Re: WEEKLY THEME GALLERY 7/11/10 "NO PAIN, NO GAIN"
Well I'm not adverse to driving to see and photograph new birds, but seeing and getting some record images of Regent Honeyeaters definately takes the cake! I made 3 trips from the Gold Coast (to Capertee Valley, Kitchener and Putty Rd in NSW) all 1800-2000km round trips, only successfully locating the birds the 3rd time. I got driven of the road by a truck (my little corolla still has the scar). All these trips were made over one day; ie leaving home at about 10pm getting at the sites around 7-8am driving back after dark to start work again the next evening. It was definately worth it, although my images aren't great, I'm still happy to have images of this now critically endagered gem of a bird. I have posted a different (better IMO) image of this same bird in the forums a while back.
I have also had a less than pleasant Pelagic experience; no I wasn't sick (have never been). Our boat wouldn't start when we were supposed to leave the continental shelf, we were at least 4 hours away from shore. They had to call someone to come and tow us back, it took ages....to top it all it was the slowest (read boring) pelagic I've ever been on. Well we were supposed to back at 4-5pm and I start work at 8pm, we only got to the harbour at 00:30, at least I had a good excuse, the Coastguard called work to tell them that I'll be very late. I felt so sorry for this one bloke, it took him a few years to get enough courage to do another pelagic trip (he was really sick on his first one) it was rough and he was as sick as I've seen anyone and he was on the water for about 20h. He will never do a pelagic again.
Aus list 632 (Powerful Owl, Callala Bay, NSW, 01-05-2014, finally thanks Matt!)
Year list 159 (Powerful Owl, Callala Bay, NSW, 01-05-2014)