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Birds, various recent photographs

Birds, various recent photographs

In our first year here we saw over 100 species in our garden or Jagun, the small nature reserve adjacent.

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Tawny Frogmouths, our garden at Blue Poles, April 20 2015

Birds are beautiful, interesting and barometers of environmental health.

I have just googled the phrase just written and found an ambitious project:
“Background: There is growing recognition that the inexorable decline of nature may have profound consequences for the lives of people and their economies through the loss of natural resources and the ecological services they provide. Birds can act as excellent sentinels, barometers or indicators of trends in the state of nature and of the sustainability of human land use and environmental health. Birds occur in all habitats, can reflect trends in other animals and plants, and can be sensitive to environmental change. A great deal of high quality data exists on birds and new data are relatively inexpensive to collect.”

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Swallows, April 24, Nambucca Plaza

“Birds are recognised as good indicators of environmental change and as useful proxies of wider changes in nature. The Wild Bird Index measures average population trends of a suite of representative wild birds as an indicator of the general health of the environment.”[i]

Easter is wet, a scaly-breasted lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet tapping its foot listening to a group of us Easter Saturday discussing starting a Valla Nature Stall at the markets to educate and inform.

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Grumpy Blue-faced Honeyeater – trapped in vegie garden
Striated Heron on two eggs
Striated Heron on two eggs, Coffs Creek
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Striated Pardelote, Blue Poles
Scarlet Honeyeater
Scarlet Honeyeater, Valla Rural
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Pied Cormorant, Coffs marina
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Bee-eaters, Urunga
Eastern Spinebill
Eastern Spinebill, Blue Poles
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Two Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, aerial dancing, Blue Poles
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Peregrine Falcon, Deep Creek

And the Ospreys

Osprey, Oct 14, Capt Cook's Lookout

Osprey

[i] Global Wild Bird Index – Biodiversity Indicators Partnership http://www.bipindicators.net/WBI

 

 

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