Happy Australian Summer Solstice!
Though the snow may be snowing (tiddley pom) and the cold wind may be blowing here, I see no reason why the Aussies should celebrate their summer solstice alone. So in the name of hemispherical solidarity, I dedicate this holiday seasonal greeting to the Australian Mistletoe Bird (see photo right, with Australian Mistletoe pictured below it.)

The Mistletoe Bird celebrates the great circle of life with a characteristic waggle-dance, by which it dislodges sticky semi-digested berries onto the branches of host trees, so that new mistletoes will grow for next year. (Please see links top-right.)

Australian Mistletoe Bird Links:

Australia's Little Wonders
A Moment of Science
Misunderstood Mistletoe
World Mistletoes - Fauna
UK Mistletoe Information Gateway

Aboriginal Astronomy Links:

Aboriginal Astronomy
Australian Aboriginal Astronomy - Wikipedia
The Emu in the Sky
Dark Sparklers
Astronomy and Australian Indigenous People


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