Duck, Duck, Chicken
Just down the street from our house are some wetlands that make for a great evening walk. The bird life in the area because of this is amazing. There are the usual generic ducks, but there is so much more than just ducks. Maybe's personal favourite are the chickens - at least that's what we call them. They are funny little blue/purple birds with a white patch on their butts and they run like chickens.
|A "chicken" - or Purple Swamphen|
Recently some of the chickens have had babies, they are tiny little black fluff balls that are fun to watch.
|Weird bird and duck having a staring contest|
Sometimes on our walks we'll see an airplane soaring through the sky. Then watching it I'll realise that it's actually a pelican. I absolutely love watching the pelicans move around. They really do move like airplanes. Though perhaps it's airplanes that move like them...
|Dinner time for the pelican|
My other favourites are the white ducks.
When we first moved here there were the two brown ducks and the white duck that were always together. They were the three musketeers, never apart and always noisily quacking away. Then one day another white duck appeared with the chickens and ordinary ducks. At first the three ducks wanted nothing to do with the newcomer. A few weeks later they became a group of four and we haven't seen them apart since.
Then there's the cockatoo. These guys are always flying around squawking. We have named them all Buster.
|Buster on our back fence|
Another favourite of mine are the Gallahs. They always seem to hang out in pairs and make a really nice chirping sound.
|Gallahs on our back fence|
|Cute little red dumped parrot|
These colorful lorikeets are easier to hear than see. They usually fly high overhead while chirping away. They love hanging out in gum trees and can work up quite a racket. They blend in surprisingly well, though the red and yellow on their chests makes them easier to spot.
|Cockatoo, Cockatoo, Clown Bird!|