Summer has officially been upon us for a month now and hot, sweaty, days are yet to loom (but coming soon), and we’ve still been getting our fair share of rain over the last few weeks. It’s the time of year when Gippsland changes perhaps most significantly, for many and varied reasons. One of the first things that I noticed (coming back from our bush Christmas) was the return of the birds, of all varieties. It’s the first time that I’ve seen Gang-Gang Cockatoos in our backyard, which weren’t the easiest to photograph initially, as they were feeding in the denser foliage of the trees. But over the next few days they started to move about a lot more and provided much better opportunities, as well as making an awful mess stripping leaves.
The Rosellas are generally fairly wary (though there have been exceptions), but recently have been very accommodating. Maybe they are getting used to us and coming closer to advise us that a bit of bird seed wouldn’t go astray, even a few leftovers from what the King Parrots don’t like would be appreciated.
On the other end of the spectrum, the King Parrots are never backwards in coming forwards, constantly hassling us for bird seed and venting their displeasure if none is forthcoming. The King Parrots (since discovering who provides the bird seed) make for relatively easy subjects to photograph, hardly ever showing any concern no matter how close you get (as long as there’s a pile of food in front of their face).
And we also have new bush roosters (Kookaburras) about as well, initially doing what appeared to be a dummy spit and then settling down for a more formal pose. I’m never quite sure what Kookaburras might be thinking (not that I know what other birds are thinking either), but they tend to come across as very reserved birds, compared to the parrots et al that give you no doubt about what’s on their mind through their very expressive movements and squawking etc.
And while our ever present Blackbirds may not be as exciting or as colourful as the others, they are part of our family of birds and deserve a mention. They have also been roaming much closer and have been less skittish than ever before, so even more reason to give them some small recognition. Maybe they too are finally coming to terms with the new inhabitants and have decided that excessive caution isn’t warranted. Our Magpies are a feature of our yard and I’ve included one as a late edition (it’s sitting in the shade of a tree trying to cool down while we had 40C temperatures during the day). However, the King Parrots keep on posing.
I’m not quite sure what we’ll see this coming summer from our feathered friends, but it’s always good to see them about. Even the King Parrots, as long as it’s in small numbers.
Update 1: Just when I thought that was it, as far as the variety was concerned, along comes a bunch of Black Cockatoos to add to the collection. They were feeding in the most unlikely of places, a Banksia, rather than their usual trees. Happiness ensued.
Update 2: Today we had something new in the garden and it took a bit of effort to get any shots, as it was fairly fast moving and simply kept going up one of our trees at a rapid pace before I could rush inside and grab camera and lens. The light was failing, but at least I managed to get a few shot and identify the bird.