LEURA…ON A BAD DAY FOR BOB ESGATE & CO.

LEURA...ON A BAD DAY FOR BOB ESGATE & CO.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Blue Mountains towns such as Leura and Katoomba were just as popular with tourists as they are today. Several coaching companies were kept busy ferrying visitors to guesthouses from the railway station and around the area’s beauty spots. One

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WONGA PARENTS – CHANGE OF SHIFT

WONGA PARENTS - CHANGE OF SHIFT

So our resident Wongas are raising yet another set of twins. They were sitting on eggs all through the March ‘big wet’ here in the Blue Mountains. The chicks need constant care and it’s time for Mr Wonga to take over the afternoon shift. His partner has

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EXIT ONE EGGSHELL – THE WONDER OF WONGAS!

EXIT ONE EGGSHELL - THE WONDER OF WONGAS!

Who would have thought than an eggshell could provide such joy and excitement during one of the worst weather events in living memory? As readers of my bird blogs know, I have been photographing and writing about our resident Wonga pigeons for a number of years. Over

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LANDSCAPING – THE RAIN WINS IN A KNOCKOUT!

LANDSCAPING - THE RAIN WINS IN A KNOCKOUT!

Landscaping is on the agenda here in Blackheath. Our new house in the Blue Mountains has been built within an established garden, on a similar footprint to the old, now demolished cottage. Nevertheless, new entrance steps and an added vehicle awning have meant that some mature plants

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THE WHIPBIRD…WHAT A LITTLE CRACKER!

THE WHIPBIRD...WHAT A LITTLE CRACKER!

The penetrating call of the Australian native Eastern Whipbird is actually made by a pair of birds. The male gives the long ‘crack’ of the whip, to which the female responds with a funny little choo-choo noise. It’s a wonderful thing to hear. In the old days

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MUESLI FOR THE BIRDS

MUESLI FOR THE BIRDS

We have a strict policy against artificial bird feeding at our Blue Mountains property, well apart from providing fresh water. There is an abundance of nectar, seeds and insects to satisfy the countless species that visit us. Half of our large garden is planted with Australian natives,

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THE WONGA NURSERY, A WONDER OF NATURE

THE WONGA NURSERY, A  WONDER OF NATURE

I have to confess that I am a bit obsessed with our native Wonga pigeons. They are so gentle and engaging. They wander around the garden paths in my Blue Mountains garden every day, just as I do myself. Our long term, resident pair nest high in

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LEURA – WHAT’S IN A NAME?

LEURA - WHAT'S IN A NAME?

I must thank fellow Blue Mountains resident Stephanie Moxham for alerting me to this story. Stephanie posted the following letter on a local history FB site. It had been published In The Katoomba Daily on Saturday, May 25 1935. To the Editor Sir, – Mr George B.

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APPLES….OH THE ANGST!

APPLES....OH THE ANGST!

Growing fruit in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales is a challenge, and apples are no exception. Oh dear, so much competition from the wildlife, including bush rats, possums, parrots and satin bowerbirds! I suspect a possum is the culprit in the following photo. Crimson rosella

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THE SWEET SPINEBILL

THE SWEET SPINEBILL

The Eastern Spinebill always looks so neat in his grey and brown suit teamed with a white shirt. Only measuring about 15cms, his curved beak is almost as long as his body. I like to imagine him as a legal clerk, dipping into a pot of black

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