple Swamphen, Hardbill, Aus Wood Duck, Spotted Turtle Dove, Common Myna, Bell Miner, Little Pied Cormorant, Pacific Black Duck, Crested Tern.
In the afternoon I speculatively went out to Studley Park, which turned out to be a good move with Noisy Miner, Grey Butcherbird, Willy Wagtail, great parrot views of Rainbow Lorikeet, Red Rumped Parrot, Eastern Rosella, Galah on the cricket pitch, Crested Pigeon, Welcome Swallows until the rain drove me off.