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    Noisy = nasty native
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    Indian = pesky import
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    The latter are a pest round my home.

    The noisy guys pretty well rule Queens Park in the middle of town. I've seen them chase CROWS out of a roosting spot.
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    There's also yellow throated miners. Not as aggressive as noisy but not terribly intimidated by humans either. Also native, not widely distributed though, likes the dry forests. I saw a few on the weekend, here's one that posed for me, showing off his yellow neck.
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    It seems like the swallows invite all their mates when we go out for the day. They have been nesting under the veranda for around 35 years. It is unfortunate but we have to be on our eternal guard during nesting season otherwise we would be overrun with them. They are real survivors.

    David


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    I heard a lot of noise outside. Investigated and found two brush tailed possums at odds with each other and a mother and young up and out of the way.
    Gave her a bit of apple which she gratefully accepted.

    David

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    That's beautiful.
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    Thomas Jefferson when founding his University of Virginia (in A Universe From Nothing, Lawrence Krauss)

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    The newest butcherbird, Arrow, has made a first appearance. The universal "Care-care-care!" hungry baby bird noise was deployed, to great effect.

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    Arrow's still very fuzzy.

    And, the other afternoon... a Macbeth kind of feeling from the Three Ominous Magpies, who were looking to see if I could be enticed to appear on the back stairs.

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    And it seems there was another hatchling!

    Meet Crikey, who's already bigger than Mum Butcherbird.

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    Re-organising my photos from my Mildura trip last week i found this one. My best shot of a raptor by far. A black Kite. I was sitting quietly by a lake under a tree at sunset and this one landed not too far away. The orange in the light at that time is nicely reflected, i think. A really beautiful and fierce bird.
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    A large preying mantis [light brownish,about 100mm long] came to rear French window. Ran to get cam or phone, but it was gone. No pics, so it didn't happen. :-(
    Just stick to the idea that science tests falsifiable hypotheses to destruction.

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