APPRENTICE BOWER BUILDER

APPRENTICE BOWER BUILDER

This is what the bower of a  satin bowerbird looks like (below right), with its collection of  predominantly blue  ‘treasures ‘, assembled to impress  the ladies.  I’m afraid the birds mostly  use  human trash these day, especially  bottle tops. Bowers were full of plastic straws in my

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MASTERS OF DISGUISE – THE FROGMOUTHS

MASTERS OF DISGUISE - THE FROGMOUTHS

FROGMOUTHS HIDE IN PLAIN SIGHT Can any bird or animal camoflague  itself as successfully as the Australian  Tawny Frogmouth? They are truly astonishing. Here in the Blue Mountains  of NSW they are quite common. Mind you, the only way I can find them in my  Blackheath garden 

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Kookaburra Crisis!

Kookaburra Crisis!

A story about birds by me, Editor Des WOT’S MORE SCARY….A COCKATOO OR A KOOKABURRA? Do you know what?  A  kookaburra  called Toffee visits our garden every day.  At first I was a bit scared of him, I thought he might start pecking  my fur off for

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SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

THE ENGAGING BOWERBIRD Perhaps the most entertaining and interesting  birds in my garden are the  Australian Satin Bowerbirds. The difference in appearance  between females and juveniles and the adult male is hard to believe.  Initially the birds are olive green, with cream and brown  scalloped chests,  bronze

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SYDNEY’S LOST BIRDS

SYDNEY'S LOST BIRDS

When the First Fleet arrived in Sydney in 1788 the bird life was incredibly rich and varied.  Before long  the artist John Lewin  was producing watercolours of  the colony’s unique species, such as the beautiful lyre bird pictured at left. The old Tank Stream  (which now runs

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