is home to a host of birds. The variation is dazzling to a person
used to the monoculture of city birdlife. I have identified over
40 species since we started going outthere. Some of them appear
Eagle Female-90cm Male-1m
The most spectacular and largest bird
by far is the Eagle or "Wedgie". We have three that
soar above our property regularly. A huge shadow sweeps across
the fields as they pass. One sunny afternoon we watched a pair
hunting rabbits on our property but usually they just glide by
at a great height on upswept wings. Bird WatchWe
now have four eagles
Falcon Female-38cm Male-48cm
We have observed this falcon nesting
in the cliffs of the Canyon. It is a spectacular flier and we
have seen it engage an eagle in an aerial battle. The hapless
eagle ventured into its territory. Usually so graceful, the eagle
only just managed to escape the precision dive-bombing of its
smaller, swifter cousin
Kestrel Female-31cm Male-35cm A pair of these small hovering falcons have a nest in
an old, dead tree over the fenceline of our property. They are
common hunters over our fields with their distinctive rapid flickering
wingbeats. They soar on flat wings with tail spread, hovering
frequently with tail fanned and dive for their prey like fighter
Kookaburra 46cm These noisy birds are plentiful and sing in chorus in
the mornings and evenings. Their chuckling laughter can be heard
echoing through the hills. They like to sit above our frog pond
staring down hungrily.
Flocks of these noisy birds fly out of the National Park at sunrise
and return at sunset.They fly with slow measured rather ungainly
wingbeats screeching all the way.
Faced Cuckoo Shrike
Apparently this is one of Australia's commonest birds but I have
never seen one in Sydney. I wonder why? Meeoww.
These birds are residents and are often
seen looking for insects in the trees around the caravan.
Wood Swallow 19cm
A flock of these birds arrived one afternoon at Lade Downs. At
first I thought it was lots of different birds because there was
a broad range of colour variations. The juvenile is speckly, the
male is brown and the female is a beautiful cinnamon colour.
A pair of these birds live on the Blasted Plains, a desert like
expanse at the centre of our property. They have a beautiful call
and a curious undulating display flight. They make their nest
on the ground.
Grey Fantail 16cm
These active little birds are flycatchers. When I was raking
the grass around the caravan a flock followed me around gobbling
up the insects I disturbed.
Wagtails can still be seen in Sydney but ours are bigger and brighter
than the poor little shabby ones in suburbia.
Eastern Yellow Robin 15cm
This pretty little yellow breasted bird is a common visitor.
We often see these tiny birds on the property. From a distance
they look like a bright red dot.
Fairy Wren 14cm
This bird really lives up to its name. It is the most striking
iridescent blue. They live in the Blackberries and venture out
to feed. (another good reason not to spray poison on and burn
the blackberries)The male invariable comes first hopping boldly
about. He is followed by his little brown hens. They are common
Black Duck 47-61cm
After a storm and our usually dry dam fills with water and a pair
of ducks quickly take advantage. There is nothing more homely
than a dam with a duck on it. Usually they live in the river below