Around this time every year pandemonium breaks out in the front yard.
For most of July the Blue-faced Honeyeaters are the boss of the Grevilleas, chasing all the smaller Honeyeaters – Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Lewins Honeyeaters and the Eastern Spinebills, away from the flowers especially the Honey Gem Grevillea.
Then sometime in August, the Noisy Friarbirds arrive to set up camp, nesting and finding food. This leads to such a cacophony among the Grevilleas that one year I just had to record the Pandemonium. You will see that at times the Noisy Friarbird is carrying on and the Blue-faced Honeyeater doesn’t seem to care.
I hadn’t been using my camera for videos very much back then, so I apologise for the not so good video.
I am sure some of you are a bit wary of opening this post given my penchant for the wild nature that I have at my place and in Australia in general.
Yes I did consider many photos of all of your favourite nightmares –
Spiders Snakes Bullants Goannas Other animals with claws Those ones with sharp teeth Insects that sting
So in deference to your fears, and I say unfounded fears, here is a ferocious video. Some may watch through their fingers, others will hesitantly push play and be ready to close this post, while others will sit back and find the whole scene to their liking.
Which one will you be?
OK I should be sorry for the “click bait” This was taken quite a while ago and these two, mother and daughter and Minnie is now around fifteen and the fluffy one Fifi is thirteen
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
This is a story in pictures of the little Joeys growth since we first saw him. I am guessing a him but I don’t really have any idea if the Joey is female or male.
Still not much hair but hanging out of the pouch a bit more
The pink skin is slowly being covered. Same hang about attitude though.
Getting bigger and bolder
More fur and still likes to hang about
Almost completely covered in fur and is curious about the ground and food.
and just like that, out of the pouch
Still likes to hang close to Mum. Sometimes has a bit of a play. Jumping up at Mum’s head or grabbing on to her neck.
Learning how to scratch that itch with those huge feet.
and with that it’s time to follow Mum into the bush
This morning I thought I would get a video of Joey in the garden. This is taken through the kitchen window. My video skills need improving and I tried to use an editing suite but failed. The Wallaby in the foreground isn’t Joeys Mum. Joeys Mum is behind the Grevillea. Enjoy a very fast wallaby zooming around the garden