Stewie and I went for a bit of a trip to look at windmills – more later – and on the way back we chanced upon three Brolgas. (Grus rubicunda). Brolgas are one of Australia’s most iconic birds. Their name comes from the Aboriginal language Gamilaraay, in which they are called, burralga. They are one of Australia’s largest flying birds – they stand a metre tall … Continue reading Sturt’s Desert Pea
Old trees are now being routinely left in public parks for the express purpose of giving birds nesting places. This one has a dark wet patch on her breast, almost certainly a sign that she is incubating her eggs. This is a bit strange because it seems very late in the season. But I will keep a neye on it. Continue reading Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
I do not know how the memory works. Sometimes when a huge trawler drags its trawl across the bottom of the ocean in search of fish it might chance to dredge up a diamond or an old boot or the remains of some wreck. This morning I walked outside just as the sun was pushing red up behind the houses and there was that unmistakable … Continue reading Colin and Fizz
Number two daughter picked one of my baby peregrines and drew it. And I was very happy about that. Continue reading What Daddy got for Christmas.
Enough about fires and drought in Australia and floods in Europe. Enough about Brexit, and Scottish vote to stay in Europe or leave the UK. Enough about the internal fractures in the American psyche and Russia and German pipelines. Enough that I’ve left the dishes in the sink for too long. I just want to say Happy Christmas and a Happy New year to everyone. … Continue reading Christmas!
Drove up Warrenheip to catch a cool breeze. This Kestrel was sitting on a branch as cool as can be. Below me the paddocks were filled with hay … … as far as I could see. And that little bird was quite happy to sit. And that’s Warrenheip below. Continue reading Nankeen Kestrel – Mt Warrenheip – Ballarat.
Following is a collection of photos from December last year. Continue reading This time last year.
Bush fires are a real part of the Australian experience. For years it was something that affected those who lived on farms and in small country towns. But as the cities expand and people move to beautiful hillsides covered in tall trees and build nice houses with wonderful scenic outlooks then so the experience of more and more people will come to include fire. If … Continue reading Bush Fires
I have decided to leave the peregrines for this year. Yesterday there were two in the nest, it was gloomy and the sun was casting glare. My worry was that the third fledgling had gone. Today there was only one bird in the nest. I worried that the bird lying down on the right – in the photo above – had died. This is a … Continue reading Peregrines – Finale
I went out to see what I could see. The three baby chicks are looking grown up. And this fellows eyes are working well. He’s spotted me. Can you see one of the parents on sentry duty? Below is a close-up. And over on the other cliff face is another sentry post. And here is the sentry on duty. There was a difference of two … Continue reading Peregrines Nearly Fledged