We decided to set ourselves up a discreet distance away for some afternoon entertainment with chairs, cameras and refreshments to watch our backyard bird restaurant.
Just as John said, it wasn't long before the first bird appeared - a blue faced honeyeater. We took some photos, congratulated ourselves and settled in for the rest of the show.
While the birds had their feast so did we. Our table was an old bucket turned upsidedown.
Everyone was enjoying themselves.
The ladies were busy foraging in the garden for insects and worms.
Once the honey eaters left, the ladies went to investigate what was left behind.
We settled in and waited for the next lot of visitors,
had some more cheese and another glass of wine,
and had another glass of wine,
Meanwhile, the ladies had been sneaking around to the vegie patch and were having their own feast.
By the time I realised what they were up to they'd demolished a lettuce and quite a bit of silverbeet.
They were most indignant when they were asked to leave.
No Miss Chookie. This is not an all you can eat buffet.
Probably because of the ruckus I caused evicting the ladies from the vegie patch, or maybe they were eating elsewhere, but no other birds appeared at the feeder. We finished our bottle of wine, packed up and went inside.
John: "But they've been here every afternoon."
Ros: "They're camera shy. They always disappear when they see a camera."
I love my chooks but they are definitely no parrot substitute.
Then the next afternoon, as we were packing up the tools after working in the garden, two lorikeets appeared. They even stayed while I went inside to get the camera and line up the shot.
They saw us but it didn't seem to worry them.
We have quite a few birds visit the garden but most seem to disappear whenever they see a camera. (or maybe it's me) We don't want to give the birds enough food that they become reliant on our handouts but I do hope that they feel they can come and have a treat if they want to and become regular visitors.