Welcome to the News section of the iNSiGHT Ornithology website (
www.simoncherriman.com). This blog contains updates about various things I've been up to, interesting environmental issues and observations I make regularly while going about my day. It is designed to be fun AND educational, and inspire you about our wonderful natural world. Happy reading!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Ducks in Trees

It's prospecting time in the Perth Hills - and no, I'm not talking about anyone looking for gold! Now the first Makuru rains have arrived, our tree-nesting duck species are on the lookout for a nice hollow in which to begin laying their eggs. This pretty pair of 'Maranganna' (the Noongar word for the Australian Wood Duck, Chenonetta jubata) have in the past week or so spent some time inspecting this 'natural nest box' in Parkerville. While searching for a potential nest site, the pair performs a display which involves one bird perching on the tree hollow's entrance and peering inside, while the other bird gives a repetitive 'na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na...' call. The calling bird then flies to land at the hollow and looks inside, and sometimes the two will change places in their tree as they scope out the site. In the above photo the male duck, who has a distinctive dark-chocolate head, is emerging after checking out what this accommodation has to offer. The below picture shows the female perched on the box, which has successfully allowed Wood Ducks to rear broods for the past 2 years.

You can read about previous nest-prospecting by this species, and some competition with other ducks, at this previous news post.

Hopefully, when the ducks have made their decision soon, we will see a beautiful clutch like this one, covered in soft down and waiting for that special day of ducklings!

Wood Ducks normally lay quite large clutches - this one has 15 eggs!

Monday, 1 June 2015

'Where Do Eagles Dare?' in NSW

It's now June and in only two weeks I will be visiting New South Wales for 2 screenings of my film 'Where Do Eagles Dare?'. I am very excited to be joining my good friend Daniel Hunter who will hold the world premiere of his recent film 'Battle in the Bush'.

For more information about the screenings, and to buy tickets, please CLICK HERE!

As part of the promotion for these film screenings, I was very excited to be able to join Linda Mottram on ABC 702's Morning Program this week. In case you missed it, you can hear a recording of the radio interview by clicking below. My huge thanks to Linda and her producer Laura for organising this and having me on :)

6'8" and I don't play basketball! Not sure what sport Linda prefers?!