GUARDIANS OF THE SILVEREYES

GUARDIANS OF THE SILVEREYES

It’s hard to believe that many of these tiny silvereyes 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 have been  living happily

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THE SEASON OF ROMANCE FOR MR BOWERBIRD

THE SEASON OF ROMANCE FOR MR BOWERBIRD

SPRING, WHEN A BOWERBIRD’S FANCY TURNS TO …. Well, spring is well and truly here now. I have watched the blossom come out above Mr Bowerbird’s home in Memorial Park at Blackheath. I don’t know what sort it is; some sort of prunus. With a bit of

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BOWING OUT – FINALE OF THE BOWERBIRD STORY.

BOWING OUT - FINALE OF THE BOWERBIRD STORY.

FOR THE BEGINNNG OF THIS STORY CLICK HERE   31/8/2018 Mr S. Bowerbird’s  magnificent home  in Blackheath’s Memorial Park was almost wrecked yesterday. Two (illegally) unleashed dogs tore through the middle of it before I could warn their owners.  How they missed  crushing  the bower itself is

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SATIN BOWERBIRD; COURTSHIP PHASE

SATIN BOWERBIRD; COURTSHIP PHASE

FOR THE FIRST CHAPTER, CLICK HERE. August 26 2018 – A second chapter in the life of Mr S. Bowerbird of  Memorial Park, Blackheath. It had been raining all day, converting many bottle caps in the bower  to miniature swimming pools. Poor Mr B.  was kept busy

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Crimson Rosellas – Sweet Thieves

Crimson Rosellas - Sweet Thieves

CRIMSON ROSELLAS Crimson rosellas are a joy to behold. Many of the trees and shrubs in my  Blue Mountains garden have been planted with these beautiful birds in mind. Top of the list? The native correas. The photo below shows that my efforts are appreciated! The rosellas love

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OUR WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

OUR WONDERFUL WATTLE TREES

‘…in spring, the most delicate feathery yellow of plumes and plumes and plumes and trees and bushes of wattle, as if angels had flown right down out of the softest gold regions of heaven to settle here, in the Australian bush.   D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo I do

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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  feathered

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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 see them in the distance, and hear them laughing  and chattering with

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