1. A flock of cormorants fishing collaboratively on the Barham River at Apollo Bay took my mind back to another fishing run on the Barham which extended my childhood introduction to Apollo Bay and the endless fascination these birds have provided from the cliffs opposite my camp site at Cumberland River in more recent years.

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  2. Unedited footage shot by housemate on Frankston line train

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  3. In the yard in twilight trying to unpack my new GoPro with power out for streets around, ginger cat drew attention to an unfamiliar visitor in the sadly over-pruned upper branches of our backyard eucalypt, desolate branches many feathered friends seem to appreciate just as they are. The first ibis was soon joined by its mate while we just managed to get the old point and shoot out and steadied sufficiently to grab this precious 30 seconds. (Powercor did their normal excellent job getting the rare outage fixed and communicating. If only other utilities were half as reliable.)

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  4. Over the last couple of years a mob of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos has made Lorne their home, extending their range further down the Great Ocean Road than ever before and apparently deciding to ingratiate themselves to some local humans in ways that might disconcert many farmers. The footage used here was shot mostly on just three days as part of an idea for a more cross-species video "Table Manners" but this little selection jumped the gun when I wanted to make a lateral point in a presentation about the prospects for space-based industry: you can fly and supply 100 cockies for the cost of one human, so it might be the time to look at their suitability as cyborg pilots.

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  5. One of nature's most beautiful sounds. Shot at Brimbank Park, Melbourne, with handheld point and shoot.

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