AUTUMN ROMANCE FOR THE SATIN BOWERBIRD

It’s almost the end of May, and the village of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains is looking its best. Tourists are enjoying the colourful foliage in Wentworth Street. Even the shaded little maple tree growing above the satin bowerbird’s lair is changing colour. What a fantastic location

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AUTUMN BIRDS OF BLACKHEATH

AUTUMN BIRDS OF BLACKHEATH

Autumn is a busy time for the birds in our Blackheath garden.  So many seeds to snack on, so many fallen leaves to scrabble about in.  And I swear there are those who  just  know they look good against a blaze of colour. The cheeky rascal below

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BESOTTED WITH BLUE WRENS

BESOTTED WITH BLUE WRENS

Honestly, blue wrens could take over my life if I didn’t keep strict control. I should  really give them  their full  title;  Superb Fairy Wrens (Maluras cyaneus). And yes, they are as delicate as fairies. Once I had a blue wren stained glass window made for the

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STRANGE TWIST IN THE TALE OF MR BOWERBIRD.

STRANGE TWIST IN THE TALE OF MR BOWERBIRD.

It has been a long courting season for the bowerbird in Blackheath’s Memorial Park.  I began monitoring his ‘boudoir’  in mid August 2018. Without doubt it was one of the most beautiful,  symmetrically arranged collections of blue treasures I had ever seen. WOOING IS A WEARYSOME BUSINESS

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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.  There were lured by the ripening seeds on my various wattle trees  (acacias). They have been returning almost every day. So far

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Editor Des and the Wild Cherries of Blackheath

Editor Des and the Wild Cherries of Blackheath

Hello, Well my guardian Pauline Conolly and I  have been documenting the life of a satin bowerbird. It lives in Memorial Park, Blackheath, here in the Blue Mountains. I’ve become quite friendly with him. Sometimes I take him a blue treasure, because he collects them to impress

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SPARROWS OF BLACKHEATH – CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME

SPARROWS  OF BLACKHEATH - CHERRY BLOSSOM TIME

There were  some  special (feathered) visitors at Blackheath recently, stepping off the Cherry Blossom Express from Sydney. And goodness me, what a sight greeted them! A misty day, but utterly lovely nevertheless.   Oh the joy of burying one’s beak in those blossoms by the platform. Just

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LOVE YOUR BONNETS, GRANNY! (Aquilegias)

LOVE YOUR BONNETS, GRANNY! (Aquilegias)

How very beautiful are old-fashioned aquilegias, or colombines.   They are also known as granny’s bonnets. Bees love them.                   Here is an interesting piece on the plant’s name, published in 1927; A new explanation of the derivation of

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WHAT A CLEVER BOWERBIRD!

WHAT A CLEVER BOWERBIRD!

EARLY DAYS AT THE BOWER It was mid August when I first spotted a satin bowerbird’s boudoir in Memorial Park, Blackheath. I was very impressed by the location. It was secluded and private, but just a short flight to the village shops and cafes. The bower itself

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SWEET OLD SYDNEY

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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