As a kid I heard a Great Bowerbird mimicking an old treadle sewing machine.
The following story comes from my father and concerns his parents, "As best
as I remember:
Jack was doing the delicate task in the Torridon yard of poisoning rosellas
as fox bait. He heard the "Maxwell" whistle sign "Come here!" and answered
by calling to Anne.
Anne was slow to come to the window to answer, and denied calling Jack.
Jack resumed his task, and the above scene was repeated, with increased
Sometime later (perhaps 10 days) Jack was drenching sheep in the yards. He
heard a bird-call in the tree in the middle of the yards, and took little
interest. Then he heard from the tree the distinct sound of a stone being
scraped on rock, falling onto a ledge and bouncing into water. This was
repeated several times
Then there was another bird-call (I think a pied butcher bird)
Then from up the tree was the distinct sound of Eli Humphries calling his
dogs, and the earnest barking of his dogs. (Eli lived 1.7 Km away, and the
sound was as from that distance.)
Then it reverted to the pebble that it dropped down the well.
Jack asked Rod to check a certain mine-shaft, and there was marks of the
bird having fun with the sound.
Jack forgave Anne for losing his temper.
Torridon in this story refers to a rural property on the Darling downs
between Leburn and Karara
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