It being Spring, the Willy Wagtail mum has been busily readying last year’s nest for the 2016 brood.
The nest had looked perfectly serviceable, as it was as neat and symmetrical as she had originally made it.
However she seemed driven to add another layer, which brings it alarmingly close to the verandah roof.
While this is insulated, I fear for the babies if we get more summer-like early heat.
Mum is now on the nest more than off, so I assume she has laid eggs. Dad spends his time dive-bombing magpies to keep them away.
The other new regular visitor is a King Parrot, solo and talkative.
He has been sitting on my vegie garden’s bamboo posts and — I swear — chattering to me.
I have taken to standing at my back door and chattering back.
He does not fly off when I go to fetch the camera.
Next time I will dare to step closer than the verandah and get a sharper shot.