Here are a few photos of some of the daily visitors - first some of Sam's friends - the wild Galahs.
Next are some native Crested Pidgeons - these make an unusual sound with their wings when flying. I have a regular family who wait for food to be put out every day, they roost at night in a neighbour's tree.
There are a few regular visitors that I can actually recognise individually, like this Little Corella who is a loner and not part of a flock. He's unusual because he has a pink tinge to his feathers, and Little Corellas are normally white. He has come to know me so well that he now calls to me for food morning and evening, and will fly down as soon as it's in the feeders. He will let me approach within a few feet of him, he's quite bold. I have nicknamed him 'Pinky' for obvious reasons.
There are also regular visits from flocks of about 60 Little Corellas, but I haven't taken any photos of them as yet. Some people say they are destructive and regard them as a nuisance, but to be honest I have not seen any evidence of that here. I like to think they repay me for feeding them by behaving themselves!
Another type of parrot which visited recently is the Long-billed Corella. Pinky may be a cross-breed between a Little Corella and a Long-billed Corella. I haven't seen this species until very recently, and I've lived here for 20 years.
All the other birds in this post are native, but the Blackbird is an introduced species which is very common here. So what's so special about blackbirds in my garden? Well, these ones have been nesting in my hanging baskets for years, and recently produced three chicks. The plant you see them nesting on top of is right outside my bedroom window, in my back patio where I go to sit often every day. The parent birds fly in and out, feeding their young only a few feet away from where I sit and are quite unafraid of me. When the chicks fledge and leave the nest, they are so used to me that I can walk right up to them. As I was taking these photos, the chicks decided to leave the nest. I wasn't quite quick enough with the camera to get the third one!
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