King Parrots

A pair of Australian King Parrots (Alisterus scapularis) have been visiting our trees to eat the tender, tasty flowers. There’s a third one that comes with them, but is more skittish. Judging by plumage, it’s their young son.

Here’s the male being gorgeous:

Male King Parrot

Male King Parrot

And here’s the female, being lovely:

Female King Parrot

Female King Parrot

We are privileged to live in a place where parrots visit our trees.

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A Walk Around the Lake

There’s always something new or interesting to see at the Botanic Gardens. This is what we found today.

A Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) looking majestic.

The Keen Spotter then saw this tiny nest in the top of a willow tree. A pair of Magpie Larks (Grallina cyanoleuca) are raising a baby.

The Spoonbill we had seen earlier was showing a lot of interest in some sticks by the water’s edge. It didn’t seem to be making much progress, but it tipped us off that there is probably a nest under construction. A few minutes later we saw a different bird doing some heavy haulage.

A pair of ducks decided that the lake wasn’t big enough for both of them. An initial attack was met with a determined response. They were seriously trying to kill each other.

In the distance, a Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) flew into the lake.

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Silver Gulls

A Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) in flight. The contrast against the bright sky shows how this unassuming small white and grey bird gets its name,


Silver Gull

They like pies. Also, chips, battered fish, your cheeseburger.

They are not healthy eaters by choice.

Silver Gull
Searching for the next pie to steal

“Does that person have a pie? It looks like a pie.”

Yes! Pie detected! Launch all available units!

“Troops in transit.”

“Undefended pie located! Engage target!”

“Pie destroyed. Departing.”

“Hang on. Is that a sausage?”

“Yes! Re-engaging target.”


“Sausage engaged.” Silver Gull with Sausage

“Unable to return by air. No longer capable of flight.”

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