visitors

I have always envied people who have butcher-bIrds in their environs. I never have, despite them being distributed over most of Australia. My magpies are handsome and dapper enough to cover the visual advantages of black and white birds, and I do love their songs… But they cannot compete with the songs of butcher-birds. And […]

As I am still trying to sort out drainage here, my vegetable patch is still open to all visitors of the munchy type. I have just tossed in seeds of whatever I had, wherever. The cucurbits are doing well and are not tempting for munchers. But there is corn… This beautiful young Eastern Red-necked Wallaby […]

This striking silhouette met me the other morning. ‘Let me in!’ or ‘How the hell do I get down?’ The screen door wire is a bit floppy and it can’t have felt comfortable or secure for this creature. I worried that its ultra-long and delicate toes would be stuck in the mesh… Gently sliding the […]

I do miss my plentiful Crimson Rosellas, but today I saw my first King Parrot visitor for the summer fruit season here. Always stunningly attired, this was one was also most relaxed, with no cats or dogs about. So much so, that for the first time I think I saw a parrot yawn…! But the […]

I have seen a tree snake trying to climb a water tank here. I suspect this is the same slender Green Tree Snake, made smarter by that experience. Now it uses the ladder. My book says that this snake will inflate the fore part of its body when threatened; I’m not sure if it was […]

I have become so accustomed to the flock of White-headed Pigeons landing in the tallest branches of the tallest Camphor Laurel by the creek that I don’t rush for the camera. Just the usual penthouse residents again. Luckily, this time I paid more attention. These birds looked different. Without the camera zoom I couldn’t see […]

At my old Mountain I was delighted as the White-headed Pigeon population that occasionally visited grew to eight. They would visit my ridge from the rainforest gullies that pleated my Mountain’s sides. Here I am even more blessed. The remnant rainforest along the creek includes some large Camphor Laurels. No blessing, except that the White-headed […]

About to fill a bucket at the little overflow water tank, I just happened to see this little head poking out. Not the sort of snake to make my heart leap, I knew — although quite what sort it was, I didn’t. With amazing liquidity it poured itself up and over my drink bottle and […]

In the four months I have been here I had not seen a snake of any sort. Given how many red-bellied blacks I shared my last mountain home with, and that here is equally wet and welcoming for such inhabitants, I have been on the alert, expecting to see their coastal cousins in the back […]

Before the current deluge began, the small birds appreciated my three-tier insulator bird bath. Two yellow robins, so numerous here, were happily taking turns at dips in the penthouse pool when a bigger contender landed nearby. It was clearly a honeyeater, but which of the umpteen and only slightly varied choices? Typically, the one I […]

Here on the mid north coast hinterland of New South Wales it’s been feeling like the subtropics: storms, showers, searingly hot spells and perpetually high humidity. Not pleasant, unless you are plant life, for whom it’s boom time. To beat the heat, I get up very early — and so often begin the day with […]

The first feathered visitor of the New Year was an Azure Kingfisher, a beautiful little bird, a visitor that sadly will not be leaving. I found it lying on the back verandah, presumedly killed when it flew into the glass doors. If this is to be a problem I will have to hang feathers all […]

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