Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday Selections #322

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?   After running around like a decapitated chook it has been nice to spend time at home.  And necessary.  The smaller portion and I both weakened (separately) when bulb catalogues arrived and have bought slightly over 1000 bulbs.  So I have been weeding, weeding, and weeding some more to make room.  If all goes to plan we will put them in over Easter.


While at home I have been revelling in the birds.  Of course.

However, before I concentrate on the home front, one more from the National Gallery.  I noticed what I think is a bird's nest in the bottom of Neil Dawson's Diamonds.  As we go into autumn the birds have long since flown, but I will be watching next year.


 On the home front, I have often shown photos of one or other of us hand feeding King Parrots.


Recently a pair of clever cockatoos have shown interest in avoiding the queue on the bird feeders.

This one sits on a branch looking in through the lounge window...


So we have been offering him food.  And he has deigned to accept.  So far he is happiest eating from the tin we carry the seed in.  I have offered food on the palm of my hand which was accepted but he also bit me.  Not hard, but a bite just the same.



And on Friday, (before the smaller portion got up so no photos) this cockatoo and a friend both came down and ate from the tin.  I will have them hand feeding yet.  

Much of the garden is winding down for the year (except the weeds) but the begonias continue to give me joy.




And of course I have been sky-watching.




The little things are huge in my world.

161 comments:

  1. EC I would like to live in your house for a while and feed so great birds. Have a great Sunday. Gosia

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    1. Gosia k: It is a privilege. Not an everyday one, but quite often. I hope your weekend - and your time off is lovely.

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  2. 1000 bulbs? Holy moly!

    I would be a little nervous if that beak bit me.

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    1. Birdie: We are obsessional. And each bought them without telling the other. There is lots of work ahead.
      That beak could inflict some damage, but it only nipped me and didn't draw blood.

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    2. I have been bitten by a budgie before and it was an unbelievably strong beak for a small bird. I can imagine that beak breaking bones.

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    3. Birdie: It the cocky had 'meant' to bite I am certain it could break bones. It was only a nip and left a dent and no more.

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  3. Your collection of photos are always a real treat. I love your birds and your flowers, an impressive amount of bulbs. Would love to feed them and how about that 5 start hotel/nest? Quite a view they must have. Your sky photos are stunning :)

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    1. Denise inVA: You are so right about the 5 Star Nest. And their view would be lovely.

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  4. Over a 1000 bulbs. Wow-wee. Cool beans. I love that you get to feed them by hand. Here's to getting the rest of the weeds, out. Funny how they hold on, eh?

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    1. The Happy Whisk: My father always said 'if it grows well it is a weed'. He had a point. In our garden anyway.

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    2. True. Though some weeds I enjoy.

      Back to mudding I go. Boogie boogie.

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  5. It seems strange that a bird would rather put its head in a tin rather than eat from an outstretched palm, without biting it.

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    1. Andrew: I thought so too. However they watch the tin disgorge seed onto the feeder.

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  6. Your garden will be spectacular come spring!
    You will probably have the cockys eating from your hand by then, as well.

    Enjoy your Sunday
    xo

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    1. kylie: I hope so - on both counts. I hope your Sunday is lovely.

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  7. What is a chook? I love your birds, even the one that bit the hand that fed it.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer: I am sorry. I forget that some of our slang is not universal. A chook is a hen. The phrase is also used to describe people.

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  8. Wow, that's something, that bird nest where it is! Why not, I guess. Love the bright King Parrots. That is real beauty. I know you'll have those cockatoos eating from hand very soon. No doubt in my mind!

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    1. Strayer: That nest (and I am pretty certain it is a nest) would be safe from predators and have a stunning view. I hope you are right about the cockies. I really hope so.

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  9. Little things are the big things - the important things in our lives. Simplicity is simply beautiful and best.

    I've had a lovely wander with you and River this morning, enjoying the fruits of nature. My butcher birds are up early this morning, and are out the front of my cabin busily telling me about their Saturday night exploits.

