Once I harvested as many olives as I could process from our little front yard Olive Grove in Rosebud I left the rest for the birds. Previously I had not noticed many birds feeding on the olives. This year a number of species have enjoyed the late season fruit. I have seen Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, Little Corellas, Silvereyes and now a pair of Crimson Rosellas. I was packing the back of my car only a few feet away and these guys just ignored me. The fruit is very ripe and starting to shrivel so must be quite edible even with their raw bitter flavour.
I have read that most parrots/cockatoos are left handed. The fellow below was right handed, grabbing and eating the olives using his right foot. It was windy at times and he did very well to hang on and feed at the same time.
Crimson Rosella, Rosebud, Victoria, 30 July 2017
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Tagged Australia, Australian Birds, Bird Behaviour, Bird Photography, birds eating olives, Crimson Rosella, Nature Photography, Olives, Photography, Rosebud, Victoria
As the final site of a weekend of birding down the coast a few weeks ago, I walked along the Rosebud foreshore beach just enjoying the company of friends and a nice Autumn evening. I took the camera along just in case something interesting was discovered. I practiced shooting on several birds and tried to sneak up on a few others ( a bit tricky with friends, kids and dogs everywhere)
Rosebud Pier, Victoria
Silver Gulls, Rosebud Foreshore
A White Faced Heron was hunting in the water with a technique that I had seen Silver gulls use in a similar way – it would lift its leg out of the water, slowly move it forward and down and then wiggle it agitating the sand. It would then pounce on anything that moved.
White Faced Heron
I noticed a Black Shouldered Kite patrolling the beach and the nearby scrub looking for mice. A large Silver Gull took a dislike to the Kite and tried to chase it off. The Gull is a master of flying in all conditions and I expected it to move the Kite away from the area but the Kite just kept turning at the last second and the gull would over-shoot. The Silver Gull did not give up easily and it was beautiful to watch the unconcerned Kite twist and turn away from the chasing Gull. It made the larger Gull look clumsy.
Silver Gull and Black Shouldered Kite, Rosebud Foreshore
Little Wattlebird feeding on the nectar of a Banskia flower.
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Tagged Australian Birds, Bird Photography, Little Wattlebird, Nature Photography, Photography, Rosebud, Silver Gull, Victoria, White Faced Heron, White Shouldered Kite