Saturday, 3 August 2013

Winter flowers and backyard activities

There are many lovely hellebores flowering in the garden but they don't take to kindly to being put in a vase so I decided to float some in a glass bowl instead


Lovely camellias in flower.


Welcome colour inside.


Back yard preparations continue for our new project.  We had to dig out some soil to level the site and I assisted by raking.




While we were digging and raking we discovered many earthworms in the soil, always an encouraging sign.  Someone else in the neighbourhood, a beautiful kookaburra took a great interest and came down to investigate.  Hubby feeding him an earthworm.


 He didn't mind a stroke either.


Flying down for another earthworm.





 Such a gorgeous face.


 He didn't mind me stroking him either.  Such a wonderful treat and special moment on a Saturday afternoon getting up close and personal to one of Australia's iconic birds.



Anne  xx

12 comments:

Helsie said...

Oh WOW!! How tame is that Kooka? I love them (except when they laugh at 4:30am). Your backyard project is coming along but looks like a lot of work. Was that a lemon tree with lots of lovely yellow fruit on it I spied there ? Look at that lovely soil. You live in a delightful part of Australia.

duchess_declutter said...

I've written a post about our visiting kangaroos and carpet snake and have linked in this post of yours. Hope you don't mind. Your visiting kooka is obviously a popular feature with others as he is used to being hand fed I think. Lovely flowers too. cheers Wendy

Mum said...

What wonderful pictures - beautiful flowers and a fantastic bird. Lovely.
Love from Mum
xx

Jerra said...

Ohhhh! What a treat! I cant believe how tame he was, such a special moment! I have never seen one before, we dont really have them here! I am currently making friends with a magpie though.

Jerra xx

Louise said...

How lovely to have such a tame bird visit! Great photos of it.

greenthumb said...

That's a very tame kookaburra.

Roots and Seeds said...

Beautiful flowers. Gorgeous lil kookaburra!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I didn't know they were so people friendly! That's incredible!

Tania @ Out Back said...

How cool to be up close and personal with a kookaburra. My guess is that he has been hand raised, to be that quiet :)

Our neighbour has a couple of kookas for pets. We often hear them beating out a tune...

x

BadPenny said...

Oh thank you for this - what an amazing bird !

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Incredible kookaburra pictures! Surely they're not all that tame?

Claire said...

Hey Anne, my Hellebores were in bloom as I left on hols. Love the colours they look lovely floating in the bowl. Hope my Camellias are flowering when I return, I have a turquoise vase I put them in. Great colour combo.
Your kooka is nice and friendly, I'm sure he enjoyed a meaty treat. I'm keen to know what your new project is going to be.....

Claire x