Homes for Wildlife

Homes for Wildlife
If you love the creatures in your garden, you'll love our Homes for Wildlife project. This is the place to ask and answer questions about making your backyard wildlife-friendly.
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  • Media: Australian King Parrot

    These guys spend the summer months feeding in our backyard. They become very tame and feed from our hands; this guy is busy investigating my breakfast, but chooses the sunflower seeds! The males have the bright orange head and breast. The girls are greenish all over. They are a delightful addition to...
  • Media: Australian Grey Butcher bird

    This is another of my favourite friends. Again, she is sitting on our clothesline, waiting for her handout. This is the adult female. The make is more solid grey across the back and wings, making him look very dapper, as though he is wearing a morning suit. Juveniles have a lot more brown on them. The...
  • Media: Australian Galahs

    This is our regular pair of galahs at our backyard feeder, just outside our back window. Galahs usually travel in large flocks, moving through an area together, moving over a paddock like a search party, looking for their favourite seasonal food. When they are in our area, we often have 40 or so competing...
  • Media: Australian Crimson Rosella.

    This is the first time these guys have been this trusting; they have never fed from our hands before. They are daily visitors to the garden all year 'round.
  • Media: Pacific black duck

    The Pacific black duck is a very friendly bird and will wander inside if the door is open!
  • Media: Apostle Bird

    This cheery visitor, or rather, the whole group of visitors, are very welcome in our back yard when they visit! this is the Australian Apostle bird, so named because it is nearly always seen in groups of about 12 or so. They're very bold and friendly birds, moving over an area together, chattering...
  • Media: Rainbow lorikeets

    Last May the rainbow lorikeets were feasting on the seeds in our liquidambar tree. Their backs & tails are bright green but it is obvious see why they are called "rainbow".
  • Media: Pacific black ducks

    This pair of Pacific black ducks were snapped in Sept 2008. Just a touch of blue/green which changes in the light.
  • Media: Australian Rainbow Lorikeets

    These cheeky and bold as brass rainbow lorikeets visit our backyard every day and really rouse at me if I'm late putting their seed out. they definately think they are at the top of the pecking order when they want to eat, but are so gentle with each other and delicate in their movements. Watching...
  • Media: Australian 'Black Back' Magpie

    This is a very special friend - Mumma Maggie. She is an excellent parent, but also insists on close personal contact with us. She loves to be hand fed, and always comes down to see what we're doing if we're in the backyard. I was trying out my new camera, and she was intrigued by the zoom lens...
  • Media: Australian Bearded Dragon

    Just so you don't think it's just birds we have in our back yard, allow me to introduce Lizzie. She is the dominant female in our resident colony of about eight bearded dragons. This was taken in September 2008 (our spring) and she had been out of hibernation just long enough to build up her...
  • Media: Taking off!

    These guys had just finished their bath. Sorry for the poor quality but pic was taken through the glass. There had been 11 birds in the bath but photo was taken through glass and screen door so....
  • Media: Balls of fluff!

    Honeyeaters enjoying a bath on the front balcony.
  • Media: Australian King Parrot

    These guys spend the summer months feeding in our backyard. They become very tame and feed from our hands; this guy is busy investigating my breakfast, but chooses the sunflower seeds! The males have the bright orange head and breast. The girls are greenish all over. They are a delightful addition to...
  • Media: Australian King Parrot- male.

    Up close and friendly- wanting to be fed sunflower seeds from my hand- this guy stood on the ledge outside the backdoor!
  • Media: Australian Gang Gang cockatoo.

    These delightful birds arrive in the garden towards the end of summer each year- February. Trees at the back of our yard have been cut down to make way for a new building so the family have become challenged for space. During the drought of the last few years they have become trusting enough to fly down...
  • Media: Australian King Parrot

    These guys are daily visitors to our garden throughout the summer. They are very tame and eat from our hands. This guy is happy to examine the contents of the breakfast table! This is a male, with the green and orange. The females are mainly green.
  • Media: Noisy Miner

    This friendly cheeky, noisy and very brave bird is also known as a soldier bird and pimp. We have quite a large flock of these, and they alarm call very loudly at the slightest hint of danger. Our poor cat gets quite an earful every time he walks out the back door, even though he is a many-times proven...
  • Media: Australian King Parrots

    This lovely couple is a pair of Australian King Parrots, surrounded by a few of our resident flock of Crested Pigeons. The Female King Parrot has much less red on her, being the same green as her head down her chest, with just a pair of red 'pants' showing. These are sweet, gentle birds, both...
  • Media: Magpie lark

    This is Hopalong, a Magpie lark with a damaged leg, who visits our garden in Adelaide. They are also known as Murray magpies.
  • Media: Pacific black duck

    This was snapped moments after s/he, looking very guilty, hopped out of the bird bath.
  • Media: More on Australian Butcher Birds

    This is one of a series of shots I took on 'burst' mode. The young butcher bird had been waiting rather impatiently for food to be brought to him. The bird with the mince is a juvenile male from last year's brood, who has been allowed to stay on to help with this year's lot. He starts...
  • Media: Rainbow lorikeet

    Last May the rainbow lorikeets were feasting on the seeds in our liquidambar tree. Their backs & tails are bright green but it is obvious see why they are called "rainbow".
  • Media: Australian Sulphur-Crested cockatoo.

    These guys look pretty but they can become a real nuisance; once you feed them you have to continue. If you stop feeding them they will attack the woodwork of a table, window sills, balcony railings etc! In some towns you are very unpopular if you encourage these birds to stay!
  • Media: Three Aussie birds

    February 2009, heatwave, water for the birds. From the front - Pacific black duck, Crested pigeon, Magpie lark. Due to water restrictions we only watered the lawn near the house to prevent the soil drying out and the house cracking. In the background is our dead lawn.