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Day 50: Second Full Day in Sydney

semi-overcast 75 °F

Today was, as you can see from the title, my second of three full days in Sydney, Australia. Today was quite a milestone because it was my 50th full day of travel and now I have less than two more weeks of this trip. I am full of mixed emotions: sadness because I have seen so many amazing birds and this trip is nearly over, excitement to see new birds and get to know new culture in Indonesia and Singapore, and happiness because I am looking forward to seeing my friends back in Chicago again.

My family and I took a walking tour of Sydney today.

I saw a few nice birds, including the following:

This SULPHUR-CRESTED COCKATOO landed on the porch on our apartment while I was homeschooling with my mom. It was a nice break from algebra!
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AUSTRALIAN WHITE IBIS, a surprising find in the city:
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RAINBOW LORIKEET:
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YELLOW-THROATED MINER:
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AUSTRALIAN MAGPIE. Notice that this bird has a black back, so it is a "black-backed morph" magpie. You can study the differences of a "black-backed" magpie (first photo), and the more common "white-backed" magpie (second photo):
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The highlight of the day was touring the Sydney Sea Life aquarium, arguably the best aquarium in Australia.

At one point we walked through a glass tube that went through a huge tank. Sea life surrounded us, overhead and on all sides. It was awesome!

Here is a photo of my sister Pearl with a shark in the background:
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Speaking of sharks, did you know that getting attacked by a shark is much less likely than winning the lottery? I certainly didn't.

It was a nice day.

Stay tuned, because tomorrow is my last full day in Australia, and it will be spent in the greater Sydney area.

Good birding,

Henry
World Life List: 608 Species (no new life birds today)

Posted by skwclar 02:06 Archived in Australia

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