Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Birder's Paradise

Galahs on a fencepost in Kingston
As we walked around the city this first week, I found myself captivated by the birds.  Not only are there plenty of exotic birds here but most of them are large and hard to miss.  Australia has about 800 species of bird and though we've only seen a handful, we're already impressed.

During the first two weeks here, we stayed in a hostel in Kingston, which is south of the city center, and were awakened every morning by the eerie sound of flocks of Australian Ravens.  Near Drew's office, which is close to the downtown area, we often see Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos and Galahs, both of which are massive birds compared to American standards.  Near our house we don't see very many cockatoos or Galahs which I find interesting since we're only about 20 minutes northwest of the city center. Instead, we have lots of Red Wattlebirds. At first glance, they appear to be mostly brown and white but if you look closer, you'll notice that they have yellow bellies and a small red wattle on each side of their neck. And of course, there are colorful parrots all over the city but I have yet to take a good picture of one.

Last but not least is the kookaburra (picture below).  We've only seen one so far.


  1. Wow- I am impressed you already can identify and name then all. Way to go!

  2. Thanks so much for your comment on my (very boring) blog :) I hope you don't mind that I am now stalking the pictures and all the differences / similarities that Australia has to offer.


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