I’ve been on a couple of bird-watching expeditions and had a great time. I remember being particularly impressed with a National Parks & Wildlife ranger who produced a freshly baked cake and a coffee plunger from the back of his car! But I hate ticks and leeches, and my distance eye-sight is not the best, so I’ve decided that traipsing through the bush hoping for a momentary glimpse of a disappearing drongo is not for me.
Much better that I set up my garden as an oasis for birds, with plenty of water, native flowering plants and small snacks. That way I can sit on the veranda with a coffee (or a glass of wine), a camera and my bird book and wait for the birds to come to me.
Yes it’s lazy, and so far it’s working quite well. On a hot day, there’s a queue of birds waiting for their turn in the bird bath. You’ll have to take my word for it that this is a Satin Bowerbird …
And there’s a constant procession of birds dropping in at the feeder to check if there is anything there that they fancy. Sometimes it’s a bit of paw-paw, a piece of bread (wholegrain of course!), a sprinkling of seeds, a dead bug or a piece of sweet corn – not enough to make them dependent though.
As of today the count is at 34 confirmed species, and a few manic birds who won’t stay still long enough for me to identify them let alone take a photo. Visit my Bird Gallery which I update as I identify new bird species.
4 thoughts on “Lazy birdwatching …”
Your life is so awesome!
Hola .. I agree, but my sister says I need to GET a life! So I guess it’s all subjective really.
Lovely post Fenella. As someone who knows you so well, lazy is not an adjective to be associated with anything you do!
More fantastic photos and interesting stuff about birds and bees (no, I know it’s not that sort of blog, Fenella). I think making such a lovely place for wildlife is an excellent ‘life’ – and you are making it for yourself!