One of the few benefits of having a very dry season, is that all kinds of wildlife zero in bush houseyards – with their green lawns and available water supplies, they are like a magnet to all kinds of species.
And while snakes seeking a drink are not great for the human residents’ peace of mind, the birdlife can be pretty spectacular.
I rarely get to capture our feathered visitors- they are nervy and flighty and their stopovers pretty fleeting. And now that some rain has finally fallen, their choices for feed and water more abundant.
This morning Dash called me outside to see something sweet – a bird on the lawn. As he had just arrived back on his mini-bike, I doubted the likelihood of it still being in situ but to my surprise we found this cheeky thing…
He was marching around like he owned the front yard and all the delicious insects (and other pretty-bird-food) there. He’s a pale-headed rosella (remember when we found some chicks in a hollow fence post back here?). His plumage was really gorgeous and he was clearly not too concerned about curious little humans.
If you are wondering about the angle, I was wiggling on my belly on the lawn, trying to get a closer shot… I do apologise for that mental image.
Let’s get back to the pretty bird!
Check out that strut, those gorgeous feathers and the little red bottom…
Finally we got too close, as Dash edged in to try and touch him, and he took off to a nearby ironbark. We watched him go with big smiles, wondering what we would have done had Dash actually managed to pick him up.
And I walked away wondering – is he wild and over-confident, or was he once someone else’s bird?
Question: Do you get interesting birdlife visit your yard?