27 October 2006

Birds Around My Place

Hi everyone, one or two have expressed a wish to see some of the birds I have mentioned in previous posts - so here they are, taken from the "The Field Guide to Birds of Australia" by Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight. These are some of the birds we get around here.

Channelled Billed Cuckoo. Lays its eggs in crows' nests. Large, raucous bird, but rather lovely.

Rainbow Lorikeets. Small, gregarious and social birds. Love getting the nectar from the flowers of the umbrella trees and getting positively squiffy on them. Noisy, quarrelsome and comical birds.

Pied Currawong. Quite a big bird, very handsome with a lovely call which is quite distinctive. A meat eater.

The famous Laughing Kookaburra. It's a biggish bird who loves meat and will grab it off your plate or out of your hand at picnic areas. Sits in the tree and laughs maniacally. The Aboriginal people use him as an alarm clock, because they say when the kookaburra laughs early in the morning, it is 30 minutes till dawn.

Australian Wood Duck. We have heaps of these things and I don't know how many times I've had to slam on the brakes because mama, papa and the kids are crossing the road.

Pied Butcherbird. Another meat eater with the most beautiful song. The notes are so pure they seem to hang in the air.

Australian King Parrot. Very colourful large bird, never used to be seen down this far but over the last few years has become more common. A seed and nut eater

Pheasant Coucal. Very clumsy bird with a call like water glugging down a drain. Not sure what it eats, probably insects.

Galah. These birds make great pets and can be taught to talk. My daughter has one and Molly is a great mimic. My daughter thought her dog was whining to go outside - it was the bird! They have the most beautiful colours. This picture doesn't really do them justice. Seed and nut eater and likes fruit (Molly does anyway, she'll eat anything - bread, cake, has a cup of tea. She doesn't know she's a galah, she thinks she's human.)

Koels or Storm Birds. So called because they call when it's going to storm or rain. They are going to town as I write this and looking out the window, it looks like rain!

And last but not least, the Magpie. They have the most beautiful carolling song and are very friendly, especially when one feeds them, as I do. They love cat biscuits and are meat and insect eaters. During breeding some can swoop, but ours are well mannered birds and we don't have any of that nonsense!

These are just some of the birds in my backyard. I'll put some more on next time.
As for other news. Nikki is doing well and of course, wants to come home, but I can't see that happening for a while. Her partner has brought their son in and they are both staying in a motel across the road from the hospital. So she sees them every day.
My youngest daughter has decided to go back to work. Not because they really need the money but she wants to provide extras for the family like a cruise around the Pacific which they are going to do in about 18 months. She doesn't think it's right her partner should provide for all that, so she's got herself a managerial position and is busy making plans for her family.
Young Master Cooper is growing so fast. If you watch him carefully, you can actually see the growth!! He's finding his voice and is getting quite rowdy, but is such a placid, smiley baby and so chubby, I want to eat him!
As for me, well I'm doing what I usually do. Working, socialising, drinking coffee with friends and family - you know the drill.
Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Gattina said...

Ah ! my beloved Kookaburra ! It looks quite small on the picture I thought it was a big bird like a craw ! Would love to hear that in the morning (ha, ha, ha) must be very funny (especially when you want to sleep a little longer)I only hear dog barking and some pip,pip of the birds. All your other bird I don't know but they are beautiful ! A friend of mine had a perrot, a terrible beast, he immitated the meauw of the cat, telephone bell and when we left he asked : are you going to bed ? In our garden are mostly magpies which attack the cats and some craws and smaller birds. Yours are much more colorful ! Thanks for the comment on my paintings. That's always a pleasure for me.

Merle said...

H Robyn ~~ Great pictures of the birds. I like the magpies singing and also like the blue wings of the
kookaburras and their laugh.
Glad Nikki is doing well. Good on
your daughter working for some extras
like travel etc. Take care, my friend. Love, Merle.

Lee said...

My maggies are still popping inside to say 'hello...what's cookin' today?' ;) The kookas are on sentry watch all the time as are the currawong and butcher birds and my cats just ignore the lot of them. They've given up on both the birds and me! ;) They just shake their heads in dismay that they have to share their food with these feathered things! I love the song of the butcher birds, too. Cheeky little things they are...they chased away a crow the other afternoon! I felt sorry for the poor old, much-maligned crow! I'm one of those persons...I like the crow...they are such an intelligent bird...and crafty!

So glad Nikki is doing well, Robyn. That's a load off for all of you.

You have a good weekend, too...babies are edible, aren't they? lol

PEA said...

What a delightful array of birds you get over there...so very different from what we get here in Northern Ontario! I'm so glad to hear that Nikki is doing so much better...when they want to come home you know that's a good sign:-) You take care and have a wonderful weekend! They're saying we're in for a severe snowstorm overnight so goodness knows what we'll wake up to in the morning!! Hugs xoxo

Mountain Mama said...

Thanks so much for posting pictures of the birds. They are so beautiful and your descriptions are great.
I do wish we had some magnificent looking birds here, but apparently the climate is not favorable.
I went to the San Diego Zoo several years ago and saw a group of colorful parrots. I am delighted that the Lord made them so beautiful
Thanks again for sharing!

Meow said...

Hi Robyn, sorry I haven't been around much lately. Glad Nikki is on the mend ... must have been a rough time for you all.
I love all the bird info. The Field Guide To Birds is in regular use in my life, particularly when we are up at Bonnie Doon. We get lots of the gorgeous King Parrots (as well as the usual Galahs, and white Cockies) up there. We are very lucky in Australia to have such lovely colourful birds.
Have a great week.
Take care, Meow