I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 1st 2021
It's an Avian Experience Par Excellence
As you wander along your own street or others in your neighbourhood, you will see many birds. Almost every street has trees on the nature strip and in front gardens, making them a haven for those birds, as does nature strips and lawns.
Magpies. These would be the most common and easiest ones to recognise, with their unmistakable black and white plumage. They are ground feeders, looking for grubs and insects. They often vocalise with a melodic warble.
Currawongs are often mistaken for crows as they are about the same size and are all black, except for white tail feathers. Another distinguishing feature is a yellow circle around the iris of their eyes. With these larger birds, it is a unique opportunity to see these birds with wings extended.
Noisy miners. These medium-sized, pesky birds are very common, always seeming to be on the move and often living up to their noisy name, particularly when in numbers. They have a grey body, darker wings and a slight touch of yellow on some of their wing feathers. They are of the honeyeater family and when feeding in trees, their antics are a joy to behold, often hanging upside down to get at their food.
Wattlebirds. These are honeyeaters. They have a liking for banksia and bottlebrushes. Their name comes from a wattle or piece of skin hanging from their neck. Only the red and yellow species have this wattle. The smaller little wattlebird has no wattle.
Crested pigeons. These somewhat distinctive-looking birds are usually seen perched on overhead wires and seem to like staying in one spot for extended periods, making for easier observing and photographing, if that is your intention.