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.
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.
The Tui are back at the feeders after a very quiet period in the last 4-6 weeks.
There are lots of conversations going on. Some friendly enough….
Others not so much