Birds are great to watch as they go about their business and they can be quite clever, aside from their beauty. But there are ones to dislike such as the koel, which almost spoilt a morning of our holiday.
Birdlife has run a competition to find out what is Australia's favourite bird. I cast a vote, but typical of me, I can't remember which bird I voted for.
In fifth place was the kookaburra, or as my grandparents called it, the laughing jackass.
Fourth place was a bird mainly found in the states of Tasmania and Victoria, the hooded plover. On the dunes near the beach where Sister lives, there are hooded plover patrol people to keep people and dogs away from their nests in the sand dunes.
Third place was the rainbow lorikeet. I adore them.
Second place was a magpie. An Australian magpie is nothing like a European magpie. Ours are wonderful and their territorial warbling is stuff of childhood memories for many. The are so adaptable and can be found in the bush and in the middle of the city. The warble is staking their territory. If a magpie is removed from its area, within six hours another will have taken over the territory because the absence of warbling. If you a foreign type person, this is a magpie warbling. It is a delightful sound to wake to and speaks strongly to Australians. We know we are home when we hear a maggie warbling.
Of course there was a winner. All the obvious favourites seem to have been eliminated. What can it be?
It's the superb fairy wren, or blue wren if you like. It is a pretty bird for sure and quite a busy bird as it quickly darts about. You may remember we stayed in the Blue Wren Motel in Mallacoota and we saw lots of blue wrens there.
The state breakdown is interesting. There were 52 birds to vote for and 8000 people voted. While my state of Victoria voted for the hooded plover, I doubt Josephine Public would know what one looks like. I don't. No surprise at the WA vote. It is a unique and interesting bird.
New South Wales' Favourite Bird: Superb Fairy-wren
Northern Territory's Favourite Bird: Bush Stone-curlew
Queensland's Favourite Bird: Superb Fairy-wren
South Australia's Favourite Bird: Hooded Plover
Tasmania's Favourite Bird: Superb Fairy-wren
Victoria's Favourite Bird: Hooded Plover
Western Australia's Favourite Bird: Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo
Our international voters' Favourite Bird: Spotted Pardalote