A DEEPENING WONGA MYSTERY

A DEEPENING WONGA MYSTERY

Our resident Wongas here in the Blue Mountains are acting so bizarrely. These monogamous, Australian native birds usually nest in summer, from October until January. They have a clutch of two white eggs, in a rough, twig nest built high in a tree. However, this year they

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WONGAS….THE NEW PARENTS

WONGAS....THE NEW PARENTS

So for the first time, our resident Wonga couple have left their chick June in a ground nursery and enjoyed a little outing together. They can’t stay away too long, because June needs regular feeds of ‘milk’. I was amused to see Mrs Wonga taking time out

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BLACKHEATH POND – STILL A LOCAL DISGRACE!

BLACKHEATH POND -  STILL A LOCAL DISGRACE!

I’m usually writing positive, upbeat stories about Blackheath, so this is pretty disappointing. What a ghastly mess the pond at Soldiers’ Memorial Park is. We have had plenty of rain recently, but the level keeps dropping every day. Is it leaking? This wood duck thinks is less

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LEAP OF FAITH – VENTURING OUT IN THE PANDEMIC

LEAP OF FAITH - VENTURING OUT IN THE PANDEMIC

First trip to Sydney on the train for a very long time. I was a bit nervous, especially re social distancing on the train as I’m immune-suppressed. Only medical checkups for my partner Rob and I had prompted the journey, but it still felt like a little

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GEMS OF GRAMMATICAL ERRORS

GEMS OF GRAMMATICAL ERRORS

Let me admit at the outset that my grasp of grammar and spelling are, (sorry is), not perfect. My saving grace is that I usually know if something looks wrong. On the downside, the older I get, the more I seem to lose confidence in whether a

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LONG LIVE THE BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE

LONG LIVE THE BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE

Local papers are under serious threat. Lack of advertising and competition from alternative news sources are taking their toll. The local rag where I live is the Blue Mountains Gazette, a free publication delivered to every home. This infuriates people who don’t want to read it, but

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BREAKFAST FOR BABES IN THE BIRD WORLD

BREAKFAST FOR BABES IN THE BIRD WORLD

It’s a great privilege to watch baby birds being fed. Wonga pigeons feed their chicks ‘milk’ for quite a while, even after a baby has begun to potter about foraging for solids. They are very shy birds, so to see this taking place through our kitchen window

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MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FROM EDITOR DES.

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT FROM EDITOR DES.

OK, so it’s difficult to know what to give my guardian Pauline Conolly for Mother’s Day. Well I’m in lock-down, and I can’t get to the shops. Yes, I could pick a bunch of flowers, but that’s a bit ho-hum. Anyway I decided to be creative and

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SPIRIT THE WONGA CHICK

SPIRIT THE WONGA CHICK

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Wonga of Blackheath on the arrival of a healthy chick. It hasn’t been an easy journey for them. This sweet baby called Spirit arrived in the midst of the Covid19 pandemic after its loving parents had nested in a cedar tree about

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IMAGES IN ISOLATION

IMAGES IN ISOLATION

Splendid isolation at the local duck pond in Blackheath – no tourists to feed the residents so I’m sure their diet has improved. Let’s hope that one day soon we will be free and the kids will be back on the swings. Such a simple joy. I

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