The sugar water feeders were empty today and my friend here sat on the fence to alert me to his or her hunger. My reward for coming out with new supplies was this Tui stayed still and allowed me to sneak very close to take some photos.
A warm day meant the sliding door was open. Near this door is our dining table. Just outside this door is a collection of potted plants and a plastic bowl full of water for the birds to drink from.
This blackbird is often in this area of the garden and as I was eating my lunch, he appeared to drink from the bowl. Fortunately I had my camera right next to me.
Tui are not known for being sweet “smiling”, benign birds. Rather they are well known for their aggression and territory dominance. Their beauty in colour, feathering and song draws many of us in to love them and be fascinated by them. Enjoy this grumpy bird image!
Showing us their growing wattle feathers at the base of their throat.