In contrast to the northern Winter, here in Australia Summer approaches. While the days have been warm in the next few days the temperatures will be rising. In parts of my state, New South Wales, today temperatures are estimated to be in the low to mid 40’sC so it’s heading to 104F plus for the next few days. At least at my place it’s only 32C on the verandah but in the sun it’s rather warmer.
AS is with most of my posts, here’s a bit of Australian music from one of my favourite 1970’s bands, Mental as Anything.
Enjoy a listen as you scroll at too many times (but sometimes you just have to) gallery inspired by the quotation for this week –
“Photography is pretty simple stuff. You just react to what you see, and take many, many pictures.” – Elliott Erwitt
I had a terracotta bird bath. The birds used to love to come and have a drink or a bath. It is a place in the garden that is worth sitting hidden or even from the verandah viewing. I have taken liberties at using the words quotation-inspired image especially the image singular part…….
Sometimes it is comical when the Rainbow Lorikeets splash about.
or just sit and ponder….I’m sure Rainbow Lorikeets have ponderences
A Spangled Drongo would like you to turn around while he has his bath please
Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were usually amicable to sharing the bird bath
as were Silvereyes, who were rarely by themselves
THey would share with most other small birds like this Red-browed Firetail finch
More than often the Silvereyes turned up for a party
The White-throated Treecreeper was the funniest getting sorted at the bird bath. Most of the time Treecreepers spend their time in a vertical pose hopping up and down tree trunks digging under the bark for insects, hence the way he’s sitting which would keep your butt cool on a hot day I reckon
The female Satin Bowerbird liked to sit on the edge and have a bit of a chatter before plunging in
Sometimes a male Satin Bowerbird would appear when she was there. They are more of a solitary bird and don’t hang around much unless it’s for you know what!!
The Spotted Pardalote, one of the first times I spotted one in my garden
Another sharing between a Yellow-faced Honyeater and an Eastern Spinebill
A Scarlet Honeyeater wonders if he can hang on to get a drink like the Silvereyes when the water is low being the smallest honeyeater
The bigger birds liked the bird bath as it was quite solid. Pied Currawongs come down from the mountains when the weather gets cooler and head back in Spring
Grey Fantails make a bit of a show at the bird bath
Noisy Friarbirds aren’t the best sharers in my garden. They were quite dominant this year. In the evening their calls from all around my house indicated there were lots of birds. They stopped other birds snacking on the grevilleas as best they could. At the end is a video from around five years ago.
Little White-throated Honeyeaters look so cute fluffed up after a bath
There is always a disagreement at times when King Parrots get together
Rainbow Lorikeets and Musk Lorikeets didn’t share all the best either
Late one afternoon a while ago a screeching could be heard, the unmistakable sound of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. Soon the Cockatoos were circling around and they then headed off to some distant trees.
I was watching where they were and in particular the Black Cockatoo closest who was doing a bit of moving around on the branch he was sitting on. It was very low light and the telephoto function on my Canon camera was at full stretch. The quality of the photos isn’t the best but I thought I should share a bit of our native birds sense of fun. You have already seen what the King Parrots do around my place having fun.
Enjoy the next sequence of photos. Just two settled on this side of the tree
Suddenly this Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo leant forward.
Then it was head down a bit further, wings spread a bit for balance and the tail feathers flared.
A little bit further, head well tucked and body all on the other side of the branch.
Then it was right over, wings open, tail upright and his head where his tail was seconds ago.
Back upright, wings and tail ready for the final balance on the branch.
Sometimes sitting watching birds and getting the occasional photo, you think nothing of grabbing a few shots but the when you see them on the screen an idea can form. This was a quick do it now thing before the “inspiration” went to where those sort of great ideas go to wait in a stratosphere for someone else to come along or perhaps you may have a flash of “Ohhhh…..that’s right!” and once more that wonderful bit of information’s sucked back in.
But I digress, sorry. This is a story of what could happen One day at the bird bath
I like popping over to this bird bath in the morning. Often there’s not too many folk around and I can splash a little, get a little wet and shake my feathers as the water is a bit cold.
Sometimes I like to sit on the edge of the bird bath and ponder things like what does ponder mean? It’s so good to get in the water a bit deeper each time so I can get water through my feathers. I wonder if anyone else I know will be here later on.
Whoa!!! What happened there? One minute I am a sleek flying machine, drop in for a splash and look. I look like I have gained grams. Oh dear what can I do……I can’t go out looking like this. I probably won’t be even able to take off.
Hey buddy, glad you’ve dropped by this morning. Do you think my feathers make me look fat? No mate, not at all…..WHOA!!! What happened there? One minute I am a sleek flying machine, drop in for a splash and look. I look like I have gained grams……. Yeah buddy, I know just what you mean……..