Spring is in the air again and the birds are back in huge numbers, many of them getting ready to breed. Over 40 black-tailed native-hens were feeding on the lawns last time I went to Yanchep, and they aren’t nearly as shy now as they seemed a year ago.
This scarlet robin was eating a grub in the tree in front of me – the first time I’d ever seen one.
And here’s his partner, watching from a nearby branch.
This male Australian shelduck has his work cut out protecting 10 ducklings. His partner was there too (out of shot) and he devoted a lot of time to chasing several ducks away from his family. It hasn’t rained anywhere much as it should this winter but at least the lakes are full enough for the birds to swim now.
This pair of pink-eared ducks was at Herdsman Lake and managed to stay nearby for long enough for me to get a picture this time.
The winter rains have also allowed the grass to grow. This corella wasn’t content with just plucking at the grass or roots, it set about digging a hole too.
The rains may not have filled the lakes, but they are looking much better than they did a month ago.