We live on a small suburban block with a main road behind. But there are plenty of trees around and we have retained as many as we can. So we attract some wildlife .....
Rainbow lorikeets - loud, sassy and generally fearless.
Sulphur crested cockatoos - comical, persistent and messy eaters.
Eastern rosellas - shy and only rarely seen.
Crimson rosellas - also shy and not commonly seen.
Pigeons and doves - I don't really know the difference.
And my favourite, the magnificent and gentle king parrot.
With so many different birds, there are bound to be the occasional problem, such as a messy deck, and the occasional fight. Here two rosellas face up to an aggressive noisy miner.
And there's not just birds, but spiders ....
..... autumn leaves .....
..... and possums. This old brushtail mother possum was so blind she came out in daylight. She successfully reared a succession of babies until she died recently.
When I was a boy, living not far from here, there were few trees and most of the birds were small - sparrows, blue wrens, silvereyes and willie wagtails. But in recent years, the drought and the increased number of trees have brought the bigger birds into the suburbs.
There are organisations which can help us make our gardens more friendly for native birds, especially the smaller ones, such as finches, pardalotes and wrens. You can check them out - Birds Australia, Flora for Fauna, and Backyard Buddies.