Sunday, July 3, 2011
Motorbikes and birding.
Dave ready to ride.
Can they co-exist? I mean birding is a quiet activity. Motorbikes, (especially 2-strokes), are noisy affairs. So this weekend we took to the bikes to 2 separate locations. one on the farm to a beautiful valley called Tarana, the other to Pacific Park, where the boys can let their hair down on a motocross track, enduro tracks and trial riding trails. All in the name of exhausting themselves.
The Bike trailer with cooking set up- ensures a nice cup of tea, hot lunch or cold can be available for hungry riders.
Well I can say bikes can certainly be an effective means of birding. I even had a ride, ( against doctors orders), and flushed out a pair of Stubble quail! When I was younger I enjoyed the motorbikes I had. There is a certain sense of freedom with them.
After hours of riding the boys were covered in mud from head to toe. Daves CRF150, and Logans new CR 125 motor cross bike performed well and both boys rode exceptionally well too. Both boys are growing so fast, its really difficult to keep up with their energy level.
The boys fueling up the Honda CR125 motorcross bike- this bike is seriously fast!
Whilst they spent 5 hours riding I went off for quieter walks amongst the woods, river and swamps and found:- Australian Magpie, Brown falcon, Eastern Rosella, Crimson Rosella,, Australian Wood Duck, Pied Currawong, Common Bronze wing, Red-rumped Parrot, Galah, Yellow Tailed Cockatoo, Eastern Yellow Robin, Flame Robin, Yellow-rumped Thornbill, Striated Thornbill, Willy Wagtail, Grey Fantail, Crested Pigeon, Superb fairy wren, Stubble Quail, Australian Pipit, Rufus Whistler, Sulfur-crested Cockatoo, Common Starling, Australian Raven, Little Raven, Australian Pelican, Pee Wee, Black Swan, Masked Lapwing, Pacific Black Duck, Hard head, Purple Swamp Hen, Noisy Miner, Mallard, Cattle Egret, White Faced Heron.
Flame Robin- Its "red breast" is more of a flame orange then red.
It was a great way to spend 2 days.