I¹d like to take this opportunity to thank a few Birding Aussers.
In particular I¹d like to single out Alan McBride thank you for arranging
our trip to the US and for being such a good friend: to Mike Schulz for
inviting me to speak at the Australian Birdfair; to the one and only Carol
Proberts for both the trip to Capertee and your generous donation of a
computer to the traditional owners of Gudjekbinj, Arnhem Land, and to Joe
Gilmour for helping me obtain a laptop for another community. They have now
received it, thank you. Sean Dooley, thank you for inviting me to join the
Flockwiz. I¹m honing my humour just in case there¹s another! And Tim
Dolby, it was a pleasure to meet you. You were just as I imagined you¹d be.
Best birds of the year? Painted Honeyeater and Spotted Quail-thrush, both
of which I¹d not seen before.
Best experiences? In the USA - Humming-birds, Olive Sparrow, Green Jay and
all warblers, reptiles (especially Hog-nosed Snake and Cottonmouth), and
many of the plants I saw. And it almost goes without saying that I caught
up with, and made, many friends while over there.
In Australia? Standing in deep mud among the Prop-rooted Mangroves and
watching Chestnut Rail stride past almost close enough to touch, or
crouching in one of my special birding places near Palmerston and having
several White-breasted Whistlers come to check me out. There¹s little
challenge in finding the birds that most international visitors come for eg
Rainbow Pitta, Hooded Parrot and Gouldian Finch. But I always get a kick
out of the mangrove birds.
My family and I wish all Birding Aussers the best of New Years.
Denise L Goodfellow
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