A few years ago, Tony, a fisherman friend of mine and quite a dab hand when
it came to birds, spotted what he thought was a hobby flying overhead. This
was on the Adelaide River, about 100 kms east of Darwin.
But not seeing it well, Tony asked a so-called bird tour operator who
happened to be with him at the time.
"Oh, that," said the expert, "is a blackbird"!
Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
1/7 Songlark Street
Bakewell NT 0832
On 17/10/06 4:34 PM, "brian fleming" <> wrote:
> Hullo Graham,
> As far as I know, Blackbirds got out as far as Broken Hill and Cobar
> under their own steam during wet years, back when we still had them. Not
> sure of the dates, but I have an idea the expansion came about the time
> Lake Eyre filled up in the 1970s.
> According to HANZAB, its original distribution includes the shores of
> the Mediterranean and as far east as Turkey and Iraq, with isolated
> subspecies in India, Central Asia and China. Perhaps we should not be
> surprised that it can cope with fairly dry conditions to reach 'oases'
> in western N.S.W.
> Anthea Fleming
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