Lake Burley Griffin, Winter 2011
the young have grey chest plumage which will turn black with age
Misunderstood birds at the ABC
Watch testing of the efficacy of helmet adornments in repelling magpies
Today I saw many birds do things for the first time in my yard:
- Crimson Rosella drinking from the bird bath
- A pair of Superb Fairy Wren (probably) in the bush next to my window
- Unknown parrot in the bush over the other side of the stairs
- Pied Currawong, with a yellow eye, walk along the rail of my balcony, check out the piece of pine I am wittling, eyeball my washing inquisitively and crap accurately on a succulent before flying away.
I have to get better at identifying birds before I could take part in the survey which the reference Birds of Canberra Gardens is based on. The Braddon quadrant is sadly lacking in survey sites, including all of Haig Park. I wonder what the rules are to consitute a sighting.
I love that the scientific name of the Australian Pelican is Pelicanus conspicillatus. Despite my lack of bird-identification skills, I can confirm zero sightings of those in my courtyard.