Tuesday, August 30, 2011


picture thanks to Andrew McCutcheon
I heard author Jonathan Franzen talking about his 'helpless love' for birds on the radio. He described how he opened his ears and his heart to birds after being introduced to their presence in Central Park. With more vegetation in Port Melbourne, we are hearing and seeing more birds. None lift my spirits as much as the superb fairy wren for its plumage and its call. It can be heard at the western edge of Beacon Cove and through to the Webb Dock path. The wrens are insectivorous with weak powers of flight, and need to be able to retreat quickly into vegetation after venturing into the open.

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