Many trips were undertaken in 2018 and quite a few new birds were added to the DVDs. It was a busy year with a few medical operations interspersed. I must admit I was a bit slack with blog entries but hope to make up for it now.
The highlight of the year was a trip to Broome. We did three excursions with the staff from the Broome Bird Observatory and spent a few more days in Broome checking out the sites, coffee and pearls. Great place.
New birds from Broome included: Mangrove Grey Fantail, Mangrove Golden Whistler, White-breasted Whistler, Australian Pratincole, Oriental Pratincole, Oriental Plover, Yellow Chat, Brown Songlark, Paperbark Flycatcher, Grey Plover, Yellow White-Eye, Long-toed Stint. Not bad for a week.
A trip to North Queensland added Mangrove Robin and Great-billed Heron and a trip to Bali added Palm Cockatoo and Brown Booby. Eurasian Tree Sparrow and Orange-bellied Parrot were added while visiting Melbourne.
Cricket is another passion of mine. On the rest day at the National Veterans Cricket carnival at Penrith NSW, I was able to video Red-whiskered Bulbul. Returning from another cricket carnival I managed to find a Little Stint at Farquhar Inlet. The Aleutian Terns could not be found!!
The total number on video at the end of the year was 492. It looks like 500 can be achieved. A resolution for 2019.