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Old 26th September 2021, 09:44 PM   #3081
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Voting has begun in the Bird of the Year poll.

https://www.theguardian.com/environm...your-favourite

It's a little bit different this year:

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The voting system in 2021 has changed. The competition kicks off on Monday 27 September with a lineup of 50 Australian native birds. The bottom five birds are eliminated at the end of each weekday, with everyone able to vote again in the next round each day. So on Tuesday, you can vote again on the 45 most popular birds from Monday and so on. You have one vote each day, but it doesn't have to go to the same bird. Eliminations will be paused over the weekend when the vote count will be hidden. Voting will go dark on Thursday 7 October for the final 10 birds and voting will close at midnight. All votes from the early rounds are discarded before the final count. The winning bird will be the one that receives the most votes in a simple poll of the final 10 on Thursday 7 October. The winner is announced on Friday 8 October. What will your strategy be? Will you vote for your favourite bird every day or for more underrated birds in the early rounds to keep them in the competition?
I'll be making sure to vote every day. What about you?
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Old 27th September 2021, 10:50 AM   #3082
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On which criteria are we supposed to chose a favourite? I've probably eaten fewer than half of the species included....
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On which criteria are we supposed to chose a favourite? I've probably eaten fewer than half of the species included....
On whatever criteria you like. You've been given all of the information.
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Bush stone curlews are so cute the way they hide by freezing. And their haunting night calls.

Love sulphur crested cockatoos for their attitude.

Black and whistling kites are effortless thermal soarers.

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Originally Posted by Sideroxylon View Post
Love sulphur crested cockatoos for their attitude.
Cockies in the Sydney area have recently learned how to open wheelie bins by copying each other.
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Far too many votes for the magpie. Swooping bastards.

I’d vote for the Powerful Owl. Great name, and we have one who has a nest not far away. It’s deep, hooting howl is wonderful. Just a few weeks ago it decided to sit on a drainage pipe of our house during the day and stayed for hours. It ignored our barking dog and I thought it might be ill, but it went away that night and we still hear the call.

I once spoke to a zoologist about the owl. She often gives evidence in cases involving land developers who want to subdivide Powerful Owl habitats. We have a developer who owns a lot of land behind us. Her words “nobody will develop Powerful Owl land, just call me”. I still have her number.
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I've already voted once for the magpie, even though one of the little bastards knocked me off my bike at speed when I was a kid. I still love them. They're smart, not ******** for nine months out of every year, and they sing beautifully.

But at this early stage I'm spreading my votes around to several of my favourites - the sulfur crested cockatoo, the tawny frogmouth, the kookaburra and the galah are all on my list.
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
I've already voted once for the magpie, even though one of the little bastards knocked me off my bike at speed when I was a kid. I still love them. They're smart, not ******** for nine months out of every year, and they sing beautifully.

But at this early stage I'm spreading my votes around to several of my favourites - the sulfur crested cockatoo, the tawny frogmouth, the kookaburra and the galah are all on my list.
You have a very VERY different magpie down there than in N. America. Ours isn't little, is a perfect ****** 24/7/365 (366 in leap years), and sings like nails on a blackboard. I'd vote for them to be national bird of the Detroit city dump, but they'd probably team up with the rats and take over the city govt.

Hmm. Might be an improvement.
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Originally Posted by sackett View Post
You have a very VERY different magpie down there than in N. America. Ours isn't little, is a perfect ****** 24/7/365 (366 in leap years), and sings like nails on a blackboard. I'd vote for them to be national bird of the Detroit city dump, but they'd probably team up with the rats and take over the city govt.

Hmm. Might be an improvement.
That's right - the Australian magpie (Cracticus tibecen) isn't even in the same family. European and American magpies are corvids, while Australian magpies are in the family Artamidae. We have our corvids - the Australian raven Corvidae coronoides is native to my region. But it's not in the poll so I guess no-one cares.
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King parrot for me. We have them up here in the mountains - beautiful plumage, lovely nature, always travel in mated pairs.

Although just the other day a pair came and visited us very closely. The male watched from the gutter, while the female flew in our faces. Just once, then flew away. We took it as a warning to not come near their nest. I can't wait to spot their chicks!

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We have king parrots, as well as eastern and crimson rosellas. They're on my list for later votes. Today I voted for the wedgie.
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King parrot for me. We have them up here in the mountains - beautiful plumage, lovely nature, always travel in mated pairs.

