Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Birdy Google


Google Australia is celebrating John James Audubon's birthday today with this wonderfully birdy logo.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lake Burrendong State Park


Glossy Black Cockatoo

I’d been wanted to visit Lake Burrendong State Park since the flood waters raised the dam level from 1% to 87%, so the week before Easter Maureen and I packed the dogs into the car along with our camping gear and headed west.

Apart from the water, and the walks through some incredible scenery, a big attraction was the Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum at the entrance to the State Park. Established in 1964 the gardens cover approximately 167 ha. Dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Australia's unique and incredibly diverse flora, it is arranged in thematic areas that facilitate both driving tours and walks. Like many amazing conservation projects the gardens were established primarily through the efforts of one man, George Althofer. George was a big fan of one of my favourite plants, the mint bush, and wrote a book on the species. His brother Peter designed and supervised the building of the spectacular Fern Gully at the arboretum.

Fantastic place. We plan a return visit.

Bird list:

  • Australasian Grebe
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Australian Pelican
  • Darter
  • Pied Cormorant
  • White-faced Heron
  • Maned Duck
  • Pacific Black Duck
  • Whistling Kite
  • Collared Sparrowhawk
  • White-Bellied Sea-eagle
  • Australian Kestrel
  • Brown Quail
  • Dusky Moorhen
  • Eurasian Coot
  • Masked Lapwing
  • Silver Gull
  • Common Bronzewing
  • Crested Pigeon
  • Peaceful Dove
  • Eastern Rosella
  • Galah
  • Glossy Black Cockatoo
  • King Parrot
  • Musk Lorikeet
  • Red-rumped Parrot
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Fan-tailed Cuckoo
  • Laughing Kookaburra
  • Welcome Swallow
  • Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
  • White-bellied Cuckoo Shrike
  • Eastern Yellow Robin
  • Jacky Winter
  • Crested Shrike-tit
  • Golden Whistler
  • Restless Flycatcher
  • Grey Fantail
  • Willie Wagtail
  • Grey-crowned Babbler
  • Superb Fairy Wren
  • Yellow-rumped Thornbill
  • Weebill
  • White-throated Treecreeper
  • Brown Treecreeper
  • Red Wattlebird
  • Blue-faced Honeyeater
  • Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
  • White-plumed Honeyeater
  • Yellow-faced Honeyeater
  • Eastern Spinebill
  • Noisy Miner
  • Noisy Friarbird
  • Mistletoe Bird
  • Spotted Pardalote
  • Red-browed Firetail
  • Diamond Firetail
  • Double-barred Finch
  • Zebra Finch
  • Apostlebird
  • White-winged Chough
  • Australian Magpie-lark
  • Grey Butcherbird
  • Pied Butcherbird
  • Australian Magpie
  • Pied Currawong
  • Australian Raven
  • Little Raven
  • Emu

Monday, April 4, 2011

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet, originally uploaded by marj k.

The gymnasts of the birding world at play in my garden.

Sunday, April 3, 2011



I’m not big on feeding birds artificially, and have planted lots of flowering trees and shrubs to give them natural food sources, but when picking up dog food I noticed some Wild Lorikeet nectar mix and bought a bag. I put a small amount out yesterday and the resident noisy miners were rather appreciative, and were joined by half a dozen rainbow lorikeets. I took the empty dish away after an hour.

This morning I put some nectar out at around 6:30 am, and came back to get some over-ripe banana and a handful of grapes. By the time I got back to the garden there would have been a hundred lorikeets in the trees, lined up on the fence and taking their turn at the feeders.

The food was all gone within the hour. So I’ve removed and cleaned the dishes. While diseases can be carried by shared feeding dishes, and food can ferment and affect the birds, there seem to be no ill effects from a well managed feeding program.