    I hope the week ahead treats you well, EC...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: The little things are hugely important to me. They make my day (and sometimes break it). Our wattle birds are the first up. I hear them start up well before sparrow fart.
      I hope you and your furry overlords have a great week too.

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  10. Good God your gas EC, hand feeding no less. Its not hard to see intelligence sparkling within their little eyes. You'll have to leave out seed to appease their ravenous appetites, I suspect.

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    1. Spacer Guy: We are lucky. And have been buying our bird seed in twenty kilo bags for quite a while now.

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  11. is that a bird eating right out of your hand ? amazing

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    1. Linda Starr: It is amazing. Every time we smile and smile and smile.

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  12. Love the awesome photos. Lovely flowers and colorful birds. Enjoyed.

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  13. I never tire of a beautiful sky. And how wonderful to have cockatoos and parrots as an everyday occurrence!

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    1. Marty Damon: I never tire of the sky either. Cloudy today, ranging from fluffy white ones to grey weepers. And at the moment we have multiple cockatoos. And a pigeon or two. And corellas. And a wattle bird. Next time I look out it will have changed again.

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  14. Cool.
    I have a head injury.
    We must tok summore Upstairs
    at the RongWayPub
    (I call it that
    cuzz we're pariahs
    on the world, thus,
    we made it slowly but surely
    and invite others to follow).
    Im an NDE, believe-it-or-not,
    and this lifetime does NOT
    even compare to the one Upstairs.

    trustNjesus ALWAYS, dear.
    God bless your indelible soul.

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    1. kold_kadavr-flatliner: I am not a believer, but glad that you find comfort. This life is enough for me.

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  15. It seems like the most beautiful sunsets & wild birds are in Oz!!

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    1. fishducky: I have seen images of both all over the world which turned my eyes green.

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    1. only slightly confused: I say that. Often. As I trot out the door usually with camera in hand.

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  17. Animals are very smart when it comes to eating! I do hope the cockatoo doesn't bit anymore, but learns quickly that you are to be trusted.

    Beautiful skies and begonias. And 1000+ bulbs? I wouldn't know where to start ... but they will be a lovely sight next spring.

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    1. jenny_o: There will be photos in spring. Lots of photos. I hope that the cockatoo (and his friend) settle down soon. They do know already that there is food here.

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  18. Hello, what lovely birds and flowers to brighten our day. While your garden and flowers are winding down ours will be growing soon. I hope! It's really a beautiful weekend here, in the 70's but we still could have some really cold days and nights so no planting yet! Enjoy your week and you lovely birds, they are an incredible joy I'm sure.

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    1. Karen S.: We have a day of blissful rain today. No gardening, but the weeds will be easier to pull tomorrow. And you are so right about the birds. Feathered enchantment.

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  19. It's the little things that make life manageable - bearable, even. Your birds are so clever and handsome - and what skies! We had a really beautiful sky last night, too.
    I wish I had a big enough garden to plant over 1,000 Bulbs in - imagine how wonderful yours will look in the spring. And the begonias are lovely.

    [I loved the fact that you had to translate 'chook'! Your slang (some of which we share), and ours must sometimes seem impenetrable to others.]

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    1. Alexia: I was a bit surprised at the need to translate chook. But yes, some of our slang (and yours) IS impenetrable. The garden is large. And more garden means less lawn for himself to mow. Or not.

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  20. Thank you for bringing me these beautiful moments. I do so appreciate it

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    1. Martin Kloess: Thank you. It is my pleasure.

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  21. Beautiful everything here tonight, but I do favor that orange parrot. wow, such a gorgeous shade of color!!!!

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    1. Bookie: The King Parrots are beautiful. His mate is subtler in colour (a green head and beak) but still lovely. Very lovely.

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  22. The bite on the hand may have been a thank you nip, try again soon and see if he takes just the seed. I love your begonias. Your skies are much more colourful than mine.

