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.


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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


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  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… !

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