I'm sure I'm not alone in counting the Rufous Scrub-bird amongst my bogey birds. This notoriously difficult little bird is missing from many people's lists. I've heard it lots of times and looked for it seriously at both Gloucester Tops and Lamington on more occasions than I care to remember. Most recently, I spent several days looking at Gloucester Tops last April. I haven't given up on the Rufous Scrub-bird (I haven't given up on any of my bogey birds). I'm planning a trip to Lamington National Park in October and hoping to see my Rufous Scrub-bird then. October is reportedly the best month to see them, when they are most vocal. However, I have looked in October before, so nothing is certain.
Although there are three grasswrens missing from my lifelist, only one qualifies as a bogey bird. Looking for the White-throated nearly killed me, but I've only looked for it twice, so it doesn't qualify. And I've only looked for the Kalkadoon once, so it's a long way short of being nominated as a bogey. The one that does qualify is the Short-tailed Grasswren, which I have looked for every time I've passed through the Flinders Ranges. Stokes Hill is the favoured spot recently, but the grasswren has not favoured me there - yet. I'm hoping I might have another go next November.
Perhaps the Black-winged Monarch isn't really a bogey bird, but it certainly feels as if it qualifies. It inhabits far north Queensland, north of Cooktown and I've been there four times. The first time I was just looking for birds, not specifically targeting the monarch, but I did look for it seriously in 1994, 2006 and 2008. Perhaps I'm stretching my own rules to include a bird I've only searched for on three occasions, but it is not a rare bird and I really feel I should have seen it by now. It's a bogey to me.
My last two bogey birds are seabirds. The first is the beautiful White-necked Petrel shown on my masthead. This superb photo was taken by Brook Whylie. I've travelled to Wollongong in February or March (I think, without adding them up) six or seven times and to Port Stephens in April twice, targetting the White-necked Petrel. In April 2012 I dipped on the bird on a Saturday trip. The boat went out (without me) on Sunday and saw it. Such is the luck of birding. I will keep going until I see it. On the law of averages, I really should tick it soon.
Then I'll only have four bogey birds to worry about.