What happened to the Gouldian Finches?

It has been a long time since I posted about our Gouldian Finches. You may remember the aviary we had when we lived near the beach.


After we moved we kept the finches inside in cages for a few months. Finally Handy Andy constructed another Taj Mahal of finch aviaries at our new place – bigger and better, a little birdie told me ;)

The frame is a recycled shade house that a good neighbour gave to us. The floor is sheeted off with weed plastic, a layer of aviary wire, and then covered with a thick layer of washed rocks. The entire frame is covered in fine aviary wire and aluminium sheets. The whole thing is completely vermin and snake proof #FingersCrossed

Here ’tis:


Not the best photo, but it is larger and has a built in water feature – a small fountain type thing with a filter and constantly flowing water, so we don’t have to change water bowls every day.


I will get some better photos when I get my access pass into the actual aviary ;)

The weather is warming up here in Spring in Queensland, Australia and that means the chicks are being hatched and starting to fly. Here are two fledglings, brand newish to the world.

fledglings oct 2014

May many more chicks be hatched! :D

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The Magpie (3 Haiku)

Warbling magpie
sings with changing notes in spring,
chicks are growing fast
The magpie quavers
and trills in the warm spring sun,
the flowing stream
Swooping magpie
protects her young in spring,
cyclists duck and weave


Slot Machine Mumbo Jumbo


Slot Machine Mumbo Jumbo

The man with the megaphone
elevates the twisted drone
inside a shrunken head.

Roll up, roll up
to the land
of shiny slot machines
hokey pokies
call it what you will
waiting for a thrill
today’s your lucky day!

Your favourite games are waiting
for you
only you
the stars have aligned
don’t ignore the signs.

The rabbits in the hat
are crazed in cramped quarters
spring them
sprung them
run amok
among em

Clinking coins
flashing lights
booming voices
hold you, need you
what is that I hear you say
promises of a rainbow day.

Just you and your machine
today you’ll feel like a queen
ain’t love grand.

The outside world has disappeared
in this enchanted place.

What magic is this
that can make everything

Note: you might want to listen to this at the same time:


Note: A repost for reasons that will become apparent in the near future (and for all mentalists – you’ll already know – hahahaha) ;)

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