an eye for lunch

birds welcome

sharing the garden

for a meal

We have started planting local and high nectar  native tress and shrubs in our garden with the long term plan being more of the little nectar and seed eating native birds will return or visit. The top image shows a Little Wattlebird discovering a Red Ochre Grevillea, the second is  a Crested Pigeon foraging for grass seeds on the ground and the third captures a Rainbow Lorikeet snacking on a native bird seed stick. There are plenty of introduced species such as Spotted Doves and Common Mynahs who need less encouragement or invasive  native species like Noisy Miners and Little Ravens who force out the original small little birds we want to attract. Our aim is to encourage more of the latter and see or hear less of the former. We want to see small Honeyeaters, Pardalotes, more Thornbills and Eastern Spinebills and one day some Wrens.

The one a week Photo Challenge word challenge this week is LUNCH . This is my offer. For this years 52 weekly challenges planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at

22 thoughts on “an eye for lunch

  1. Great idea Denis to plant more native trees and shrubs for our birdlife. You’d think the local councils would promote such a thing and encourage homeowners to do this rather than leave it up to individuals to try and find out for themselves. If it’s too difficult to find the information, many people just give up and forget about it, which is a shame.


    1. Our local council has a nursery where we can buy a great range of locally indigenous stock. Our big problem is the Little ravens, Currawongs and Butcher Birds who are somehow constantly increasing in numbers and the Little Wattlebirds and Noisy Miners who are so aggressive to the smaller honeyeaters


  2. Your plans for your garden sound wonderful. I can see your haiku posted or carved on a rock there. I like all of the luncheon photos … the pose in the first one is my favourite.


  3. It is so scary that the invading / alien species flourished locally. It is great that you mention this type of thing on your blog. More awareness will always help.

    You are really good at taking photos of these fast moving fellows. How did you do that? I have such a hard time trying to focus and stuff.


    1. Thanks for your thoughts Joyce. I always plan to add a story along with the haiku and images, its the old teacher in me doing a bit of educating. As for the birds, I always try and catch them still but when they are moving around i just take a lot of images at once, this is the beauty of DSLR photography, you can delete all the crappy ones. At the moment I am digitally scanning old slides and it makes me appreciate the care you had to take when using slide film with a SLR camera. Each shot had to be workable, it was push the shutter when you were pretty sure it was going to be a good shot. So much cost was involved.

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      1. Yes, I still remember the SLR. So much planning and thoughts before hitting that shutter button. You still have your old slides? That’s fab! I must say, I’ve lost most of my film 😦


        1. WE also have most of our negatives and I can scan them too. The Geisha posts in my Blog were from negatives I took in 2000 in Kyoto. At times I think the nSLR made you behave more like a real photographer. I have kept my Pentax SLR and have 2 Pentax DSLR’s because I can use the old Pentax lens’. I am biased but I reckon Pentax cameras are as good as any other DSLR’s.

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