Australian King Parrots

As I was working in my garden on the weekend (yay, we had sunshine on a weekend…. finally!) we had a family of King Parrots come visit. Didn’t see mum but dad (bright red chest) was there, along with the kiddies. They had been watching me in the garden and calling so I went and got some seed and put it in the two feeders and they came down from the trees quite quickly after that.

Australian King Parrots

Australian King Parrots

Australian King Parrots

Australian King Parrots

Kookaburra in Spring

Spring has begun here in Melbourne, Victoria. More flowers are opening and the birds seem more active and happy, certainly more in number.  In the past week I’ve had the opportunity of taking photos of several different birds in our garden. And with the sun more visible the colours are more vibrant and pleasing to the eye.

This kookaburra was in our crepe myrtle and seemed unaffected by my fairly close proximity as I took photos of it. However, the sun was going down and I was limited in the images I could get without full sun on it.  I didn’t want to startle the bird by trying to walk around it so stuck to just the one side with the sun shining on its back.

Australian Laughing Kookaburra

Unusual visitor to the park

I managed to get in a short walk at Lysterfield Park yesterday. The weather was nice, albeit quite cool, but there was no rain and I was desperate to get out in some fresh air.  I’m missing my daily walks. Anyway, just after I got out of my car in the carpark and started to put my gear together for my walk I noticed something moving in the bushes nearby.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  A white peacock.  I’d never seen a peacock at the park before, let alone ever having seen a white one. But sure enough, there it was and I took photos to prove it.

Not exactly a beautiful bird except for perhaps its head and crown.  Had it been a male it would have had a long lacy tail behind it.  I’m thinking it might have escaped a hobby farm that is about 1km away from the park. Can’t think where else a peacock would come from.

White Peacock

White Peacock

A visit to Lysterfield Lake

While at the lake on the weekend I spied a single grey heron further up the beach, where the area is still flooded. Not many people walk up there as you can’t get through and have to turn back. I had my rubber boots on so ventured further than I usually do, knowing I could keep my feet dry.

In the first shot the heron was fishing – it was aware of me and kept its distance.

Grey Heron at the lake

In this shot it was about an hour later. I’d lost my (reading) glasses and had to return in the hope of finding them (at the time of writing this, they still haven’t been found). The heron was standing on a small part of the beach, cut off from the rest of the area, enjoying the morning sun.

Grey Heron at the lake