All that is gold does not necessarily glitter

We enjoy the wonderful range of birds that frequent our garden here in Murray Bridge, South Australia. Over the last twenty years we have recorded over a hundred different species. Many of these are resident species, meaning that they are present every day all the year round.

We have many favourites. There are some species that enthrall us with their beauty. One such species is the Golden Whistler. The female is a rather plain Jane, being mostly a nondescript brown. The male is something else. To catch sight of the male in full breeding plumage sitting on an exposed dead branch in full sunlight is to see natural beauty in all its glory. Magnificent.

Golden Whistler (male)

Golden Whistler (male)

The male Golden Whistler is not just beautiful to look at and admire. Launching into its musical call one gains a new appreciation of the richness of the call of many of our songbirds here in Australia. Again – magnificent.

We feel so privileged to have such beauty grace our garden.


4 Responses to “All that is gold does not necessarily glitter”

  1. Snail says:

    My goodness, that’s so bright! And I always thought that yellow robins are vivid. What a gorgeous bird.

  2. Trevor says:

    They certainly light up the garden when they visit. An added bonus is the call.

    As for the Eastern Yellow Robin, I think that their colour is just as wonderful – softer but still lovely. I tried unsuccessfully to get a shot of one (the only EY Robin I saw) on a recent visit to Robe in the SE of SA. That’s one species I plan to capture on camera soon.

  3. Duncan says:

    Certainly a standout bird Trevor. The best I’ve seen was up in the mountains at about 4000 feet altitude, it was just stunning.

  4. Trevor says:

    You are right Duncan – it is an outstanding bird – a real delight wherever and whenever one sees it.

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