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  • It is still cold here, and there were rumours of snow early this morning. But when I looked out from my office window at lunch time the summer birds were starting to appear. Welcome swallows were darting in and out of the office buildings probably searching for a summer that was still a few months away. There is a breath of a new season though in August and the local Aboriginal people probably had a name for this in-between season that we still call winter. Australia lost a lot of its complexity when the European view of the world was laid over its landscape.

    I love seeing these summer birds although I know they still have to endure the cold and wind before summer finally settles. But for these early arrivals if everything works in their favour they get a jump on those late comers. And I love how they give me a glimpse of summer long before it is here.

    Photo by Easter bilby
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