A Sandy Beach Almanac

You've landed at Sandy Beach, NSW, Australia: Lat. -30.15331, Long. 153.19960, UT +10:00 – local map & zoom Google map. I live in a cabin on this beach, 25 kilometres north of the traffic and shops of Coffs Harbour, 600 km north of Sydney. My intention is to post observations of Nature and life within 1 km (1,000 paces) of my South Pacific home.


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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Spangled drongo

Spangled drongo
Spangled drongo,
originally uploaded by wilsonsalmanac.
The Spangled drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus) is, one hopes, not as stupid as its name suggests. (In Australia, 'drongo' means 'idiot'.) You can easily tell the species by the distinctive fishtail.

This one is fairly young, as the spots haven't fully formed on his body, and he was crying out, presumably for his mother.

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