Friday, October 23, 2009

and a young man's fancy ...

As we've already discussed this week, one of the signs of Spring is the re-emergence of all things brown-and-slithery

a much more pleasant harbinger is the arrival of some of the more transient birds:

This young fella was very taken with his own reflection in my 'less than pristine' kitchen window this morning and spent about half an hour trying to persuade the bird in the glass that he would be an entirely desirable and admirable mate.

Even my careful approach with the camera didn't do anything to cool his ardour - when I was about 6" away from him I may as well not have been there
and even when MissC discovered him
and went into full stalking mode, he mostly ignored her only taking flight momentarily each time that she rushed the glass

According to my bird books he is a Striated Pardalote [ left of the page ] isn't he a gorgeous young dandy ?

and if you scroll back up to that second photo you may just be able to see the tiny red spot on his wing

and I think we can take it as read which of this week's visitors was the more welcome !

13 comments:

Marcie said...

great photos, I can never get close enough to snap my birdie visitors

catsmum said...

well Marcie I'd have to say that normally I can't either but this birdie knew I was there and just wasn't fazed at all

Janet Happy Girl said...

I love it when birds allow you to get close. In the spring and summer we get humming birds and they come right up close to us. God's creation is beautiful.

Blessings each day said...

You are so good with all of your posts, susan, love how you photograph and all you write as well. He was a very beautiful bird and quite in love too! Think there are a few human males like that, can't get away from a mirror!

So glad that you saved cute little Bear from that nasty snake!

blessings and hugs,

marcy

Trish said...

Those are fantastic photos. I especially love the photo of the bird with the cat watching. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa L said...

What a great story!

Robbyn said...

Okay - I'm asking for wallpaper permission again - that little fella is just irresistible - as is your photography.

I'm so glad you told us what kind of bird he was. I suspect I would have a difficult time trying to find a "Girl's Guide to Australian Birds" here in New England :)

Bernie said...

Well done Susan, By the time I would of got my camera, then looked him in the bird book he would of been in Canada.....very impressive and I love the photos. Have a great day.....:-) Hugs

catsmum said...

Robbyn my sweet use any photo you wish!

Lynne said...

He's very cute if somewhat narcissistic!

Holly said...

Aww! What a cute (and fat!) little bird! I love the one of your cat looking through the window like "It's so CLOSE! Why can I not get to it!?" :P

Alwen said...

Those pictures are great. That must have been a riot to watch!

Nadie said...

can almost hear the little birdish "ner ner ne-ner ner" in that last photo!