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Seen near Megalong Valley tea room

One of my childhood books had black birds with scary claws like that.

Words to walk with:
Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?
The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!


  1. That's one galloping blackbird! Like the claws.

  2. That blackbird looks distinctly like a crow.

    My instant thought on seeing your title was Paul McCartney's:
    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these broken wings and learn to fly
    All your life
    You were only waiting for this moment to arise

    Black bird singing in the dead of night
    Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
    all your life
    you were only waiting for this moment to be free

    Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
    Into the light of the dark black night.

  3. Are you sure that's a blackbird?

    No matter, it's a great action shot!

  4. Ok you're right ... it's not a Blackbird but is a black bird. I was so busy looking at the claws I wasn't being specific.

    Blackbirds don't even reside in the Blue Mountains. The beak doesn't look mean enough for a crow. As it has a red eye I think it is a White-winged Chough (the white is on the underside of the wings). But I'm no expert on bird identification.

  5. Julie, thanks for the alternative selection of words for us to muse on.

  6. Oh, Blackbird is one of my dearest songs. It never fails me. What a great image of this bird in motion.

  7. I looked up White-winged Chough and he has that red and beady eye and long tail. What is really interesting is the way he is running - nice catch!


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