Looking for the light

I’ve come to really love the first light and last light of the day. Even though I want to stay in bed in winter, I get up so I can see the sun rise at least once a week. I’m always glad I did.

I took this photo of a Black Falcon before the sun rose.

 

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Look at the difference the sunrise made! That rich brown came to life.

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The afternoon light is just as beautiful. I love seeing the trees turn yellow, then reddish.This Australian White Ibis is normally white. But with a bit of late afternoon light, it becomes a glorious gold and pink.

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Nesting rosellas

A lot of time has passed since I first heard Mrs Rosella defending her nest (6 September), so I assumed the nesting had failed because we have had so many hot days (and terrible bushfires) and have had kookaburras hanging around the nesting boxes. But a few days ago I heard baby rosellas and I’m looking forward to seeing them so much.

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Here is Mrs Rosella flying out of the box

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Here are Mr and Mrs Rosella

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Here are Mr and Mrs Rosella with Neil

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Here are Mr and Mrs Rosella leaving the box together after feeding the babies

Baby galahs

We were thrilled to have 3 healthy baby galahs raised in our nesting box this season

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My husband was able to get a photo which showed that 3 of the 4 eggs hatched.

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This is our first glimpse of a baby: meet Neil

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Neil got stronger.

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He was well looked after by his parents.

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And then one day we saw Buzz.

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Neil and Buzz looked out so much we couldn’t tell them apart.

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We watched them being fed.

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They were sooo cute!

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And finally, when Neil left, little Svetlana got a chance to look out.

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This is Svetlana on her last day in our yard.

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And here she is being fed by Mrs Galah.

Birds in my backyard – 21 September, 2013

When we moved the galah box to a position under the rosella box, we were worried about the rosellas as well. Would either pair tolerate nesting near the other? Mr Galah regularly sits on the rosella perch and looks into the box, making the rosellas growl a warning. But both pairs are still in their boxes.

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I’m behind!

Once again I’m behind with my blog, so I’ll just post some favourite photos from 2 weeks ago. This juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagle was surrounded by Black Kites:

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Here it is:

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And here is an adult:

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Black Kites are one of my new favourite birds of prey:

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Last weekend I didn’t have time to go out. On Monday I took out the washing, looked up and 4 Black Kites were circling. I love it when they find me!

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Birds in my backyard – September 3, 2013

P1280355 - CopyLast Sunday (August 25) we decided that the damage to the tree was getting so bad we would have to move the galahs (in the rosella box). It’s amazing how quickly such small birds can ringbark and kill a massive tree. I’ve seen them do it twice in my suburb.

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There were four precious eggs in the nesting box. We kept them safe and moved the box onto the pole under the rosellas (who are in the galah box)!

P1280357The galahs flew around looking for their box – it was terrible. It got dark and I saw one go over towards the rosellas’ box. I don’t know if they found their own box during the night.

In the morning the galahs sat on the rosellas’ peg and screamed into the hole.

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They saw their own box and one claimed it by rubbing its face on it.

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By mid-morning we saw one go inside its own box.

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I just hope they found their eggs during the night and that the eggs are viable. If the eggs are not, I hope the galahs realise straight away and lay again, instead of sitting on them. It was terrible to move them, but we couldn’t afford to lose the tree. Or part of our house, or our neighbour’s houses, if branches or the whole tree fell.

btw the rosellas are still in their box. Each pair is tolerating the other being so close. We are so lucky.

Sea-Eagles and Swamp Harriers

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This is another late blog (I haven’t caught up yet) so I’ll just post the highlights of the weekend before last.

I saw some Whistling Kites playing with food:

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And two beautiful juvenile White-bellied Sea-Eagles:

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A Swamp Harrier flew nice and close:

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And I went to another place and found a Brown Falcon on a pole:

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