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    1. River: Our skies have been a bit ho-hum for a few days, but they are often stunning. I am not certain quite why the cocky nipped me, but will work up to hand feeding it again. There are two which are interested and one of them is considerably more wary than the other.

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  23. There is such beauty around you, EC.

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    1. Marie Smith: This beauty addict is grateful. Very grateful.

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  24. Not a great fan of Sulphur Cresteds, after the buggers at Tamborine wrecked two mail boxes, a rain guage, and a great swathe of garden...

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    1. dinahmow: They can be destructive buggers. We have (mostly) been lucky.

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  25. Little things do make our day :)
    Wonderful that cockatoo, you were lucky it wasn't a nasty bite. The begonias, they look tuberous ones.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: They are tuberous begonias. Having discovered them, I feel in love. And yes, I was lucky that the cockatoo nipped rather than bit me.

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  26. Those are beautiful photos my friend.

    I think it's awesome that you're able to get birds eating from your hand!

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    1. Lon Anderson: Persistence - and luck. Rather a lot of luck.

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    2. Hi Elephant's Child, friend, just thought I'd let you know I've made a bit of a change once again, if you click on my name perhaps I'll see you there.

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    3. Lon Anderson: You change blogs more often than some people change their socks.

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  27. 1000 bulbs?! O.O
    I adore your birds. I want to live in your garden and feed your birds. I'll even weed in order to earn my keep.

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    1. River Fairchild: You will weed? I will even provide tea, punch, meals... And snark and laughter.

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  28. You will be busy planting all those bulbs. What a show you will have in Spring!!

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    1. CountryMum: I am busy now preparing the ground before the planting starts. And will curse myself (and himself) before they are all in the ground. I hope it will be worth it...

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  29. The little things are the world! Me ditto!

    Beautiful skies, beautiful birds, beautiful photos. I'm blown away that you feed the avian visitors by hand!

    The shut down garden will be beautiful too.

    Hope you're having a lovely Sunday.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: There are so many 'big' things which are ugly and out of our control. The little things are, as you say, the world to me. And I feel no shame.

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  30. My only experience of cockatoos is when they are in captivity and their voices are astounding. Are they as vocal when they're free-range?

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    1. Relatively Retiring. Their voices are indeed astounding, and when we can have a couple of dozen around at a time it can be deafening. The corellas are very little better. Many of our birds are beautiful. Few of them are musical.

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  31. The cockatoo is really cute eating in your hand.
    Your garden flowers are beautiful, and the sky is awesome.
    So, I love your photos.
    Have a nice time.

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    1. orvokki: Thank you so much. I hope your weekend is lovely.

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  32. !000? Wow! I'm glad you were not bleeding from that beak...Love the birds and flowers and you are right about small things looming large...Mine is a ten pound cat. Happy Sunday.

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    1. e: If the cockatoo had meant mischief I most definitely would have been bleeding. I am not at all surprised to hear your ten pound cat is looming large. He is beautiful and definitely has claimed a piece of your heart.

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  33. Beautiful globe, and unmistakeable photos of cockatoos.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. I love that globe - and we love our cockies. Noisy, destructive, incontinent vandals that they are.

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  34. I love the "little things" from your world. Always so good to see your beautiful photos. Thank you for the mental health break. (And glad you still have all your fingers and no major scars, in spite of being bitten by the cockie!)

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): Cockies can be amazingly precise with their beaks. My mother's bird used to pluck hairs from my father's ears. One at a time. Which I suspect hurt him more than the nip I received hurt me.
      Always glad to provide a mental health break for you. Hugs.

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  35. Hi EC - stunning photos and running commentary - love it. The little nest at the bottom of the sculpture is wonderful to see - I wonder who and what ... then the cockatoos lovely fun to have them around, the begonias aren't they gorgeous and blousy and that sky - fantastic colour ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I wonder about the owners of the nest too. Hopefully I will find out. Thank you for enjoying the window into my world.

