OUR NOISY BIRDS.
Birds are the indicator of the health of our environment. Their neverending chatter, their swooping and gliding , their playful antics all communicate wit thus that all is well. What would the world be like if we keep on destroying their habitat. They would be gone forever. The eerie silence would be overbearing.
Some of our birds are very quiet. You cant hear them, but a flash of colour and they quickly disappear. You have to stand still in order not to disturb them. They are illusive and it is a rare treat to be able to glimpse them, let alone photograph them.
But the most obvious birds are the noisy ones. And we have plenty of them. The White Cockatoo for instance. These birds are not endemic to the area. They are birds from the far west who have found their local environment to their liking.
Their raucous screeching and squawking is earsplitting When up too 500 at a time congregate to feed on the seeds in the pastures it is overwhelming once they take flight. They seem to enjoy calling out at the top of their lungs with a shrill piercing cacophony
The Black Cockatoo have a very distinctive call. They usually take flight with a hauntingly beautiful sound. The birds are amazingly beautiful. With their graceful sweeping of the wings in flight.
The Kookaburras let us know that the sun has risen. Their early morning chuckle typifies Australian Natural landscape
During the day the Magpies will often take up a loud musical calling known as carolling with pairs of magpies calling to each other. Known as Australia’s most melodic bird their pitch may vary over up to four octaves. This interesting bird can mimic over 35 species of native and introduced bird species, as well as dogs and horses
The Currawongs never want to be outdone and they too join in the melee. The Whipbird call echoes throughout the glens. Their sharp loud call resembles the cracking of a stock whip.
To hear the king of the bush the Lyrebird you have to venture deep into gullies. But it is worth the effort. A full repertoire will be heard during mating season. mostly during winter. They will sing and dance and splay their tail feathers which are regarded as the finest in the world.
Australia has an enormous range of melodious birds and the Megalong Valley allows you to enjoy their beautiful voices.
Come and discover them for yourself.
Get yourself wrapped up in nature. Grab your camera and go exploring.
Test your skill with the lens. Pack a chair, a snack and wander till you find a quiet spot.
The White Cockatoos
The Black Cockatoos
The Gang Gangs
The Whip Birds
The Noisy Friars
The Butcher Birds
The Bower Birds
The Lyre Birds
The Willy Wagtails
The Apostle Birds
The Grebe Ducks
The Wood Ducks
The Powerful Owl
Small and Sweet
Large and Awesome
We ve got them all