Sunday, August 24, 2014

VOLUME

We've had a good 7 inches of rain in the last week. Happy with that! LJ, August 24 2014.

Monday, August 18, 2014

EE

I love this from American poet EE Cummings - 'may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living'. LJ 18 August 2014.

Friday, August 15, 2014

QUOTE

I came upon this quote from US psychologist Eric Berne the other day - 'The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing'. Interesting, but in my opinion, utter rubbish. The pursuit of identification does not extinguish noticing and celebrating the poetry within birds. LJ, 15 August 2014.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHEN SCARLET ROBINS SEE RED

This morning, near Morton, I watched a male Scarlet Robin fly into a paddock where there was another male Scarlet Robin. The second bird wasn't at all happy and chased the intruder out of his territory. The original bird darted back to the fence where he was perched initially and (seemingly indignant and embarrassed) turned his back to the agro defender. I had a chuckle. SR behaviour I've not seen before. LJ,10 August 2014.

Friday, August 1, 2014

EL NINO

An El Nino effect is predicted for upcoming months... we're in for another dry summer... fire fighters expecting bad conditions... fire season already started in some parts of NSW... LJ, August 1 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

12 HOUR SUMMER TWITCH

I reckon a 12 hour summer twitch is in order, maybe late October or sometime in November when our migratory species are back. How many birds can be seen in Bundanoon in a 12 hour period? Close to 100? Anyone can get in on this. It'd be on a Saturday. Start at 8am and end at 8pm. Lunch in Morton NP. I'll get back to you with details... LJ, July 29 2014.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

BLACK FALCON AT SUTTON FOREST

Late in the day yesterday, when heading home through Sutton Forest (about 10 mins from Bundanoon), I passed what was either a Black Falcon or dark morph Brown Falcon perched in a dead tree by Exeter Road. The light wasn't great - I did a u-turn, drove past it again, parked, got out and dashed back up the road to inspect it. Luckily my binoculars where on the backseat of my car. Uniformly dark brown feathers, a small head on massive shoulders, a slight pale cheek mark, grey about eye, long wings almost to the tip of tail meant Black Falcon. Whacko! I watched it watch me for 15 mins, then it took off over sheep paddocks in the direction of Werai. Black Falcons are my favourite Australian bird. Everything about them appeals to me, particularly their flight and classic silhouette featuring slightly bent wings. I've only seen this falcon 7 or 8 times before in my life (once before in the Southern Highlands - at Moss Vale). Let's hope this stunning raptor gets itself to Bundanoon. I need it for my list. LJ, 26 July 2014.