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  36. Dear EC
    I just can't compete with the exotic birds that visit your garden, though I was very excited to see a robin in ours yesterday. When all we get are sparrows, starlings and an occasional pigeon or magpie, a bit of colour from a robin or blue tit is most welcome!
    Have a lovely week and enjoy those stunning skies.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: I would love to see a robin or a blue tit. And many of your birds are songsters. Most of ours are not.
      A wonderful week to you and yours.

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  37. You've certainly been busy in the garden buying over 1000 bulbs, and then all the weeding! I hope all does go to plan and you put them in over Easter.

    I love all of your photographs here lovely colours in the birds and flowers.

    Happy Sunday Wishes and have a good week ahead too.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I have been busy, and have a lot more to do yet. Fingers crossed we will get the bulbs in this week.
      Have a wonderful week.

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  38. Your wonderful world and way of living in it enchant me, Dear. As we enter capricious Spring here and revel in the sunny days, you are heading into Autumn. So our friendship always has a bit of everything in it! Thanks for your friendship <3

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. I am so grateful for the friends/sisters I have found in the blogosphere. And the love, the laughter and the learning.

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  39. Your photos are always so awesome. Just when I think oh that's my favorite photo,the next one is just as stunning. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you so much. Prepare for rather a lot of flowering bulb shots when spring comes round again.

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  40. I agree with Mason; I go from one pic to the next thinking, oh, wow, and again, oh wow! Especially neat you've got parrots eating out of your hand. I think I want begonias now, too.

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    1. mshatch: I really, really like tuberous begonias. They disappear over winter and pop up again the next year to delight me. And the hand feeding the birds caper always makes me smile. Very broadly.

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  41. Oh those begonias! They are stunning, and yes you will be having those birds eating (and not biting) out of your hand before long. :-)

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    1. DJan: I hope the cockatoos settle, but even feeding from the tin is an honour and a privilege.

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  42. 1000 bulbs??? Oh my God, just thinking of getting them in the ground makes my back ache. But I also envision the beautiful results in your spring and summer - the reward you deserve for all this hard work.
    I do envy you for your wonderful birds that eat out of your hand or a tin you're holding. This is never going to happen here; nevertheless I'm so happy with watching "my" birds and especially since the pair of hooded orioles arrived for the summer last weekend. We have been chatting with each other a lot since then...

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    1. Carola Bartz: My back will ache. The weeding impacts on my hips and knees but the planting will indeed remind me I have a back. It will be worth it. By the time things bloom the work and the pain will be a distant memory.
      Watching the birds is a never-ending, always changing joy isn't it?

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  43. You know I've been jealous of the beautiful birds that come into your garden? Well now I'm green with envy to see them actually eat out of your hand, even if they bite you! :D

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    1. LL Cool Joe: Most of the visitors don't eat from our hands. All of them are welcome though -even the biters.

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  44. You live in a movie set! Watch the birdies dearie, that one looks well cheeky, and I don't want your hand getting infected or anything. Beautiful skies as ever. Love the bird's nest where it is, art and nature combined, fabulous.

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    1. All Consuming: I suspect if the bite drew blood infection would be likely. And hot water and disinfection essential.
      Art and nature are frequently hand in hand - and I loved this version.

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  45. You live in a lovely world and I can tell you appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. I absolutely love those birds. Thanks for sharing as I am a bird person (smiling)

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    1. Truedessa: If I had to describe myself in one work it would be as an appreciator. A grateful appreciator. I am glad that our birds make you smile too.

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    2. Ah you know True Blue. She's my special friend.

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    3. Blue Grumpster: I do. And am so in awe of the way she makes words dance.

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  46. I love that you're a sky watcher. (the other shots were cool too :)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Of course I am a sky watcher. As you are.

