There’s been more chirping around the RUC in the past few weeks. I’ve got two Red Finch nests on the side of the house and those little cuties make a lot of noise demanding food. I haven’t climbed up the side of the house to take pictures of them for two reasons:
1. I don’t want to disturb the nests because the parent birds are very sensitive to interference and may not come back if they think I’ve had my big mug peeking into their nests
2. I’m too clumsy on a ladder and I don’t think you want me to break a limb trying to get a pic for you.
These are what the parents look like, so you will have to imagine how cute their offspring are. I’ll try and get a pic when the chicks are learning to fly.
I was very excited the other day because I found something extraordinary. Most people don’t get as excited as I do over birds, but this one is special. The Torresian Imperial Pigeon used to be prolific in this area, but were nearly pushed to extinction in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They were thought of as pests and were easy targets for recreational shooting. They also have a large breast (like a chicken) so were eaten regularly by early settlers.
Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve seen one and here it is hiding in the tree outside the RUC.
After I spotted the pigeon and calmed myself, a family of plovers wandered into the yard. They have three chicks so I got a nice shot of one.
Then a fledgling of indeterminable species called out to me from a tree to my left. Its mouth was still open and screaming when I took the pic.
Sheesh – I feel like Dr Doolittle sometimes. Maybe they’re trying to tell me something!
Okay, as if my day wasn’t already full of excitement I saw this calf in the paddock of a property close by and wanted to
take it home give it a cuddle.
During the afternoon dog walk I spotted these two very pretty butterflies mating (wow – life is SO full around here).
Now I’m off to have a pre-Christmas wine.
xxxHave a great week!xxx