A NEW COURTING SEAT FOR THE INDEFATIGABLE WONGAS

A NEW COURTING SEAT FOR THE INDEFATIGABLE  WONGAS

Warwick and Wendy Wonga from Blackheath have been using a rustic wooden ‘courting seat’ in my garden for quite a few years. These Australian native pigeons are monogamous, and mate for life. Unfortunately, their seat has begun to show signs of wear and tear. Well, they do

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THE RATHER RISQUE FEATHER FOLIES!

THE RATHER RISQUE FEATHER FOLIES!

Roll up and grab your popcorn everyone. Free entry to a unique theatrical experience. After weeks of rehearsal, Warwick and Wendy Wonga of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains are proud to present to you……A ROMANTIC REVUE. Applause please. The name of this truly spectacular production is; ON

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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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THE WINTER WONGA CHICK

THE WINTER WONGA CHICK

April 30 2020 – How extraordinary, today we spotted our resident Wonga couple snuggling up together whenever they weren’t foraging or feeding their most recent chick, Spirit. The Australian native pigeons mate for life and we thought they were just ‘bonding’, but no….there was a lot more

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THE WONGA WORLD – AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT

THE WONGA WORLD - AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT

This is Spirit, who nearly did not make an appearance as her parents nested in a tree about to be cut down. Happily, the tree was spared. Spirit and a sibling we called Hope hatched successfully. We think a hungry fox took Hope. This a continual hazard

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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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WEEDS, BUT A HAVEN FOR BIRDS

WEEDS,  BUT A HAVEN FOR BIRDS

About 30 metres below the Park Avenue gates in Memorial Park at Blackheath is a huge thicket of invasive weeds; blackberries, ivy, scarlet montbretia, red hot pokers etc. A lone Japanese maple struggles to survive in the centre. The irony is that satin bowerbirds, wattle birds and

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BIRDS IN SILHOUETTE

BIRDS IN SILHOUETTE

We ‘twitchers’  often see birds at dawn or  late in the day, in silhouette against the sky. Here in the Blue Mountains of NSW they are balm to my soul. In a world that is increasingly full of stress and strife, chuckling kookaburras herald the new day

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COULD VALENTINE’S DAY SAVE A SAD WONGA?

COULD VALENTINE'S DAY  SAVE A SAD WONGA?

Recently I told the story of our dear Mr Wonga, an Aussie native pigeon who fell in love with four delightful ‘ladies’. Unfortunately they were all reflected in the shiny hubcaps of our house painter Rebekah’s restored, VW van. It just became too terrible to watch, as

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WHAT SHALL WE DO ABOUT MAX THE KING PARROT?

WHAT SHALL WE DO ABOUT MAX THE KING PARROT?

At the end of May, what we thought was a solitary, juvenile King Parrot appeared in our Blue Mountains garden. I shared a photo of the bird we named Max, and a couple of people in a bird group suggested he wasn’t young, and that his oddly

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