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November 23, 2015 / diannegray

The week of the day of the birth

It’s been very noisy at the RUC in the last few days. The reason for this cacophony of sound is the onset of fruit (namely lichees and mangos). These sweet suckers attract all sorts of creatures. A few months back the trees were alive with bees (and we should all love those humble little honey makers) and now its birds. Okay, no jokes about the birds and the bees.

The birds currently taking over our airspace are Rainbow Lorikeets. They usually arrive in the hundreds the week of my birthday – but this year they’ve arrived in the thousands.

It’s nice to be so popular 🙂

I tried to photograph them, but because of their colour they are virtually invisible in the trees. So I thought I’d take a short video to show you just how noisy these beautiful creatures are in the wild. I’m taking this from the front porch of the RUC so I am about four metres up. Imagine how hard this would be if I was at ground level – these trees are TALL.

It was also raining, so the squabbling birds were competing with the sound of the rain.


Notice how noisy they are? The trees are filled with them, but they’re so hard to see.

After I took the video, a lone lorikeet sat on a branch away from the others and let me take a shot (isn’t that always the way). I named this lone lorikeet The Introvert.

The Introvert

At sunset I noticed the sky had taken on a very pink hue. I took a photo but it’s not nearly as spectacular as how the sky looked in ‘real life’.


My birthday is this week so I’ll be celebrating with family and friends (and, of course, the birds).

Father-in-law and hubby are both on the mend and all news is good on the health front. A huge thank you for all your best wishes in the comments in my last post. They worked!

xxxx Have a great week! xxxxx


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  1. Theo Fenraven / Nov 23 2015 7:00 am

    Love the video. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 7:28 am

      YAY – it worked! I hadn’t posted a YouTube video for so long I’d almost forgotten how to do it 😀


      • Theo Fenraven / Nov 23 2015 10:02 am

        And they keep changing things so you’re never sure if you’re up-to-date or not. 🙂

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      • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 10:21 am

        It usually takes another password change which stuffs every thing else up. They don’t make it easy 😉


  2. Polysyllabic Profundities / Nov 23 2015 7:03 am

    I do love the sound of birds! We have just received our first blanket of snow so our view is very monochromatic compared to yours (which is stunning). Happy week of the day of your birth. xxxx


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 7:31 am

      I’m so glad you like the sound of the birds. They are still there squawking and chattering as I’m writing this 😉 And thank you so much for the birthday best wishes xxxxx

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  3. JackieP / Nov 23 2015 7:30 am

    wonderful shots Dianne! Even if the birds are noisy. It’s good that the men folk are on the mend….I didn’t know they were sick! I have missed a post it seems……well darn it all. xxx


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 8:59 am

      Those birds are very noisy indeed, Jackie! You didn’t miss much by missing a post because it’s all good now 😀


  4. tw / Nov 23 2015 7:43 am

    Beautiful! And I am so glad that all is heading the right direction – thats the best present a birthday can bring 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 9:00 am

      Absolutely correct there! What a great birthday gift xxxx


  5. Carrie Rubin / Nov 23 2015 7:46 am

    Oh my, they are loud. But what a wonderful feast of nature you live near! That sunset is gorgeous. So happy to hear your FIL and husband are mending well. Of course, how you all manage to get any sleep with those birds around is anyone’s guess. 😉


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 9:01 am

      Luckily they all snuggle down for the night and are very quiet (I think I’d go nuts if they didn’t) 😉
      I see Eating Bull is doing very well on Amazon. Well done, Carrie, it’s an awesome book! 😀


      • Carrie Rubin / Nov 23 2015 9:22 am

        Thank you! As for doing well on Amazon, I don’t know that I’d go that far, but hopefully I can continue to get it in front of some new eyes. 🙂

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  6. EllaDee / Nov 23 2015 8:14 am

    Happy Birthday:) I wish you glorious days. I love November/December and our fellow Sagi birthdays. Mine this week too… then I must attend to this moving house business!


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 9:03 am

      Happy Birthday to you too, Dale. I knew we had close birthdays, but wasn’t sure of your exact date. We Sags are wonderful human beings! 😀

      Happy moving. I’m excited! 😀

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  7. anotherday2paradise / Nov 23 2015 8:34 am

    Oh how lovely to have such a magnificent visitation! I saw the rainbow lorikeets when we visited Cairns and one came and sat on hubby’s shoulder. They are really noisy bunch en masse, but the Introvert was so kind to pose for you. I’m happy to hear that all is well on the health front, and wish you a very happy birthday week, Dianne. Love the sunset photo. 😘


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 9:05 am

      They are certainly a chatty lot those Rainbow Lorikeets! One year some of them got injured and I looked after them for a few days, maybe that’s why more and more keep coming 😉

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  8. jmgoyder / Nov 23 2015 8:39 am

    Happy birthday and I LOVE the video and the photos!


