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Reeve’s Pheasant

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I was amazed to read that the male’s tail grows a foot (30cms) longer every year. A beautiful bird with loads of personality.

Sadly, another vulnerable species 😦

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Send in the Troops :)

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We live not far from the Puckapunyal Military Base . . . driving past on the weekend we noticed this ‘sentry’ patrolling the grounds 🙂

 

South Eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

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Back to the little fauna park at Kaniva…this beautiful South Eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo put on quite a performance for me, dancing up and down the branch. This species is endangered and there is a dedicated program to save them. This one also had a shy mate in a corner of the enclosure.

Back in Traralgon I saw flocks of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos fly over my house frequently. They fascinated me from when I was in Primary school and my brother and I used to collect the Tynee Tips Bird Cards that came with packets of loose leaf tea. I included Black Cockatoos in one of my early short stories. I had set my writing groups a task to write short stories for a popular competition but found myself lacking inspiration. Walking back across my yard after feeding the chooks one evening I looked up to see two Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos on the television aerial . . . the story came. It didn’t win that competition but it did set me on a new and wonderful path. It did win another competition and was also published later in Woman’s Day. That story is still my very favourite 🙂

 

 

A Prickly Subject

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Also on our drive a few days ago, we saw two Echidnas along the same track as the deer 🙂

Echidnas always bring a special memory for me . . . about twenty years ago we picked up my late Nan from the nursing home where she lived to take her for a drive on a sunny afternoon. Nan was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Along a bush track we saw an Echidna and stopped our Mitsubishi L300 van. Nan quickly opened the back sliding door and jumped out, calling to Nathaniel, Elijah, Jess and Pip to come and have a look. They were excited, of course, but I will never forget the look on Nan’s face . . . pure joy 🙂

 

Just Ducky :)

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If you look closely you will see a family of baby ducklings hiding in the scrub at the front of our yard 🙂

We’ve had a busy few days showing our visitors around and catching up. Jackie loves to investigate and ‘help’ with everything so my computer time is limited but I will answer all the comments and do appreciate them!

Good morning :)

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He/she doesn’t look impressed but I’m not surprised . . . I almost stepped on him on my way to feed the chooks! Later, Rod found some babies under a nearby pile of pine posts he was using to build a fence. They are harmless but a little frightening when you come across one unexpectedly, in that second before you establish that it isn’t a Joe Blake!

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