Birdwatching and Photography of Australian Birds.
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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.
I often get asked: “What can I do to attract our native birds to my backyard?” or “Is it alright to put seed, fruit or meat out for birds?” 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.
Australia is the home of several of the worlds most aggressive birds. Feeding native birds can not only lead to a dependence but more so to aggression from particular bird species, which can result in personal and property damage. Australian birds can find food most of the time and it is in their own interest to do that.
All birds need water, especially in time of drought which has been 4 years now for us. 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
Be aware that if you grow edible fruit for your family, you may have to cover and seal off the tree while it fruits to protect from birds by day and Flying Foxes and Possums by night. Leave a tree or part thereof with ripening fruit just for them to enjoy.
OK I have a birdbath, so what is the best place to position it for the birds to use?
* A shady spot under a tree is best with easy access and escape routes from all sides. Birds are very wary of being hemmed in.
* Close access points to the birdbath are important as many birds never fly straight to it, they like to inspect it for safety beforehand. Tree branches, posts and garden furniture are examples, which need to be above the height of the birdbath (see photo above).
* Make sure it is safe from marauding cats, and young children, so the bath needs to be high enough and far enough away from danger.
* Birds have a safety buffer so give them space to enjoy the experience, and you will also. View from a window inside or at a distance of at least 10 feet till you earn their trust. Most native birds are cautious and fear humans. They think faster than us and have a much faster response as well as possessing more sensitive sight and hearing than we do.
* It is interesting that when I have been away for several days and return to empty birdbaths and no birds to be heard or seen anywhere, seconds after refilling them and making my way upstairs, several birds race to the water and immediately call and splash and drink together. Yes. they are watching and sometimes even waiting for me to return, especially on a hot day. Even though these birds are wild, they have become my friends.
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