WONGA PARENTS – CHANGE OF SHIFT

WONGA PARENTS - CHANGE OF SHIFT

So our resident Wongas are raising yet another set of twins. They were sitting on eggs all through the March ‘big wet’ here in the Blue Mountains. The chicks need constant care and it’s time for Mr Wonga to take over the afternoon shift. His partner has

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THE WHIP BIRD…WHAT A LITTLE CRACKER!

THE WHIP BIRD...WHAT A LITTLE CRACKER!

The penetrating call of the Australian native Eastern Whipbird is actually made by a pair of birds. The male gives the long ‘crack’ of the whip, to which the female responds with a funny little choo-choo noise. It’s a wonderful thing to hear. In the old days

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MUESLI FOR THE BIRDS

MUESLI FOR THE BIRDS

We have a strict policy against artificial bird feeding at our Blue Mountains property, well apart from providing fresh water. There is an abundance of nectar, seeds and insects to satisfy the countless species that visit us. Half of our large garden is planted with Australian natives,

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THE WONGA NURSERY, A WONDER OF NATURE

THE WONGA NURSERY, A  WONDER OF NATURE

I have to confess that I am a bit obsessed with our native Wonga pigeons. They are so gentle and engaging. They wander around the garden paths in my Blue Mountains garden every day, just as I do myself. Our long term, resident pair nest high in

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THE SWEET SPINEBILL

THE SWEET SPINEBILL

The Eastern Spinebill always looks so neat in his grey and brown suit teamed with a white shirt. Only measuring about 15cms, his curved beak is almost as long as his body. I like to imagine him as a legal clerk, dipping into a pot of black

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THE CHRISTMAS WONGA TWINS

THE CHRISTMAS WONGA TWINS

The resident Wonga pigeons in our Blackheath garden have just completed their fifth hatching in this extraordinary year of 2020. The couple have been with us for a number of years, but had only ever had a single, spring hatching ……until now. We wondered if they sensed

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NO HEART OF STONE FOR GENEROUS ARTIST PETRA

NO HEART OF STONE FOR GENEROUS ARTIST PETRA

Recently, Petra Manos posted a photo on an Australian birds FB group I belong to. It completely enchanted the members (including me), especially when Petra shared the story behind her artwork. She generously agreed to write this guest post. PETRA’S STORY I started in August 2020, when

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STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

STOP THE WANTON WONGAS!

WANTON – Collins Dictionary definition……..Sexually loose or unrestrained. I’m afraid this label must now be attached to the. resident Wonga couple in my Blackheath garden. Here is mother Wonga with her very new chicks. They were brought down from the nest about ten days ago. But now,

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WONGA NURSERY AT BLACKHEATH

WONGA NURSERY AT BLACKHEATH

There was initially some reluctance on the part of our Wonga twins to attend nursery school in the garden. That nest high in the conifer was so snug and secure. The pair hatched in August and by mid September one parent was offering encouragement from an adjacent

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WONGA WATCHING…..TWINS!

WONGA  WATCHING.....TWINS!

It’s such a privilege to be involved in the life of baby birds. A pair of native Wonga pigeons have been providing my husband Rob and I with this delightful opportunity over a number of years. They live in our Blue Mountains garden, and are as much

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