While I completely understand the “looking out for predators” thing, this particular raven spends half the day standing on the table on the back deck and looking between its legs.
Australian ravens are half a metre long and have a one-metre wingspan. Who does it think is coming to get it?
We have a couple of old cockatoos who live in the back garden (we’re a bird retirement community!). This guy’s not yet as dishevelled as this one, but he’s well on his way. Half his yellow crest feathers are gone. I keep trying to get a picture of them when they’re sticking up – he looks hilarious – but he won’t cooperate when I ask!
We always have a lot of parrots in the garden in Canberra, but rainbow lorikeets are a little bit rarer. We’ve had two around for a few days now.
Yellow-tailed black cockatoos in the garden in Canberra this afternoon- look at the speckled tail feathers!
Sulphur-crested cockatoos are too smart for their own good, and we have many of them here. This one likes to turn up a few times a day, do a balance beam routine on the railing, and then take off when it gets in trouble for nibbling on the wood!
This is the Australian raven (a bigger bird than ravens overseas) who flew off with my food container on Sunday afternoon. A couple of hours later, the thing dropped out of the sky – on the other side of the house! I caught it having a drink (and flying around the back deck, carrying the container again!) today.
The feathers are spectacular. Almost blue in the sun.
A crimson rosella in our garden in Canberra this afternoon.
The rosellas are everywhere in Canberra during autumn.
Our sulphur-crested cockatoos are very cheeky, and spend a great deal of time stripping bark off all the trees and creating a huge mess!
This one came around the back this morning, to check out what the other bird species who live here were up to.
A raven is currently trying to steal my plastic container.