Sunny Colours

The first fine, sunny day for more than two weeks and lots of birds busy feeding.   We had been watching a Yellow Oriole (Oriolus flavocinctus) guarding the fruit on an Alexandra Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) and while it was busy chasing away a male Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres viridis) this lovely Rose-crowned Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus regina) quietly flew in for a feast of palm fruit.   I have never observed one so nearby and couldn’t believe my luck to have camera in hand.

And the fruit-dove didn’t object to sharing with the figbird when it quietly returned for its share.

10 responses to “Sunny Colours

  1. Stunning bird, Barbara.
    You were very lucky to have your camera with you at just the right moment.
    But as with Mick and her Button Quail, you have made your own luck!

    • Thank you Denis – yes perhaps we all do make our own luck. Mick’s Button Quail photo series is wonderful and I loved your Needle-tail photos and as for Tony and his perseverance under some very trying conditions…….. the common thread is our appreciation of the natural world isn’t it?

  2. Lovely birds and great photos. Interesting to see them eating the fruit (seeds?) on the palms. I have had palms seeding for several years but have yet to see any birds on them.

    • Hi Mick, the colours of this fruit-dove are just beautiful and I was so excited to get some good photos. (probably excitement similar to yours with your lovely Button Quail series) I felt as if it was a true celebration of the return of the sun! What type of palms do you have fruiting?

  3. Hi Barbara – so far I have had Sable Palmetto fruiting but also have Majestic, Carpentaria, Alexandra, Bangalo – spelling?? – and a couple of others with names I can’t remember. None of these others have fruited yet. Are birds fussy about what palms they will eat? I liked the idea of lots of palms around but have also planted lots of callistemons and grevileas.

    • Hi Mick – Alexandra Palm occurs naturally in our area and as far south as Mackay. Their fruit attracts a wide variety of birds while exotic palms fruiting nearby can be untouched. I really don’t know why – perhaps because they don’t know it or it doesn’t taste as good?
      Bangalow palms are native to your area so it will be interesting for you to see what turns up in your garden when they are fruiting.

  4. Thanks Barbara, that’s very interesting. It makes sense although I had not thought of it in relation to what is native to the area. Of all the palms that I have planted the Bangalow is doing the least well. I think its too dry for it maybe.

  5. A sunny encounter indeed. V. rarely seen in Tyto. Don’t think it was mere luck to have a camera though! Well done.

  6. Excellent! A lesson in always having the camera to hand. Haven’t seen either of those around here.

  7. Snail and Tony – thank you both for your kind comments.

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