We’ve had the best autumn break for years, 100 mm plus at the time of writing, everything is green and moist, and the garden plants are loving it. The soft easterly rain settles on the grevillea flowers making them look even more beautiful, these drops are on Peaches and Cream, probably the most vigorous and floriferous hybrid we’ve ever grown, highly recommended.
Birds have moved in to take advantage. New Holland Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, White-plumed Honeyeater, Red Wattlebirds, Scarlet Robins, Grey Shrike-thrush, Golden Whistler, Grey Butcherbird, Yellow-rumped, Yellow, and Brown Thornbill for example. The home magpies have given up on us, with plenty of food available in the wet paddock they are no longer looking for handouts. The nectar feeding spinebills have been a delight, especially when hovering at the correas.
Scarlet Robins are regular autumn garden residents, we looked out through the window to see the female sitting close in, fluffed up against the cold. She was quite relaxed as I moved closer and closer, finally taking shots from a couple of metres away.
The winter’s wood is split and stacked, and home to a large number of mature and newly hatched Dark-flecked Garden Sun-skinks that bask in the warmth of the sun when it decides to shine. They will need to keep a lookout for lizard eating Pied Currawongs that are about in autumn.
Water birds were not plentiful, with just a Pelican, a couple of White-faced Herons, a few Chestnut Teal and Pacific Black Duck, and a Great Egret. They were all wary and only allowing long range shots, perhaps because the duck hunting season is underway.
On the other hand there were plenty of bush birds along the track, Superb Fairy-wrens, White-browed Scrubwrens, Red-browed Finches, and at a higher level, Silvereyes, Grey Shrike-thrushes, and White-eared Honeyeaters.