A pair of Superb Fairy-wrens have nested in this acacia bush next to the house and two nestlings are in there, constantly begging for food with a trilling call. Both parents are very busy catching insects to feed the babies. Here's mum with a beak-full -
The Butterfly Bush is appropriately named -
- and apparently induces butterfly backflips...
When I first spied this parrot I thought it was a different species -
It was a rush to get the camera and this, unfortunately, out of focus photo. It was only when it turned around that I realised it was a Crimson Rosella in moult.
Was doing a few jobs yesterday and enjoying the Striated Thornbills that were darting around and playing near and in the birdbath when one of them landed near my feet and just sat there in a damp fluffy ball.
Another thornbill interpreted this as an invitation and copulated a dozen times or so with the hapless female before flying off. Clearly something was amiss with the poor thing so, after keeping an eye on her for 5 minutes, I thought I'd move her somewhere a bit safer. As I walked with the tiny bird in my hand I felt her come back to life and start to struggle. She flew off, when I opened my hand, and into a tree where she hopped around quite happily. All rather strange.