43 Bimblebox Birds need 43 writers and poets

Black-fronted Dotterel at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, photo Sonya Duus

Black-fronted Dotterel at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, photo Sonya Duus

Just 43 birds left – 110 are already claimed by writers!

Calling Poets, Writers, Scientists, Academics!   Bimblebox 153 Birds needs 43 writers to contribute to this art project which describes the bird species that have been officially recorded at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge. We need a myriad of voices to tell us something about the following bird species that are currently wild and free avian residents or seasonal visitors to the Bimblebox Nature Refuge. WHY? Because the Bimblebox Nature Refuge is under threat from massive coal mining projects both directly over and under the refuge plus all around it, throughout the Galilee Basin.

Bimblebox 153 Birds is where writers, musicians and artists creatively engage with the avian residents of Bimblebox.

The writers pieces will be presented via audio. Please send an Expression of Interest that includes:

  • A biography
  • An example of your writing or a link to something you have written.
  • nominate the birds you are interesting in from the list below (list two or more in order of preference in case your first is taken before I hear from you).
  • Send to Jill at bimbleboxartproject@javitas.com.au

Add your voice to this project!

Jacky Winter, photo Sonya Duus
Jacky Winter on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, photo Sonya Duus

These are the birds currently available to Writers:

Now Claimed…Hardhead (White-eyed Duck), Aythya australis.  Call: Male soft wheezy whistle and ‘whirrr’; female a loud, harsh, rattled ‘gaak, gak, gakgakgak’.

Now Claimed…Australasian Darter, Anhinga novaehollandiae.  Call: Voice is a harsh, ‘kar, kar,ka, ka-ka-kakaka loud and slow, gradually more rapid, then fading. At nest, loud, brassy cacklings and clicking sounds.

Now Claimed…Collared Sparrowhawk, Accipiter cirrocephalus.  Call: a shrill, chattered ‘ki-ki-ki-ki’ and a slower, mellow ‘kwiek-kwiek-kwieek-’. Morecome

Now Claimed…Little Button-quail, Turnix velox.  Call: Woop woop. Simpson and Day

Now Claimed…Red-chested Button-quail, Turnix pyrrhothorax.  Call: A soft, quite high, booming ‘oom, oom’ at one second intervals; notes slightly slurred and rising through a sequence of 20–30 calls. Morecombe

Now Claimed…Black-fronted Dotterel, Elseyornis melanops.  Call: Metallic pink; trilling calls. Simpson and Day

Now Claimed…Bar-shouldered Dove, Geopelia humeralis.  Call: Bob Hawke Bob Hawke (Maureen)

Now Claimed…Pallid Cuckoo, Cacpmantis pallidus.  Call: Male utters the well-known ‘harbinger-of-spring’ call: upward scale of about eight whistled notes, the second note slightly below the first, the rising in a quarter-tone or cromatic scale; uttered persistently day and night. Pizzey

Now Claimed…Brush Cuckoo, Cacomantis variolosus.  Call: shrill far-carrying deliberate, usually descending phrase of about 7 or 8 notes, ‘fear-fear-fear…’ repeated shrill rising phrases ‘Where’s the tea Pete’ becoming demented.  

Now Claimed…Black-eared Cuckoo, Chalcites osculans.  Calll: A quite descending mournful ‘peeeeeeer’, singly or repeated, livelier ‘pee-o-wit-pee-o-weer’ repeated. Pizzey

Now Claimed…Horsefield’s Bronze-cuckoo, Chalcites basalis.  Call: Single long descending ‘tseeeeuw’, ‘prrelll’ or ‘pir-r-r’, repeated persistently. Pizzey

Now Claimed…Red-backed Kingfisher, Todiramphus pyrrhopygius.  Call: Repeated mournful whistle; harsh chatter. Simpson and Day.

Now Claimed…Brown Treecreeper, Climacteris picumnus.  Call: Stacatto ‘spink spink’; harsh rattle; chuckling songs. Simpson and Day.

Now Claimed…Western Gerygone, Gerygone fusca.  Call: Sweet, rising, falling, fading. Simpson and Day.

Now Claimed…White-throated Gerygone, Gerygone albogularis.  Call: Distinctive falling, tinkling song. Simpson and Day.

Now Claimed…Inland Thornbill, Acanthiza apicalis.  Call: Lively, sharp ‘tsip-chip-’; ‘loud clear musically whistled ‘chweeeip!’ and deep, mellow tremulously wharbled ‘quor-r-r-r-r-eip’. Morcombe and Stewart

Chestnut-rumped Thornbill, Acanthiza uropygialis.  Call: High peevish squeaking: ‘tsee, tsee-tseep, tseep, tseeip’. Morcombe and Stewart

Now Claimed…Buff-rumped Thornbill, Acanthiza reguloides.  Call: Tinkling reel. Simpson and Day.

Now Claimed…Yellow Thornbill, Acanthiza nana.  Call: Persistent ‘tizz tizz’. Simpson and Day.

