Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Seen in the garden

After a very hot period where there seemed to be little action in the garden (and I didn't spend much time out looking for action) it has been cool and things have been happening all over.

A key thing for birds in even the cooler weather is to keep hydrated and to keep the feathers lubricated.  So our bird bath has been a scene of much activity.

The first birds photographed were some Silvereyes.

 I think this is a Brown Thornbill, but it is always hard to tell them from Striated Thornbills when they are silent.
 These two have plain breasts and I rate them as Buff-rumped Thornbills.
Another Silvereye being watched by a couple of Grey Fantails.  The brownish tinges to areas which are more commonly white suggest they are this years young birds.
 In case you wondered why they are called fantails.
 A Superb Blue Wren - in case you wondered why they are called superb .....
 Both fanned tail and superb wren.
A Striated Thornbill - looking a tad damp after a bath.
 The thornbill was joined by a Red-browed Finch.
Then several Red-brows turned up: the maximum I saw was 5, but didn't have the camera at that point.

Our red-hot pokers are turning into a forest.  Hopefully some less common Honeyeaters will turn up.
In the vegetable garden we have some Globe Artichokes, which we initially grew as a possible foodstuff. However we don't like the amount of faffing around required to get a meal so they have just become ornamental.
They are very spiffy - and very attractive to honeybees.
Looking under a water barrel I found a colourful frog.  I think it is an Eastern Common Froglet (Crinia signifera).
 This one was hanging around outside our bedroom.  It is a Peron's Tree Frog (Litoria peroni)

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