Archive for September, 2013

Ouch! That hurt!

Striated Pardalote

This morning I was sitting in our sun room doing some reading while I had a cuppa. There was a sudden thud on the window near me – a sound we hear a little too frequently.

Window strike.

Every few days we hear a bang on one of our windows. Unfortunately, some of our garden birds see the reflection of the garden in the glass of one of our windows, and mistakenly thinking they can fly straight ahead, come to a sudden, head splitting halt. Most birds suffer mild concussion briefly before flying off, a little sadder but hopefully wiser for the experience. The occasional one does not survive the impact. [Sigh].

This little Striated Pardalote shown in today’s photo was the latest hapless victim. I picked him up and cradled him in my hands for a few minutes, showing off his beautiful colours to some visitors who happened to arrive during my rescue. I placed the bird on an outside table, took several photos and left him to recover. Within minutes it had flown off.

I hope his headache didn’t last long.

Further reading


Get out of my patch

Eastern Rosella in Eremophila youngii

We normally have a few Mallee Ringneck parrots hanging around somewhere on our 5 acre property. In the last few years we have also had one Eastern Rosella keeping them company. We don’t see it every day but frequently enough to keep us happy – after all, it is a handsome looking bird.

This particular parrot has taken a liking to the flowers of several of our Eremophila youngii bushes – you can see the flowers in today’s photos. All the bushes have a pink carpet of flowers surrounding their trunks.

Earlier this week we were enjoying watching the rosella eating while we had our breakfast. A sudden flurry of flapping wings and snapping beaks and the parrot flew off at full speed – its tail closely pursued by an very aggressive Red Wattlebird which in turn was followed by a New Holland Honeyeater.

Both of these honeyeater species spend large proportions of their day also feeding on the flowers, so they seemed to be objecting to this interloper elbowing in on their patch. In reality, while both honeyeater speciesĀ  feed on this bush, neither tolerates the other for more than a few seconds. It is an all out territorial war.

And I forgot to mention that both honeyeater species are in breeding mode, so their tolerance level is at its lowest at this time of the year.

Further reading:

Eastern Rosella in Eremophila youngii

Happy 8th Birthday to Trevor’s Birding

Male Flame Robin, Mt. Macedon, Victoria


Trevor’s Birding site is 8 years old today.

Wow! In that time I’ve seen a lot of birds, travelled and birded in Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Dubai, Ethiopia, Morocco and Spain. I have photos of hundreds of birds, many of them shown here on this site. I’ve written over 1500 articles using over 300,000 words about birds and my readers have contributed over 5000 comments. That’s amazing.

But wait – there’s plenty more where that came from.

I’m actually having trouble keeping up writing about the birds I see and photograph. So I’ll just keep on writing and taking photos. So keep on coming back, everyone.

As a treat, today I thought I would just share a few of my favourite photos for your enjoyment.

Australian Pelicans, Mallacoota, Victoria

Galah, Murray Bridge, South Australia

White Stork, Morocco

Village Indigobird, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia