Friday, 14 September 2007

Friday Photos

Red Wattlebird - Anthochaera carunculata

Meet our morning alarm clock!
This time of the year these noisy birds start 'chok-a-chokking' at 5.20 each morning. Argh! eek
It's also breeding season so nothing is safe from their dive-bombing. rolleyes
Ninja has gone into hiding as she can't even walk to the front gate!

Fortunately at the moment 'their domain' is confined to the large gum tree out the front and they only consider the front garden to be 'theirs'.
So Luckydog and the chooks out the back are safe!

They usually are good garden friends because they eat a lot of moths, small grasshoppers and other insects...except they also have a craving for ripe Apricots and Peaches.
As they are quite fearless the usual 'bird-scarers' are of little use, so we just let them have a small share of the fruit.
At ripening time the fruit garden is also considered 'their domain'.

Although often very hard to see in the trees we always know they are around because we hear them!

Their call is described on this site as:

"...several distinctive but unmusical calls including coughs,
a harsh 'yac a yac' and a loud 'chok'."


  1. Lovely looking birds in your area, Scarecrow. The Tasmanian variety is very prolific around here, not nearly as colourful and we always say they say "Give us a Cookie" - kids love to answer them. We get dive-bombed by the Spur Winged Plover which is much bigger and quite aggressive. They nest on the hill behind us and their eggs and chicks are a favourite with hawks. Cute as buttons the chicks but they grow really fast which is probably a good thing......

  2. Those are very pretty birds, we don't have them over here. Perhaps that is not such a bad thing afterall because I like to sleep in during the weekend.

    cheerio from the Netherlands!

  3. several distinctive but unmusical calls including coughs,
    a harsh 'yac a yac' and a loud 'chok'

    Sounds like me first thing in the morning 8-)

    Doc ;-)

  4. Being woken by the wattlebirds at 5:30? You're lucky! In my yard they start at 4:45 every morning, and it's driving us insane! Any ideas on how to shoo them away? My boyfriend has taken to going outside at 5am to crack his whip and scare them away, but they're usually back in half an hour or so :S

  5. Yes anonymous??
    A month ago it was 5.30 it's more like 4.30 now!!!
    And no we don't have any ideas for getting rid of them!
    Doc has a 'clapper-board' he uses to scare the galahs away (also have a habit of being noisy in the mornings too) but the wattlebirds aren't scared of that noise.


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