9 January 2006

a new soundtrack

The soundtrack to my daily life has changed from the raucous squawking of lorikeets and the traffic noise of the city, to the tink of the ubiquitous bellbirds.

They begin at daybreak, and ting, ting, tink ...
ALL. DAY. LONG.

Yesterday, a kookaburra managed to get a look in for a few minutes before the bellbirds got started.

And last night ... when all was dark and we took our cups of tea out into the night to marvel once more before bed at this new chapter in our lives, we saw a barn owl perched on the kookaburra’s favourite branch.

(We have also spotted the resident echidna.
I didn’t have time to run for the camera, but we’re told he makes regular appearances, snuffling and rooting around in the bushes, so fingers crossed for the future.)

15 comments:

SueeeuS said...

It all sounds so exotic! I can think of no wildlife at all that can be heard from my house. Traffic. That's it. Plus windchimes. Many, many windchimes. (All tuned, of course.) Someday I'd like to come join you for a cup o' tea or two out there!

Bec of the Ladies Lounge said...

You're bringing back too many memories of all the lovely things about not living in the city: stop it before I'm forced to sell up!!

Elizabeth said...

I think a whole tea party is in order. I showed your river picture to my hub who said, with admiration, " Well, that really sucks." Actually, we thought it looks a lot like the wilds of northern Ontario, above where we live.

blackbird said...

http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/ed.harding/bellbird.htm

We sat and listened to him too!

Surfing Free said...

Wow! It sounds fantastic. My husband and I are constantly debating the whole tree change move - we are so stressed and frustrated by Sydney. Why did you move and do you love it?? BTW - my parents live in a part of Qld where there are lots of cat birds and they truly sound just like a mournful cat crying ... all day, all night. So it could be worse :)

--erica said...

a whole new world! my boys were in heavenwhen we moved!..
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irene said...

oh I'm so happy for you. here, it's still traffic noise of the city...

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's so evocative! I spent three months in Australia a year ago and the birdsong is one of the things I remember most. Bellbirds, Magpies and Butcherbirds were my favourites.

Rachel

Barb said...

How wonderfully exotic, and so well written too. Wow. What an adventure. I've never heard of an echnida, but they sure are cute.

Bel said...

It's so tiresome moving - really feel for you. It sounds like you're settling in now, and what a change!

Good luck for the next couple of months, and enjoy getting to know the new sounds and smells.

la vie en rose said...

a brand new world...all for you to explore and share with us. wow!

BabelBabe said...

primo is interested in australia at the moment, having just read some magic treehouse book about it and he is SO EXCITED to learn that i "know" someone who lives there. brace yourself for questions...

Ron said...

Yes Yes Yes, thats all very well and very nice it all sounds BUT where is the recipe for PEA SOUP

Ron.Williams@hotmail.co.uk

telfair said...

I can't imagine being out in the COUNTRY because the birdsong down here by the bay is incredible! But we do have a bunch of what look like parrots and cockatoos in the trees nearby, and the racket they set up is tremendous.
I'm SO JEALOUS that you have your own resident echidna!!!

Alice said...

Isn't the call of the Bellbird just the most delightful sound? We used to hear them in Gippsland.