Subject: Favourites
From: Malea Kneen <>
Date: Fri, 20 Mar 1998 13:56:55 +1100
Here's some of mine, in no particular order, for all sorts of reasons.  I
know some are a bit pedestrian, but familiarity hasn't bred contempt:

Penguins (even though I've only SEEN one sp.) - because they're wonderful

Red-tailed black cockatoos - sitting at the top of a casuarina, in a
howling gale, chewing on mango stones, fanning their tails and surfing the

Emus - they've got beautiful piercing eyes and they smirk

Red wattlebirds - the sight of daydreaming Melb. Uni students jolted awake
by a wattlebird whizzing millimetres in front of their faces is memorable,
and the way they scold our local cats and tease the whiteplumed
honeyeaters.  They might not be very good looking, but they know how to
have fun.

Fairy wrens - red-backed and superb, in particular.  Just so enchanting to
watch - little round colourful gems.

Masked plover - for their call in the evening.  An almost reassuring sound

Musk duck - they're just so strange.

Gang gang cockatoo - their squeaky call as they fly, and their beautiful
soft colours

And many more...

(just can't get excited about peaceful doves though - sitting at a campsite
or out walking with them going doodle-doo, doodle-doo from dawn to dusk -

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