  9. Luanne / Nov 23 2015 9:26 am

    What a relief about the health issues! Hernia surgery is not pleasant, I know. Ugh poor guy. Kana is trying to bite my hands to keep me from typing (I think she’s hungry), so I played the lorikeet video for her hahaha. That entertained her.You live in a magical place, Dianne.


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 10:15 am

      I’m so glad Kana liked the video, Luanne! She would have a ball here 😀

      Thanks so much for the good wishes for hubby. He waited far too long to have the surgery so I’m really relieved that it eventually went well. He’s really good at putting things off until the last moment 😉


  10. Janna G. Noelle / Nov 23 2015 9:54 am

    Happy Birthday, Dianne! This is also the week of the day of my birth; if memory serves, we’re within a day or two of each other. Sadly for me, the only thing from nature that shows up to celebrate my birth is usually temperatures in the negative and depending on where in the country I find myself, a chance of snow!


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 10:18 am

      Happy Birthday to you too, Janna! I knew yours was somewhere around mine as well xxx Go Sagittarius! 😀


  11. Britt Skrabanek / Nov 23 2015 9:55 am

    Golly, that is so loud! Birds never bother me though. They can sing their heads off and I can’t get mad at them.

    Glad health is on the upswing over there. Happy Birthday, lovely!


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 10:20 am

      I actually don’t notice them after a while. Sometimes when my sister calls me she asks if I’m at a bird sanctuary because it’s normally quite noisy here – these ones just add to the mix 😀
      Thank you for the birthday wishes , my darling! xxxx

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  12. nrhatch / Nov 23 2015 11:19 am

    Happy Birthday! Glad everyone’s recuperating nicely.


    • diannegray / Nov 23 2015 1:26 pm

      Thanks, Nancy! It should be a lovely week 😀


  13. Zen A. / Nov 23 2015 4:02 pm

    Thank you for the warning – I’m at work so I made sure to lower the volume, haha. They’re such pretty birds though!

    I’m glad everyone’s doing well. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a super fantastic one! 😀


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 2:52 pm

      I’m glad you got the warning, Zen – the people at work would think a load of birds had just broken in through the window 😀

      Thank you for the birthday wishes 😀


  14. davidprosser / Nov 23 2015 5:01 pm

    Penblwydd Hapus Dianne, I hope you have a wonderful day. I love the lorikeets no matter how much noise they make. What beautiful birds you invite to your party.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 2:53 pm

      Awww thank you David 😀 I think you have one of these as a pet (or am I mistaken?) they are absolutely beautiful birds! 😀


  15. ramblingsfromamum / Nov 23 2015 7:08 pm

    They are noisy little buggas aren’t they! But they are gorgeous. They are just warming their vocal chords for Thursday…sshhh did I say that? Glad that hubs and FIL are recovering. The power of positive thought/s ☺️. Beautiful sunset pic..oh and SO JEALOUS mangoes and lychees indeed!! Hugs gorgeous. xxx❤️


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 2:54 pm

      You’ve got a brilliant memory, Jen 😀

      I love your hugs, too! xxxxx

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Nov 24 2015 4:05 pm

        Lol at times perhaps. You watch Thursday will rock around and I’ll forget! Hugs are always good xxx❤️😊

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  16. the eternal traveller / Nov 23 2015 7:37 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! Those birds are lucky to have as many mangoes as they want for dinner.


  17. Kate Johnston / Nov 23 2015 9:27 pm

    Wow! That’s some noise! But so pretty. I have trouble capturing the brilliant colors of sunsets and sunrises in photographs too. But your photo is still quite lovely. Happy birthday!!


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 2:56 pm

      Thanks, Kate 😀 They get drunk on the mango and lichee juice so today they have been screeching even louder 😀

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes xxx

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  18. danniehill / Nov 23 2015 10:31 pm

    Wonderful post full of bird noises. We grow Lichee and Mangoes on our farm in Thailand and here in Florida we have several trees of each. In Thailand we have a bird called the Termic that has the color of termic. It also makes a squawking sound that isn’t unpleasant. I know you’ll enjoy the quite after they move on, but do enjoy them while they are there.


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 2:58 pm

      I absolutely love these birds, Dannie. They are almost too drunk to move along just yet, but I’ll be sad when they’re gone. I’ve never seen a Termic and am off to Google it now 😀


  19. Jill Weatherholt / Nov 24 2015 12:03 am

    Happy Birthday, Dianne! I think the birds are singing for you. 🙂
    The sunset photograph is spectacular!


