Gippsland Spring

Spring in Gippsland is a pretty glorious time as the Garden State awakens from its winter slumber and the first rays of the warm spring sunlight brings out the summer attire, the monthly Mirboo North Market is actually rain free and the main street rumbles to the sounds of motorcycles on day trips from Melbourne. And, as the daffodils send out their first flowers at Mossvale Park and Wattlebirds begin nesting, you know that spring is just around the corner.

Daffodils bloom - Mossvale Park Victoria

Daffodils bloom – Mossvale Park Victoria

Wattlebird keeping the eggs warm in the back yard (31 Aug 2014).

Wattlebirds nesting - Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting – Mirboo North Victoria

Mind you, as soon as I typed those words, the weather turned foul, and rain and cold winds rose up to mock me; the weather can be fickle in Victoria. However, the next day was again fine and being the first week of opening season for wood collecting, we headed for the hills and managed to come back with an excellent catch, possibly one of the best ones yet (considering how difficult it can often be to track down and bring in the quarry). And if there’s any need of a reminder that spring is upon us, waiting for us when we got home were a bunch of King Parrots surveying their domain. I’m not sure if there’s a more demanding bird in Australia, or one that doesn’t seem to give a damn when it comes to approaching people and squawking for food.

King Parrot on the prowl - Mirboo North Victoria

King Parrot on the prowl – Mirboo North Victoria

And as Mossvale Park plays host to winter’s final recital, it also prepares for other recitals in the coming summer.

Winter's encore on the stage - Mossvale Park Victoria

Winter’s encore on the stage – Mossvale Park Victoria

Mossvale Park gets ready for summer entertainment - Mossvale Park Victoria

Mossvale Park gets ready for summer entertainment – Mossvale Park Victoria

It’s also good to see the Rosellas coming around as well, as they are far less demanding than the King Parrots, but also far more wary and skittish.

Rosellas enjoying a meal - Mirboo North Victoria

Rosellas enjoying a meal – Mirboo North Victoria

One of the King Parrot ‘girls’ was surprisingly relaxed this time.

Female King Parrot - Mirboo North Victoria

Female King Parrot – Mirboo North Victoria

Our Wattlebirds are now a family as well (13 Sep 2014).

Wattlebirds nesting - Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting – Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting - Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting – Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting - Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting – Mirboo North Victoria

How quickly they grow (19 Sep 2014).

Wattlebirds nesting - Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting – Mirboo North Victoria

I had to complete the story (22 Sep 2014), as now the young ones have left the nest. The first photo was taken on 31 Aug and this one on 22 Sep, how quickly they grow up.

Wattlebirds nesting - Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting – Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting - Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting – Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting - Mirboo North Victoria

Wattlebirds nesting – Mirboo North Victoria

And of course the usual culprits are always enjoying the warmth.

Labradors resting

If it’s not the fireplace, it’s a warm spot in the sun – Mirboo North Victoria

As a side note, spring doesn’t really start until around 21 September (give or take a day either side) based on the astronomical calendar, which is when the southern hemisphere receives more sun than the northern hemisphere, but it’s listed (mainly in Australia) as 1 September for ease of remembering and general record keeping.

But who really cares, it’s getting warmer and summer is not far away.