Only bin chickens like stinky bins. And full containers of food and drink are not only bin juice heaven, they can also mess up the sorting process. So before you put your recycling away, empty it first. Containers need not be squeaky clean, but they should be empty. So bottoms up!
But it should never be forgotten that the bin chicken (previously known to science as the Australian White Ibis) is a survivor against the odds. A little Aussie battler that won’t bow down to climate change or be overcome by a large metal box with a small round hole on top of it. Bin chickens will fight for every last chip and for this very reason, I salute you bin chicken - a worthy Australian Bird of the Year if ever there was one.
There have been unconfirmed reports of dumpster ducks using new tricks such as camouflage to stalk discarded sausage roll scraps. Darwin might have cracked the theory of evolution much sooner and saved himself a trip to the Galapagos Islands had rubbish raptors been around in his day.
Today, I’d like to dedicate a few posts to Australia’s Bird of the Year - the Australian White Ibis. In the past 20 years, these wetland natives have been flocking to (and invading) large cities, such as Sydney, as their natural habitat is eroded by the effects of climate change and river regulation. And, city dwellers are not impressed! Let me show you why…