Weekly Wrap 583: The butcherbird is now in charge, plus a podcast

My week of Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August 2021 was another week of lockdown, during which I produced a lovely podcast to kick off the new series, and submitted to the will of the grey butcherbird.


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  • Butcherbird 001: Breakfast, being just over three minutes of a grey butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) grabbing some breakfast at Bunjaree Cottages on Saturday morning. I’d have preferred it if the daft bird had stayed within frame. It has no idea how to do television. Still it’s an acceptable result from a random let’s-try-this effort. I’ll be shooting more and better ones in the coming weeks.

Media Appearances

Articles, Corporate Largesse

None. But you can read my previous writing at Authory, where you can also subscribe to get a compilation of new stories by email each Sunday morning, when there are some.


The Week Ahead

This will be week six of the current COVID-19 lockdown for Greater Sydney, and that lockdown will be continuing for at least another month.

I’ll have to write something for ZDNet to keep the revenue up, and I’ll record another podcast in The 9pm Late Winter Series 2021, but the schedule hasn’t been locked in yet. All is chaos.

Update 3 August 2021: On Friday I’m recording a chat about the anti-lockdown movement and related political forces with Ariel Bogle, journalist and disinformation researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. For a taste, listen to her on a recent 7am podcast. I’ll edit and post that episode on Saturday.

Further Ahead

Nothing new this week.

[Photo: Another photo of a grey butcherbird (Cracticus torquatus) having breakfast at Bunjaree Cottages. This is taken from the video shot on 31 July 2021.]