Finch

There is something very cheerful and exciting about a flock of finches flying across the skies, moving from tree to tree, or foraging in long grass; chattering and making such an abundantly happy sound! These birds are predominant in the northern parts of Australia. The journeys of the Finch brothers …

Jabiru

Australia’s only true stork, this attractive black and white bird stands an impressive 1.5 metres tall.  It’s large, powerful beak has been attributed to a spearing in the Dreaming, which also resulted in the bird staying around water to avoid its protagonist. “Jabiru” is not an Aboriginal word; it comes …

Kookaburra

  Kookaburras are a well-known symbol of Australia, sometimes referred to as a laughing jackass. Territorial birds, they remain in family groups until around four years of age.  The offspring help with the feeding of successive generations before they start their own families.  They also build their nests in not …

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Bursts of vibrant colour, these gloriously coloured birds are a delight to watch as they screech and chatter, hanging off branches and eating nectar.  Rainbow Lorikeets (and all lorikeets) have a brush-like tongue especially adapted for extracting the sweet things in life! Social, nomadic birds, they often fly in large …

Sandpiper

Sandpipers are found almost worldwide. Our ‘Aussie’ sandpipers hail from the icy winters of Asia or the northern hemisphere where food is plenty, then back here for a feast. One of the most common, the curlew sandpiper comes from arctic Siberia. In a Dreaming from north-eastern New South Wales (and …

Sun

Yhi the Sun Woman makes her endless journey across the sky daily. She travels overhead, carrying her burning torch before she descends over the western horizon to make her journey, through a tunnel beneath the earth, and emerges in the east of a new day. In one Dreaming from the …