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Sherbrooke Now Known As Yarra Ranges

Posted Saturday 10th October 2009 at 01:06 by Francis Duggan
Where the tall mountain ash on the high ground they seem to touch the very sky
They now call it The Yarra Ranges though Sherbrooke it once was known by
Places such as Sherbrooke, Belgrave and Kallista in fancy I often do see
Those old wooded hills east of Melbourne will not fade from my memory.

The whistle of Puffing Billy climbing up the tracks through Selby that memory with me does remain
And the clouds of gray smoke billowing upwards from the engine...
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An August Day

Posted Saturday 10th October 2009 at 01:01 by Francis Duggan
The wattles are laden with bright yellow flowers
And the magpies are piping in the cool wintery showers
In the first week of August with Spring ever near
To the Pacific lands of the southern hemisphere,
The often brown paddocks now looking more green
And the year's first wildflowers on the high ground are seen
And the southern Winter is growing very old
And the mornings are chilly without being cold
And the early nesting birds they whistle...
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The Pied Currawong

Posted Saturday 10th October 2009 at 00:57 by Francis Duggan
Their name is a clue to their familiar song
The birds known to many as the pied currawong
In the wooded gully and on the higher ground
The echoes of their currawong notes resound,
In her nest of sticks high on an eucalypt the female bird lay
Three light brown eggs with dark freckles and from their territory they chase away
Bigger and smaller birds and on other birds young they even prey
Unflattering things of them some Nature lovers do say,
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No House Sparrows!!!

Posted Thursday 8th October 2009 at 09:43 by Paulo Boute

I'm still in Boa Vista, the capital of the Brazilian State of Roraima, teaching birdwatching to the local community.
It is being great - They are very interested & learn quite fast.
But, there is an amazing fact at this town: There is no House Sparrows!!!
I never had been to a Brazilian town , without House Sparrows before...
May be the reason is because , this town is very isolated from any other town...
We are located at the Amazon River...
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10/6/09 - Waiakea Timber Management Area

Posted Wednesday 7th October 2009 at 19:57 by bkrownd
Updated Wednesday 7th October 2009 at 20:18 by bkrownd
There was a new article in the local paper about logging permits in the "Waiakea Timber Management Area" which was created in the 1960's by plowing down huge tracts of native forest and planting alien tree species to create a timber industry. Very little harvesting has occurred over the years, but a couple of companies still have contracts for speculative "biomass", chip and veneer mills. The 'timber management area' is bounded at its lower end by vast tracts of weeds and development,...
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