Year in Review

Subject: Year in Review
From: (John Leonard)
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 1996 11:16:15 +1100 (EST)
I'm glad that someone else has begun the thread of 'year in review' because
for the past few months I've been waiting to do this posting?I think I may
at last have something to boast about.

First of all, two 'all of the ...' that I've seen this year:

all four (or five) pardalotes,
all six falcons

Highlights of the year:

--seeing all the Tasmanian endemics in a morning (plus Swift Parrots) in
February, thanks to Murray Lord for showing me around;
--a couple of days later, a Masked Owl, ditto ditto;
--in September, a visit to Sturt National Park, which although it was low on
birds and I missed most things was still a great experience (the Grey Falcon
helped of course);
--also in September, Malleefowl at Hattah, and other Mallee birds;
--in November, sea-watching during the gales off Kioloa and watching the
Shearwaters shearing, plus other sea-birds;
--in December, Phil Maher's Plains Wanderer Weekend, producing excellent
views of the little beasts, and a few good photos, I hope (must get that
film developed).

Next year?on to 500 species, and a good way beyond, I hope.


Dr John Leonard
PO Box 243, Woden,

"Perhaps it is not too much to ask that we learn
to live with grace in a system that permits only
relative prediction." John F. Eisenburg


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