This Could be your Favourite Hobby
What is an Australian Hobby? Going to the beach? Playing cricket? Eating pies? No, it’s actually a bird! There is a small falcon flying around near you that is looking for a nest and it goes by the name of ‘Australian Hobby’.
Don’t laugh too much as these little birds are actually very serious, skilled hunters of the sky. They are one of the fastest, most agile birds of prey. Hobbies are found across the world but this particular buddy is only found in Australia and occasionally Indonesia and New Guinea.
A Night Fright from Barn Owls
A ghostly white form flies past your headlights and a drawn-out rasping screech echoes through the night.
Don’t shiver in your boots - it’s probably just the Australian Barn Owl calling out to say hello.
If the winter chill does not keep you indoors at night, you may hear the love song of the Southern Boobook Owl.
The official breeding season does not start until next month, but many boobooks are already serenading their partner to just snuggle up with until the time comes to mate for offspring.
When you head to the local park, keep an eagle eye out for falcons and kestrels. A surprising number of raptors live in suburbs and even the centres of Australian cities. They do an excellent job of keeping down pest species such as mice and grasshoppers, as well as introduced birds such as starlings and feral pigeons.
Keep reading to find out about the most common raptors you're likely to see near your home.
A Wedgie You Will Never Forget
Going on a drive through the countryside can be a great way to see native animals. The Wedgie will be easy to spot right now as it performs some impressive aeronautical displays while showing off to their mates.
Some people describe the Wedgie as ‘lanky’ and ‘gangly’ because of its long, dangling legs and scruffy feathers. Yet once a Wedge-tailed Eagle takes off into the sky, soaring high in the thermals, it is transformed into a graceful bird of prey.