Saturday, 22 May 2010
saturday camera show and tell
While there are quite a few trees around here including native trees, there are nowhere near as many birds. We have some mynahs. There were five which used to sit on the dividing fence. There are now seven. They are very opportunistic. They sit and watch the puppies next door. When the pups are otherwise occupied, the birds swoop on the dried food left for the dogs. We've even had them come into the airlock here for the cat food when the screen door has been left open for her to get out.
I've heard the big sulphur crested cockatoos overhead and seen tiny wrens in the vegetation next to the train line. Some lorikeets eat the berries on the street trees.
I've not seen any pigeons but we do have doves. The pictures are of a baby dove. It was late in the afternoon when I saw it on the fence, so pictures are blurry. That was a few days ago. I saw it again today with its mother, (guessing here). Today was cold and wet and it was sitting on the fence, quite miserable with fluffed up feathers. In the lower picture it's sitting near the edge of the fence wondering if it should fly. Mum had flown to the fence on the other side of the yard. It did eventually take off and land somewhat awkwardly on the fence next to her.
There is also another hormonally challenged dove which has been building a nest in the blackberries hanging down from the train line since we moved here, just before Christmas. It continually brings twigs and grass for the nest, but is frightened of the vegetation moving. Sometimes it actually lands, other times it's scared away when the breeze from a passing train makes the blackberries move and sway.