Although just the other day a pair came and visited us very closely. The male watched from the gutter, while the female flew in our faces. Just once, then flew away. We took it as a warning to not come near their nest. I can't wait to spot their chicks!

Yes agree with King Parrot (except when they're eating my tomatoes)- also in the backyard are the usual rosellas, lorikeets, magpies and Kookaburras.
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Right after the 2019-20 bushfires, my son and I went to the town of Mogo to see how they were doing and to spend a little money. At one point, off in the burned-out bush, a kookaburra sounded off. It was one of the most beautiful and poignant sounds I'd ever heard.
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Cockies in the Sydney area have recently learned how to open wheelie bins by copying each other.

The first one to come up with it should have patented it. It wouldn't have had to open a single wheelie bin for the rest of its life!
Imagine what will happen if the wheelie-bin-opening cockatoos begin to copy black kites!
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The first one to come up with it should have patented it. It wouldn't have had to open a single wheelie bin for the rest of its life!
Imagine what will happen if the wheelie-bin-opening cockatoos begin to copy black kites!
Firestarting birds? I thought we didn't do Halloween here.
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Has been quite a controversy topic on these forum.
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Has been quite a controversy topic on these forum.
It generated one of the nastiest threads I’ve seen, considering it was an interesting but relatively unimportant topic. The vile thrown across that thread was a sight to behold.
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It generated one of the nastiest threads I’ve seen, considering it was an interesting but relatively unimportant topic. The vile thrown across that thread was a sight to behold.
Agree. Was complete unnecessarily.
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It generated one of the nastiest threads I’ve seen, considering it was an interesting but relatively unimportant topic. The vile thrown across that thread was a sight to behold.
Either I missed it, or I got out while the getting was good.
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It generated one of the nastiest threads I’ve seen, considering it was an interesting but relatively unimportant topic. The vile thrown across that thread was a sight to behold.
Worse than Cobb salad?
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Worse than Cobb salad?
Probably not. I think that thread resulted in mass suspensions if not bans.
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I vaguely remember Cobb salad. Was that about Remie V?
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Cobb salad was very nearly before my time.
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The Superb fairywren is the Bird of the Year for 2021!

Not one I voted for at any point, but a beautiful bird nonetheless, and well-deserving of this recognition.
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The Superb fairywren is the Bird of the Year for 2021!

Not one I voted for at any point, but a beautiful bird nonetheless, and well-deserving of this recognition.

Yay! No, I didn't vote for it at any stage but I'm happy it won.
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
The Superb fairywren is the Bird of the Year for 2021!

Not one I voted for at any point, but a beautiful bird nonetheless, and well-deserving of this recognition.
That's one of the one's I'm not familiar with. How do they taste?
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Now have a vote for Oz's most lovable snake.

Excuse me, I have to keel over in a faint.
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Now have a vote for Oz's most lovable snake.

Excuse me, I have to keel over in a faint.

Wait, it’s Australia. Shouldn’t that be “least murderous” snake?


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Wait, it’s Australia. Shouldn’t that be “least murderous” snake?


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That's one of the one's I'm not familiar with. How do they taste?
With their tongues??
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The Superb fairywren is the Bird of the Year for 2021!

Not one I voted for at any point, but a beautiful bird nonetheless, and well-deserving of this recognition.
Doesn't look dangerous - so, how can it kill you?
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With their tongues??
Sure. Although the Romans thought flamingo tongue a delicacy, I'd prefer to eat the whole bird.
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Doesn't look dangerous - so, how can it kill you?
It dives at high subsonic speed, piercing its target then pecking its way out, usually through the chest cavity, before chirping loudly and beginning its next ascent to 7000 metres in preparation for its next attack.

If you're lucky enough to have an unexpurgated version of the Australian Book of Birds, there's more information there.

Most editions were confiscated in the late 40's to make Asutralia seem less dangerous to the post-war immigrants but through an administrative oversight they left the Cassowary in the subsequent abridged version.

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Sure. Although the Romans thought flamingo tongue a delicacy, I'd prefer to eat the whole bird.

Crunchy.
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It dives at high subsonic speed, piercing its target then pecking its way out, usually through the chest cavity, before chirping loudly and beginning its next ascent to 7000 metres in preparation for its next attack.