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  47. I love the same little things you do. That's why I appreciate you so much. For me, it's always nice to return home and rest. But you just work harder. I can only imagine all that weeding. Thank you because I know you'll share pictures of those blooms once those 1,000 bulbs are planted.

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    1. Myrna R.: I find summer difficult. If I had done more in the garden in the summer the weeding wouldn't be as big a task as it is at the moment. But I slacked off and it is. And there will be many, many photos of the bulbs in bloom.

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  48. The little things are huge in my world too:)
    It's gorgeous to see how the warm season has
    colored your world; thanks for the window:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: The little things are life savers. I am always happy to see what is happening in your world too. Hugs.

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  49. You always have the best birb pictures. Also, that cockatoo is so cute!

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    1. Robert Bennett: He is cute. And he, and a number of relatives are visiting at the moment.

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  50. what an exciting discovery of the nest! and I love your bird and flower photos (as always!)

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: I only spotted the nest in reviewing the photos later. When next we go back to the gallery (perhaps this week) I will have another look.

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  51. Those are all beautiful pictures. I would have to buy and care for a bird like that to eat from my hand.

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    1. Practical Parsimony: I am very glad that these birds fly free. And wouldn't feel nearly as privileged if I had to cage them to feed them this way. Most of the birds who visit us don't hand feed, which is their choice and fine.

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  52. Looks like some birdies have found the perfect spot for their nest. Hopefully the intention is to leave them alone. I just realized I never attempted to feed my chickens out of my hand in the 16 years I raised them. Sky watching is always a favorite for me.

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    1. Granny Annie: I am guessing that you have never (as himself's sister did) watched television with a rooster on your lap.

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  53. OOO, the punk rock birds are a thrill!
    I can't imagine having them visit my trees!
    WOW. xxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: We love them. And they are visiting at the moment. And being vocal about it. Hugs.

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  54. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you! :)
    The begonias and sky are quite lovely.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Fortunately only nipping the hand which fed it. Those beaks are powerful and I suspect it could have broken bones.

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  55. Clever birds to avoid that line up and get right to the food source. The begonias are so lovely. I can't grow them here because they love water and that's something I can't afford to put on flowers anymore. :-( Thanks for sharing yours with us.

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    1. cleemckenzie: Bird brained is a misconception. I hear you on the water front. There are things I would love to grow (annuals mostly) which I can't justify the water for. Some year. Perhaps.

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  56. Amazing photos. I would like to have these birds to feed from my hand. Maybe they will listen to me?

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    1. Love Affair with Food: Welcome and thank you. It is only a few of the birds which visit who will hand feed. Perhaps we need a bird whisperer.

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  57. How dare that bird try to bite your palm instead of the food you were generously feeding him/her. I hope the beautiful flowers help you to recover.

    Take care, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: It was just showing me who is at the top of the food chain. And my recovery was swift.
      Hugs to you.

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  58. Love seeing your birds, blooms and skies! Remember, weeds are just misplaced flowers. Hope all is going well for you.

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    1. Karen: As the weather cools down I am doing better. How are you going?

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  59. Your corner of the world is amazing. Exotic birds and flowers. Can life get any better?

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    1. Sandra Cox: We are lucky aren't we? And fortunately there are lots of beautiful corners of the world.

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  60. We need to celebrate the little things more! I love those begonias. One of my favorite flowers. :)

    Also- I love your bird photos. I love that you are able to hand feed some of your bird visitors. Spending time with the birds who visit me on my porch is one of my favorite pastimes.

    Beautiful sky photos too!

    Oh- and that looks like a nest to me too! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: Thank you. I really like the tuberous begonias and they (and the dahlias) bring colour at a time when the rest of the garden is winding down. And bird visitors give us joy. Every day.

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  61. So many amazing creations in your corner of your world!!
    Of course, the corolla is still my favorite.

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    1. Susan Kane: Later, if I can remember how to do it, I will put up a video of a corella attempted a very short sighted destructive move. (If it had succeeded it would have landed on the ground).

