This is my response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Smorgasbord.
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Now, I have been a bit wordy of late, so it’s a time for a few photos. Here is a small smorgasbord of birds that I’ve shared the love with recently.
There have been so many birds visiting our yard lately. They come down from the surrounding mountains to over-winter in the valley. Often I am unable to see them, or I can just see a silhouette, but their calls have been an endless stream of joyous bells and peeps.
In the photo below, a juvenile Crimson Rosella helps itself to the ornamental crab apples in our front yard. The tree has now lost its leaves but there are still crab apples on it, which the birds will enjoy over the coming months. This photo was taken through the front window so it is a little out of focus.
We finally got a shot of this little Eastern Spinebill coming in for the pineapple sage in the backyard. This plant is shutting down for Winter, but our Wee Jasper Spider Flower (an endangered species) has many flowers about to burst open. The Wee Jasper Spider flower is always a hit with the nectar feeding birds.
If you live in the Canberra area (Australia), then you should definitely get yourself down to the Australian National Botanic Gardens. There is a great variety of birds there at the moment. You will need binoculars though, because they spend a lot of time in the tree tops. Except for this little one. This is the first time we’ve seen a Bassian Thrush. Not surprising really – they are so well camouflaged as they forage on the forest floor. This one was in the rain-forest gully but visitors passing by were oblivious to its presence. Well spotted hawk-eyed hubby!
The New Holland Honeyeaters were putting on quite a show as they zoomed from grevillea to grevillea feasting on the flowers. I think this one was grandstanding for the ladies. Courtship is in full swing at the moment, so it is an excellent time to get out and see the birds.
What? Sorry Mr or Mrs Magpie, but the cafe is closed. The speckling on the breast indicates that this is an immature magpie. Australian magpies are not related to the magpies found in other parts of the world.
This adult Crimson Rosella finishes its meal with a drink.
I hope you enjoyed this “birds-eye” experience (woops, sorry another mum-joke for the Aussies out there).
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