These actions to conserve and promote habitat of our birds by small - and not so small - landowners like Col and his family are of tremendous importance. Not only can their efforts promote local interest and knowledge of our native birds and animals but these sanctuaries can provide important breeding and living areas for sedentary and migratory species.
A real highlight for me was catching up with Amadeo Rea, whose magistral book "Wings In The Desert " on the ethnoornithology of the Northern Piman peoples is one of my all time favourites. I'm looking forward to bringing my interview with him to these pages soon.
The Owlet-nightjar, known to the Warlpiri people as Jarlajirrpi, is commonly regarded as a familiar spirit of the Kurdaitcha man - part mercenary contract killer, part quasi-judicial executioner.