After several weeks of successive Antarctic weather “blobs”, the weather seems finally to have turned. This last week we’ve have several cloudless days, with 22°C on Friday and 25°C today, making it an absolute delight to go for walks.
Yesterday, my Waverton walk began with a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo screeching overhead as it flew towards the city.
Below the cockatoo, a Masked Lapwing (also known as a Bearded Plover) chased titbits on a former bowling green.
Further along Woolcott Street a Pied Currawong flew onto the HMAS Waterhen fence with a couple of loud calls.
The bird’s beady eye fell on a Laughing Kookaburra in the tree behind me:
The currawong then ‘swooped’ the kookaburra, but I was just too late to catch the dive on camera. The kookaburra seemed a little ruffled by the attack:
The kookaburra looked round to make sure the currawong wasn’t coming back. It had its nictating membrane drawn across its eye. (Birds use this translucent bluish-white protective membrane to moisten their eyeball and wipe away any grit.)
Satisfied it wasn’t coming back, the kookaburra relaxed once more:
As I turned back, a "bin chicken" aka Australian White Ibis flew high overhead towards Lane Cove.
Down below, a Noisy Miner had just caught a caterpillar, and flew down to the kerb with it:
It gave its victim a couple of vigorous shakes to remove the unwanted contents of its body sac.
Before settling down to eat the remainder:
Walking back up past the railway cutting, I spotted an Australian Magpie basking quietly in the sun, ignoring the occasional train going past a couple of metres below. Its mood exactly matched mine:
That was the last bird I saw on my Saturday walk.
However, from today’s walk, I can give an update on the Brush Turkey in the ACU grounds I wrote about previously. He was still following his early morning routine of digging out the top of his mound, presumably to lure females by making room for more eggs in his nest:
His tactic was clearly working as there were two females waiting on the slopes of his nest mound. This was one of them:
The birds mentioned in this post are those most frequently seen around North Sydney, and increasingly they seem to be the only ones I encounter following the COVID lockdown of March-April. Many more people are still working from home and going for regular walks, often with a dog in tow. That’s still true on the weekends.
This morning I saw a couple of Rainbow Lorikeets in a tree. I took a quick shot of one of them:
Then I waited for an opportunity to get a better one with the two of them. Just then a couple of women went past. I heard a bit of their conversation:
”… he was allowed to manage the Apple purchase … boss said he could keep any revenue savings… I told him to get it in writing…”
At that point, the lorikeets looked at each other and flew off, and I followed their lead.