Saturday, March 05, 2016

Little Brown Birds

When I put on the sprinklers this morning we were visited by dozens of small brownish birds of assorted sizes darting through the spray then landing on the wire arch for just long enough to shake their feathers before they launched themselves into the water again. There were at least three different species because I recognised western gerygones (which I'd never noticed in our garden before although they are known to breed at Lake Karrinyup Country Club which is only a short distance from where I live), singing honeyeaters and brown honeyeaters but I'm pretty sure there were others - and all so intent on their shower bath that they were paying no attention to the others.

Then, once the sprinklers were off, the brown honeyeaters put on a spectacular display of aerial acrobatics swooping in elegant twists and turns as they snatched insects out of the air. It was a rare sight and extraordinary to watch.


Satima Flavell said...

Wow, what an amazing experience! When I lived in a house (as opposed to a bed-sit flat) I used to love to watch birds playing in the sprinkler's fountain. Parrots seemed to be the main visitors, and they did a lot of excited squarking as they had their shower!

Where I live now I can watch flocks of birds at this time of year - often pink-breasted galahs, but sometimes the rare black cockatoo species - chattering excitedly as they feed in the trees across the road. The rest of the year is birdless, so it must be some kind of favourite seed they come to find. They fly in from one direction and leave in another, so it seems to be part of a daily journey. I never see them going home at night, so they must have s different route for that.

I can see why some people get really hooked on bird-watching!

Helen V. said...

The birds are a joy, Satima, and we see a lot here because we're surrounded by golf courses and reserves.. The black cockatoos migrate through our suburb, too, to feed on a particular tree at Star Swamp Reserve a few kilometres from us.