Our property is mostly surrounded by State Forrest. We have many birds that come into the yard to feed on the seed that I put out in five different places. The feeders are refilled every day and the birds seem to enjoy spending time with us sitting in the tree outside the bedroom.
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus Size 28cm
Australian King Parrot Alisterus scapularis Size 42cm
This little fella follows me around the yard and will let me know if the feeders are empty by a certain call that he makes. He has also been known to fly past your head and clip you with his wing if you ignore him. He loves to sit and chat and is the friendliest of the birds that visit us.
Baby King Parrot
Galah Cacatua roseicapilla Size 36cm
Female with pink eyes on the left and male with dark eyes on the right. These two have been coming into the yard for years. I have never seen them have chicks, so I am assuming that one of them is sterile.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita Size 45cm
Little Crow Corvus Bennetti Size 48cm
Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris Size 14cm
Pied Currawong Strepera graculina Size 50cm
Little Corella Cacatua pastinator Size 38cm
Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans Size 35cm
Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen Size 40cm
I found Dirty Bird on the side of the road one day with the parents nowhere to be seen. She was the second Magpie that I had raised and she couldn’t fly when I found her because she hadn’t developed her feathers and must have fallen from the nest. She fast became a member of the family and would go everywhere with us. She grew up to become a beautiful looking bird and eventually found a mate. At first she would return for a feed from time to time but eventually she found her place in the wild and we never saw her again.
George the Galah and Whizz the Cockatiel Leptolophus hollandicus Size 32cm
I found George in the backyard of my family home when I was sixteen years old. I tried to find an owner but ended up having to keep him in a cage until I got married with my own home and was able to provide him with a good size aviary. I had George for 22 years and he was very tame and you could do just about anything with him. He had a stand when he was inside and would fly around the house and land back on it and never on anything else. He would sit on his stand in my bedroom of a night and was never caged or restricted when inside. No fear of cats, if one of them tried to go after him he would attack them with his strong beak. It didn’t take the cats very long to work out that this was not a normal bird and so they left George alone.
One day he was sitting on his stand in the kitchen and I opened the glass door to go outside at the exact same time a flock of Galahs flew past the house chirping. George took off, flew out the door and chased after them. At first I wasn’t terribly concerned as he always came back if he escaped, but this particular day a storm hit us not long after and the wind that blew that day was gale force. Because of the storm I went out on the bike and spent the entire afternoon searching for him. Because the wind was blowing from the south I concentrated my search north of the house. Six hours I spent calling for him and searching all the trees around us. By the time I found him someone had run him over with their car on the road and I spent a solid week in tears. Out of all the pets I’ve owned over the years, losing George was the hardest.
Whizz was another bird that I found. He was in a car park in the town and was also not claimed by anyone. His original owner must have been a man because he loved Ears that much that he always had to be perched on his shoulder and would chirp and sing if Ears entered the room. When I broke my back we had to employ a boy to come clean the aviary where whizz would live during the day. He too was let out by mistake and we never saw him again in spite of us searching for him for days.
Poss scared the bejesus out of me one day when I went to move a box on a shelf in the main shed. She was sleeping in there and was the last thing that you’d expect to find considering we have so many trees around the house. Poss comes out of the shed every night and makes her way to one of the bird feeders and claims an apple that I put out for her. She also likes to eat the bird seed, and every now and then I give her almonds or cashews and she will sit in the feeder for ages crunching on them. I was hoping that she would have a baby possum this year as I heard her calling for a mate a few months ago, but unfortunately there has been no sign of one to date. I know that she is a female because a friend who is a wildlife career has confirmed that she is.
Echidnas, sometimes known as spiny anteaters, belong to the family Tachyglossidae in the monotreme order of egg-laying mammals. The four extant species, together with the platypus, are the only surviving members of the order Monotremata and are the only living mammals that lay eggs.
Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus funereus Size 60cm
Photo taken with an iPhone and is not very clear. I will endeavour to get a better photo in the future if I get a chance.
Huntsman spiders, members of the family Sparassidae, are known by this name because of their speed and mode of hunting. They also are called giant crab spiders because of their size and appearance. Larger species sometimes are referred to as wood spiders, because of their preference for woody places.
We find them inside the house now and then if Squiggles the cat hasn’t got to the spider first. She eats them 😆
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Size 48 cm
We have a lot of these on our dams. The one in the front of the photo is a juvenile.
Stay tuned there is more to come