Monday, 27 August 2012

Eastern Yellow Robin

Yesterday afternoon we triumphantly ripped our old rotary hoist out of the ground, and as we stood enjoying our now unobscured view of the bush, so many little birds came down to share the moment. Most of them came to use the birdbath, and all at once too - what's that all about? Eastern Yellow Robins, Superb Blue Wrens, New Holland Honeyeaters, White Cheeked Honeyeaters, Lewins Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, and Firetail Finches.  The finches were mostly just steeling chicken feed, but the others were taking turns for super-quick ruffles in the water. 
The yellow robins are my favourite, they're so opportunistic - when they see the soil has been disturbed they move in and case the joint for worm prospects. The blue wrens were just coming right up to our feet, bobbing around grazing where we'd filled the hole left by the clothesline footing, so close I could've scooped one up like a little pompom in my cupped hands. The males are so, so pretty with their iridescent blue and black.
Watercolour 15 x 21

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