Being surrounded by forest means we are visited by a multitude of creatures, some of the most fascinating are the birds. The yellow-tailed black cockatoos usually stop by for a drink at the stock trough.
I don’t know how she was hanging on but this one found the bark of a tea tree very tasty.
I love their mournful call, unlike the hair raising screech of their sulphur-crested cousins.
One of my favourites is the kookaburra, they have so many different sounds.
Returning from the forest with Poppy one afternoon, she found this young fella in a predicament.
He must have dived for a tasty morsel and ended up with his head stuck in the fence. It was a rare occasion when Michael wasn’t around. I ran home and grabbed the wire cutters (and my camera) and cut him free. He was unable to fly so I made him comfortable in the possum trap
and called a friend experienced in wildlife rescue. She took him home for a couple of days while he recovered from exhaustion and dehydration, then, because kookaburras are territorial, he came home to be released.
The superb blue wrens continually bob around the garden
and are handsome even in their eclipse phase.
The New Holland honeyeaters,
and black-headed honeyeaters
enjoy feasting on the flowers. These three were deep in conversation.
Bath time is always a delight to watch.
The scarlet robins are gorgeous. It’s always nice to see them and to know winter is on the way.
This pair moved in last year, I hope they return.
The green rosella is a regular guest
but herons are rarely seen. This pair may have been staking out the fish pond.
Masked lapwings are a common sight. Often mistakenly referred to as plovers, they are much prettier. Notorious for nesting in the open and being very protective parents, I was privileged to approach this nest in our paddock without being attacked.
Here is my reward.
This cheeky chap joined me in the sunroom the other day.
The starlings are a bit of a nuisance but they look good in silhouette.
It’s not easy photographing birds, but I shall keep trying.