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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 1B .......... .... ::i: : Sooty terns and brown noddies flock to the beach of an island off Australia in the Great Barrier Reef. When listening to Quincy's Colin DilIingha'i:h t iIl b:0td ............................................................................................. birding, must pay extra httOntion. He uses a lot of"fowl*' language. Diningham just fmished breaking a personal record for the number of bird species he has seen in one year. Partly due to a trip to Australia, Dillingham marked 625 species for 2014. Dillingham arrived back in Quincy last week, energized for another year of birding, the hobby that has taken him to the ends of the world. "A lot of it is the chase. Seeing if you can find ... something," DiUingham said, explaining his fascination with birding. "Birds have always just thrilled me. There's a lot of unique birds out there that do really unique things." Though his mother was a birder, Dillingham wasn't interested in birds growing up. In hindsight, Dillingham wished he had more of an interest back then. "I remember in high school my mom asked me if I wanted to go look for California condors before they went extinct," Diningham recalled. "I said, 'Nah.' And now I don't have that chance. That's something I regret." It was as a wildlife student at Humboldt State Universi /tha:. .- Dillingham took up the pastime of birding. Dillingham was part of a trivia team made up of wildlife students. All the other students birded, and eventually Dillingham started to as well. Colin met his future wife Angle at Humboldt State, and the two fell in love birding together. Eventually, his hobby turned into a passion. Colin started planning his vacations around birding. Since he started, Colin has ..... '~'~ ~ A flock of magpie geese, above, gather near the seashore in Australia. Plumas County birder Colin Dillingham, left, stands at the Gara Gorge Oxley River National Park in Australia last month, touring the area in a six-week birding expedition. Australia is the latest in a number of countries Dillingham's passion for birding has taken him. traveled to Mexico, New days of his trip, Colin Zealand, Columbia, spotted 82 species that Costa Rica, Finland, were new to him. Ireland and England in Examples of the search of new species. Itwas 1996 that Colin traveled to Costa Rica and gained a new personal record 585 species seen in one year. In 2014, with his six-week trip to Australia, Dillingham broke his record. Colin stayed in Eastern Australia during his visit. To begin with, he met up with his brother (who lives in Australia) and targeted the rain forests in northeast Australia. Within the first three All the colors of the ....... rainbow |orikeet. spectrum can be seen in the feathers of the This southern cassowary, spotted by Colin Dillingham, lives in Kuranda, an area in Queensland, Australia. The flightless bird has no keel on its sternum bone. A masked lapwing hunts for food by the water's edge. A mother whiptail wallaby and her joey are spotted at the Cania Gorge National Park by Colin Dillingham. In addition to birds, Dillingham appreciates mammals and reptiles. continuously surprisedAmong a flock of magpie "They usually wait until South Wales, Australia, by the reality of various geese, he spotted one they're dead, then find for 2015. He also holds birds' traits, with a bird band on it. out how old they were.the all-time record for "I didn't expect the "I was able to move It's kind of a fun Plumas County. diversity of birds Colin chowchillato be as vocal around it and read allchallenge to get closeNow that he's back, saw include masked as it was. It was unlike the band numbers off it," enough to the goose and Colin plans to continue lapwings, cassowaries, any other species I'veColin said. "I sent the get,it to Walk around so birding close to home. magpie geese, ever seen before." numbers in to the you can read the "At this point in my - chowchillas and Similarly, Colin Australian bird-banding numbers." Plumas County birding rainbow lorikeets. In describes the colors on lab, and it turns out it Colin, like many experience, it's really addition he saw a some of the species he. was the oldest magpie birders, logs the species hard for me to find a new number of mammals, saw as nothing short of goose in the world. Ithe's spotted onto the species. I've been here including duck-billed remarkable, was a 24-year.old goose." website ebird.com, for 13 years and have platypuses, koalas, "You can't pick some Before Colin called inBirders around the seen all the expected kangaroos and of the colors out in athe band numbers, the world keep track of each species. Now it's just wallabies, field book, but when you record for oldest magpie other's progress. Theytrying to find that next Dillingham stayed at see it in life.., it'sgoose was 22 years. Now also keep an eye on what rarity," He said. what he calls "bird .and amazing how brilliant the goose Colin spotted species are popping upThough it may take breakfasts": bed and some of those colors is recorded as the oldest in different regions, some luck, along with breakfast establishments are." magpie goose in history. At the time of writing, the skills he's already that accommodate the One adventure Colin "Most people don't Colin has the record for acquired, Colin is needs of birders. During had was at the wetlandread band numbers off the most number of hopeful for some new the trip, Colin was center in Newcastle. live geese," said Colin. species logged in New adventures in 2015. i