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Where’s Dinner?

The two half-grown magpies form the family here – still with grey baby feathers – waiting for us when we got home from drinks this afternoon.

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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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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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Preening Session

We have two galahs that pretty much permanently live in the big eucalyptus tree in the front garden.

This one is very busy preening and enjoying the sunshine.

1 Galah Bird Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 30th April 2018

2 Galah Bird Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 30th April 2018

3 Galah Bird Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 30th April 2018

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Where’s Lunch?!

Our whole magpie family was waiting for us when we got home this afternoon. I guess they came for lunch when we weren’t there.

These are the parents, both standing on one leg in the shade on the railing , while the babies did weird things in trees.

Magpies Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Hot Afternoon Autumn Garden 9th Amrch 2018 Birds Nature

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Still No Rain

We had a storm forecast for Canberra today, and all the national news stations showed “Showers” symbols next to us on the map of Australia, but… no. It got as cloudy as this picture for a few minutes around 5pm, and now the sun is back out.

We have, however, a family of magpies, a kingfisher, a peewee, and nearly twenty currawongs fighting for dominance in our garden (we feed birds!), and I was nearly deafened by the one in this photograph when I was outside. The call of the currawong is SO loud. My head hurts!

Currawong Storm Coming Canberra Australia Eucalyptus Tree Gum Tree Sonya Heaney Bird 5th March 218 Autumn Nature

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Hot Afternoon

It was only around 30 degrees today, but this baby magpie is next to me on the back deck right now, beak open, looking hot.

What it doesn’t know is that tomorrow it’ll 36, and then 37 the day after!

I put as much (cold!) water out as I can, but some of the baby birds (especially the currawongs) like to play with the containers – dragging them around and knocking them over!

This is their first summer, so they don’t understand what to do.

Hot Magpie Bird Canebrra Australia Summer Sonya Heaney 4th January 2018 Australian Animals Nature

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