|Tawny Frogmouth - a bird I did not see in August|
I am unashamedly, not only a twitcher, but also a lister. Some birders regard both these words as derogatory, but I see nothing wrong with admitting that I am both these things. Of course I always want to see as many species as possible, and I keep lists to record what I see. Why find fault with that?
This means I know what a dreadful record I have during past Augusts.
I have modest aims. I try to see 100 species every month. Usually this is easy, but not in August. This month just gone, August 2014, I saw only 86 species. Yet I visited the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee, Bendigo, Karkarook and Blackburn Lake. Better birders than I would see 100 species at Werribee alone. In my defence, I should point out that I was not alone when I visited Werribee, and was therefore constrained by my companions. I was most frustrated when I couldn't stop to identify waders, and had to keep up with the others. We did see Brolgas, always a highlight. In total, I managed just 61 species on my trip to Werribee.
There wasn't much around at Bendigo, although I saw Spiny-cheeked and White-eared Honeyeaters. This latter bird is my second favourite honeyeater - my favourite being the demure little Brown-headed.
At Karkarook (as I previously reported) I saw Blue-billed Duck, but not much else.
I walked around Blackburn Lake last Friday with my cousin. First, we visited a couple of Tawny Frogmouth roosts, in the hope of adding this bird to my monthly list. It was not to be. The only bird of note that I did add to my list, was a Nankeen Night-Heron, all decked out in his breeding best, looking most splendid. Sadly, he seemed to be alone.
So I'm pleased that August is behind me, although by any standards, Brolgas, Blue-billed Ducks and Nankeen Night-Herons are all good birds.
Bring on September! I should have no trouble at all in seeing my target 100 species, even without a trip to Werribee. Let's see how I go.