Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Random Thoughts

Matters have moved along a little since my last blog. Life’s like that. You sit still and it moves on. You take an active part and it moves on. Moral: whether you take an active part or sit on your bum, life moves on so you might as well be involved and have some hope of directing your Fate.

We first came to the South Burnett [becoming known for its winemaking and olives] back in April 2001. Only weekends in those days. There was an abandoned tin shed on the property so we parked our old campervan alongside and enjoyed the birds each morning. Double-barred Finches to spare.

In May 2002 we had an old Queenslander [a recognized style of house] moved onto the property and thereafter slept on bare floorboards while we began the slow process of house renovations. They continue to this day.

The birds also continued to put in an appearance but then they’ve probably been doing just that for countless eons with or without human interference.

The Year List has moved on a mite since the last post. It currently stands at 116. It will of course ease off for a while as Fay is back at work and we need to travel further afield to once again add big numbers to the tally. Ours is very much a joint list. We bird together.

Babbler, Grey-crowned
Baza, Pacific
Bittern, Black
Bowerbird, Satin
Bronzewing, Common
Butcherbird, Grey
Butcherbird, Grey Pied
Chough, White-winged
Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested
Corella, Little
Cormorant, Great
Cormorant, Little Black
Cormorant, Little Pied
Cormorant, Pied
Coucal, Pheasant
Crow, Torresian
Cuckoo, Black-eared
Cuckoo, Brush
Cuckoo, Channel-billed
Cuckoo, Fan-tailed
Cuckoo-Dove, Brown
Cuckoo-shrike, Black-faced
Cuckoo-shrike, Ground
Currawong, Pied
Dove, Bar-shouldered
Dove, Peaceful
Dove, Spotted
Duck, Australian Wood
Duck, Musk
Duck, Pacific Black
Eagle, Wedge-tailed
Egret, Cattle
Egret, Eastern Great
Egret, Little
Fairy-wren, Red-backed
Fairy-wren, Superb
Fairy-wren, Variegated
Falcon, Peregrine
Fantail, Grey
Figbird, Australasian
Finch, Double-barred
Finch, Red-browed
Flycatcher, Restless
Friarbird, Little
Friarbird, Noisy
Frogmouth, Tawny
Gerygone, White-throated
Grebe, Australasian
Grebe, Great Crested
Gull, Silver
Heron, White-faced
Heron, White-necked
Hobby, Australian
Honeyeater, Blue-faced
Honeyeater, Brown
Honeyeater, Lewin's
Honeyeater, Scarlet
Honeyeater, Striped
Honeyeater, Yellow-faced
Ibis, Australian White
Ibis, Glossy
Ibis, Straw-necked
Kestrel, Nankeen
Kingfisher, Sacred
King-Parrot, Australian
Kite, Black-shouldered
Kite, Whistling
Koel, Eastern
Kookaburra, Laughing
Lapwing, Masked
Lorikeet, Little
Lorikeet, Rainbow
Lorikeet, Scaly-breasted
Magpie, Australian
Martin, Fairy
Martin, Tree
Miner, Noisy
Moorhen, Dusky
Myna, Common
Needletail, White-throated
Oriole, Olive-backed
Pardalote, Striated
Pelican, Australian
Pigeon, Crested
Pigeon, Wonga
Pipit, Australasian
Quail, Brown
Reed-Warbler, Australian
Rosella, Pale-headed
Scrubwren, White-browed
Sea-eagle, White-bellied
Sparrow, House
Sparrowhawk, Collared
Spoonbill, Yeloow-billed
Stone-curlew, Bush
Swallow, Welcome
Swamphen, Purple
Swan, Black
Teal, Grey
Thornbill, Brown
Thornbill, Yellow
Treecreeper, White-throated
Wagtail, Willie
Whipbird, Eastern
Whistler, Golden
Whistler, Rufous
Whistling-Duck, Plumed
Whistling-Duck, Wandering

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