POOR LITTLE PARROT!

POOR LITTLE PARROT!

Max the parrot’s life could have ended before it really got going. We drove into our Blue Mountains property a couple of weeks ago and almost skittled him. He was nibbling on an acorn, completely oblivious to any danger. I had to hop out and shoo him

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MAD ABOUT MAGPIES – IN A GOOD WAY!

MAD ABOUT MAGPIES - IN A GOOD WAY!

My inspiration for this story on the Aussie magpie was an amazing piece of free-form machine embroidery by Lynda Worthington. For someone like me who struggles to take up a hem, it was mind-blowing. There is enormous affection for magpies in Australia. They are so engaging and

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LATE SUMMER WALK IN BLACKHEATH

LATE SUMMER WALK  IN BLACKHEATH

Mid February, and in my  Blackheath garden the banksia serratas are in bloom. They are loved by all the honeyeaters, but especially Wattlebirds and Eastern Spinebills. Bees are visiting the native lilly-pilly flowers on the bush outside Slurps café, in Wentworth Street. I know there must be

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GANG-GANGS; CLOWNS OF THE TREE TOPS.

GANG-GANGS; CLOWNS OF THE TREE TOPS.

WELL HELLO AGAIN GANG-GANGS! After not seeing Gang-gang cockatoos in my Blue Mountains garden for several years I was delighted when  a lively group arrived a couple of weeks ago.  There were lured by the ripening seeds on my various wattle trees  (acacias). They have been returning

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SWEET OLD SYDNEY

Have you ever visited Angel Place, just off Martin Place in Sydney?  Its hanging birdcages  are a touching memorial to the city’s lost birds, forced ever westward over the years of white settlement. If you listen carefully you can hear their recorded songs and calls over the

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THE SILVEREYES OF OLD SYDNEY

THE SILVEREYES OF OLD SYDNEY

THE SWEET SILVEREYES   It’s hard to believe that many of these tiny birds migrate annually from Tasmania to as far north as southern Queensland. What an epic journey for them.  Back in the mid 19thC a wild  storm swept a flock to New Zealand, where they

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MR S. BOWERBIRD OF BLACKHEATH

MR S. BOWERBIRD OF BLACKHEATH

Introducing Mr Satin bowerbird outside his Blue Mountains  home at; No. 1 Memorial Park BLACKHEATH  2785 This is a very well located, private property only a two minute walk to the village (twenty seconds in full flight). Swimming pool complex nearby and someone to cut the grass. 

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Wattlebirds

Wattlebirds

Some people say there’s not much to love about  red wattlebirds. And yes, they are aggressive little blighters, with a rasping call. But the bird is actually  quite striking, with a striated chest  and pale yellow ‘undercarriage’. Then there are  those little  ‘wattles’  below the eyes that

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BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

BOWERBIRDS FACE BIG CHANGES!

  I have a great fascination for  social history, and for our native, satin bowerbirds.  Yes, there is a strong link between the two.  When the adult blue/black  male bowerbirds  or the green juvenile ‘apprentices’ build their bowers they decorate them with anything blue they can find.

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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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