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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sunset serenade


As the sun set slowly in the west, 
I went out onto the back deck to listen.
If you have birds around your home, 
try to listen to their calls as the sun rises or sets.
Sunset from my back deck tonight
Blackbirds were whistling beautifully (listen towards the end of this sound file), with the occasional clattering cluk, cluk, cluk alarm noise (unfortunately, that call is at the start of the attached sound file - which gives totally the wrong impression of their beautiful whistling call).

Pied Currawongs were carolling in the distance.

Magpies joined in with some of their piping calls.

And then a pair of Kookaburras joined in, to bid the day farewell with their wonderful call.

tonight's sunset from my back deck.

9 comments:

mick said...

Beautiful sunsets and the bird calls are lovely. However, it is so different from up this way. There are no parrots of any kind! No Lorikeets, or Galahs, or White or Black Cockies, etc etc. It's a big country!

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Mick
We do have a different suite of birds. In the daytime I get Black Cockies. But I had not thought till you mentioned them, that they are probably away in the forests, breeding, at present.
I seldom get White Cockies here (some fly over). Fortunately no Corellas (the scourge of the temperate zones of Australia, these days.
And NO Lorikeets.
My Bowerbirds were silent this evening. And also the Yellow Robins.
Cheers
Denis

Mac_fromAustralia said...

We often get white cockatoos wheeling above screeching around dusk. Also blackbirds, what a mess they make of our mulch, currawongs, they're fond of the nandina berries, magpies of course, and at least a couple of different honey eaters whose call is often the first sign that they are about, hidden up in the foliage.

Rohrerbot said...

Great shots. I love the sounds from those birds so I can envision the surroundings.

Flabmeister said...

Mick's comment caused me to look at the Atlas of Australian Birds for parrots and relatives. Other than some Lorikeets, there seems to be largely a 'no-man's land' in SE Queensland between our Southern species and the Northern lot!

Not that I am competing in the chorus stakes but I am up early this morning (5:30) and have just heard a Frogmouth oom-ooming from their nest site. I hope that means they are getting down to business, albeit about a week late!

Denis Wilson said...

Thanks Mac and Rohrerbot
Interesting how different the local birds are, as Mick also noted.
Cheers
Denis

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Oh silly me, I got so caught up in thinking about what birds I hear in my garden I forgot to say how much I liked those birdcall links.

Denis Wilson said...

That's all right.
Glad you liked them.
Cheers
Denis

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Martin.
Not quite sure about your comments, there. The Crimson Rosella tribe is spread right along the east coast, but of course, they change colour as they go.
We certainly have a gap in the Lorikeet tribe, both of us being off the coast. Little Lorikeets are scarce as hens teeth. Rainbows are now common all along the coast to Melbourne. Anticipate a population explosion of them in Canberra soon. COG members will come to regret that.
Re Frogmouth, I look forward to your photos of them nesting. I saw one here just a few hours ago. Flying along my road. First record in several years.
Cheers
Denis