Despite living in a bird filled garden it hasn’t been easy for Editor Des to become a successful birdwatcher. He is enthusiastic enough, but lacks the patience required.

It all began with our visiting kookaburras, Toffee and Taffy. To be honest though, it was initially more them watching him! Anyway, it piqued his interest.

Kookaburras and Editor Des
That furry little fellow is here again!

He formed a close friendship with Taffy in the end. So sweet to see.

Birdwatcher Editor Des and kookaburra
GOOD MORNING YOUNG FELLA!

Little Milly (Des’s girlfriend) was slightly hesitant when Toffee was introduced to her….but I can understand that. A kookaburra is a BIG bird. Editor Des thoroughly enjoyed his role as protector.

Kookaburrra with Editor Des and Milly
Milly meets Taffy from a safe distance.

THE CONTINUING EDUCATION OF A BIRDWATCHER

These days Des realizes that the best place to watch tiny birds is at the baths on a sunny day;

Birdwatcher Editor Des
HE HAS NO IDEA I’M UP HERE

He bought an identification book with his birthday money.

A birdwatcher needs reference material.
OH…AN EASTERN YELLOW ROBIN
Eastern Yellow Robin
WHAT A LITTLE DARLING

Venturing a little further from home brought new discoveries. Here he is down in Blackheath’s Memorial Park one wet day;

Birdwatcher Editor Des observing the satin bowerbird
WOW, LOOK AT THAT!

This strange sight required a bit more research. Note the badge. At least our young friend accepts the fact that he is still in training. Here is some advice re reference books. The one he is reading is a slim volume called Birds of the Blue Mountains by Margaret Baker. It covers the 50 most common species in our area. Much more useful than a huge volume.

Birdwatcher Editor Des studying Satin Bowerbirds.
YES, THAT’S IT……..WELL, WELL, WELL!
A LITTLE THORNBILL

Editor Des still has a lot to learn, but I’m really proud of him. He has come such a long way since he and his friends endured a terrifying encounter with sulphur crested cockatoos in Sydney.

Sulphur crested cockatoos.
AMBUSH IN MOSMAN!

Are you becoming bored during this long period of pandemic isolation? Become a birdwatcher like Editor Des. I promise it will cheer you up no end! Stay safe dear readers.

2 Comments
  1. Love those birds. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a yellow robin! Cute. I stumbled on a video on YouTube of over 8 hours of birds singing.

    • Pauline

      We also have flame red robins and dusky pink ones, but I don’t see them very often. The YouTube video sounds wonderful.

Leave a Reply

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.