Australia’s wild parrots and cockatoos

Parrot wind sock

Our Stage 1 and Early Stage 1 students are investigating Australian birds this week in their library sessions. Youtube features a two-part PBS special. Americans are only used to seeing Australia’s parrots and cockatoos as caged pets. Here they are in their natural environments: Parrots in the land of Oz.

Part 1

Part 2

New puppets

New puppets

Bargain shop stock tends to arrive in waves, and certain items can disappear without a trace. I thought I’d seen the last of the endangered animals puppets that were so prevalent in the bargain shops a few months ago. This week, several stalls at Paddy’s Market, in Haymarket, had cheap puppets in the same style and I found it hard to pass up the $4 parrot, kookaburra and kangaroo puppets. I even found a $1.50 key ring with a joey, who seems to be in the same scale as the kangaroo.