Sights Around Canberra








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17 Responses to Sights Around Canberra

  1. AndyG55 says:

    I hope you are liking those little wallabies.

    Cute, aren’t they. :-)

    If you go biking around Canberra, watch those magpies.. they can tend to swoop and have been known to leave a nasty gash on the head… the main reason for making sure you do wear a helmet ! :-)

    • wizzum says:

      Put some eyes on the back of your helmet or hat, Maggies don’t attack from the front.
      I think swooping season is over or nearly over.

      • beowulf says:

        Not necessarily. Someone lost an eye to a frontal attack a few years back. The police shot the offending maggie. Some are a lot more aggressive than others (magpies that is – not police). Depends on their individual testosterone levels at nesting time. From memory their testosterone rises by 800% at mating time and falls back to normal once their young leave the nest.

        Magpies are the fighter jets of the bird world. To see 2 magpie families battling it out for territory is a sight to behold. Their speed and aerobatics are astounding. Top Gun eat your heart out.

        • Latitude says:

          Friend of mine raises them here in the states….I would say they are also the smartest bird…and they make excellent pets
          Raise them right…interact with them right…and they are like little people

        • Latitude says:

          This is hysterical….it’s a Euro pie…but same thing

        • wizzum says:

          Sorry, “as a rule” maggies don’t attack from the front. It does work, 40 years of experience in southern Qld behind me.

          • beowulf says:

            Yep, agreed Wizzum. I lost a chunk of scalp on the back of my head when I was 8. We didn’t have helmets or ice cream containers to wear in those days – just waved a rolled up newspaper or a stick over our heads as we ran the gauntlet through the park on the way to school.

            As Latitude points out, they are easily tamed with food handouts. My mother feeds them and they ignore her at nesting time, but if a visitor turns up, the maggies dive-bomb mercilessly.

            Crows are smarter though. Our neighbours had some that would take dry bread that was too hard to eat, fly 30 yards up the road to a birdbath, drop the bread in to soften it, then come back and eat it at their leisure. Definitely not dumb.

  2. R2Dtoo says:

    I was blessed to spend a year in Australia (1975-76) in Brisbane. It is a truly beautiful and unique place. Enjoy your visit.

  3. gregole says:

    Great photos! Australia looks just fine; whatever happened to the catastrophe of Man Made Global Warming; oops, I mean Climate Change?

    I guess Global Warming is just another term for nice weather.

    • John of Cloverdale, WA says:

      Agreed. Canbera is a nice and interesting place to visit (the National War Museaum is a must), but not to live. The place is full of public sevants and has a socialist-green local government. BTW, don’t know about this year, but last year Canberra had the coldest winter in 15 years and wettest winter in 10 years.

  4. cary says:

    very nice photos Mr. Heller.

  5. SteveO says:

    What a perfectly timed balloon photo!

  6. Steve Case says:

    Off Topic – well really on topic ….

    Regarding the latest “Hottest October Ever” headlines, here’s what NOAA’s
    Climate at a Glance
    Coughs up when you plot the U.S. Maximum Temperature Trend for October since 1913

  7. Ross says:

    Enjoy your trip Tony.

    To all our American friends —GOOD LUCK for tomorrow. I hope it goes the way you want it to.

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