Can one “bird nerd,” with little more than a backpack and a spotting scope, crush the round-the-world Big Year record? Noah Strycker has set himself this very target.  

Together with renowned birding guide Del Richards, Noah recently visited Rose Gums (Day 346) where he collected a handful of new species and was also rewarded with a sighting of the rare Blue-faced Parrot-finch.

You can read about why Noah decided to take up the challenge and follow his progress on his blog at:, as he nears the end of his quest around the world.