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My lovely neighbors

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Spring has come! The day is getting longer and the temperature is so comfortably warm with dry temperate breeze. Flowers and new leaves are coming out and lizards are basking under the sun. This is the loveliest time of the year, spring make me so happy because I can feel the power of nature around me very strongly.

Everyday when I walk around in the uni campus, I say hello to my lovely neighbors. Let me introduce some of them.

Rainbow lorikeet
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These colorful merry merry chatters are very common to see in North-east Australia. They are often eating and chattering in a big group on a fruiting tree or a flowering tree as they love fruit juice and nectars. They are very noisy around sunset time because it’s the time for them to go back their colony and they call each other to go back to the right place. There is a big colony of Rainbow lorikeets in the campus beside Brisbane river, so it is very lovely to watch them all flying toward that direction.


Australian ibis
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This beautiful white water bird is actually not loved by many people, because despite their beautiful pure appearance, they often feed on human’s food in the rubbish bins. They are everywhere in the campus, especially at places where people eat outside. Sometimes they even perch on a café table and steel the left-over food.
They make nest near water and usually spend a lot of time near the water. Their long and thin beaks are used for eating insects in the ground. In the campus there are many colonies of Australian ibis, along the river and the lake. It is very lovely to see them flying in a group, with long neck and legs stretched out and the purely white color reflect the sunshine. I wonder why this bird came to live so close to human.


Noisy miner
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This cute looking bird is the most familiar bird we can see in eastern Australian residential area. As in their name, they are chatters. They make various kinds of calls to communicate with each other. Sometimes they are very careless when they fly and nearly bump into trees or even humans. Even though they are not so big, they are quite brave and courageous especially in a group. They can chase away much bigger birds such as crows and magpies with their excellent team work.

Magpie, butcher bird
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They are another representatives of the birds in residential area in eastern Australia. Both of these birds are very similar, let alone their black-and-white patterns, they both sing very beautifully in a voice like piccolo. Their voice can be heard from very far distance, and I really like their different patterns of singing. I hope I could understand what these different songs mean.

To be continued…
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