Friday, May 2, 2014

Getting it right!



A few weeks ago I was reading up about the placement of birdbaths in gardens.. the actual bath shouldn't be too deep, check.. shouldn't be amongst bushes (cats), check.. at the same time not right out in the open (hawks).. there was the problem. The front garden birdbath.. bang in the middle of the lawn, no protection.. and although many smaller birds use it for a flyby dip, there was no hanging around for photos! Moving it so that it sits directly under a small tree has made all the difference. Above in prime position directly above the birdbath a young Red Wattle after a dip, you'll have to pull it in to see the wattle and yellow underbelly.  Below a Butcherbird with his hooked beak contemplating the plunge, but not looking thrilled about the condition of the pool :)


The tiny Willie Wagtails below with their white eyebrows are so much fun to watch.. when they go in they really know how play like there's no tomorrow!


The good thing is that the new spot is directly in front of the window where I sit and work.. if I had a bit more time I think I could seriously get hooked on 'birding'. As well as the smaller birds out front, these guys are always waiting for food in the back garden, and pretty noisy about it :) I haven't said it for a while but TGIF, looking forward to the weekend. Happy Friday, take care...



47 comments:

  1. Sweet shots, Grace, particularly the last one!

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  2. Amazing! We get no birds like this at feeders.

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  3. Schöne Bilder von den kleinen Besuchern.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  4. Oh, these are so delightful, Grace!! I love them all, but have to admit those pink birds in the last shot are fantastic! What fun to have them in feeders nearby so you can watch them!! I do hope you and your bird friends have a great weekend!!

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  5. I miss having a birdbath! With the kids around here and the neighbor who thinks our patio is her dog's personal loo, the birds would never be able to enjoy it!

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  6. I never have enough to look at birds! So interesting and funny to observe.

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  7. Fine photos of unique birds. Nothing like them around here. This is a great post. May the new birdbath location give you more opportunity to see birds.

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  8. I look forward to more birdy photos then. Hey, it's still Thursday here and a wet and miserable May Day it has been. Send more sunny photos, please!

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  9. I love these shots. I used to have bird feeders in the States but where we live now that's not really an option. So keep these coming !

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  10. What a neat thing to have in front of the window.

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  11. Have a wonderful weekend Grace, you've had nice rain and its cooling down!
    Always LOVE the bird photos.

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  12. While I won't, like you I could become very interested in watching birds.

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  13. What a rich variety of feathered friends you have made. I've been thinking about getting a bird bath for my back yard. I'd like the birds to have something else to do back there besides eating.

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  14. Wonderful shots Grace! I love watching birds and have 3 birdbaths in my yard. Those two beauties in the last shot would have me riveted to my window if we had them here.

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  15. How gorgeous, great pics Grace, I love willie wagtails they have real character! Joy x

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  16. Sweet photos, Gracie. Yes, I have to agree with Joy, the Willy-Wagtails are my absolute favourites! Such characters...

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  17. I feel their delight - and yours - in these sweet shots, G



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral

    =^..^= <3

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  18. I've been leaving food out for the birds on our balcony. A birdbath would be great, but in Malaysia we can't have stagnant water in our homes or balconies for the reason of mosquito breeding and the spread of dengue fever!

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  19. Nice bird photos. Bird watching/photographing can be addictive when they are right outside your window. I had feeders out like that until they attracted more squirrels than birds.

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  20. My mother had several feeders and bird baths in her garden. From the sunroom, you could sit for hours and be entertained.

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  21. I don't feed birds or provide them a birdbath. They seem to do just great relying on nature.

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  22. Πολύ καλλιτεχνικές φωτογραφίες!!!
    Καλό μήνα και πολλά φιλιά!

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  23. Love that shot of the bird flapping around in the bath. Your bird bath placement research has paid off well.

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  24. Inspired photographs, love the birds - the square eggs are a hoot and wow with the solar work. Tres tres bien.

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  25. I'm thinking that maybe I ought to move our birdbath too. Your move has been so successful!

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  26. You have such nice birds in your garden , so different from ours.Those last ones we only see in a zoo.

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  27. great shots! i love the one of him splashing around! looks fun!

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  28. What a wonderful view you have Grace of all the little visitors to your garden.
    I love the Willie Wagtails, they are so cute and playful.

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  29. It's wonderful to see your Aussie birds which are so different from ours, Grace!

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  30. love your birds...the one playing in the bird bath...priceless :) happy Friday Grace :)

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  31. The birds are so adorable! Such pretty pictures. I have no idea how to care for birds. I can't believe you recognized the flowers in my picture. When I asked my daughter to take that picture I only did it because it was such a pretty tree. Never did I expect it's an Australian tree! What a surprise! Thank you for letting me know. Have a nice weekend!

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  32. Good hints to follow; thanks for the info.

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  33. What gorgeous shots - love those pink birds!

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  34. is it a terra cota saucer? elegant. A friend of mine is finishing up a bird bath she's made from high fire ceramics. Rather minimalist with just the slightest dip that will be glazed in celedon. She'll be showing it mid-May in a art slash garden show.

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  35. I’ve just discovered your blog and it is fab, look forward to visiting often! I'm originally from Perth and your pictures make me feel less homesick!
    If you are interested in hearing about another Ozzie’s adventures I invite you to visit me in Sicily, Italy at http://unwillingexpat.wordpress.com/
    Cheers and happy blogging to you!

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  36. That is my problem trying to find a suitable place. Great shots of the birds. That is our challenge for next camera club session. Birds.

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  37. Great reflection in 3rd shot. Love the Galahs.

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  38. These are extraordinary captures. I am never this lucky with bird shots!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  39. I do feed the birds that come visiting, but I am yet to get them a birdbath. Maybe I will now, some fine bird snaps here Grace.

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  40. Really nice photos! I still can't believe that you have such beautiful birds all over the place.

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  41. I never knew there was an art...or is it science?...to placing a bird bath!!! This could be why our birdbaths always were sans birds!!!

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