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  62. Love those Begonias, the Cockatoo and wow those gorgeous skies. Great Photography !

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  63. Love the birds nest in the globe:)
    YOU have a colorful day:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: Next year I hope the birds come back - and I see them.

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  64. Wow, beautiful birds and to have one eat from your hand. I would have been squealing like crazy! Happy squeals

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    1. Anonymous: When I get inside there ARE happy squeals. Outside it might spook them. Hard to contain though.

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  65. The colors of your begonias are amazing, and your birds brought a wide smile to my face.

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    1. Gail M Baugniet - Author: The birds (and the begonias) make us smile too. Very, very broadly.

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  66. Your photos are truly beautiful; I am so envious of all those colourful birds. Terry (hubby) and I were amazed by them on our first trip to Australia and continue to be each time we visit our son and family in Adelaide. We did a road trip on that visit and were blown away to see budgerigars on the grass verges, prior to that we had only seen them in cages. Australia is a truly beautiful country with one or two scary things – like the white-tail spider which decided to give me a nasty bite. It was a timely lesson though and one which prepared us for an encounter with an eastern brown snake – we ran away – in a rather undignified hurry. No being brave for us – if it looks scary, it probably is. :)

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    1. Barbara Fisher: A flock of budgerigars is an amazing sight isn't it? I too have been bitten by a white-tail. It fanged me at my least protected, while I was in the shower. And I scurry away from eastern browns too. I believe they are the second most venomous snake in the world and I am happy to give them a very wide berth. Most of our native species are not scary though, and some (a lot) very beautiful.

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    2. Oh yes, I agree most of the things we encounter in Australia were beautiful, and we hope to return before too long. Poor you in the shower, that was not playing fair! I was sitting on the edge of a wooden jetty with my hands trailing over the edges - so it probably serves me right. I certainly won't do it again. :)

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    3. Barbara Fisher: I felt something in my hair and went to pull it out. Poor spidey was probably frightened. And I was more poisonous to it, than it was to me. The spider died. And no, I didn't squash it.

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  67. Those begonias are gorgeous!
    Have a colorful one.

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    1. SAndra Cox: Thank you. Off to play in the garden.

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  68. The little things are huge in my world, too. I love the way you put that. And the cockatoos are magnificent! It never ceases to amaze me that you have them around you like that.

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    1. Lynn: The cockatoos (like many of our avian visitors) are incontinent, noisy vandals. And very welcome. And I am very glad to hear that the little things are huge for a lot of us.

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  69. Love the birds, the flowers and the sky, but.... I adore Jazz and Jewel. Yes, I'm a cat person and I saw a beautiful picture of Jazz and Jewel in the same post that boasts my Mongo and Pebbles: CLICK! Thank you, Sandra :))

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    1. Blue Grumpster: I am a mad cat lady from way back. Sadly we lost Jewel at the end of last year. And I still miss her badly.
      Jazz is beautiful and indulged. I remember your Mongo And Pebbles.

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    2. Poor Jewel :( I'm sorry to hear that. It always saddens me when a poor animal bites the dust. Why do cats have such a short life? I don't want to miss my Mongo. He is my friend. My little friend, who is always pleased to see me. Can't say that about a lot of people I know... Hello, Jazz!

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    3. Blue Grumpster: They give us SO much more than we give them. And yes, are pleased to see us when our own species isn't.

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  70. Hope your Easter weekend is filled with color and wonder.
    Hugs,

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. The early signs are good. I hope yours is wonderful too.

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  71. Those are not little things, my dear. Your world is huge and filled with the real things, the glorious, true and wonderful things.

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  72. Those are not little things, my dear. Your world is huge and filled with the real things, the glorious, true and wonderful things.

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal): Thank you. I feel jus the same way. And revel in the so-called little things.

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  73. The birds are beautiful. The moon does look unusual, it makes for a fun photo!

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