The last few days at Robertson have been truly balmy.
And they have been heavenly days for the local birds.
The Brown Cuckoo-Doves have been around and calling.
This afternoon, one was drinking
from the roof of the Shipping Container
which we are using as a storage shed.
|Brown Cuckoo-Dove on powerline at George's place|
Silvereyes were busy looking for Aphids
amongst the dense shrubbery below the house.
|Aphids under leaves of a Camellia|
A male Golden Whistler perched boldly in an Acacia mearnsii
lower down the yard.
Here is a previous photo - not great,
but it shows the colour well enough.
|Golden Whistler - male|
A Shining Bronze-Cuckoo called prominently
for about 15 minutes at mid-morning.
We even saw the bird clearly for a few moments.
A rare clear viewing for these normally secretive birds
(at least hard to see in a rainforest habitat).
The Black Cockies have been around for the last few weeks,
and the youngsters keep up their incessant nagging squarks.
As Brendan says, its something only a parent could love
(and even then, its pretty hard to put up with, surely?)
|2 Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flying from a Pine Tree|
I mentioned that the insects have been around in masses,
as you might have noticed from the aphid photo.
This one was a big surprise.
Brendan found it underneath a piece of plywood, under the house.
This is a King Cricket.
I have only seen one once before, in a rotted log up on Knights Hill.
So it was a surprise to find it under my house.
They seem to like dark, moist places to hang out in.
|King Cricket - note the spurred legs, and large body.|
After a full day "on duty" Lena decided she needed a rest.
|Lena - asleep in the afternoon sun|
Who am I to tell her she hadn't been working THAT hard?