Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Where in the World is Calgary Birder? Let me tell you....

If you've been following along with this blog over the past couple of months you will have seen a series of posts providing clues on the destination of our, soon to begin, month-long family adventure.  Here are the answers to those clues, each of which ties into one of the four legs of our journey.  You can click on each image to link-out to more information on the birds, not to mention the original source of the photo.
Clue #4 was the Laughing Kookaburra.  A member of the kingfisher family (Halcyonidae), this is an iconic bird of Australia and as such represents our first destination, Australia's iconic city of Sydney.
After getting over our jet lag we'll be heading to Darwin for some camping around Kakadu National Park.  With 280 species of birds and some wetland tours on the agenda, it's likely that the Nankeen Night-Heron will be among our sightings.
Following on from the Darwin camping trip, we'll be camping once again out of Alice Springs, where the Dusky Grasswren might be seen hopping around among the desert grasses.
After nearly 3 weeks in Australia we'll be heading home via Fiji, where the selection of island was absolutely in no way whatsoever based on picking the one with the largest number of endemic birds ;)  By strange coincidence, our destination of Kadavu does in fact have the largest number of endemics and this, the Kadavu Honeyeater, is among them.  With a week to relax, snorkel, and hike, perhaps I'll turn up a few!

I'm not sure how much internet, time, or inclination I will have on the trip, but there are a few Alberta related scheduled posts while we are gone.  After the trip there should be lots of pictures to show and stories to tell - stay tuned....

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Where in the World is Calgary Birder? - Clue #4 (and last!)

I'm heading off on an exciting trip this summer: a family vacation with lots of opportunities to see many new birds, as well as other cool wildlife.  Rather than just telling you where I'm headed, I figured it might be fun to post a few clues in the form of photos of birds that could/should turn up on this trip.

This last clue should tell you exactly in which country we are spending about three-quarters of our trip!  It is common, noisy, and for many people inextricably linked to the nation in question.  Feel free to post your ID's and destination guesses in the comments.

All answers to be provided in one week from today!

All of the images used in this series of posts are from the Internet Bird Collection, links will be posted to the original image and species pages when the big reveal is made.