Posts Tagged Urban birds

SWEET OLD SYDNEY

Have you ever visited Angel Place, just off Martin Place in Sydney?  Its hanging birdcages  are a touching memorial to the city’s lost birds, forced ever westward over the years of white settlement. If you listen carefully you can hear their recorded songs and calls over the

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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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SYDNEY? IT’S FOR THE BIRDS MATE!

SYDNEY? IT'S FOR THE  BIRDS MATE!

RUFFLED FEATHERS For the seagulls of Australia, the arrival of Europeans was  an unpleasant experience. As Cook’s  Endeavor made its way along the east coast in 1770, the crew were forced to supplement their dwindling provisions by shooting and eating the birds. Sir Joseph Banks wrote; Sea

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