Sunday 16th August 2015
Katy’s and Jeff’s house, on the side of Mt Wellington, is surrounded by a flock of very cheeky teenage currawongs. They fly around in a pack, zooming much too close…
They are very keen to walk right into the house, to wreak havoc on the furniture and the floor.
I do love these big black birds. But sometimes it feels like being on the set of a horror movie – those big sharp beaks!!
The big black hornbills in Papua are fabulous too. We felt like absolute Attenborough-style bird experts, because every time we went into our favourite bay on Batanta Island, we could guarantee a flypast, at sunset, of hundreds of these fabulous birds.
Until…the last time we went there, for two nights – there weren’t any. Maybe one, or two, but not hundreds. It made us realise how very stressful it much be, running Attenborough-style nature tours. You just can’t guarantee the presence of wildlife; wildlife is random, and WILD!
Today’s birthday – Fleur Harmsen!