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This year's Magpie babies

Our magpies have been late this year with their babies. We understand why for Vicky's family, because after Maggie's passing it was July before Vicky settled on a new husband, a magpie from a long way away called Bertie. They then took a while to settle in and for Bertie to get to know the local situation.

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Curly the One-eyed Currawong

Here is Curly, the one-eyed currawong. Curly and the winter currawong mob (maybe a hundred birds) left for greener pastures about four weeks ago, but I've been looking for curly in case he decided to stay for the summer.

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Problems for Vicky Magpie

Vicky and her new fellow, Bertie, have settled in and Vicky is now tending her nest. We are not sure whether she has hatched eggs, and we haven't been able to bring out our telescope due to the excessive wind and the big dust storms, which have been reported around the world. (We have to put the telescope in our breakfast room with the door wide open.)

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Blue Tongue Lizards - A Garden's Best Friend

Blue-tongue lizards are gentle and friendly creatures.  They like firm ground under their feet but will let you pick them up even if they haven't seen humans before.  They are nature's helpers in the garden by feeding on snails, crickets, caterpillars and other pests.  The birds don't mind them either in striking contrast to their reactions towards goannas and snakes.  You will see Frieda magpie happily pottering around this gorgeous creature in the slides below, neither upset by the other's presence.  This lizard is the common Eastern variety also called Tilqua sc

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Australian Figbird

australian figbird

Figbirds follow the fruit trail and drop in for a few weeks each year at the start of the mulberry season.  Well camouflaged by their plumage these birds are hard to spot as they help themselves to the fresh pickings.

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