Thursday, October 8, 2009

Barry's Place

A birding friend with a few acres on the outskirts of town is making an enormous effort to restore his land to something like its former glory. Barry has planted hundreds of trees and shrubs, formed his own dam-wetland system and erected nest boxes, in an attempt to attract birds in particular, back to an area that once was basically open grazing land.

With Barry's permission, I hope to outline his magnificent efforts in some greater detail a little later. In the meantime, here are some images that show he is already having considerable success in achieving his aims.

This White-faced Heron was very accommodating. I think it must have been a frequent visitor and knew it would not come to any harm.

Honeyeaters are in abundance - New Hollands, (above), Eastern Spinebills, Lorikeets, Wattlebirds and others, all use the gardens from time to time.

This Horsefield's Bronze Cuckoo flew in one day I was there recently, probably scouting for a Thornbill or Wrens nest to parasitize.

This small group of Wood Ducks was enjoying the dam.

This Australasian Grebe, (with babies on board), must have found Barry's wetland project to its liking too. (I'll probably have to wait until next year now to try for a better picture.)

Barry's endeavours are highly commendable I reckon.


  1. Hi Gouldiae
    Nice work by your friend, Barry.
    I have seen several photos of Grebes doing the Piggy Back routine, this year. Never heard of them doing it, before.
    Must be all these birwatchers (and bloggers) out there with digital cameras these days. I am sure the birds haven't just learnt that trick.

  2. He must be doing something right!

  3. Hi Gouldiae, yes indeed, well done Barry! I look forward to reading/seeing more detail of his restoration efforts.