On this day, only three bird species turned up to the bird feeder, but it was still a constantly shifting feast. Each species jostles the others out of position, and it is a constant flurry of wings. Missing were the Galahs, Bronze wing Pigeons and Australian Wood Ducks. The Ducks tend to wait for the seed to fall to the ground, but I have seen one atop the bird feeder.
Usually the Crimson Rosella are first to arrive – if Cheeky the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo isn’t around.
The Magpies are often quick to shoo the Crimson Rosella away.
Magpies often squabble among themselves too.
The Crimson Rosella are not easily deterred. They sit in a nearby tree, waiting for an opportunity.
The Magpies sense that the Crimson Rosella are returning…
…first two adult Crimson Rosella arrive..
…then the young Crimson Rosella have their turn
Young Crimson Rosella are often chased away by their own parents.
The sun glints off the wing and tail feathers of the Crimson Rosella
Look out! Here come the cockatoos!
Two Sulphur Crested Cockatoos take over the bird feeder.
The Cockatoos never sit in one place for long, they soon move to the ground to look for spilled seed. never missing an opportunity, the Crimson Rosella return.
Stiff competition all round – especially for the young ones.