Fearless rail correspondent Herbie spots a rare Sydney Trainbird in its pristine native habitat:


Pecking its way through alloy undergrowth, the Trainbird seeks an assault perch:


An attack is now only seconds away:


Posted by Tim B. on 01/31/2008 at 07:05 AM
    1. Aaaah, rats with wings. Where would we be without them?

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2008 01 31 at 08:04 AM • permalink


    1. Pidgin training camp?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 08:09 AM • permalink


    1. Appropriate background music.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 01 31 at 08:14 AM • permalink


    1. Now, I know you are OK Tim!
      Thank God!

      Posted by LouMac on 2008 01 31 at 08:14 AM • permalink


    1. The Sydney Trainbird is a very rare species. I’m surprised Herbie was able to see one in it’s natural habitat.

      Oh, and [sarcasm] thanks Tim! I haven’t gotten over that scary possum yet! [/sarcasm]

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 08:17 AM • permalink


    1. You are on a roll, Tim!

      I’d best tell my neighbour that his lost pigeon from two years back, and the others that have been late, have been delayed by City Rail!!

      Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 08:18 AM • permalink


    1. Thanks heaps, I was attacked by a tumour headed pigeon once in port Hedland…

      It was like a horror movie, half its head was a weird red growth and it flew STRAIGHT AT ME!!!!
      Ill send you the bill from my shrink, or you could just $ay $orry….

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 01 31 at 08:46 AM • permalink


    1. If it catches the wrong train, how will it find its way home?  Oh, yeah…

      Posted by anthony_r on 2008 01 31 at 08:47 AM • permalink


    1. But what about the crap all over the seats?
      The pigeon will get used to it …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 08:48 AM • permalink


    1. #7 Can I join you in a class action Mole?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 08:48 AM • permalink


    1. #7
      Port half-Hedland?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 08:50 AM • permalink


    1. Judging by its sartorial elegance, it must be Paul Keating Nit Picking Paddy MgGuinness’ wanderings on the NSW public transport system.

      Posted by Louis on 2008 01 31 at 08:55 AM • permalink


    1. Or is it Bob Carr…..nah, not wearing spectacles, so it’s PK.

      Posted by Louis on 2008 01 31 at 08:57 AM • permalink


    1. The manky environs of a Sydney railway carriage avec l’souris avion compares unfavourably with similar Bangladeshi transport and serves as a pertinent reminder as to why it is better to drive. Stuff Gaia.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 01 31 at 08:59 AM • permalink


    1. Apologies if already covered:
      Max Hogg giving us the benefit of her vast experience in politics re Auntie being a breeding ground for the left of politics …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 09:04 AM • permalink


    1. So that’s where he went. Come back, pidgie, all is forgiven. Your wife and babies need you.

      Posted by mareeS on 2008 01 31 at 09:05 AM • permalink


    1. Even worse, it’s an adolescent.

      Posted by mythusmage on 2008 01 31 at 09:16 AM • permalink


    1. Probably just a lazy carrier pigeon.

      You know the type. “Sore wing, boss; I need to take the train this week”.  “It was raining today”. “What? Fly? Didn’t you see today’s mold and spore count in the newspaper?” “Lotta hawk sightings lately, boss; I’ve got my wife and hatchlings to think of.” “A crow broke down in my flight path; had traffic backed up for miles.”

      Posted by paco on 2008 01 31 at 09:18 AM • permalink


    1. #18 Paco, you haven’t been running a Pigeon Aeronautic Carrier Organisation have you?

      Just askin’, because a lot of people will be getting suspicious…

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 09:21 AM • permalink


    1. (With obligatory apologies to Tennyson….)

      He clasps the seat with crooked hands;
      Closed to the sun in lonely lands,
      Ringed with the azure world, he stands.

      The wrinkled seat beneath him crawls;
      He watches from his traincar walls,
      And like a thunderbolt he … coos?

      Posted by Apostic on 2008 01 31 at 09:32 AM • permalink


    1. I hate city pigeons. What we obviously need is an army of feral cats, specially modified with thumbs to work wee shotguns… No scratch that. Cats with thumbs and guns would just start holding up butcher shops and terrorizing old ladies.

      Posted by brett_l on 2008 01 31 at 10:34 AM • permalink


    1. This from a man who was routed by a bushy-tailed possum…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 01 31 at 11:12 AM • permalink


    1. Geeze louise, in Auztrailia even the pigeons ride the train!

      Posted by mojo on 2008 01 31 at 11:34 AM • permalink


    1. Well, I’d like to know why there’s always a whole flock of Australian trainbirds hanging around my birdfeeder.  This is Ohio!

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 31 at 12:14 PM • permalink


    1. #24 Rebecca: My guess would be that some trainbirds stowed away on a passenger car that was exported to the U.S from Australia. That kind of stuff is always happening with beetles and fungus and so forth.

      Posted by paco on 2008 01 31 at 01:50 PM • permalink


    1. Those trainbirds are often inside the country trains section at Central station in sydney. You know the old historic part where people wait for the country trains? They sure get around.

      Posted by Junia on 2008 01 31 at 04:13 PM • permalink


    1. I wouldn’t disparage birds…sometimes they retaliate.

      Posted by Neeniebug on 2008 01 31 at 04:41 PM • permalink


    1. #27 oh Neeniebug!!!

      that has really made my day! Terrific start to a rainy morning. What a scream!!!

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 31 at 07:10 PM • permalink


    1. We need to look at the underlying reason why these Train Pidgeons want to attack us. I call on the Prime Minister to say ‘sorry’ to Train Pidgeons for the past indiscretions they suffered at the hands of white, crusading, train commuters.

      Posted by Skip on 2008 01 31 at 08:14 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmm.
      So that’s what thoe train invading varmints look like!

      Question: Where do those critters carry their paint spray cans for a spot of impromptu train enhancement?

      Posted by Bonmot on 2008 01 31 at 08:26 PM • permalink


    1. Just looking for Tippy

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 01 31 at 09:58 PM • permalink


    1. I fucking hate pigeons. I had a friend who worked for Rentokil and one of the contracts was to go into Bracknell (UK) shopping centre with a policeman late at night.

      The policeman held a torch on the little bastards who sat there blinking in the light while my friend shot them with an air rifle.

      He got 32 one night.

      Why the policeman? So that the locals wouldn’t be calling the police complaining about some nutter shooting wildly in the town centre at night.

      It seemed like a great job at the time. I nearly applied.

      Posted by John A on 2008 02 01 at 12:03 AM • permalink


    1. #32
      Here ya go, John A, a song for you!

      Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here.
      Life is skittles and life is beer.
      I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring.
      I do, don’t you? ‘course you do.
      But there’s one thing that makes spring complete for me,
      And makes ev’ry sunday a treat for me.

      Posted by kae on 2008 02 01 at 05:32 AM • permalink


  1. Remember The Birds?

    Watch out around the jungle gyms….

    Posted by Tex Lovera on 2008 02 01 at 08:18 AM • permalink