Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Birds in the garden - the naughty ones!

Fig season is almost over, but these cheeky birds are making sure they're getting the last ones in our fig tree that is in our front garden! And they aren't quiet while they do it either, 
I assume they are just making happy noises as they eat away at the ripe figs.

Half a dozen birds in the fig tree

These Rainbow Lorikeets are so naughty they don't even bother to fly away when we get close to them, they just carry on eating...

One of these days I shooed them away before getting into my car to drive to work, and they flew to the park across the road. 
Would you believe it, that as soon as I was a few hundred metres down the road I saw through the rear-view mirror that they were flying across the road again to the fig tree!

I quickly reversed and got back in the driveway and had to get out of the car, wave my arms at them and wait for them to fly away again to the park.

I can just imagine they would just return as soon as I turned the corner... laughing at me while they merrily ate my precious figs.

This one at the top of the tree is out of  my reach...

One of them flying away and you can see the half eaten fig

Lorikeets feed mainly on fruit and nectar so they are considered a pest by farmers.
I bet they'll be back for our loquats in September!!

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While I was writing this post I remembered a visit to the Perth hills a couple of years ago, when while having a picnic in a park, these colourful birds joined us at our table, ate food we gave them, flew on to my husband's head... No fear of humans whatsoever!

These parrots are similar to the Lorikeets, but are called Australian Ringneck, and are native to Western Australia.

Come here birdie... perched on my husband's hand
The Ringnecked parrots on my husband's head, shoulder and eating a chip on his arm
Sitting on top of the back-pack
Eating a chip
 I wonder if you've come across such cheeky and unafraid birds?


  1. While I used to shoo away the ugly and sicknesses transmitting doves you "have to" shoo away at least beauties!
    Aww, they are so nice and friendly looking!
    But I reckon they could hurt you with that strong "peckers"?

    1. They are friendly, but I think they could hurt...

  2. A foto do marido com os pássaros está super!

    1. Obrigada Sara, até ele apanhou um susto a primeira vez que um dos pássaros lhe voou para a cabeça.

  3. You have so many figs i can see how they would be attracted to your garden. My little fig tree had about 8 figs last year and I carefully netted it so that we could enjoy them all! those ringneck parrots are super friendly arent they?

    1. Lucky me, I estimate my tree gives about 20 kgs of fruit a year and doesn't get much care apart from a yearly trim in Autumn after fruiting. The ringnecks are very friendly.

  4. Dearest Sami,
    No, something like that we will not encounter here. There are no parrots or lorikeets either.
    It is cute for them being so tame but it also is aggravating if they eat away all of your figs!
    For that we have the pesky squirrels and lots of other birds and raccoons.
    Lovely post with great photos.

    1. Thanks Mariette. Next year I'll have to put a net over the fig tree.

  5. That is bad they eat your figs! Hash, hash running through the garden is the only option I am afraid.

    1. Thanks Marianne, they are naughty and clever.

  6. Oh Sami, I think they deserve forgiveness just because they are so colourful and make happy sounds ;)
    Boa Páscoa!

    1. Thanks Sara, even though I get upset they destroy the figs and make a mess, I also enjoy their colourful presence. Happy Easter to you too.

  7. É Páscoa! Cristo está vivo, o túmulo está vazio, Ele ressuscitou!!! A mais bela festa dos Cristãos.
    Crentes no Amor de Deus Pai que nos deu seu Filho Jesus Cristo que permanece conosco pela força do
    Espírito Santos, seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano,
    harmonioso e de doação.
    Todos somos promotores da Paz!
    Feliz, Santa e Abençoada Páscoa.
    Um doce abraço, Marie.

  8. Yes, in my back garden Sami :) Noisy colourful little creatures :)

  9. Yes, in my back garden Sami :) Noisy colourful little creatures :)


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