lifers on the front doorstep

Subject: lifers on the front doorstep
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 06:49:09 -0400
i haven't had a lifer in the yard yet but this week?we did have a new species - 
a rufous fantail - to add to pheasant coucal, sacred kingfisher and spangled 
drongos, the latter?of which have become regulars in our very urban 
quarter-acre oasis wedged between major roads and the airport. and the 
mistletoebirds are back. 
i reckon trees beat pools any day - especially in autumn.
shane b
ascot, brisbane?qld

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Shute <>
To: Arwen B. Ximenes <>; 
Sent: Fri, 18 Apr 2008 11:46 am
Subject: lifers on the front doorstep

Very true.  I've decided it's worth trying to have binoculars handy
whenever possible, and even bought a monocular so I can more easily
carry them when binoculars aren't appropriate.  Not as good as
binoculars, but anything is better than nothing when you see something
you can't identify.

While on that subject, it seems many people make close focusing one of
the criteria when choosing binoculars.  My monocular can focus down to
about a foot.  Might be worth considering as an alternative when
binocular hunting (i.e. buy both).

Peter Shute

 wrote on :
> Dear Birders,
> I made a very well-timed foray outside yesterday - it was
> drizzling but had to get out of the house as was working from
> home, so resolved to visit a neighbour - got halfway down the
> driveway, noticed lots of twittering and movement so raced
> back for the bins.
> So glad I did, was treated to a dozen or so Silver-eyes, half
> a dozen or so Yellow-faced HEs feeding in the Banksias, a
> Lewin's Honeyeater, Grey Fantail, Spinebill and the cream of
> the crop - a male Rose Robin (a lifer for me). These all in
> my front garden. (The Yellow-faced HEs were also lifers,
> though I'd seen them flying over in flocks it was the first
> time I'd identified them positively). The birds didn't stay
> long - just makes you wonder what we miss every day!!
> So don't forget to look out the window or pop outside now and then -
> just in case!

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