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The Heat is Back!

???????????????????????????????What an array of weather we have had this week, all the way from cool rains, right through to the extreme humidity of our sub-tropical climate.


I think that if you compare the two photos above, you will see what I mean ~ the first photo shows a kookaburra on a bright sunny day, feathers fluffed up, and looking very handsome indeed.

The second photo shows a bedraggled kookaburra on a dull day, with feather weighted down by the drenching rain.

All of these photos were taken during the last week…….


In the next photo you can see a placid kookaburra enjoying a quiet moment in the morning mist. The purple tree beside him is a Jacaranda, a beautiful tree which puts on a brilliant show in the late spring in our area.???????????????????????????????

For a couple of months now I have seen very few rainbow lorikeets, even though most days until recentlyย I have had thirty to forty of them in my gardenย at a time. Their numbers seem to have decreased, and I have no idea why. This week though, they have started to visit again, first just two, then four, and today I had six lorikeets here, enjoying breakfast at the bird feeding table.???????????????????????????????

Without the rainbow lorikeets in the garden to take photos of, photography loses some of its appeal to me. I think I would feel the same if any of my regulars stopped visiting though, they are like my own little wildlife family, right outside my back door, and I miss them when they are gone.

With summer making its way back during the last few days, Christmas being just around the corner is becoming a harsh reality……but how did the year vanish so quickly?



19 thoughts on “The Heat is Back!

  1. Wow, those lorikeets are amazing. How wonderful to see those in your back yard. Seems so funny to hear “summer on its way back and Christmas around the corner” – it is impossible to separate the idea of Christmas from snow for me!


    1. I thought about that as I wrote, how it may be the opposite for my northern hemisphere blogging friends. I love to see photos of snow at Christmas though, it really does cool me down! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. The Lorikeets are such gorgeous birds, I’m glad they’re back. I don’t know where this year went, but I’m hoping the next one slows down a little.

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    1. Do you think we could have a word with Mother Nature, and ask her to make each season last a month longer than usual, Carol? I would ask for a longer spring and autumn, so maybe 6 months of spring, 1 of summer, 6 of autumn and 3 of winter. That would give us a longer year! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Oh you have such colourful birds. Here, the only time you’d see a Lorikeet, the poor thing would be in a cage. Can you send a few extra warm degrees for this cold “Canuck” please.


    1. They are very special birds, and add so much atmosphere to the garden, Julie. I love all of my birdie companions when I’m gardening and hope to add some hens to the mix soon, too! ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Your lorikeets are so beautiful. We don’t have any birds like that here, with such bright and lovely colors. I would send you some of our cooler weather if I could because I know you and I are the same when it comes to summer and heat. Hopefully I’ll have some snow to share with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I hope you have some snow to share soon too, Robin. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? I love seeing your birds, they are so different to ours here, but don’t forget you have Cardinals, with their lovely bright red colour. I wish we saw those here.


    1. I don’t know that I would enjoy the freezing rain too much, but the magic of a white Christmas would be amazing! I hope it doesn’t get too cold for you, Eliza.


      1. Down coat, felt-lined boots, hat, scarf, double mittens – sigh, takes me 5 minutes just to get out the door, now until the end of March! I miss summer and its ease of living. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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