Morning Birds

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!

Male Satin Bower Bird in the grapevine

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.

Little Wattebird in the Grevillea 'Moonlight'

Wattlebirds love company!

There were others feeding in the Grevillea too, here is a Crimson Rosella eating the young seedpods.

Crimson Rosella

I hope you enjoy sharing my morning birds today!

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25 thoughts on “Morning Birds

  1. Never saw a Wattebird before. While it’s rather bland colorwise, its got a great sculptural quality about it. Is its name from people looking at it and saying, “What a bird!”? 🙂

    Never saw Grevillea before either. How interesting! Be sure to photograph the flowers when they turn to see so we can see what they look like.

    I sure enjoy your birds at any time of day! Thanks, Christine!

    • so glad to show you something new …i think wattle is from a small fleshy patch behind the eye … when you hear it you would say “Whats that?” incredulously! More grevilleas coming up for you!

  2. The Wattebird is very streamlined, like the shape of a fish! The red of the Crimson Rosella is so brilliant it hurts my eyes! Allmost Christmassy against pine needles.
    The loops of the Grevillea look hand crocheted! Amazing Nature. Beautiful!

    • Grevilleas are intricate lacy flowers, just like crochet loops as you so perceptively observed…. i sometimes see a group of Crimson Rosellas in the rosemary outside the back door, they look just like decorations … and yes i agree about the Wattlebird, but i wish you could hear his strange cry!

  3. The wattle bird sounds funny! never seen one before either, you have such diversity. We do have grevillea nearly always red ones and the common name here is bottlebrush!

    • Did you listen to him? yes he is funny!!! Grevilleas are like bottlebrushes, but they are actually Callistemon, they look very similar … I will post more pics of both …we have been growing them all and others for about 40 years so we know what the birds like 😀 ….. to attract birds we needed to plant thick thorny bushes (Hakea) and sweet nectar plants (Grevillea and Callistemon) plus lots of cover (Melaleuca and Wattle) and soon we were rewarded with colonies of bird here.

  4. Oh wow! They are just gorgeous and you are so blessed to have captured them this way. Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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