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 2:59 pm

      I’m so glad you like it, Jill. I spotted it and raced inside to get my camera. I was lucky it was still so pink when I came back out again 😀

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes xxxx

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  20. cocoaupnorth / Nov 24 2015 12:27 am

    Wow, you’ve got quite a lovely melody over there. And that gorgeous sky is for framing. Best wishes for your upcoming birthday, Dianne. Have fun:-)


  21. avwalters / Nov 24 2015 12:35 am

    Colorful birds for your birthday!! I am impressed. When I was really little, I thought that autumn color happened for my birthday. (Part of me still thinks that.) So glad to hear that the health worries have resolved. Have a wonderful birthday!


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 3:05 pm

      They are very colourful birds, Alta. Yesterday it wasn’t raining and I thought a new film of them in the sunshine would highlight their colours, but I had a glass of wine and couldn’t be bothered filming again (haaa, I’m so lazy sometimes) 😉

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes xxxx

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      • avwalters / Nov 24 2015 3:09 pm

        A glass of wine…that’s not lazy…it’s prioritizing.


      • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 3:13 pm

        Absolutely. Cheers 😉

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  22. jannatwrites / Nov 24 2015 12:53 am

    Awesome birds! I’m glad they came in droves to celebrate your birthday. Enjoy your time with family 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 3:06 pm

      Thank you, Janna. I have been having a brilliant time with friends and family and there will be more to come on the weekend (if the birds let them through) 😀 xxxx


  23. mcwoman / Nov 24 2015 1:46 am

    Thanks for the pictures. I always love to see what your world is like. Someday I hope to visit your country. And, Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful week.


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 3:07 pm

      Thank you, Barb! It’s wonderful to be able to see glimpses of other parts of the world – there are such beautiful things out there 😀


  24. beeblu / Nov 24 2015 7:44 am

    Happy Birthday, Dianne. 🙂 Those lorikeets sure are noisy critters! Beautiful birds with terrible voices. We don’t get them in such large crowds, only a couple of pairs during Autumn, when they come and feast on our camellia bushes, and they “chat” to each other. Love your sunset photo. It’s exquisite.


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 3:10 pm

      Those lorikeets are getting drunker and noisier by the day. The fruit ferments and they become like a group of rowdy teenagers LOL 😉

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and I’m so glad you love the sunset – it was awesome xxxx

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  25. Charissa / Nov 24 2015 2:00 pm

    Mmmm. Mangos. Now you have me drooling. Hope you have an awesome birthday and that those birds don’t make you deaf.


    • diannegray / Nov 24 2015 3:12 pm

      Haaaa – I’m not deaf yet, Char 😀 I’m so glad they settle down to sleep at sunset. I feel like I’ve got a house full of children again and am loving my peaceful nights 😉

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  26. Sheila / Nov 25 2015 2:17 am

    It looks like the lorikeets could blend in with the sunset too. Your photo is so beautiful – it’s hard to imagine it being even better in real life. I hope you have a wonderful birthday and have fun celebrating and partying with those lorikeets!


    • diannegray / Nov 25 2015 11:31 am

      Thanks so much, Sheila. Those birds got so drunk from the fruit that they’re all napping now! LOL 😀


  27. Roy McCarthy / Nov 25 2015 7:12 am

    Happy birthday Dianne. That is a great vid. Here you’d get letters to the paper complaining about the noise 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 25 2015 11:34 am

      The noise is amazing, Roy. Now they’re just starting to settle down after a week of drunken debauchery (they actually get drunk as the fruit ferments in their stomach). I might start playing loud music to wake them up from their hangovers! 😀

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  28. jmmcdowell / Nov 25 2015 9:35 am

    Wow, they are an earful, aren’t they! But thanks to that introvert, I can see they’re also visually striking! I hope you’re enjoying your birthday week, and it’s great to hear that your husband and father-in-law are on the mend. That’s a wonderful way to head into the Christmas season. 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 25 2015 11:38 am

      It’s fantastic having everyone well and healthy in the house 😀

      I am enjoying my birthday week and it’s lovely to share my birds (and their noise) with you 😉


  29. Kourtney Heintz / Nov 26 2015 6:38 am

    Happy Birthday! I hate how the pink of sunsets never translates into photos. Those birds are too cute!


