Christmas/Cocos-Keeling Islands/Perth Header : Great Egret Birds Seen : 142 New 'Lifers' : 30
26/01/19 - We continued to explore Perth and surrounds, finding parks not visited in previous trips. Even though we had only been away 3 weeks, with 5 plane trips and constant time adjustments, it seemed like more. Back home now and wondering where we will be off to next.
23/01/19 - Arrived Perth and settled in to our accommodation. Next morning we started to look for some rarities getting Crested Honey Buzzard first try. That was the end of our luck, all the others haven't been sighted for some time. We are enjoying catching up with birds etc that we haven't seen for a while. The non bird photos are labelled as specie only as we don't have access to our reference library.
19/01/19 - Below are some pictures to show various aspects of Christmas Island. The island is extremely dry this year as the monsoon season, normally starting in November, hasn't arrived. We are now in Perth for a week to look for some more vagrant birds, unfortunately today is 39 and tomorrow 40 deg. The rest of the week looks mild in comparison.
16/01/19 - It has been very hectic since landing on Christmas Island, driving all over the Island in search of the endemics and any vagrants that may have arrived. Unfortunately, none to date as the Island is undergoing its driest season for 83 years. There have been other fauna to occupy our curiosity, as you will see below. I will post photos of the island and some of the other attractions in the next post.
13/19 - /01 - Cocos-Keeling Islands. Part 2
12/01 /19 - As we now have reliable internet, I will start posting. We arrived at Cocos-Keeling Islands on Friday 4th. Despite immediately feeling the heat and humidity, we registered, dropped off our gear and set off birding. It felt strange to be in such a lush environment and no have the constant chatter of small birds as we looked for the local endemics and rarities.As we are now on Christmas Island, I will post Cocos-Keeling in 2 parts.
19/12/18 - We leave Melbourne for Perth on January 3rd then a flight to Cocos Island on the 4th. Arrival is scheduled for 9.40 a.m. local time so we will be dropping off our luggage and straight into what should be an excellent 2 weeks of birding. We will have one week on each of the islands.