Thursday September 18, 2014 7:30 pm
at the Academy of
Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA
to the Meeting
the informal pre-meeting dinner and the informal post-meeting
Hynson - "Birding Down Under"
is a lucky country. With deserts, beautiful coasts,
rain forests, grasslands and deep ocean, the continent
provides a large diversity of habitats and bird life.
From deep sea pelagic birding trips to the urban centers,
opportunities for birding and exploration abound.
When early settlers sent their collections of specimens
back to Britain, many specimens were branded as hoaxes,
such were the oddities of evolution to be found in
the Australian frontier. Over two thirds of world's
seabird species have been recorded in Australian waters,
and the country boasts the longest banding project
of seabirds captured at-sea. These features secure
Australia's place as the seabird capital of the world..
Hynson grew up in London and started birding when he was
about eight years old, after being inspired by birder and
actor Bill Oddie of the TV series "The Goodies."
After completing an undergraduate degree in London, Rob
moved to St Andrews to play golf every day and work on his
PhD in Biochemistry. After completing his PhD, he moved
to Philadelphia to take up a post-doctoral position at Drexel
University. There, Rob soon found the DVOC and joined the
ranks of the club, with some special focus working on the
DVOC Checklist Committee. While in Philadelphia, Rob also
met his wife Carolyn MacCann, an Australian researcher,
who was working as a postdoctoral fellow in psychology.
Inevitably, Philadelphia's loss was Australia's gain, and
Rob moved to Sydney with Carolyn, where they were we'd in
2011. The couple still resides in the Sydney area along
with their son Ben. Rob has birded throughout most of Britain
and a fair amount of the US from North Carolina to Maine
on the East Coast as well as southern California and Michigan.
Rob has visited much of the Australian continent and many
of its islands. He has also birded in Japan, Antarctica
and Argentina. While living in Australia, Rob discovered
the camera and became as much a photographer as a birder.
His photos can be seen on
17 (Wednesday) - MANAYUNK (CHESTNUT HILL) CHIMNEY SWIFT ROOST-
Annual joint WAS / DVOC field trip to chimney swift roost
will be held this year at the Shawmont School, 535 Shawmont
Avenue, in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.
Coordinates: 40.051030, -75,238843
Arrive 6:45 PM in parking lot behind school. Bring a chair.
Hard rain cancels.
This is a joint DVOC / Wyncote
Audubon Society field trip and is free to members and
Leader: Jane Henderson
1 (Saturday) - SAW-WHET OWL BANDING at HIDDEN VALLEY, PA
DVOC continues it's longtime tradition of visiting Scott Weidensaul’s
Saw-whet Owl Banding Station during the peak of Saw-whet migration.
During this popular field trip, we'll get an opportunity to
observe and learn from the experts, how banding Saw-whet Owls
has revealed myriad information about the lives of these small
birds-of-prey. Bring cameras and snacks, for an enjoyable
evening! Saw-whet Owl numbers are cyclical, and each year
varies. There are no guarantees, but we've seen at least one
bird every year except once. Meet at the banding station at
6:30 PM, located along the Kittitany Ridge on Second Mountain
in Schuylkill County - approximately 2 hours from Philadelphia.
Dress warmly. Expect to be out till 11PM. Limited to 15 participants
- registration required. Contact Debbie Beer, debbeer(at)hotmail.com,
610-955-4098. Provide name(s) in your party and cell phone
number. First come, first served. There is often a waiting
list; please make sure you show if you register. This DVOC
trip is free to members and non-members. Priority will be
given to DVOC members.
Leader: Debbie Beer
2014 Field Trip Schedule