ACCEPTABLE THEFT!

ACCEPTABLE THEFT!

Remember  British artist and designer William Morris and his famous Strawberry Thief design? Those thrushes ended up in homes around the world. I’m sure Mr Morris forgave them for raiding his garden by the stripling Thames.   I don’t grow strawberries, but I do have lots of 

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THE WHITE HEADED PIGEONS

THE WHITE HEADED PIGEONS

My first encounter with an Australian White Headed Pigeon was rather disconcerting. There is a skylight over my bed and I woke one morning to find one peering  down at me. They are often  called Baldy Pigeons, which seems  rather unkind.   Since then I have become

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BLACKHEATH DUCK POND

BLACKHEATH DUCK POND

Blackheath duck pond is close enough to my garden to be my personal water feature. Hardly  a day goes by without me wandering past it. The traction engine below was used to excavate the original dams, which evolved into the  pond. The dams were used to hold

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Toffee and Taffy, a Kookaburra love story.

Toffee and Taffy, a  Kookaburra love story.

A CONTINUING KOOKABURRA CONNECTION                         In June or July every  year a pair of kookaburras arrive in my garden at Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. The rest of the time  I only

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PLEASE TAKE A SEAT!

PLEASE TAKE A  SEAT!

Most of my garden seats are made from ‘found materials’; concrete blocks, stumps, slabs of stone  and bits of timber I deem wide enough to sit on. My impatience when I have a notion to create a new one knows no bounds. Fortunately my aging muscles seem

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ARE CURRAWONGS CUTE?

ARE CURRAWONGS CUTE?

I must admit that  Australia’s  pied currawongs do not have a great reputation. They are opportunists, preying on  unwary small birds and robbing the nests of others. I’ve never  forgiven a local gang of them for harassing our nesting tawny frogmouth and stealing the eggs. However,  apart

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URBAN IBIS

URBAN IBIS

OK, so above we have a diagram showing the anatomy of the ibis. That’s all very well, but  it omits a vital evolutionary link. According to urban mythology, Sydney’s sacred ibis are a scary mutation of the seagull. The story goes that over succeeding generations, one strain of

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LIVING IN A BLUE MOUNTAINS BIRD HIDE

LIVING IN A  BLUE MOUNTAINS BIRD HIDE

  FEATHERING MY NEST Living in what very much resembles  a bird hide would not be to everyone’s taste, but it suits me.   My mini home is surrounded by trees and shrubs…predominantly  Australian natives, but certainly not exclusively. Is is actually a studio apartment, built above a double garage.

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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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The Wonga Pigeon; a Flying Feather Pillow

The Wonga Pigeon; a Flying Feather Pillow

LET’S SPEND A WHILE WITH A WONGA Let me introduce……the Wonga pigeon. The name  derives from wonga-wonga,  an  Aboriginal name inspired by their call.  Mind you, I would describe it as a gentle ‘whoop whoop.’  Gentle, yes, but it can be heard more than a kilometre away.

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