Eastern Rosellas in my Back Yard

December 7, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Australia | 12 Comments

 

Dianella with berries

Dianella with berries

 

I stood at the back door a few mornings ago and watched an Eastern Rosella in the back garden. It was eating blue berries from the dianellas I have planted in the terrace garden, bending its bright red head to grab one, then, always alert for danger, immediately bobbing up again to see if it was still safe.

 

Where the dianella stem was long and too weak to climb onto, the rosella snipped it off neatly with its beak, held it in one clawed foot, and took the berries from the end.

 

IMG_3796 crop

Eastern Rosella looking for grass seeds in our yard

 

 

Having had enough of those, it flew up to where we allow the grass to grow and seed, specially for our backyard wildlife. It walked just behind the top terraced wall, its head popping up and down behind the wooden plank as it stripped the seeds from grass stalks that overhang the garden below,

 

While its head was down and it couldn’t see me from behind the plank, I gradually eased the door open and stepped outside. Eastern Rosellas are flighty, timid birds and I didn’t want to scare it.

 

However, it soon finished with the grass seeds and flew off to a neighbour’s fruit tree. It was obviously time for the next course in its ongoing meal.

 

I wish I’d had a camera to capture this beautiful bird at ease in our yard. Instead, I have added a couple of rosella photos I have taken before in our yard.

 

 

Eastern Rosellas on our bird feeded

Eastern Rosellas on our bird feeder

 

 

(c) Linda Visman

Advertisements

12 Comments »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

  1. What a beautiful bird, oh the colors! We don’t have those here, but what a joy to see in your photographs.

    • They sure are beautiful, Suzicate! These, plus the ones on my page header here, as well as King Parrots and Galahs (the pink & grey ones) provide colour to the garden and the environment. We love them. 🙂

  2. It must be wonderful to see such colourful birds in your garden!

  3. So beautiful 🙂 You’re very lucky to see them in your yard.

    • Yes, we are lucky, Margaret, but we make sure we get them by looking after the native trees and bushes and planting more where we can. 🙂

      • Yes, that’s very important. You are well rewarded by their visits 🙂

  4. Great post and pix Linda. I was thinking recently that we used to have so many varieties of birds in our garden and now there are so few. Such a shame.

    • Thanks Linda. I am always delighted when I see a new bird around. This spring, we’ve had a pair of King parrots around the yard – so beautiful!

  5. I love Rozellas. Used to live in Australia and miss sights like that.

    • We have so many beautiful & colourful birds around us, Susi. We are very fortunate to live where we live. 🙂 Hope you can get back to Australia one day. 🙂

      • Coming vack on a visit soon… !


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.

Myricopia

Exploring the Past to Improve the Future

Foxgloves and Bumblebees

A Nature Journal

L.T. Garvin

Eclectic blog: short fiction, poetry, humor, occasional dreams and wild book schemes.

Echidna Tracks

Australian Haiku

irevuo

art. popular since 10,000 BC

The Faery Whisperer

Colleen M. Chesebro ~ Novelist, Prose Metrist, & Word Witch

sketchings

Thel's Sketchings: Art, Photography, Musings & Short Stories

Learn Fun Facts

An Archive of Curious Facts for the Curious

backstorypress.com

A blog about writing and reading

roughwighting

Life in a flash - a weekly writing blog

Half Baked In Paradise

Searching, settling, sauteeing and spritzing

The Curry Apple Orchard

A blog designed to remember the past and celebrate the present.

barsetshirediaries

A site for the Barsetshire Diaries Books and others

Cee's Photo Challenges

Teaching the art of composition for photography.

Leigh Warren :: Country Music Outlaw

The ramblings of Leigh Warren about himself, country music and maybe... well who knows

Diane Tibert

~ writer -

Looking Back

With Mick Roberts. Est. Online 2000

Explore China

Four weeks of flying, cycling, hiking, cruising, eating and exploring

%d bloggers like this: