One of the benefits of having a fountain in our front yard is that we sometimes see birds diving in beak-first, like this noisy miner:
… and then out again before the spray settles…
… but watch out for the fountain’s upper tray!
Thud! And down again on the rebound …..
This time the miner successfully selects a shallower exit angle.
“Don’t you DARE laugh!”
Noisy miners are one of the larger members of the honeyeater family, and are found in the eastern part of Australia. They’ve adapted very well to urban areas with plantings of native flowers, and Australia-wide were the second most common bird in the latest Aussie Backyard Bird count (https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/2018-results/)
North Sydney – my home suburb – holds Sydney’s second largest CBD. However its parks and bushland areas, and those of neighbouring councils such as Willoughby, host a surprising variety of native flora and fauna. These bush areas are maintained by dedicated council staff, often working with local resident volunteers.