Sunday, 8 February 2009

Birds of February




















We have had a bit of hot weather (over 40C) recently. That has been attracting a fair slew of birds to a couple of small ponds in the corner of the lawn. As well as the water there have been many insects hovering on the sludge so they have been able to eat and drink.

The images are of Red-browed Finches (which used to be called Red-browed Firetails in honour of their red bums) and a Spotted Pardalote - which turns out to be a tautology since "pardalote" is derived from a Greek word meaning 'spotted'

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