seed feed

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lorikeets

take easy seed feeds

in the heat

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A small group of 2 adult and three young Rainbow lorikeets drop by our front yard every day recently assuming the seed stick is eternal. They may take anywhere between a week and 2 days to demolish it. If they discover no stick is waiting a dreadful din begins with lots of screeching and screaming with the young ones doing antics on branches  a bit like acrobats on the high wire  until a new stick appears. Then they settle into a quiet chortling amongst themselves even nodding off to sleep at times. Can you spot the 3 young ones in this last image?

This is my contribution to the one a week week Photo Challenge  and the challenge this week is SEED . For this years challenge planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

lunch time

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bird traffic 

seeking seed below

time to eat

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Recently we visited the Mornington Peninsula gallery to experience  an incredible  exhibition called ” Birds – Flight Paths in  Australian Art” http://mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Exhibitions/Past-exhibitions/Birds-Flight-paths-in-Australian-Art

The exhibition was spectacular  and also the display from a flock of well over a hundred Little Corellas was entertaining. The flock was ascending, descending , alighting , feeding  all at the same time in and around  and beneath the adjoining Pines and Cypresses that were seeding. Corellas and Cockatoos love the seeds from these trees during Summer. The noise is deafening and brought back memories of my childhood in Western Victoria when similar sized flocks would arrive at our house yard that was surrounded by massive pine trees and Cypresses.

This is my contribution to the one a week week Photo Challenge  and the challenge this week is TRAFFIC . For this years challenge planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

crabbing

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longer legs 

keep feathers dry

at feed time

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This pair of Masked Lapwings, (Spur Winged Plovers) were convinced there was some tasty morsel or two waiting for them on the shore at Ricketts Point. Usually they are seen in wetlands or roadsides, anywhere food is offering. They often set up nests in parklands and school grounds and then a problem arises. Both male and female have a spur on one wing and aggressively defend their nest. This can result in wounds to the heads of unwary humans and other animals. Otherwise their haunting cry at night is a sign their is life in the neighbourhood grasslands.

summer love

 

so risky

late summer lovers

he escaped

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Last week we were over at Heide Gallery in Bulleen to see the Georgia O Keefe, Grace Cossington – Smith  and Margaret Preston exhibition. https://www.heide.com.au/whats-on/exhibitions/now-showing    AS usual the cafe was not coping with accommodating customers because of the huge number of people who pre book, ( they could just let people serve as they turn up) so Jill and I wandered off to look at the gardens/park. I was looking down at the cottage garden when I noticed a large spider web  .This set of images shows a pair of Golden Orb Weaving spiders,( she is the big one). This male was cautiously moving in for the moment of bliss as I snapped away, notice in the second image one leg cautiously dropping down to the female.I could not bear to watch his fate and wandered off to join Jill in the Native Tree Garden.  I told her about the spiders and we dropped in on the way back. This time the male got away and we saw him far up in the web no doubt pleased with himself. The Females have been known to catch and eat small birds and even snakes in their strong webs.

passing parrots

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easy food

colourful feathers 

passing by

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We have been putting seed sticks in a tree at the front of our house mainly for the Crested pigeons who have appeared in earlier blogs. The sticks are sold as parrot and budgerigar sticks however the Pigeons believe the manufacturers have left them off the labels.  Three days ago  these two Crimson Rosellas began turning up. Its amazing how they can detect the location of this food as they fly in the vicinity. We have been hearing Eastern Rosellas  and noticed  a pair feeding  in street trees near our back yard. These Crimsons are not as common around our suburb, they are more a country/hills and mountains bird. The top one is an adult and the bottom one a juvenile, notice the mottled green plumage that is missing from the adult. Its an unusual combination but most likely a mating pair, the age difference may not be too much , anyway thats just a guess. The parrots are all nesting or looking for sites. This pair have turned up regularly late morning and mid afternoon for 3 days. The crested pigeons have vacated the tree to feed and clean up what drops to the ground as the Rosellas feed.  The adaptability and intelligence of our birds in Australia is amazing. They also quickly learn to trust humans , the pigeons come to my call and follow me around on the ground like tame chickens.

chicken pie

flour dusted

cold weather warmer

chicken pie

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flour dusted

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cold weather warmer

chicken pie

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ALL GONE!

This is a gluten free chicken and vegie pie Jill and I make in batches of four during winter. Very tasty and quick preparation on the second night.

This is my contribution to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 107 Pie & Dust. To see all the other contributions from a gifted group of international poets visit https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-107-piedust/