Another overcast morning here on the NSW south coast, perfect for birds to feed in the grevilleas and bathe safely in the dam with joyous impunity. I went out with the camera to capture a glimpse of the mature male Satin Bower Bird, coming to snatch a few of the last ripe grapes …here is his cheeky head emerging from behind a stainless steel strut. Can you see his rich blue black colouring? He has to be at least five years old to have his mature colours!
Right behind him I noticed the Little Wattlebirds feeding in the large Grevillea ‘Moonlight’. These medium-sized honeyeaters have a comical voice, not at all musical, so for many years we referred to them as the ‘Yoiks!’ There is a recording of their voice if you follow the link above.
Their loud cry can be quiet disturbing early in the morning in suburbia where they feed on the plentiful natives shrubs in gardens. Here we have plenty of room for them, they typically gather in large groups to bathe in the dam, calling loudly, darting into the water and splashing, then quickly dashing back to a low tree branch. Maybe next time I will catch some bathing pictures to share. In the photo below you can see a small moth feeding on the nectar of the same flower too, it looks like a Wasp Moth.
There were others feeding in the Grevillea too, here is a Crimson Rosella eating the young seedpods.
I hope you enjoy sharing my morning birds today!