dinner time

so trusting

young lonely and lost

fledgling bird

A couple of weeks  ago Jill and I were sitting in the garden eating our lunch when this baby Pied Butcherbird flew in and landed on a branch above us. It then flew to the ground and began demanding something to eat. All we could offer  this young carnivore were a few pieces of tinned tuna. That was enough to curb the appetite and it flew back to the branch and had a short sleep. This is the first young one of that species we have seen. When small birds are breeding in Spring adult Butcherbirds raid nests after fledglings. This baby looks cute however it is destined to become a feared marauder in our neighbourhood. The other curious fact about the visit was the time of year. We are almost to Winter and we have had visits from a young Butcherbird, then fledgling Little Wattlebirds and some young looking Magpies during this last month. One more pointer to the effects of Climate Change?

The one a week Photo Challenge word challenge this week is LOST.  This is my contribution . For this years 52 weekly challenges planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

34 thoughts on “dinner time

      1. WOW! Doesn’t sound good 🙂 Be in warm and safe of course. And yes, you are closer to Antarctica… have you ever visited? I really wonder. Welcome and Thank you dear Denis, Have a nice day, Love, nia


  1. A beautiful haiku to accompany the wonderful photographs Denis ☺ We had such a mild autumn and winter that some birds were having a second nest with fledglings late last year too.


    1. Thanks Xenia, it was a good model. We usually have 2 lots of fledglings with most birds, sometimes 3, but this year it was 3-4 with a lot. The Little wattlebirds around here had at least 4.

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    1. Thanks Cathy. They all have to live and take their chances. We look out for all but sometimes try and save little ones by scaring the hunters away. This was still a baby, but look at the hook on its beak, thats the weapon.


  2. A scary baby! I’m still pondering 2 more days until winter!😳 we are finally having some 70 degree days here in SD USA, and I had stop and remind myself that you all have already had summer and are probably looking forward to cooler temps. 😊


  3. A nice haiku Denis, perfect for the young birdie. I wonder if the young ones are around because the summer has been longer this time and temperatures staying milder. I heard today we are in a for short and mild winter as well. The poor animals and plants don’t know what to do!


  4. What a funny and brave little bird to demand food from you. Where I’m at, south Florida (USA), Summer is approaching. We usually have many species of birds including ducks, geese and swans come down for the winter, but this past winter there weren’t as many as previous years. I live on a golf course with several lakes that are usually crowded with birds, but they were scarce this past winter. My husband and I were just talking about it, so I think you may be right about climate change.


    1. They have a beautiful haunting call that compensates for their hunting actions. At our local Bird watchers meeting on Wednesday others were also confirming the late fledglings around into Winter. A certain sign of our overall warming earth.

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