Friday, 23 November 2007
dogs off-lead around native birds
Today Penny, Jabari, Jabiri's mum and I walked in a new spot- Bulleen Park - where there were plenty of birds feeding on the ground and in the air around us.
The red-rumped parrots seemed quite undisturbed by the two dogs. When we approached them, they flew away about four or five metres and continued feeding on the ground nearby. I tried to take a picture with my phone but they were camouflaged in the grass. But here's a lovely close-up I found on flickruploaded by M G Jefferies.
The crested pigeons were also wandering around on the ground, looking as beautiful as ever. There's a great picture of one on flickr.
I think we must have been disturbing insects as we walked across the grass, because flocks of swallows were diving and swooping around us. The pee wees didn't seem to care where we went.
As for the occasional magpies, they ignored us, thank goodness. I think if it came to a confrontation we would come off second-best. I must say, they are one of my favorite birds, but it's scary when they swoop you!