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When you planned to sit in the shade…

This hot afternoon. Only, the local magpie family decided a few days ago that the furniture was their new home, and now you can never use it!

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Hot Bird

40 degrees in Canberra today. One of our resident baby magpies has been hanging around with its beak open all week (the magpies did this last summer, too). It seems it cools them down…??

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Summer Afternoon

Working on my computer on the back deck on this sunny, warm afternoon in Canberra, and one of our friendly magpies has decided to spend the time sitting next to me…

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When you hear a knock at the front door…

And this is what you find!

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Adventures with Birds

It’s not spring yet, but we have every native bird imaginable running around with sticks in their beaks, getting ready.

However, we already have two birds who have moved back into the garden for the season.

I’m being followed around by the currawong (first three pictures) in the backyard – the bird was too shy to come near me last year, and now turns up at the back door! I’m even being watched from the tree, just in case I might come outside with something edible.

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And in the front, the magpie (next three), who also comes to the door a few times a day.

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Check out the pose!

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And then I went back into the backyard, and the currawong was watching me, as if to say – so? Where’s my snack?

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Bird + Ballet

This blog is in danger of becoming all about birds, but they’re endlessly entertaining!

This is one of our regular magpies, and in the days before Christmas she discovered she loves the ballet score for The Nutcracker. She came to our door every afternoon and stood right there to listen.

However, on Christmas Eve, she listened like this. We couldn’t stop laughing, but she stayed as she was!

 

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Ready for a nap…

One of our half-grown magpies had its raw meat snack a few minutes ago and is now all puffed up and settled in for a siesta.

Baby Magpie Garden Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 23rd December 2015

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