Some unusual visitors to our bird bath

I have written on a number of occasions about the birds that visit the bird bath in our garden. (Click here for one article with several photos.)

A non-bird visitor to the bird bath

While having lunch yesterday a Stumpy Tail Lizard (also called a Shingleback Lizard, one of the Blue Tongue Lizards of Australia), came wandering through the garden towards to bird bath on the ground. He paused to gobble down a few eremophila flowers before having long drink from the bird bath. He probably stayed for some five minutes, drinking deeply a number of times, before wandering off again.

Stumpy Tailed Lizard

Stumpy Tailed Lizard

A very cheeky visitor

Then late last night at just after 10pm I was outside seeing off a friend who had come to visit for the evening. We were standing about ten metres from the bird bath which was on the ground. As we were saying goodnight, we both stopped and turned because we had heard loud slurping noises coming from the bird bath.

As it was in the shadows I stepped inside, grabbed a touch and found that a Red Fox (an introduced species) had been visiting the bird bath for a drink. He casually wandered off in the beam of the torch light, quite unconcerned about my presence a few metres away. I’m not sure if I’m pleased that he feels quite at home in our garden. I must warn our next door neighbour to lock up her chooks and guinea fowl.

I didn’t get a photo of the fox.
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  1. […] I also wrote recently about some unusual visitors to the bird baths, a Stumpy Tail Lizard and a Red Fox. […]

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