Wildlife Visitors in November 2017

November is the last month of spring here in Australia and this post is all about birds! With the local magpies finally giving up their vicious territorial attacks on other birds, we had many old feathered friends returning.

This is an adult grey butcherbird and I have also seen one juvenile begging for food.

One of the adult grey butcherbirds
The juvenile grey butcherbird

I spotted these two kookaburras  which appear to be the same ones that previously visited. The exciting thing is they appear to be paying lots of attention to the termite mound on the tree where they had babies last year, so maybe soon we will have little kookies!

Two adult kookaburras

The pied butcherbirds have returned as well. It’s so nice to have them sit on the veranda and sing their songs (though it’s a shame about having to clean up after them again!).  Check out my short video of these 2 songsters.

And here are the rainbow lorikeets in all their glory!

Rainbow lorikeets lining up for a feed

The galahs are still being seen around too. I captured this photo of 3 of them together.

Just a couple of galahs. 🙂

I also spotted 2 scaly breasted lorikeets. Such dainty little things!

Two cute little scaly breasted lorikeets

Igor and Maggie, our resident magpies, had 2 babies to bring up this time. Here’s a shot of mum and dad with one of the young ones having a snooze.

There was a bit of excitement early one morning when three king parrots turned up for a visit. There were 2 males and a female, and normally they all take off as soon as someone goes out the door, but on this occasion, two of the birds actually came onto the veranda when they saw me go outside. I think they may have mistaken me for someone else!

The female king parrot who seemed to take a liking to me since she attempted to fly onto my shoulder a few times before I freaked out too much and went back inside!
One of the male king parrots on the veranda
The other male king parrot close by in a tree

And finally, I have an audio recording of a mystery bird. I remember hearing this bird occasionally every now and then, but it was always in the distance. One evening, I clearly heard it in a gum tree behind the house so I was able to record it. It was heard at 6.45pm just on dusk, so it was too dark to make anything out at the time. If anyone knows what this bird is, please let me know!


Thanks for stopping by and reading about my backyard wildlife visitors. 🙂

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.

12 thoughts on “Wildlife Visitors in November 2017

  1. Absolutely beautiful captures, Sue! I love the Rainbow lorikeets photo, I cannot believe you have so many visiting! And how adorable are the pair of scaly breasted lorikeets! Again, you have the BEST backyard! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Donna. Those little scaly breasted loris are quite cute, they aren’t seen very often here. They are smaller than the rainbow loris but they stand up to them in a fight at the feeding dish. 🙂

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  2. Sue what lovely photos, the pied butchbird song is so unusual to me, whistling birds, the king parrots seem quite tame, I would have reacted the same us you, I always worry birds will get caught in my hair, and those parrot beaks could do a lot of damage, Frances

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    1. Thanks Frances. The king parrots have returned again since then and again were hanging around the back door and veranda, so I kept inside lol. I wonder if a neighbour feeds the king parrots and they mistook me for her! 🙂

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  3. Lovely post, Sue! I’m always so thrilled to see your (exotic, to me), birds. The butcherbirds performed quite the duet, though the one on the far right needs a bit of practice to sing like the other one. All of your birds are so interesting; I hope you get some “kookies,” too! Thanks for joining in, always fun!

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  4. Hallo Sue

    Lovely! The galahs up where you are seem slightly different from those in Sydney. I don’t think ours have as much pink on the back of their necks, though I could be mistaken.

    Your mystery bird sounds like some type of cuckoo. The call is very similar to those of the Koel cuckoos we get around Sydney at this time of year. They arrive around September and leave again around March.


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    1. Hi Sarah. Yes, you are correct, my mystery bird has turned out to be a koel. I didn’t know it had more than one call. There are quite a few about now as well as those weird looking channel billed cuckoos. Birds beware! 🙂

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  5. Hi Sue, thanks for the lovely shorts of your bird friends. The King Parrot looks so cool with his fanned tail. The mystery bird is the Eastern Koel which migrates from the north to the south every spring and stays here to breed, it is in the Cuckoo family, and like the other cuckoos who spend summer hear (the Channel-billed Cuckoo, the largest of the the cuckoos) they plant their eggs in the nests of other birds so that they are raised by them, especially magpies, currawongs and raven nests. You will see a male Eastern Koel in this post https://aussiebirder.com/2017/01/23/looking-but-not-seeing-birding-in-centennial-park-sydney/ and a Channel-billed Cuckoo which makes a similar noise in this post https://aussiebirder.com/2016/11/30/the-thrill-of-birding-forrest-gumps-box-of-chocolates/

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    1. Thanks Ashley. I have been hearing the other sound the koel makes during the day, the one where it sounds higher and higher and then stops and starts again. There seem to be quite a few around at the moment, as well as the channel billed cuckoos.

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