10 comments on “The Un Burnt Birds of the Blackened Bush – Bushfire Survivors Part 2

  1. I am so, so glad your previous home was spared! My favorite picture in this post is the little fairy wrens on the fence, so cute! And the magpie taking 4 years to train, wow! I’ll skip the snakeskin, as I am not fond of those creatures!! I pray your air continues to clear up and all with be well again in your beautiful part of the world. Blessings to you and yours!

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    • Thanks Jen, yes we had a few days with clean air as the unseasonable cold change moved through but the smoke is back today but it looks like only a 5 cigarette day so far, as the fires continue to rage in our beautiful forests. The Magpie is such an intelligent bird, I liken it to having a pet dog, as even the wild Magpie family that visit our birdbath have no fear of us, and will drink from the bath with us sitting a couple of feet away feeling quite relaxed, which is such delight for us. Some people have taught them to talk and play with their cats and dogs. This is because if you raise them during those formative 4 years they will learn what you teach them and become quite playful pets, following you around the house. We are off to Carols in the Park tonight. Richest blessings back to you and your hubby. 🙂

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  2. Thank you for sharing such beauty even while fire and smoke rampage. I love your videos. My beloved cat was Maggie but I called her Magpie, she had the exact coloring of those birds.
    Thank you brother for always exalting the glory of God thru creation.
    Will be praying for Australia.

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, I am always delightfully encouraged when I read your most welcome comments, I love that we can share in marveling together in our wonderful magnificent Creator Father. I love that your cat is named Magpie, and resembles the bird, how cool is that. Now all she has to do is learn to warble like one, it is one of the most beautiful bird songs among our many songbirds. They sing to each other sometimes for hours. Have a wonderful week dear sister 🙂

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  3. You certainly have been having a field day with some delightful birds.
    Gislea’s work is quite fascinating, I have her Tawny Frogmouth book, and it’s not only filled with great detaIl, but a touch of humorous stories and a real love and concern for these enigmatic birds.

    Be interesting to see how her approach to magpies and their behaviour affects your own work and direction.

    Black Kites seem to have such a knowledge of how both fire and farming practices can work to their advantage. I’ve often sat at the end of a paddock being plowed and watch them relentlessly follow at the same speed as the tractor, and then silently swing about at the end of the run and resume their station. They also seem to work as a tag team with some harassing while other capture, but then squabble about who has rights to the prize.

    It would be interesting also to see just how involved the Kites were in the use of ‘firesticks’, most of the data seems to be a repetition of some research a few years back. Carring and dropping sticks is part and parcel of their games system, so it would be highly likely they have taken it the next step to actively spreading fires.
    A doco I saw once, (can’t recall which one) showed lots of close up shots of sticks, claws, smouldering branches and the like, but did not have field shot footage as I recall.

    I have the very good fortune to have access to them just about every trip to the grasslands and farm areas around here, and its always enlightening to watch their interaction together.

    Hope that the air you’re breathing is on the improve, the clips of Sydney show a most worrisome air quality.

    Good luck with the upcoming edition.

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    • Thanks for your interesting comments about the Black Kites, they are much appreciated. I usually only see them in the north. It is good to hear from someone who has had apparent field experience. I have Gisela’s book on my desk to read but have been getting my next 2 books ready for the publisher. Thanks again for dropping by 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, most of the fires around Sydney were deliberately lit by children and young adults. They are tracking them down. Many of the deeper forest fires are caused by dry thunderstorms (lightning) which occur frequently in drought during Summer. Some are caused by power lines falling in high wind and people trying to burn off on fire ban days. The Black Kite fires occur more up in the upper states. Thankfully today has been one of the clearest for weeks due to the cold change and cool winds. Enjoy your week my friend!

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