Tag Archives: birds

Nests

It’s spring and the birds are making nests. I have seen a pair of murray magpies building in a tree near Kaye’s as I went for a walk in the past week or so. The photos below show them poking … Continue reading

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Blow it open

Postscript by Seamus Heaney And some time make the time to drive out west Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore, In September or October, when the wind And the light are working off each other So that the ocean … Continue reading

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Remembering the bird

Yesterday I ran into an old friend at the supermarket. She now lives near Ballarat, but is here for a month or so to see her parents, who are 95 and 98. She, Christine, and her partner John invited me … Continue reading

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Surprising creatures in daily life

Part 1: a sort of poem. I went to a meeting for work this week – a regional gathering of people working in the hoarding and squalor space. There were a lot of people there, and lots of energy to … Continue reading

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Sweet protest

Last week was national bird week. Among other activities, there has been a ‘backyard count’ throughout Australia and there is a vote going on for the country’s favourite bird. It’s a two stage process this year, with a ‘run-off’ second … Continue reading

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Galahs in the park

These birds have featured here before¬†¬†(and here and here) – this week I saw a nesting box in the park near Kaye’s place when we went for our weekly walk there. One bird was in the box, very still, head … Continue reading

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Pressing on

It has been a wickedly dry and hot summer, my work-days are filled with people who are dealing with and the effects of poverty and disadvantage; struggles for truly better and more just ways of living abound. There are issues … Continue reading

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Flight testing

This morning I went to Cherry Gardens to the fantastic Minton Farm Animal Rescue centre. It is run by amazing people with a decades long commitment to helping native animals and birds recover from injury and accidents (actually they have … Continue reading

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Feathers

If you look, feathers are everywhere. Little leftover bits of birds strewn around, dropped by the wayside, hints of flight underfoot. I have a few here in the house, pied ones mostly, but others too, some from birds whose names … Continue reading

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Magpies (but not as we know them)

I went to the Impressionists exhibition at the art gallery this week and was particularly struck by the picture by Claude Monet of a magpie sitting on a gate in a snowy landscape. It’s a terrific picture, but the magpie … Continue reading

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