Lately we've been busy sorting out a few issues with our rig, surviving the wet, cold weather, and spending time with friends and family. Hence, there's not been so much time for photography and blog posts.
This post is a tribute to our wonderful friends, Garth and Helen, who have created this wee paradise for birds in a section of their garden in Taranaki. You can watch the birds from the kitchen window as they enjoy the banquet laid before them. First the sugar water . . .
This bottle can be replenished several times a day. I think I recall Garth saying the birds could swig their way through a bottle in under an hour! In one of my photos we counted 11 waxeyes. Also known as silvereye, white-eye, blight-bird, tauhou, silver-eye and wax-eye. Rather confusing, but a cute little bird. You should be able to count nine in this photo below. (And at least nine in the photo above as well. Don't miss the little fella in the bottom right waiting for his turn).
This shows the entire bottle. It works on a gravity feed system.
After the entree, the main course. A whole loaf of bread fits into this structure. Notice how the waxeyes manage to fit their entire head and shoulders through the netting.
Look mum, one "hand"!
A picture showing the bread holder Garth built.
(The plastic blue lid on top has no significance.)
And lastly, dessert. Helen makes these moulds of fat and wild bird seed. They also scatter bird seed on the ground for the birds. This time there's a green finch joining the waxeye. Apparently, other finches often come to visit, but on the day I was there, these were all that arrived.
Three birds! A waxeye, a green finch in the background, and a sparrow.
Some close-ups of the cute little waxeyes.
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