There's also been a very friendly laughing kookaburra who takes food right out of my hand. He's very gentle though a bit skittish but recognises that I'm a friend with food. As soon as he saw me the other day, he flew straight over.
As a rule I don't feed birds because I don't want to encourage them to rely on us, but I don't mind giving them a little supplement to their diet.
Within ten minutes of the kookaburra we had another visitor on our back porch. I'd seen the spotted turtle-dove on several occasions but had never seen it so close. Because the bird was so skittish, I had to hide around the corner where it couldn't see me and take photos blindly in the hope of getting some decent shots before it took off. Here they are:
The night before I took the following photo, when we had a local brushtail possum jump into the tree overhanging our back verandah. I'd been hearing his grunting and growling nearby for a few weeks now, and was fortunate enough to get a half good shot before he disappeared.
We also had a visit from an Australian King Parrot. I've never seen a wild one before, and certainly none in our neighbourhood. He must have spotted the Rainbow Lorikeets feeding out of our seed bowl on the clothesline and was helping himself to a feed. JD and I dashed outside to try and get a few photos before he disappeared:
I also managed to grab this shot of a bug that looks a bit like a wasp of some kind, but I'm not quite sure what it is.
Then there were two VERY interesting moths in our laundry:
All in all, a very successful time with my camera.