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  https://nanacathydotcom.wordpress.com/one-a-week-photo-challenge-2017/

styled up

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just bathed

crest fresh and styled

what a bird

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style up now

need a fresh new look 

for the mate

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These birds are Crested Pigeons, native to most of Australia but more often seen inland and in drier habitats. They moved into Melbourne in small numbers during the big drought of the late 90’s and stayed. Usually a pair or two are seen in our area however this summer the birds in this photo have decided to spend a lot of time feeding for seeds in our yard. They are quite tame  and I can now call them in with their Whoo Whoo sounds  for some budgie seed. The crests are an amazing set of feathers, creating quite a style challenge for adventurous teenagers to copy?

The crested pigeons have offered themselves a subjects for Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 80 challenge words  Style&Fresh.  Visit the challenge site here at https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-80-stylefresh/                                                        and read some amazing haiku and also see what other creative activities Ronovan facilitates

charming feathers

springtime look

bird like charm

contagious

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the charm of springtime

is the look of affection 

birds have for each other

Image 1 is a pair of Crested Pigeons that arrive in our yard every morning to be fed before they explore the neighbourhood. These birds pair up and seem to stay together for life. They rarely leave each other’s sight. Very charming.

Image 2 A pair of endangered Swift parrots who regularly adopt this charming pose  for photographic workshops held by the renowned Ecologist and Nature Photographer Chris Tzaros. An Australian version of the Norwegian Blue made famous by Monty Python.

Image 3 Three of the infamous Lorne naughty pack. The Victorian seaside resort of Lorne is well known for the overfamiliar, overfed, demanding Sulphur Crested Cockatoos who terrorise  and destroy property if they are not treated kindly.

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charming bird

beak cuts to the bone

looks can fool

Another Sulphur Crested Cockatoo at the Grampians, (Gariwerd) National Park. This bird and its mates had similar characteristics to the Lorne mob. They expect humans to feed them and chew up buildings, furniture, fittings and anything else if not appeased. The beaks are incredibly strong and one needs to be careful not to get too friendly. These birds were once very popular pets in Australia even given the tendency to mutilate hands. They were often used as watchdogs, (birds) on rural properties as they are easy to be trained to talk and could scream abuse that would scare off intruders . One big disadvantage is they can live to 70-90 years and relatives would often inherit a bird with provisos in the will.

These are my  3 contributions to  RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 75 Charm&Look. To experience the artistic interpretations of this challenge in its various forms from an international array of poets visit
https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-74-charmlook/