June was the start of winter here in Australia, and here in SE Queensland we’ve had quite mild temperatures and lots of sunny days except for a weekend of good solid rain.
I started to see more of these pretty birds, a pale headed rosella, but they are quite timid things and it’s always hard to get a good photo of them. As you can see in this photo, the bird was watching me to make sure I didn’t get too close.
This is a rare photograph of the male and female pair of pied currawongs that live around my house. The male is on the left. These are one of my favourite birds.
There is still some activity by the monarch butterfly and the caterpillars are eating what little is left of the milkweed.
The kookaburra family is still around, I often see them sitting in the gum trees around the house and hear their laughing calls early in the morning and in the evening. This is one of the juveniles catching some early morning winter sun.
I came across this ladybird which I’ve never seen before, it’s a yellow shouldered ladybird. It looks quite hairy!
On the rainy weekend in June, we had lots of feathered visitors wanting a quick feed as well as shelter out of the rain. Look at this line up of rainbow lorikeets!
You can see a video I took of these birds visiting in the rain in my earlier post here.
Earlier that day, this sulphur crested cockatoo turned up wanting to pick a fight with the lorikeets over what was left in the feed dish. The little birds held their ground and the big cockatoo quickly gave up and left in disgust.
And for a brief moment, these noisy miners got a look in at another feed dish while the lorikeets were occupied with the cockatoo.
Here’s our local magpies, Igor and Maggie, casually strolling around the yard searching for bugs. You can see more photos of these two in my earlier post here.
One day I managed to capture these juvenile magpies (Maggie and Igor’s offspring) play fighting in the yard. I had to film this through the window.
These two sulphur crested cockatoos turned up one morning looking for trouble. I was watching them closely to see what they were up to, but after trying some berries on the nightshade tree then flying onto the house roof peering down at me and realising I wasn’t going anywhere, they both flew off with a loud screech.
Possum box regulars, mother Heidi and baby Chloe, are still enjoying their sleeping quarters after 4 months. Now that the weather has turned cooler, I’m sure they’ve laid claim on the box for the winter duration.
You can see more of these two possums in my earlier post here.
Nightly regulars Mummy possum and her joey snacking on peanuts on their way through.
And here’s Mummy possum just chilling in the bird feeder.
You can read more about Mummy possum here.
And finally, I’ve seen quite a few king parrots visiting the nightshade tree. They love eating the berries. The female is mostly green while the male is splendid in his bright red and deep green colouring.
These parrots are hard to get pictures of because they’re easily frightened, especially the females. I wonder what the neighbours think when they see me tip toeing along the veranda in slow motion trying not to scare the birds away! 😀
This is my participation in a monthly event called Wildlife Wednesdays hosted by Tina of My Gardner Says… You can see the wildlife visitors of other participants here.