Autumn is a busy time for the birds in our Blackheath garden. So many seeds to snack on, so many fallen leaves to scrabble about in. And I swear there are those who just know they look good against a blaze of colour. The cheeky rascal below thinks his golden crest makes a perfect centrepiece.
Wattle Birds have their pretty yellow ‘undercarriage’ to display against a matching background.
Butcher birds are inclined to live up to their name, so tiny feathered creatures steer clear if they value their lives. Just look at that wicked beak.
This beautiful little Eastern Yellow Robin was drying off among the Japanese maple leaves after a morning bath.
The tulip trees would have to be among the autumn favourites here, especially among the bigger birds..
Here is a female king parrot feeding in the maples. They also love the petals of autumn flowering camellias.
The brightly coloured male king parrot knows he looks good.
Sometime the birds simply sit and gaze at nature’s beauty, just as I do myself.
There are a few negatives of course. For example, the Wonga does not appreciate autumn leaves in his bath. Honestly, he could get them out instead of sitting there looking so aggrieved.
The currawong looks a little bemused by the new ‘carpet’.
For the rosella, the autumn foliage from pin oaks is a sheer delight.
A dear old Kookaburra, no doubt hoping a few lizards will be out basking in April sunshine.
Here he is again, hanging out in the oak tree.
Last but not least, the Satin Bowerbird is on maintenance duty until spring. Lots of his blue treasures have been stolen, and he is kept busy chasing off rival males. He has given up trying to clear those encroaching leaves.
Such a special time of year in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Sadly, far fewer people will be able to enjoy it in 2020.
In these dark days, let there be light!