Saturday, 23 February 2013

Random non-exotics

I'm posting this as I like the curve of the right wing against the gum branch behind. That's about it. Oh and the cockatoo's facial expression.

And a random annoying miner. 

Another crested pigeon.


Who is the most pea-brained of them all?


  1. Great photos! and lobbying!
    I came across your blog because I have been looking for a listing of what birds it is permissible for farmers to have shot on their properties as pests. I attended a national Parks Assoc meeting recently, and the speaker indicated that almost all birds are now unprotected if they are on farmland.
    regards, Lyndal

  2. Thanks for your support Lyndal. I'm no expert in the field but I have tried to make some connections between information that is freely available and I tried to keep to the facts. Threatened species are still protected and it is not the case that 'almost all birds are now unprotected'. My concern is that some birds, such as the Bittern, whose numbers are very low, will be caught in the crossfire, literally and also disturbed by potential year round hunting of ducks and put off places they usually breed and feed. Bird photographers have ethical codes about disturbing birds but they don't seem to apply to shooters.

    If you look at section 13 here you can see the list of native birds that can be hunted on private land.
    Remember it is not in effect yet and there's a delay in introduction till April, at least.
    There's also a hope in getting legislation on Duck hunting on private land amended, to remove the Pink-eared Duck from the lists, as it does not eat grain or vegetable matter, but is a filter feeder. (Thanks DW for this info.)

    Also it will help if you can direct all the birds on the list to the ACT :-)

  3. The list of birds is on

    Schedule 1 Amendment of Game and Feral Animal Control Act 2002 No 64

    See [13] Schedule 3, Part 1A

  4. Cockatoos always have such expressive faces. I have a fondness for crested pigeons too.

  5. Yes I agree about the cockatoo's faces. They often seem to look happy.