    • diannegray / Nov 27 2015 8:56 am

      Thank you so much, Kourtney 😀

      The colours of nature are so beautiful and I think when ‘you’re there witnessing it’ there is a truly magical feeling that’s hard to translate. I just loved that sunset 😀


  30. ramblingsfromamum / Nov 26 2015 7:38 am

    Sings in her best morning voice…. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU GORGEOUS LADY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!! I hope you have a totally awesome day, being spoilt, living the dream in that beautiful part of the world that you live in. You are very special and I have appreciated your friendship albeit virtual. Thank you for following me and your kindness always. Many hugs on this your very special day and may you celebrate many many more. Hugs oh and say hi to your mum for me. 🎂🎉🎈🎁😘😘😘


    • diannegray / Nov 26 2015 7:42 am

      Hi, Jen – you are such a darling! I love your ‘best morning voice’! And all those pretty present pictures are awesome! Love you sweetie xxxxxx

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Nov 26 2015 7:56 am

        You are so welcome..just glad you didn’t really hear it…it wasn’t pretty. … Love you too xx❤️💐xx


  31. Susan A Eames / Nov 27 2015 5:48 am

    Happy Birthday, Dianne. Love the birds!


    • diannegray / Nov 27 2015 8:57 am

      Thank you, Susan! It’s been a fantastic week xxxx


  32. ParentingIsFunny / Nov 29 2015 5:52 am

    Another piece of loveliness! Do the birds leave any fruit for you? And happy birthday from me as well! Get someone to train those birds to chirp happy birthday to you. I just hope that doesn’t mean you’d have to share your cake with all of them! 🙂


    • diannegray / Nov 30 2015 6:55 am

      They decimate the fruit, unfortunately. But there is still some left on the lower branches which is great because the trees are so large we would never be able to reach the top to pick it anyway 😀 We don’t mind sharing 😉
      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes and I really must teach those birds to chirp Happy Birthday – that would be awesome! xxx


      • ParentingIsFunny / Nov 30 2015 7:16 am

        At least the fruit doesn’t go to waste! Best of luck in your bird training!


  33. Letizia / Dec 1 2015 2:51 am

    wow, that’s noisy!! It must be hard to concentrate with all of that noise…. or perhaps you tune it out after a while. I’m so happy to hear that your husband and father-in-law are improving. I wish them continued good health and wish you a rocking good birthday!


    • diannegray / Dec 1 2015 10:57 am

      Thanks so much, Letizia. Hubby and father-in-law are both doing very well now. We went to the local bowling club for my birthday dinner and I won $500 in the birthday draw! wow, what a great night I had 😀

      Liked by 1 person

      • Letizia / Dec 1 2015 11:21 am

        What fun! You’ll have to let us know if you treat yourself to something fun with the prize money!

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  34. pommepal / Dec 2 2015 8:02 pm

    Hope you had a happy and restful birthday Dianne. It always amazes me how such a raucous squawk comes out of such a lovely colourful bird. Did they leave you any fruit?


    • diannegray / Dec 5 2015 6:38 am

      They took most of the fruit from really high up in the trees, Pauline (which is great because we can’t reach it!) But the lower branches are still full – they’re very thoughtful! LOL 😀

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  35. agjorgenson / Dec 4 2015 11:29 am

    The sound is amazing! And I love all of the photos. I hope you had a very happy birthday, and have a rich and healthy year.


    • diannegray / Dec 5 2015 6:45 am

      Thank you so much, Allen. The birthday was great. I wish you a rich and healthy year as well xxx

      Liked by 1 person

  36. tchistorygal / Dec 14 2015 9:03 am

    Wow! those are some noisy birds! Happy birthday! I celebrated mine last month. Nothing like a good birthday party to cheer one up. My friends and I celebrated all our birthdays on my birthday. We went to lunch then out to a movie. So fun to celebrate with dear friends, no matter what our age. It never gets old to celebrate the joy of being alive. 🙂 Love you much and so glad you were born, Dianne. 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 14 2015 10:51 am

      Thank you so much, Marsha. I love you too and life just wouldn’t be the same without you (and your beautiful, thoughtful comments here) xxxx

      Liked by 1 person

  37. Lynda / Dec 15 2015 3:32 am

    I’m sorry I missed the event of your birthday, Dianne, but I am certain it was a wonderful day. Your video of the Lorikeets visiting reminded me of the bird house in the San Diego Zoo in California. They had one just for the Lorikeets and gave us little cups of nectar to feed them with. They are as lovely as they are noisy! 🙂


    • diannegray / Dec 15 2015 10:22 am

      Thank you for the birthday wishes – I had a great time! I might just see if I can get some nectar next year when the lorikeets return and hopefully they’ll be more willing to have their photos taken 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  38. Piper George / Mar 30 2016 7:15 am

    Beautiful bird.

    Liked by 1 person


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