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watch out

April 12, 2012

With warm temperatures on the decline, daylight hours decreasing and sunny weather more infrequent I take every opportunity to leave my Cockatiel Leal (pronounced Leh-arl) on the back verandah.  I stay with him or close by as hawks are in the area and often sit in the large gumtree on the next block within clear sight of our place.


The other day I went inside to begin preparing our next meal when I heard Leal squawk in a way I had never heard. Curious and slightly worried I went to see how he was and found a kookaburra sitting on the railing next to the little birdbath watching him. Leal was at the opposite end of the cage with his back to the kookaburra; silent and still.

The kookaburra didn’t even flinch when I appeared and did not move until I was half a metre away waving my arms and telling him to ‘shoo’. Even then he only went as far as the wire next to the house.

Despite Leal now being inside he remained there for the next half hour  and wasn’t the least bit worried about me coming onto the verandah, content to watch and wait.



Kookaburras (both the Blue-winged Kookaburra  and the Laughing Kookaburra ) are not native to Tasmania. The Blue-winged Kookaburra is found in northern Australia and the Laughing Kookaburra was originally found in eastern Australia but has been introduced to Tasmania and Western Australia.










February 15, 2012

Hello and welcome to nature’s song,

Beginnings leave me wordless. It is a moment that is timeless, intense, a rush of impressions and feelings and an inability to capture the moment in words.

 Sometimes fortune smiles and I can look back and put aspects into words but this is the beginning of nature’s song and alas the only words I can think of to mark it is hello and welcome. At the moment nature’s song is little more than my intentions so perhaps there is not much more to put into words but to plunge in and actually begin……

As I write this  I am reminded of my walk this morning by Lizzie (my dog) sighing without waking and changing her position slightly from where she is snuggled up to me on the sofa .

As it is summer and the clock still registers sunrise early enough to enjoy a morning walk in daylight before work I have been making an effort to go daily.

the sound of water masks the noise of early morning traffic