Tag Archive | birds

I Spy … a Wattlebird who Spies Me

Took a break at lunchtime in the front garden, and watched the antics of this wattlebird that occasionally poked its head out of the grevillea it spends so much time in. It was spying on me, checking what I was up to.

A few minutes in the garden can feel so refreshing. It’s one of the pleasures of working from home.


Text and image  © Michele Gierck

A walk in the park is good for the soul

cockatoo on the hop

It’s amazing how lockdown can bring a greater level of appreciation of the world around us. Being out in nature is so good for the soul.

A walk in the park (we are allowed out to exercise) reveals nature’s sights and sounds, none more enticing than the sulphur-crested cockatoos. They are a delight to listen to and watch.

I could spend hours watching their antics and the group dynamics. This one, on the hop, caught my eye.

Pic and text copyright Michele Gierck

Kookaburra – One Cool Character


Kookaburra. What a cool character. Such fine feathers. Such an inquisitive look. What a delight to see. And to hear … laughing.

(Photo: An Australian Kookaburra)

Image and Text copyright Michele Gierck

Michele’s website: http://www.michelegierck.com.au

Dive In, Splash About, Enjoy. Be Creative


One of my favourite backyard visitors, a blackbird, plunges into the bird bath. The blackbird looks pleased, perched on the bath’s rim, feathers dripping. And so am I, with my new bird bath–a recycled gardening pot.

Sometimes joy can be as simple as watching the antics of a feathery friend diving in, splashing about, enjoying. And being creative is so much fun, especially making something new out of something old–something even tweeting visitors can delight in.


Photo and text copyright Michele Gierck

Michele’s website:    www.michelegierck.com.au

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Laying Low

WattleBirdLayLowOct2013Some days, like today, laying low, hoping to remain camouflaged from the world, seems like an excellent strategy. How well the wattlebird does this, seeking refuge in a flowering grevillea.

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck

Wattlebird – A Favourite Perch

Wattlebird & Grevillea 2

A wattlebird has made itself at home in my garden. The grevillea is one of its favourite perches–and a delicious food source. Often I watch in amazement at the antics of this camera-shy, feathery friend.

Text and image copyright Michele Gierck