Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Tuesday, January 31, 2006


There has been a fever spreading through Robertson this last week - Lawn mowing fever.

So far, I have remained immune to it. But the scent of new mown Kikuyu grass and fuel fumes make a heady mix - on the moist air of Robertson.

With two warm, almost hot days, after weeks of cool moist air (when the grass was too wet to mow) there has been a frenzy of lawn mowing going on around the town. The locals recognise a window of opportunity when they see one.

"Mow the grass now, while you can, before it rains again. Mow it now, today. Quick - it looks like it might rain soon.... Mow it."

Out at "Lower Ranelagh", the resident (wild) Lyrebird was in fine voice this afternoon. A lovely thing to hear, within suburban Robertson. Blessed are those who live within range of the sound of his voice - even if he does dig up George's bulbs and other plants.
Photo: ABCTV - "Wild Australasia"

When the mist rolls in at "Lower Ranelagh", the sound of the Superb Lyrebird's call seems intensified - probably because other sounds from further afield are muffled. You are invited to go to this site for David Attenborough's "Life of Birds" to hear 1 minute 49 seconds of the recorded call of the Lyrebird. It is mostly imitating other birds, but it does include the sounds of a Chainsaw, and even of a tree as it is falling. How Aussie is that?

(1 Min 30 to 1 min 38, and 1 min 46 to 1 min 46 sec)
Scroll down the page till you see the photo of the Lyrebird, and click on the little link on the right hand side of the page. Enjoy! It is part of the Nature of Robertson.

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