Thursday, 8 November 2007

a prettyish kind of a little wilderness

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 .....

Our yard.

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.


  1. wonderul, vivid photos. i'm amazed at the wild birds you see at your house, even with the explanation. you are quite fortunate to have such a view:)

  2. Thanks. It is really a combination of unexpected blessing and deliberate choice.

    When we bought the land and put a house on it was before the property boom, so we could just manage to afford to buy the very cheapest block available. It was cheap because it backed onto a busy road and had high voltage power lines over an easement at the back. But these downsides had an unexpected upside - no-one could build on this land, and so a lot of vegetation remained on blocks and roadside. Add to this a golf course and a native plant reserve not far away, and there is enough accumulated bushland to allow the native possums, lizards (including large blue-tongues) and birds to remain.

    So then when we chose not to install a pool like many of our neighbours (we couldn't afford it and preferred the trees anyway) and retainied and planted as many trees as we could, we had sufficient connection to the larger areas of trees outside our block to get the benefits.

    Not everyone can do this, but many more could, if they were willing to be more moderate and environmentally friendly in their house plans, and not try to cover every square inch with house (see my previous post bigger, uglier, emptier?). I hoped in some small way that my post might encourage someone to try something a little different.


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