Most mornings I'm an early riser, up well before sunrise, reading a book in our quiet little kitchen until the sun comes up. But there's one resident of our street who beats me to it every morning. This person.
He's doing it right now, calling plaintively, repeatedly, as I sit here at my computer this morning. Hopefully this link to an mp3 recording of the koel's call works for you.
Epic post ahead warning! Keep on reading this longish blog posting from here only if you are interested in finding out probably everything I know about birds in my backyard.
Now, for starters, credit where credit is due, and my theft confessed to with humble apologies. I have pinched virtually all photos used in this posting, and all the sound recordings, from the excellent Birds of Canberra website, found here http://www.garden.canberrabirds.org.au
I have long wanted to do a posting on the birds which regularly visit our garden, and have proved to be such an inept photographer of them that when I visited the excellent Birds of Canberra website I discovered that they happened to have most of the birds which visit my backyard, here on the NSW coast. Canberra might be well inland and south of Sydney, but it's still only 288km away from here, not that far away as the birds fly.
And so I can at last do my (epic) posting on birds which visit our garden. The list is longish yet that doesn't mean these birds are here every day, though all the following birds are seen here throughout the year, some very regularly. And thanks again to the excellent ornithologists of Canberra for their wonderful work.
|The magpie. Often heard and seen here, one of the|
most beautiful calls of all, and my favourite.
|The black faced cuckoo shrike, named by early colonists.|
It's neither a cuckoo nor a shrike, though. Nice looking bird,
often seen on the clothesline or TV aerial looking for food.
New Holland Honeyeater static-on-the-line call
Red Wattlebird call
Superb fairy wren call
Sulphur-crested cockatoo's appalling, loud call
|With its impressively fearsome big, black beak|
the Pied Currawong visits only occasionally,
but it's always a wonderful big thing to behold.
Shame it eats bird babies so much, but it has
to make a living and that's its job.
Spotted pardalote call
|Alas, so very plentiful when we first arrived here|
21 years ago, these Silvereyes are now a rarity
here, but I do occasionally see one still. A small
bird with a striking white ring around its eye
it's a busy, chatty little personality.
|Another lovely personality is the Willie Wagtail, a smallish fantail|
bird who waggles that tail as it looks for insects and grubs.
While a common bird in general, its visits here are just occasional.
Peewee (Magpie Lark) loud car-alarm screech
Noisy Miner's noisy call
Almost finished, but not quite. All photos and bird calls featured above are from the Canberra Birds website, but they didn't have every bird which visits our garden, so here's a few more. Continuing my ignoble tradition of thieving both bird photos and recordings of their calls, I have proceeded to the wonderful 'Birds in Backyards' website for these next items. It can be found at http://www.birdsinbackyards.net
Red-whiskered bulbul call and fact sheet, which includes a little thingy containing its call
And finally, the last and most colourful backyard visitor of all of all is this person, the rainbow lorikeet, in a photo taken by me (the only one in this posting, I am sorry to say).
If you're a complete glutton for bird-loving blog punishment, here's a link to an earlier posting about an injured lorikeet named Bung who recuperated in our backyard for several days following an argument with a car, prior to (hopefully) returning to his flock. It's called 'Bung's Bingle'.
And again, courtesy of Birds in Backyards, a fact sheet on these birds which includes their not especially pleasing call