Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Tuesday, 13 September 2022
There are signs that spring is in the air in Melbourne - there are young leaves on some trees, some have blossom and the swooping season for Magpies is underway!
Australian Magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen) are songbirds, and are not closely related to the Magpies found in the UK, which are a type of crow. The Australian Magpie's closest relative is in fact the Black Butcherbird.
In the spring this species becomes a bit territorial, and can be a bit aggressive to other birds and people. In fact, some Magpies become 'problem' birds by continually swooping people. This can cause injury, and many people have story about magpies that hate them! This is not completely fanciful, as magpies have been found to be able to recognise and remember people.
To avoid getting in the bad-books of any of our local birds I always greet them with a "Well Hello Mr. Magpie!" in the hope they will recognise me as a friend and supporter! So far this diplomatic approach has been successful and the Maggies seem to let me be.
Magpies also have wonderful voices, and while it may not be the best recording this video captures some of their song.
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Tuesday, 6 September 2022
When I was walking in Central Australia last month, we would often see and more often hear groups of birds called Babblers in the vegetation. I never got a really good look at them - but you could tell where they got their name from very easily!
These pictures are probably of a different species to the ones I encountered - these are White-browed Babblers (Pomatostomus superciliosus) and there pictures were taken in North-west Victoria. Unlike most species of birds, the White-browed Babbler not only builds a nest to lay its eggs in, but it also builds a separate nest to roost in. Although the two types of nests appear similar — both are large, dome-shaped with a spout-like entrance, and are made from sticks and twigs — roosting nests are a little larger to accommodate more birds. The brood-nest is built only by the breeding birds, but mostly the female, whereas roost-nests are built communally by all of the members of the flock.
These birds are always great fun to watch!
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Monday, 5 September 2022
More pictures from my recent walk. What a 16 days. Just remarkable. I want to go and do it all again.
Maybe one day.
The last picture is from Counts Point on section 8, and this may be the most famous view on the whole walk. It goes on for ever. I could have stayed all day.
Tuesday, 30 August 2022
Monday, 29 August 2022
This is the first of a few post about my recent walk along the Larapinta Trail. The Trail runs (more or less) east-west starting (or ending) at Alice Springs and ending (or starting) at Mount Sonder about 230 km later!
The whole trails runs through the West MacDonnell Ranges - Tjoritja - National Park. We took 15 days to walk from Alice to Sonder. I think I'm still processing a lot of what I saw, felt and thought during those two weeks.
These pictures show just how varied the walk is - valleys, ridges, and long, long views.
For reasons I do not comprehend, the images have loaded in reverse order! The final image is from day 1 and the first from day 3.
Hope you enjoy. SM