Backyard birding daily brings us enjoyable encounters, be they from the birdbaths, the TV aerial next door or our Bottlebrush and Frangipani trees, all of which are viewed from our enclosed courtyard, where we often have birds come and visit, even while we entertain guests, which adds an even more enjoyable experience shared. Yesterday I watched as Butch our alpha male Grey Butcherbird came to the birdbath, an experience we often miss, as he is seldom seen bathing only drinking. It was a hot Summer day so he took the dive after having a drink.
The hot day before his offspring appeared at the bath. Now this little guy, Butch Junior, was not quite sure what to do, and was a bit unsure. The Noisy Miner kindly [boldly as Miners are] came and demonstrated how to take a bath. Finally he did, though I did not catch the brief encounter, only it copying its father to the tee, by wiping its beak in the same place on the tree before departure.
Looking up to the TV aerial next door where we usually catch activity daily, being the tallest point on the hill since council removed our eucalypt tree, this male Crested Pigeon is displaying to a female. It appears she is being chased by a couple of males, which are probably the ones I showed you were born in our tree last winter. They are preparing for the next Autumn nesting in a couple of months.
Finally, we had a visit from our daughter with her new dog Coby. The dog was in our courtyard quite unaware, and we were also at first, as to why 12 Noisy Miners flew in being summoned for a mobbing episode, as they saw the dog as an unknown unidentified threat. This is a good example of how the coalition work at guarding their territory. If I had left them to their resources they would eventually have attacked the dog and bitten it, driving it away from their birdbaths, which they were wanting to use.
Have a most enjoyable week and stay safe. Though restrictions are easing, the virus is even more active as people make themselves more vulnerable. We may have a break for a few weeks from posting as we set our on our holiday birding the western birds of our state. It will be hot, and not the best time to go, but we are so desperate to see another lifer, and so in need of a break away, we are going anyway.
One of the unique sales techniques for my first book is the little card that many of my clients place below the book. The QR card takes them to my promo video, which gives them an introduction to my book. They are delighted how it increases sales and interest in the book. You might try it out:
If you have not already checked out my website pages on birding go to my Home Page, there have been recent inclusions. Bird Sanctuary is worth a look if you want to see how you can learn helpful counselling tips from the birds for a happier healthier life, especially dealing with anxiety and stress, but from a Christian perspective. You may find it interesting and helpful, as it is not religious as such, but shows how the teachings of Jesus in the Bible are very relevant to us today. Much of modern counselling was formed from Biblical teaching, and continues to help people today. Forgiveness Therapy, which is now employed by secular counselors, has been a Christian counselling therapy since Jesus first taught it. It doesn’t hurt to take a look.