Category Archives: The Home Garden

Winter colour

This Eastern Rosella certainly brightens up the garden in winter, while the Yellow Thornbill is a tiny package of yellow and olive.

Eastern Rosella, Wyndham Street, 17th June 2017

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An inquisitive Yellow Thornbill

Staking a claim

A pair of Australian Ravens have been staking out a territory along Wyndham Street over the past fortnight.

The birds have spent quite some time calling from atop the larger trees followed by a sequence of whirling circuits around the neighbourhood. They don’t appear to have chosen a nest site as yet but I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

Australian Raven, Wyndham Street Newstead, 12th June 2017

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Not quick enough

Small groups of busy lorikeets have been gathering to feed in a Lemon-scented Gum next door over the past week. Mostly they are Musk Lorikeets but a few Purple-crowned Lorikeets have been joining in as well.

Alas, I’ve not been quick enough or the light has failed me and I’m yet to capture any decent images of the latter species, which is much less common around Newstead. I’ll keep trying!

Musk Lorikeet, Wyndham Street Newstead 10th June 2017

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A penchant for olives

We have one planted Olive tree in the yard and at this time of year it attracts a diversity of bird species, especially the Silvereyes that arrive as the fruits ripen and crack in early winter. I admire their skill in extracting the flesh as tiny morsels that fuel their future endeavours.

Eastern Silvereye, Wyndham Street Newstead, 10th June 2017

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A five-minute stroll

It’s extraordinary what you encounter on a short five minute stroll around our block and the neighbouring estate.

Enjoy!

Eastern Spinebill on Grevillea #1

Southern Boobook, Wyndham Street Newstead, 12th June 2017

Male Common Bronzewing

Pied Currawong feeding on a privet

Red Wattlebird

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo plundering Gen and Geordie’s olives!

Eastern Spinebill on Grevillea #2

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

This Yellow-faced Honeyeater dallied momentarily in the garden at the weekend. They are a beautiful bird when observed at close quarters.

Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Wyndham Street Newstead, 11th June 2017

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No laughing matter …

… for the mouse!

This sequence was captured yesterday morning in our front yard. A family group of four Laughing Kookaburras had been very vocal all morning … and for good reason.

Laughing Kookaburras are opportunistic predators and with the number of rodents around at present there are certainly plenty of opportunities!

Laughing Kookaburra with House Mouse, Wyndham Street Newstead, 11th June 2017

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