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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TAKE A CAN OF (AUSSIE) PUMPKIN SOUP….

TAKE A CAN OF (AUSSIE) PUMPKIN SOUP....

I am a latecomer to what has become known as iso-baking. However, I was listening to late night ABC radio recently when an elderly lady called in with an extraordinary recipe for pumpkin scones. ‘Just two ingredients‘. she said. Wow, it sounded so simple even I decided

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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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WONGAS….THE NEW PARENTS

WONGAS....THE NEW PARENTS

So for the first time, our resident Wonga couple have left their chick June in a ground nursery and enjoyed a little outing together. They can’t stay away too long, because June needs regular feeds of ‘milk’. I was amused to see Mrs Wonga taking time out

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THE WINTER WONGA CHICK

THE WINTER WONGA CHICK

April 30 2020 – How extraordinary, today we spotted our resident Wonga couple snuggling up together whenever they weren’t foraging or feeding their most recent chick, Spirit. The Australian native pigeons mate for life and we thought they were just ‘bonding’, but no….there was a lot more

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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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