On New Year’s Day, the Little Raven (Corvus mellori) family came to the feeders in my front garden. There were two adult birds and three juveniles.
They had been nesting in a tree at the bottom of my yard, and until this visit had rarely come down from the treetops.
The following photograph is of a Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) in full breeding colours.
As soon as I had snapped that photo, he immediately turned around. So, for a bit of fun, here he is – a rear view.
If there were ever a vote for the bird with the worst attitude, the Sulphur-crest Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) would win, hands down!
These birds are loud, gregarious, and definitely have attitude!
The following photo is another male Superb Fairy-wren. I have been observing him in the garden and I have noticed some odd behaviour.
I first noticed it a couple of weeks ago, when he sat within a Blackberry bush, preening. He sat for ages hidden under the Blackberry’s leaves, surrounded by large thorny canes. They were his protection.
In the photo below, (which was taken in my front garden), I snapped him feeding, but, again, he stayed within the protection of my bottlebrush’s foliage.
I have read recently of how the male Superb Fairy-wren can change his behaviour when he comes into his breeding colours. He feels vulnerable, and unlike the other adult male, he was with, was not going to venture out into the open.
Below are some more photos that were taken in my front garden.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)
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