Brush Bronzewing

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Woko
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Brush Bronzewing

Since Ms Woko & I have been living on the s.e. slopes of the Mt Lofty Ranges SA I had only seen two visits from Brush Bronzewings in 1997 & 2008. Today was the third with a solitary bird foraging in an open area about 15 metres from the nearest vegetation cover. All sightings have been made between April & July so it could well be that this species is a seasonal visitor when it visits.

It's possible that we'll see this species more frequently as revegetation projects around us are really becoming well established now.

doublebar
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I'm sorry to say but I wouldn't put my hopes up, environmental fragmentation due to extensive farming practices and urbanisation have taken a terrible toll on all bird species making their existence extremely difficult. Birds that used to spread out to establish new territory now find themselves confined to small pockets of natural bushland/grassland or revegetated land where they compete for mates and territory for breeding, creating incredible stress and making them prone to diseases and unable to breed, I still hope you're right and that they do make a comeback, good luck.

For Australian birds, natives=life, exotics=death, so do them a favour and go plant some natives and save their lives.

Woko
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Well, doublebar, I'm not putting my hopes down just yet. Fortunately, lots of landowners in my neighbourhood have, through Trees for Life & Landcare, revegetated significant areas of land & worked to protect remnant vegetation. The result is that there is considerably less fragmentation of habtitats. How long this will last I don't know as the cancer of development spreads in all directions from Mt Barker. There was uproar when the latest state government-supported development was proposed & then, as you would expect, approved. So much so that the state government said no more development in the Mt Barker area. The proof of the pudding will be in the eating, of course, but at least there's a community of humans which is fed up with the environmental & agricultural devestation caused by housing developments. We're keeping hope alive here in the face of some very ugly development approval processes.

doublebar
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That's good, I hope that things keep improving for the birds, as for the politicians that's another matter, all they are good for is making fake promises. They need to be watched and made accountable for every word, as the environment is last on their list.

For Australian birds, natives=life, exotics=death, so do them a favour and go plant some natives and save their lives.

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