PINCHED PEGS; A COCKY AND A BOWERBIRD

PINCHED PEGS; A COCKY AND A BOWERBIRD

Recently, Marney Daniel posted on the Blue Mountains Community FB site that a sulphur crested cockatoo had stolen a bag of pegs from her clothes line. She was from further ‘down the hill’ at Glenbrook. Marney apologized if the pegs were littering someone’s backyard, and asked everyone

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A NEW COURTING SEAT FOR THE INDEFATIGABLE WONGAS

A NEW COURTING SEAT FOR THE INDEFATIGABLE  WONGAS

Warwick and Wendy Wonga from Blackheath have been using a rustic wooden ‘courting seat’ in my garden for quite a few years. These Australian native pigeons are monogamous, and mate for life. Unfortunately, their seat has begun to show signs of wear and tear. Well, they do

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THE RATHER RISQUE FEATHER FOLIES!

THE RATHER RISQUE FEATHER FOLIES!

Roll up and grab your popcorn everyone. Free entry to a unique theatrical experience. After weeks of rehearsal, Warwick and Wendy Wonga of Blackheath in the Blue Mountains are proud to present to you……A ROMANTIC REVUE. Applause please. The name of this truly spectacular production is; ON

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A DEEPENING WONGA MYSTERY

A DEEPENING WONGA MYSTERY

Our resident Wongas here in the Blue Mountains are acting so bizarrely. These monogamous, Australian native birds usually nest in summer, from October until January. They have a clutch of two white eggs, in a rough, twig nest built high in a tree. However, this year they

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THE WATTLE CAFE—A WINTER RETREAT

THE WATTLE CAFE---A WINTER RETREAT

The Wattle Cafe, on the Great Western Highway at Blackheath, has been around since the 1940s. My Blackheath born friend Larraine tells me they used to serve hot milkshakes, which had to be drunk quickly, before the straw melted. It is such a warm sanctuary on a

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BLACKHEATH POND – STILL A LOCAL DISGRACE!

BLACKHEATH POND -  STILL A LOCAL DISGRACE!

I’m usually writing positive, upbeat stories about Blackheath, so this is pretty disappointing. What a ghastly mess the pond at Soldiers’ Memorial Park is. We have had plenty of rain recently, but the level keeps dropping every day. Is it leaking? This wood duck thinks is less

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LEAP OF FAITH – VENTURING OUT IN THE PANDEMIC

LEAP OF FAITH - VENTURING OUT IN THE PANDEMIC

First trip to Sydney on the train for a very long time. I was a bit nervous, especially re social distancing on the train as I’m immune-suppressed. Only medical checkups for my partner Rob and I had prompted the journey, but it still felt like a little

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LONG LIVE THE BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE

LONG LIVE THE BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE

Local papers are under serious threat. Lack of advertising and competition from alternative news sources are taking their toll. The local rag where I live is the Blue Mountains Gazette, a free publication delivered to every home. This infuriates people who don’t want to read it, but

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BREAKFAST FOR BABES IN THE BIRD WORLD

BREAKFAST FOR BABES IN THE BIRD WORLD

It’s a great privilege to watch baby birds being fed. Wonga pigeons feed their chicks ‘milk’ for quite a while, even after a baby has begun to potter about foraging for solids. They are very shy birds, so to see this taking place through our kitchen window

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THE WONGA WORLD – AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT

THE WONGA WORLD - AN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT

This is Spirit, who nearly did not make an appearance as her parents nested in a tree about to be cut down. Happily, the tree was spared. Spirit and a sibling we called Hope hatched successfully. We think a hungry fox took Hope. This a continual hazard

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