If you're lucky enough to have an unexpurgated version of the Australian Book of Birds, there's more information there.

Most editions were confiscated in the late 40's to make Asutralia seem less dangerous to the post-war immigrants but through an administrative oversight they left the Cassowary in the subsequent abridged version.

(ETA for typos)
You added some??
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People! Don't eat wild mushrooms unless you know exactly what you are doing! Especially if you're in Canberra.

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Three people have presented to emergency departments in the ACT this week after eating wild mushrooms.

ACT Health authorities said they had not been able to confirm whether the trio had ingested death cap mushrooms — with investigations still underway.

Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith said the deadly fungus had been spotted in parts of the Canberra region in recent weeks, including Yass and Goulburn.

"While this is not the normal time of year for death cap mushroom growth in the ACT, it is a timely reminder to people not to pick and eat wild mushrooms," she said.

"[It is] a reminder that death cap mushrooms can grow anywhere at any time."
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‘Really sad moment’: bogong moth among 124 Australian additions to endangered species list

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Ecologists say numbers declined by about 99.5% three years ago, likely due to drought, pesticides and light pollution


They were once so common, swarms of Australian bogong moths almost seemed to “block out the moon” at certain times of the year.

Now, the bogong has been listed as endangered on the global red list of threatened species after crashes in its population in recent years.

The list, compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, was updated overnight with 124 new entries for Australian wildlife.

The addition of the bogong moth, famously seen in swarms at Parliament House in Canberra during its annual migration to the Australian alps, should be a wake-up call about declines in Australia’s invertebrates, the scientist Marissa Parrott said.
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There's a Facebook group called Describing Things In Canberra. This was one of their first posts:

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What is the Point of Canberra?

Canberra, as some of you might know, is called the Bush Capital. There are two schools of thought on this. One is that Canberra was intended to represent the interests of all the Australians who don't live in urban centres. (At the time of establishment, that meant Sydney and Melbourne. You could tell they were urban centres because Sydney had incredibly poor hygiene and Melbourne had reaped the profits of a mining boom in order to build grandiose buildings of state.) The other school of thought is that Canberra would be designed to look like it was in the bush.

This second school of thought has been much more fully realised than the first. You can stand on one of our hills (or, as we like to say, 'mountains'), look about yourself, and see only other hills and trees, and one or two distant buildings

Newcomers to Canberra have been known to drive around the wide and well-paved streets, weeping and exclaiming, but where are the shops and where do all the people live? Some outsiders believe that Canberrans dwell in the gumtrees lining our roads, but it is not true. We live in overpriced brick veneers, like all other Australians. If we did live in gumtrees, we might represent the interests of the bush rather more keenly, but there it is, clearly a massive planning failure on the part of our forebears.

Canberra is actually the political capital of Australia. It is not the financial capital (Sydney), the style capital (Melbourne), the our-wine-is-better-than-your-wine capital (Adelaide), the our-produce-is-better-than-your-produce capital (Hobart), the ex-mining-boom capital (Perth, but also Melbourne if you go back far enough), the we-knocked-down-your-old-stuff-to-build-your-new-stuff capital (Brisbane) or the capital-of-whatever-it-is-they-do-in-Darwin capital (Darwin, but potentially other places that we are not presently asking difficult questions about).

The national parliament sits here. They have a large building on top of a hill (not a mountain), which appears to be a cross between a well-ordered airport, a particularly nice four-star hotel and a massive corporate catering business.

Everyone is welcome to visit parliament and sit in the parliamentary chambers to see democracy at work. If the chamber is full, Australians and overseas visitors can wait in a queue in order to participate in democracy. Australians put a very high premium on waiting in queues to participate in democracy.

Canberra also has the public service who impartially support the government of the day. Recently, some public servants and parliamentarians have become confused between the meaning of the word 'impartially' and the word 'uncritically' but that's ok. Someone will probably find a dictionary soon, because Canberra has some outstanding bookshops and also this thing called the Internet.

Canberra is also the capital of a territory called the Australian Capital Territory. This territory has one large settlement in it, which is called Canberra. The legislative assembly of Canberra is responsible for all the useful things a national government is too busy to do, such as hospitals, education, roads and rubbish collection.

So there you have it. The point of Canberra is to be capital!

And it is.
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Haha, on point.
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