Archive for December, 2008

The Lazy Birder

Several years ago I wrote a series of twelve articles called The Lazy Birder. I had great fun with these and if you are looking for some light hearted reading over the Christmas break, start with these.

Let me know how you went by leaving some comments.

Further reading:

Black Swan with cygnets, Canberra

Black Swan with cygnets, Canberra

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings to all my loyal readers.

I trust that you will all have a great and blessed Christmas.

Don’t eat TOO much and drive safely on the roads.

Articles will appear sporadically here over the next two weeks. I am visiting family in Sydney then travelling home via Melbourne. I will not have internet access for some of that time.

King Parrot at Adelaide Zoo

King Parrot at Adelaide Zoo


I’m not sure if this makes any sense – but it is the silly season after all.

How much wood would a woodswallow swallow if a woodswallow could swallow wood?

Dusky  Woodswallow

Dusky Woodswallow

Peaceful Dove

Peaceful Dove, Cleland Wildlife Park

Peaceful Dove, Cleland Wildlife Park

When working in the garden we often take a break for morning tea. We take our cuppa out on to the front veranda where have several comfortable chairs. This gives us a good view of part of the garden and the surrounding trees. It is a very relaxed form of birding, for sitting quietly we can often observe the birds going about their everyday activities. This includes visits to the nearby bird bath.

Several days ago we were enjoying our cup of tea when a Peaceful Dove came into the garden. We could hear it calling but couldn’t see it. It flew off before I could locate it. This species is common and widespread in the district but it does not often visit our garden which is a shame. We love hearing its gentle and soothing “doodle-doo” call.

Click on the photo to enlarge the image.

Woodswallows on high

Last week we were busy doing some house painting. At one point we needed to have a short break so we made a cuppa and sat relaxing on our front veranda. After a few minutes I heard a familiar sound.


I could hear them calling but couldn’t see them.  Eventually about a dozen or so appeared high in the sky. Even with binoculars I couldn’t determine which species of woodswallow they were. They were possibly Dusky Woodswallows; this species has been reported in the district in recent days.

Always a nice species to see.

Or hear in this case.

Dusky Woodswallow

Dusky Woodswallow