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A positive sign of a few days of rain. There is a pattern in this corner of the valley ... when Black Cockies feed on borer grubs around here, there are usually several days of rain 2 - 3 days following their visit. They then come back at the tail end of the rain to feed on the softened sheoak and pine seeds. I'm not saying that it's the case for all parts of Samford ... They can be seen (or heard) around Old Camp Mountain Road, (just off Samford road) for much of the year, rain or no rain.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 10, 2017 at 20:10

Great job mate.  A little verbal commentary would have added an extra element. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 10, 2017 at 17:08

They are annual visitors here. 'Mine' seem to eat only the seeds of the Banksia integrifolia although they could well eat insects as they are higher up in the tree than I can see clearly. The Banksia 'cones' when emptied of seeds are dropped below the tree. My avatar is one of the visitors from an earlier time - usually Mum and a kid or two are the ones who favour me with their presence.

Comment by Rob Collings on March 10, 2017 at 16:22

It's a beautiful thing to see these large, long tailed birds gracefully flying across a valley, with their slow beating wings and soulful calls.

Comment by Lissa on March 10, 2017 at 16:02

You have obviously watched these birds pretty closely over the years Rob. I've seen them around Dayboro in the trees also. Never seen them that close up before - usually just a flock of them going over heading somewhere else.

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