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Sunday, September 8, 2013

FEEDING THE BIRDS

Recently I showed you photos of my attempt to feed Lorikeets, my favourite birds.
Australia has millions of them and often places that tourists visit, feed them.
This can be quite a spectacle when thousands of birds descend on the bird feeders.

At the moment there are lots visiting my garden to feed on nectar from the grevilleas that are flowering there.

So Tony has made me a bird feeder - a good sturdy one as I'm hoping they will eventually come in large numbers.

It's right down at the bottom of the garden on the second terrace.


Tony pruned the garden a few months ago  - with a chain saw !! - so we have a lot fewer flowers from the grevilleas than usual.


especially up here on the top terrace.


The new feeder is down among the bigger plants which were trimmed earlier and have recovered enough to flower quite well.





It hasn't taken long for the birds to find the new feeding spot.




Of course they are very wild and spook easily at the moment so I'm taking the photos from inside with my fantastic new zoom.


They make quite a racket. Screech and chatter and tell eachother off the whole time.
 
 These are all Rainbow Lorikeets - easy to see where they get their names


especially when you can see the colours under their wings.


Higher up on the first terrace we have a bird bath which, until now, has been completely ignored
 
 
It is fairly exposed at the moment while the grevilleas are so small but this morning I was so pleased to see a Lorikeet taking a bath. 
 

It was having a great time diving right under and splashing away




 

and was very wet by the time it was finished.

 
 
Hope it tells all its buddies about the great birdbath it found.
 
Cheers.
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20 comments:

  1. Looks like a fine job on the feeder and obviously the Lorikeets think so. The ones eating look fun to watch, the one taking a bath is just great. Glad everything worked out so well.

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    1. Hope more and more come to visit David.

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  2. The birds obviously approve of Tony's handiwork! How amazing to have such colourful birds in your garden all our birds go in for camouflage colours except the kingfisher and they are rarely seen anyway and then not in gardens!

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    1. Amazingly Jane, their bright colours camouflage them well. Do you remember this post http://helsieshappenings.blogspot.com.au/2009/12/first-of-all-let-me-explain-that-im-not.html
      where I showed how difficult they can be to see when they're in the trees?

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  3. Wow, that is some zoom you have!! Those birds fascinate me, they are just beautiful. I have a question. Many of our birds in the US migrate from North in the fall to the South, then back north in the spring. Does that happen in Australia? Curious minds want to know. Our hummingbirds go as far north as Canada, and as far south as Mexico!!

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    1. No Muffy, our birds don't need to fly away for the Winter because it doesn't get cold enough. Even in the south where it does get colder we still don't get much snow ( really only on the mountain tops if we are really lucky and we don't have any big mountains either ) so there is never a shortage of food for them. Certainly here in Queensland our daytime Winter temperatures rarely fall below 16 degrees Celcius ( which we think is a very cold day !!!)

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  4. Love your new bird feeder. What a fabulous way to attract birds to your garden.

    Your new zoom certainly does the trick. Your photos are terrific!

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    1. Yes Shay the new zoom is great as long as I hold the camera steady which I'm not very good at. Have to lean on something !

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  5. I love lorikeets although they can be a tad noisy first thing in the morning. Since I've moved I don't see so many in the garden but there are still thousands only a few hundred metres away, along the river.
    I think those lorikeets will be very impressed with Tony's carpentry skills.

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    1. The noise early in the morning is the only negative aspect Marg!

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  6. Helsie,the bird feeder looks great and is doing its job. Love the little one in the bird bath. And you have spectacular views - where is that looking out to the Gold Coast or Redlands?

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  7. I love the design of the new feeding table. Very artistic. At first sight, less cultured onlookers might imagine that Tony had just bashed a tanalised garden post into the ground and nailed on some plywood. Little would they know that it's actually a skilled example of minimalist design in natural material, intended to seamlessly blend into its environment. Is Tony of Swedish ancestry?

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    1. Tony is glad you appreciate the simplicity of his design YP.

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  8. What fantastic birds.Although we are very,very sad to lose Ziggy our cat it does mean I can start feeding the birds again.I have already put up feeders and the birds are back.Nothing anywhere near as exotic as yours.We have a bird bath and the birds use it all the time.There can often be three different kinds of bird all splashing about together.Wonderful.Keep the photos coming.

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    1. Glad they've come back now they know it's safe. How quickly they pick that up! I'm hoping lots more use the bird bath but it is very exposed now that the plants have all been trimmed so fiercely.

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  9. What lovely colourful birds. You watch, you will be hooked now and will be poised at the window with the camera all the time now. Tony will be wanting his tea and you will be saying 'Oh, just wait until I get just one more shot !' Do let us know what other birds come to call.

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  10. You're right you know. I keep calling him to come and watch them in the birdbath. Love to see them splashing around.

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