The weather has not been all that kind for birds here this Spring and many species we have previously seen in Spring have not returned, as I shared last week. So as I took a mindful walk through my local Oatley Park last week, I focused in on some the beautiful common sights and simply appreciated them. As I commenced my walk I started seeing several beautiful stems of the tiny Hyacinth Orchid flowers beside the track. As you can see when the flowers are closely examined they are so intricately and beautifully painted by the Most Amazing Artist. I just delighted in their single leafless stem structure, that rose up our of the rocky ground. Here was color and pattern at their best.
The forest was quiet but for the joyful calls of the Rainbow Lorikeet feeding high on the eucalypt blossom, however I could not see them. But I did see and here this lone Australian Magpie as it warbled continuously, as they do, resting in the shade
. These birds are often seen talking to another Magpie nearby, often barely within earshot. Because these birds have more acute hearing than humans, you often can not detect the sound of the other bird it is communicating to. Magpie language is one of the most complex of all birds, and since Magpies are one of the most intelligent birds, they live lives not dissimilar to our own. I sighted this Magpie father disciplining his juvenile for continuously begging when he was trying to get it to fend for itself, while the mother looked on. This occurred near our home earlier in the day.
As I walked around the ponds I noticed a very quiet pair of juvenile Chestnut Teal swimming together, possibly from this years clutch earlier. They could easily be missed by a not so discerning eye.
As I walked around the ponds there were very few birds, which is unusual for this time of year. There would normally be several families of waterbirds and their chicks, but I did detect this Dusky Moorehen feeding her two remaining chicks water weed. These waterbirds usually have large clutches which become very vulnerable out on the water to predation. Hence the meaning of the saying ‘like a sitting duck‘ which is why they need to keep on the move and stay covered under hanging bushes as much as possible while very young. While I could hear the Rainbow Lorikeet noisily feeding at the tops of the tall eucalypt trees I could not see them. However, at home in our courtyard in the last couple of weeks there has been a noisy host of Rainbows busily feeding on our native Endeavour Bottlebrush flowers, one of their favorite nectar flowers. Unlike our Honeyeaters, these birds extract nectar by flicking it into their mouths with their tongue, rather then sucking it up through the retractable straw-like tongue if the Honeyeater.
That is all for today, as bird numbers and varieties have been disappointing this Spring. Have a wonderful week and enjoy your birds and the beautiful places they live. Don’t forget this Christmas to purchase gifts that will develop and grow your loved ones into their future. My books are designed to do just that, and at the same time teach interesting facts about our amazing Aussie birds. Click here to find out more.
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