Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BIRD POPULATION OF THE ACT - 150 VARIETIES


A veritable who's who of the bird world of Canberra. Checking Wikipedia the total number of bird species in Australia numbers 800. This newspaper clipping from nearly 70 years ago numbers 150 Canberra natives and names quite a few.

I now want to see a singing and swamp hawk, Olive backed oriel and the Back fronted dotterel and with maggie swooping season descending upon us when I am swooped by a magpie be able to identify if the attacker is a Black back, White back, Pied dell or Grey bell...

The Canberra Times - Tuesday 22 June 1943
Image The Australian Women's Weekly 1972



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