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Published on May 16, 2011
Melbourne and Sydney are a pair of wild Barn Owls who are finishing up the rearing of their six owlets.
The six Owlets are:
MATILDA - Hatched 2/16 at 7:30pm Named after the "unofficial" Aussie national anthem "Waltzing Matilda" Play the up-beat version - click link: Waltzing Matilda - by Aussie group The Seekers
DUNDEE - Hatched 2/18 at 4:00am Named after the Aussie character Crocodile Dundee of movie fame. Played by actor Paul Hogan, who started his career as a painter on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and later entered a talent show on TV.
BINDI - Hatched 2/19 at 7:01pm Aboriginal word for "young girl" and also daughter of honored Steve Irwin, well known passionate wildlife, nature, and conservation proponent from Australia. (video by Dandilion) Bindi's hatch video
JOEY - Hatched 2/21 at 8:45pm Joey is the word for a baby kangaroo. When the joey is born, it is about the size of a lima bean. The joey will usually stay in the pouch for about nine months before venturing out to explore the world and is fed by its mother until about 18 months old. Sing along with the kangaroo song, "Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport" - by Rolf Harris Kidz version - The Wiggles. . . . .Full version (no Wiggles)
BARBIE - Hatched 2/24 at 11:05am Named after what Aussies use to have a cookout - when they throw another shrimp on the "barbie" (BBQ). No, this doesn't mean that Barbie is an owl that eats shrimp :)
DINKY - Hatched 2/25 at 2:33pm Named after the Aussie bush vernacular that something is "fair dinkum" or "dinky di" - meaning the genuine article, honest, true, the real McCoy - "Are you fair dinkum?" (telling the truth?). "He's a dinky di bloke" (a guy who's true blue, for real, has the right values, honest)