I remember leaving for my 10 days on the road and saying to a few crows that live around me I'll miss you guys, as there won't be any crows on top of Mount Kosciuszko, or probably any of the other towns around there.
But as if that was a challenge to them to prove me wrong it was like they got in touch with all their relatives down south and said don't let this guy out of your sight, even when he gets to the top of
I'm not kidding either, crows and magpies would just fly up to me everywhere as if to say, "how you going on the road mate, OK?'
|A magpie in the shade of the church sign at Port Macquarie.|
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It wasn't until about one o'clock in the afternoon that I noticed a magpie hanging around me when I went to take a look at Saint Thomas Church, and after I had given up trying to spot an owl in Port Macquarie, which is when I started to take pictures of the brazen corvids that would walk, or fly up to me.
|A magpie in the shade of the church grounds at Port Macquarie.|
I thought it was funny how this church was built with convict labour and the magpies are wearing the convict colours of black and white and the old convict uniforms had bird-foot type prints all over them .
|Convict uniform with bird footprints?|
The magpies were even hanging around the small chapel next to the church and inside that chapel I found a tapestry on the wall of
St. Clare, who's facial features reminded me of the girl out of Tomorrowland named Athena who was obviously meant to look like an owl and the director of the movie is named Brad Bird, as well;-)
St.Clare was one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi, so I presume she liked animals and birds, as well.
|Legend of St. Francis, Sermon to the Birds, upper Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi|
|Who? Athena from Tomorrowland|
Then in Canberra on Mt.Pleasant two magpies started hanging around me.
I thought once I left Canberra my bird friends would shy away from the higher and colder lands, but soon as I got to my overnight stop in Jindabyne two crows befriended me when I was checking out the lake on a pub balcony, by calling out to me right above my head and nearly scaring the S#!+ out of me.
|Looking out over Lake Jindabyne.|
|The crow right above my head in a tree.|
Then I got in my car and drove across the road to the shops and these guys flew over to greet me again.
|Here comes the other one in the red circle.|
|My favourite shot of this cheeky crow.|
|Crows flying around at the top of Mount Kosciuszko.|
It was like they were saying to me, "what took you so long, old boy?"
One even decided that he, or she, was going to walk me up the rest of the way, which I found quite amusing.
Then when I was walking back down from the top of the mountain a crow feather blew right onto my jeans and I was going to keep it as a souvenir of this day, but decided it looked a bit yucky, so I took a picture of it in my hand then threw it to the wind and let it fly away down the mountain.
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|Farewell my southern feathered friends it's been a pleasure having you around.|
It was after filling up my tank and then taking a wrong turn into a backstreet that I found that pyramid roofed church and the owl mural across the road from it painted on a shop wall.
I had no idea they even existed in Jindabyne, until that mistake, but it felt like those powerful owls that wouldn't show themselves in Port Macquarie were mocking me when I stumbled across the owl mural, as if to say better luck catching us next time your down this way, pal, it's been a hoot.
Just before I made it to the small town of Berridale I saw a dead kangaroo on the side of the road, which was nothing new this far along on my road-trip, but I felt I needed to get a photo as I might want to do a post about all the roadkill I'd seen along the way.
When I pulled up I noticed it's foot was missing and thought thank God it's dead, as how would a kangaroo with one foot manage in life?
Then when I got into Berridale I saw an unusual war memorial in the main street and pulled over to take some photos.
The names of the dead soldiers on the Christ statue really struck a few ironic cords with me, as I was thinking along the lines of, "what a price to pay" and then saw a W(hat?). Pryce as one of the soldiers names, but then another name caught my eye - M.Higgins .
I couldn't help but think of Missy Higgins the singer when I saw that name...I mean who wouldn't?
And seeing that dead kangaroo on the bend coming into town I couldn't help thinking of her song, '100 Round The Bends' thinking that was probably the speed, or greater that the kangaroo was hit.
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Then I turned around to see a magpie lurking around behind me and I started wondering if these birds weren't somehow guiding me along in my trip and thoughts.
Just a thought...but was it all mine?-)
|Magpies and a kangaroo?|
Seeing the mosaic with the kangaroo and the magpies after just coming across the dead kangaroo and the live magpie lurking near the M.Higgins memorial not far up the road was like being in the twilight zone.
I wondered why though that Australian native crows never get the recognition in artworks that magpies do.
Probably because farmers hate them for raiding their farms, but crows get overlooked in Australian art I feel.
Cooma was the town I found Pete Townsend's, 'Who I Am' and a few other books real cheap in a book-sale in the main street and it was right after I had taken the pictures of the mosaics and crossed the road that I found the books.
Then walking back to my car another magpie greets me in the main street of Cooma.
That was about all the magpie and crow pictures I took on my road-trip, but they never where out of my sight more, or less until I got back home to Brisbane.
There were other birds that came into my trip up in Ballina besides corvids, and while I never spotted a live owl on my road-trip there are still some owl syncs to come to in later posts.
On one last note, when I've told people that I really like crows and see them as a kind of totem animal to me, some people will ask me how I could like such a vicious animal that has been known to pick eyes out of living lambs in the field, for example.
I say to them, well a lot of people seem to have one of the most vicious creatures to walk the face of the earth as their totem animal, so maybe you might like take a look in the mirror and ask how you could admire that species looking back at you, with the track record of cruelty that they have on this planet.
Take a look at the crucifix above as an example of the kind of cruelty this species is capable of, just for one example.
UPDATE: 25th May, 2016
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