Super Magpie Families

Alongside the Mangalore Flora Reserve in northern Victoria was a large bunch of Magpies… unusual… or maybe not… I’d be interested in your experiences of similar events…

www.ararelitus.com/blog/super-magpie-families

Chris Shaw seashore@internode.on.net +61 409 675912

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After the game, the King and the Pawn go into the same box. – Italian proverb

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John Blay and the southern forests

Hi all, I caught up with author and bushman John Blay for an interview last week in Eden, NSW. John has written numerous books including a trilogy about Australia’s southern forests such as On Track: Searching out The Bundian Way. John also discovered Blay’s Wattle (acacia blayana). If you love nature and birds his . . . → Read More: John Blay and the southern forests

ADVERTISEMENT: Complete Set Of (HANZAB) Handbook Of Australia, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds

Hello All Reluctantly selling my complete set of these highly prized reference books. (Photos of each volume can be provided on request.) I haven't settled on a price just yet, but any reasonable offer will be considered. Anyone interested can contact me directly on: mikewood4370@gmail.com Regards, Mike

biological control, Worlds best songbird.

For months a family of Purple Gallinules has taken over our back terrace, crapping all over the place in a most unsavoury fashion, retreating a few paces when chased off but always returning. Very upsetting despite our inherent love of most things Avian.

Then, a mob of presumably unattached male Magpies appeared and chased away . . . → Read More: biological control, Worlds best songbird.

First Swift Sighting – North Turramurra Sydney 2 Nov 2021

That’d be 2021, not 2011   From: Tom Wilson Sent: Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:16 AM To: birding aus ; Michael Tarburton Subject: First Swift Sighting – North Turramurra Sydney 2 Nov 2011   Hi All just had my first swift sighting of the year – approx 40 White-throated Needletails in a loose, circling . . . → Read More: First Swift Sighting – North Turramurra Sydney 2 Nov 2021

First Swift Sighting – North Turramurra Sydney 2 Nov 2011

Hi All just had my first swift sighting of the year – approx 40 White-throated Needletails in a loose, circling group over my house.  Hopefully the first of many for 2021/22 to report to Mike in April. (Mike – the 21/22 spreadsheet has been started…) Cheers Tom Wilson . . . → Read More: First Swift Sighting – North Turramurra Sydney 2 Nov 2011

Magpie Injury Behaviour

 Some time ago while driving on a country road close to my home in East Gippsland I hit a Magpie head on. I stopped and looked back. Immediately the other members of the Magpie family flew down to the dead or injured bird and began pecking at it vigorously as it lay there prone . . . → Read More: Magpie Injury Behaviour

Crested Pigeon

Recently in outback Queensland (Boulia) and came across Crested Pigeon nesting in Magpie Larks nest. HANZAB says they do nest in large old nests. Has anyone seen nest in Magpie Larks nest?  Geoff Shannon

Magpie killed by wind?

Driving to Grafton today, saw a magpie killed on M1 – 110kph. Luckily, it went behind the vehicle in front. I thought it was lucky because I wasn’t close enough to hit it.  However, just as it came out from behind the front vehicle, it exploded into a whole lot of feathers and slammed . . . → Read More: Magpie killed by wind?

Nesting of Whistling Kites

A couple of months ago we saw a Whistling Kite carrying sticks into a copse of Angophoras next to our house, Eventually we saw the nest, clearly visible from our deck. The birds started sitting in it and (after a pause of about 3 days during a very gusty period) a bird occupied the . . . → Read More: Nesting of Whistling Kites