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Scruffy the Australian Magpie

Scruffy the Magpie Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 11th July 2018 Australian Animals Australians Birds Winter Nature

I’m so enormously angry with FIFA, the world’s media, and Russia at the moment, so instead, let me introduce you to Scruffy.

Scruffy was a giant, dominant magpie when he still had his grey baby feathers. Now he’s grown he’s utterly enormous – and has excellent balance, resting on one of his legs while he waits for lunch!  (This was yesterday afternoon. He’s staring at other birds – patrolling!)

These birds are wild, but about ten are sort of also my pets. They hang out on the back deck with me every day (and a few occasionally sneak into the house and cause huge, dirty problems – ugh!). Some have names they respond to.

Mr Scruff is the dominant bird in the area, even though he’s not the biggest (but he’s by far the biggest Australian magpie I’ve ever seen). If you don’t know: some male Australian magpies are extremely aggressive in the spring, and put people in the hospital (those strong beaks…). The secret is to befriend them – with food! I now personally know three generations of the local magpies, and it’s changed everything.

It’ll be spring soon, and he’ll bring his next generation of babies to us.

See? Socialising with birds. This is anger management!

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Blue Sky in Canberra #2

It’s a gorgeous winter afternoon in Canberra for the start of the week.

Winter Sunshine Blue Sky Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 9th July 2018 Garden Nature Eucalyptus Tree Gum Tree

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Blue Sky in Canberra #1

It’s a gorgeous winter afternoon in Canberra for the start of the week.

Winter Sunshine Blue Sky Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 9th July 2018 Garden Nature Eucalyptus Tree Gum TreeIMG_6781

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Saturday in Canberra

Parliament House from the bridge this afternoon. We were on our way home from the amazing Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery and lunch at Canberra’s oldest Italian restaurant.

Parliament House Cockatoo Canberra Australia Dusk Sonya Heaney 30th June 2018

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Evening Cockatoo

Its friend flew off, and I asked this one to turn around and look at me before it left, too.

It did.

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia Dusk Sonya Heaney 30th June 2018 Nature 1

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia Dusk Sonya Heaney 30th June 2018 Nature 2

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia Dusk Sonya Heaney 30th June 2018 Nature 3

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Winter Sunset

Some sort of blurry pictures from yesterday taken on my tablet at sunset.

Winter Sky Sunset 2 Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 28th June 2018 Nature

Winter Sky Sunset Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 28th June 2018 Nature

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Winter in Canberra #3

Sunny winter afternoon at the Kingston Foreshore of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Winter Lake Burley Griffin Canberra Australia Sunny Afternoon Sonya Heaney Sunshine Nature 23rd June 2018-1

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