14 comments on “Clash of the Cockies – The Early Aussie Spring

  1. Thanks for the update on the crested pigeons, glad to hear they survived the extreme weather conditions you’ve had lately. I also enjoyed your videos and photos of the yellow tailed black cockatoos. I sometimes hear them flying over my house and always run to a window to see them! 😀

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    • Thanks Sue, yes the little family is doing well, though the Miners have given them a few problems at times, but they seem to be handling them, as both species have lived here together for many years, and the pigeons were here first. The Yellow-tails are always exciting to here, and draw birders to alert. We had the experience yesterday on a walk, we heard their cry and suddenly tried to find a sky hole in the forest to catch a glimpse should they fly over, but they did not. A birding club on outing were nearby waiting also. Enjoy your weekend and stay warm 🙂

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  2. Hello Ash,
    As always, it’s a real pleasure to start my weekend with a healthy dose of Australian birds. Your Silver-eye looks similar to our White-eyes. As you say, both names are “wrong” – but they seem to have stuck. It’s a somber and thought provoking lesson, how the actions of some birds can indeed be very destructive to trees and habitat. It’s a solemn reminder how tenuous the balance is in our environment…
    Wishing you and Mrs H and all your loved ones a safe and blessed weekend. God bless!

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    • Thanks Takami, yes we appear to have quite a few destructive, dangerous and aggressive birds in our country, bot to mention the most poisonous snakes and spiders, yet we some how survive, like the many more placid birds that suffer at their bite of their beaks and claws.Without wisdom and knowledge and understanding none of us could ever survive and flourish. The fear (respect) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. As with birds so with us we live by faith in love with hope 🙂

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  3. A wonderful selection of the house hunters at work.
    We once photographed them unscrewing the roofing screws from a colourbond garage. Once they removed the sealing rubber they were quite able to purchase on the edge of the screw and loosen it.
    As you say, cladding, guttering, window seals and the like are simply work to be accomplished.
    And I grew up in the Mallee, and it is untold damage across the farm buildings and crops.
    They are as your shots show, I think, quite particular about a nesting site, and ready to defend at all costs.

    Glad to learn the Cresties got on ok. I reckon the first line i their DNA is “Hang On No Matter What.”
    The few sticks provided to balance the eggs are not exactely a secure home.

    Lastly on Cockatoos. Some of our locals used to take delight in grabbing the powerlines in their beak and flapping madly spinning round and round the power line. i often wondered what would happen if they stripped of all the insulation. 🙂

    Hope you and yours are safe at the moment. We still have a bit over 4 weeks of lockdown to endure

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    • Thanks David, that is is amazing how destructive these birds are, they remind me of the New Zealand Kia parrot. I did not realize that our Cockies were so clever in their shenanigans. I have seen them spin around on wires also, it is a concern as to what weakening of the wire might do. The Cresties are doing fine, I think the Miners have accepted them to a degree, but it is probably that they choose to keep hidden and emerge when it is safe. However we both witnessed the local coalition constantly removing this pair of Ferule Pigeons trying to nest under the newly installed solar panels across the road. Every time the Pigeons glided back to the roof the sentries would attack and send them off again, eventually the Miners won out and the Pigeons left. This is the one time I was pleased with them, and the organisation skills we witnessed were remarkable. Oh, the other one is that the Noisys keep the Indian Mynas away, they are further down the street and never come her. Sadly we woke to the sound of a lone Kookaburra, a bird we seldom here in our area, but within seconds the coalition moved it away. I went out to observe the commotion, it was only just sunrise. It must be hard for you guys, it is scary here at the moment to know who you can trust as many more new cells break out around us. All the best.

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  4. Thank you Ashley for another impressive post with such an array of wonderful photos and narrative! I believe those cockatoos can be aggressive. Reminds me of the aggressive wild turkeys my husband fed a few times in my parents front yard. When they returned and found no food, they climbed up the stairs and began banging on the door with their beaks. Of course, crazy wild turkeys are not comparable to your treasured beauties…but that’s what we got here!
    Thanks again dear brother, God bless you and your lovely wife.

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    • Thanks dear Lisa Beth for your encouraging remarks. It is interesting that our wild Turkey (known as the Australian Brush Turkey) acts in the same way as yours, and we have experienced its demanding behaviour in the many places we have been where they are present. Praying favour, safety and blessing to you and Bob. 🙂

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  5. What a lovely bird is the Silvereye! The Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are destructive but very beautiful. Great post, Ashley. Thank you. 🙂

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