Now Claimed…Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Acanthagenys rufogularis.  Call: Liquid gurgling notes. ‘Give-the-boy-a-go’ repeated ending in a single abrupt note. Pizzey

Now Claimed...Striped Honeyeater, Plectorthyncha lanceolata.  Call: Atractive mellow and rolling. ‘Free-wheat-peeler-peeler’ rising then falling. Pizzey

Now Claimed…Singing Honeyeater, Lichenostomus virescens.  Call: Scratchy peevish ‘scree scree’; dry ‘prrit prrit prrit’; alarm call, ‘crik-crikit-crikit-crickit’, accelerating into running almost machinegun-like note. Pizzey

Now Claimed…White-eared Honeyeater, Lichenostomus leucotis.  Call: Jaring descending ‘chung-chung-chung’, mellow ‘beer-brick, beer-brick’. Pizzey.  

Now Claimed…Grey-fronted Honeyeater, Lichenostomus plumulus.  Call: ‘It-wirt, wirt, wirt, wirt’; single sharp note ‘boink’ Pizzey.

Now Claimed…Fuscous Honeyeater, Lichenostomus fuscus.  Call: Arig-arig-a-taw-taw’; ‘guinea-a-week’; deep metalic rather twanging ‘clitchit-clee-you, clitchit-clee-you’ repeated. Pizzey.

Now Claimed…White-plumed Honeyeater, Lichenostomus penicillatus.  Call: Brisk ‘chickowee’ or ‘chickabiddey’; alarm call a rapid high-pitched strident trill like alarm-clock. Pizzey  

Now Claimed…Black-chinned Honeyeater, Melithreptus gularis.  Call: Curious high-pitched grating, croaking notes, developed into song. Pizzey.

Now Claimed…Jacky Winter, Microeca fascinans.  Call:  Peter Peter

Now Claimed…Varied Sittella, Daphoenositta chryspotera.  Call: Song described as ‘tzir, zit-zit, tzir-zit-zat-zit’ Pizzey.

Now Claimed…Leaden Flycatcher, Myiagra rubecula.  Call: Deep, slightly harsh, guttural ‘zhirrp’; also strident , farcarying ‘see-hear, see-hear, see-hear’. Pizzey  

Now Claimed…White-bellied (Little) Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina papuensis.  Call: Typical call is a peevish ‘kissik, kissik’ or quizeek’ Pizzey  

Now Claimed…Ground Cuckoo-shrike, Coracina maxima.  Call: Far-carrying ‘pee-ew, pee-ew’; also chill-chill….kee-lick, kee-lick’. Pizzey

Now Claimed…White-winged Triller, Lalage sueurii.  Call: Slightly descending ‘chiff-chiff-chiff-joey-joey-joey’ or ‘deet-deet-deet-dip-dip-dip-dip-drrr’ ending in a canary-like trill. Pizzey.

Now Claimed…Olive-backed Oriole, Oriolus sagittatus.  Call: orry orry-ole olly ole (Maureen)

Now Claimed…White-breasted Woodswallow, Artamus leucorynchus.  Call: Brisk ‘pirt, pirt’ somwhat like toy-trumpet. Pizzey

Now Claimed…Masked Woodswallow, Artamus personatus.  Call: Musical ‘chap, chap’; also sweet miner-like notes. Pizzey

Now Claimed…Black-faced Woodswallow, Artamus cinereus.  Call: Not loud; sweet notes, scratchy ‘chiff, chiff or ‘chap, chap’. Pizzey

Now Claimed…Little Woodswallow, Artamus minor.  Call: A brisk ‘peet, peet’; may be uttered as a series of three or four evenly spaced notes or as a single note followed by two quick notes; more rarely as four high pitched notes. Pizzey.

Now Claimed… Australasian (Richard’s) Pipit, Anthus novaeseelandiae.  Call: Brisk splintered ‘pith’ or rasping drawn-out ‘zwee’. Pizzey.

Now Claimed…Tree Martin, Petrochelidon nigricans.  Call: Dry little ‘drrrt drrrt’ and animated twittering song. Pizzey.

Now Claimed…Fairy Martin, Petrochelidon ariel.  Call: Distinctive chirrup; also sweet twittering.Simpson and Day.

Now Claimed…Rufous Songlark, Cincloramphus mathewsi.  Call: Song has a sweet, splintered, almost ventriloquial quality; often begins with a clear loud trill, then develops into full refrain, ‘a-witchy-weedle’, repeated. Pizzey.

Now Claimed…Brown Songlark, Cincloramphus cruralis.  Call: Strange, metalic, gutteral and far-carrying; hence school childrens’ name ‘skit-scot-a-wheeler’. Pizzey

White-browed Woodswallow at Bimblebox Nature Refuge, photo sonya Duus

White-browed Woodswallow at Bimblebox Nature Refuge, photo sonya Duus

Further details: For  Bimblebox 153 Birds the completed written piece would be less than 200 words and you would be asked to submit an audio of you reading or reciting your piece.

Bimblebox 153 Birds project description.

List of Artists who have already sent in their artwork

List of Writers who have already sent in their written piece

For a full list of bird species currently identified at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge.

Musicians on 153 birds – You can find the musicians and their recordings on Alison Clouston and Boyd’s website here.

Writers, I look forward to hearing from you!

Jill Sampson


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Grey-fronted Honeyeaters after control burn at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, photo Sonya Duus

Grey-fronted Honeyeaters after control burn at the Bimblebox Nature Refuge, photo Sonya Duus

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