Birdwatching and Photography of Australian Birds.
Welcome to my Birding Website where you can view weekly posts and Learn about our beautiful Australian Birds.
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Musk Duck male
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“What Birds Teach Us” 2nd Edition: Improved and Enlarged
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The Enjoyable Daily Experience of the Humble Birdbath
One of the most enjoyable experiences we have each day is watching our local native birds drink, wash and cool off at our birdbaths. This can be quite entertaining. Birdbaths can be purchased from Garden and Landscape Centres or homemade by just fixing a large dish or bowl, firmly to a small table or very secure base. It is important the bowl does not move when birds land on it, otherwise they may not return.
Refill it with fresh water daily and clean it weekly, and let the birds do the rest. We have found having a large and small bath next to each other advantageous, as it allows several birds to make use at the same time.
In Australia the land of drought and hot summers water is the bird’s most pressing need. Providing a constant source of clean water is the best we can do for our native birds, and a birdbath is the most practical means.
All birds need water, especially in times of drought. They need to drink and bathe and cool off, just like we do. The best thing you can do for your local birds is to buy or build a birdbath or two, and keep it filled daily, and cleaned weekly. If you want to feed your birds, in particular the many honeyeaters we have, plant nectar producing native shrubs, especially Bottlebrush (Callistemon) and Grevillea.
Plant native fruit trees, these include varieties of native fig, Lilly Pilly and other native fruit trees trees as most of our birds are fruit eaters. Many birds are small seed eaters so allow your grass to seed at the end of summer and any other seed producing plants.
female Figbird enjoying native figs
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