With the rain comes the rainbow birds

Picture of Birds on a fenceWe’ve had a lot of unseasonal rain lately, causing a change in our bird visitors. Every garden has its locals and our’s is no different. We have a colony of noisy miner birds, a bunch of butcher birds that come over regularly for pieces of bacon rind, a few pee wees, crested pigeons and turtle doves, all on the scrounge for bits of bread or fruit. Sometimes (maybe once every ten days or so) we’re visited by rainbow lorikeets, who like a piece of left over bread. There’s one couple (they usually come in pairs) that seem to be regulars. We can tell by their behaviour, not appearance. They’re not afraid of us and they see off any intruders of their own kind as if our yard is their territory.

When it rains, the lorikeets come in numbers. I guess it’s harder to find nectar and seeds when the water is trickling down between your feathers. And I expect they get cold, too.

So… when it rains we have scenes like this.


They become quite aggressive. After all, free food is a scarce commodity.


Yesterday, I decided to test how trusting the birds really were. And here’s your answer. I offered my piece of bread to the pair I thought were our regulars, they accepted, then everybody came to join in. Wild birds all, just some of the thousands upon thousands around the town. It was a blast. And a privilege.


About Greta van der Rol

I'm an author of fast-paced, action-adventure novels, mainly space opera - although I've been known to write in other genres. I live not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoy photography and cooking when I'm not bent over the computer. I have a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping me in my writing endeavours.

Posted on 29 June 2012, in Life and things, Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That must have been amazing. I read your other post about the female snubbing the young inept male. These birds are so beautiful!

  2. I am speechless. Those are the most beutiful birds! And to think they are wild! My most colorful visitors are cardinals and one woodpecker in particular and I was quite content with them until I saw your birds of a feather. Thanks for sharing

    • They are very beautiful birds and you don’t really see all there splendour until you see them flying. I’m sure your cardinals and woodpeckers are lovely, too. Different birds for different parts.

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