Christmas should be a time for tolerance, and maybe thats what I need!
So, now that the begging is over I will introduce this week's bird. These are Rufous Owls (Ninox rufa) and the picture were taken in the botanic garden in Darwin. There are two birds in this post - the bird doing the 'wing yoga' behind the leaves is a different bird to the one sitting in the open. This species of bird is only found in the north of Australia - and this was the last new bird I saw on my trip 'up north'. It was a remarkable way to end a week of birding.
This bird is abut 45 to 50 cm long, and is to say the least impressive.
I like to wish all WBWers a happy time over the next weeks - in the coming year(s) I suspect that the natural world is going to need all the advocates it can find.
So, click the blue button and off you go - and with luck I'll be able to find the time to visit you all and reply to the backlog of comments!