If you'd like to know more about any of these birds, there is a great website called Birds in Backyards which can help identify most Australian birds plus has information about them and in some cases audio of the bird's song.
These guys are Apostle birds. They zoomed in like a gang of bikies revving their engines - loud and menacing - and took over the area. John called them the Staffordshire Terriers of the bird world. They aren't very large, but they have lots of attitude. They stayed about ten minutes, chatting loudly with each other while they ate.
After their party the took off as a flock, the same way they arrived, and the more timid birds returned.
The bird on the birdbath is a Blue Faced Honeyeater. We also get a lot of noisy miners. (Not to be confused with the introduced Common Myna) They eat nectar and insects and don't seem at all interested in the feeder, but they do love a bath. They often use our pool as a giant birdbath. By the time I line up the camera, though, all I photograph is a splash of water. Hopefully I may be able to get some photos of them enjoying the birdbath - but that will be another day.
It was really a day for feathered visitors on Saturday. In another part of the garden we had a beautiful but not so welcome visitor.
A white faced heron was looking to see what it could find to eat.....and what do herons eat? Fish.
It actually got into our fish pond and knocked the pump over. We're not sure whether any fish were eaten. They are hard to count. It scared them though because aren't coming up to the surface looking for their food when we feed them now. Hopefully the water lilies will start to grow again soon with the weather warming up and the fish will have more places to hide and the fish will forget their traumatic experience.
and where was the overseer while all this was going on?