Here’s a slightly different take on the proverbial twelve days of Christmas, photographically speaking.
12 Pigeons Posing
There are actually more than 12 Topknot Pigeons in the photo. The birds look so small because they were 400m away.
11 Harlequins Huddling
These are Hibiscus Harlequin Bug nymphs, grouped on a native hibiscus leaf, and providing a shiny Christmas decoration for this post.
10 Frigates Flying
As with the pigeons, there are two bonus Frigate Birds – the two males sitting in the mangrove branches with their throat sacs inflated.
9 Cockies Flapping
Unusually they weren’t screeching, just flying north-west in a very determined fashion. Inevitably there was one flapping out of synch with the group.
8 Red-necks Resting
These Red-necked Avocets have headed off early for their Christmas break.
7 Corellas Carousing
These Little Corellas are very much in the Christmas spirit. The photo is deliberately over-exposed-- about as close as we get to a White Christmas.
6 Honeyeaters Hassling
A messy photo, just like some Christmas dinners, and these New Holland Honeyeaters have a bit of a family brawl going on, also like some Christmas dinners.
5 Gold Rings
These Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters are the closest I have to gold rings – or rather gold earrings (you can see the effect on the bird at the lower right).
4 Collie Birds
Collie of course means “black”, and these White-winged Choughs fit the bill pretty well— at least until they start flying.
3 French Hens
Actually they’re Tongan chooks, with a taste for the café lifestyle.
2 Turtle Doves.
Well, they're called Turtle Doves in Anguilla, where they are the National Bird. Elsewhere they are called Zenaida Doves. It’s summer so they’re sitting on an air-conditioning unit.
And a Turkey in a Bare Tree.
Which brings us to 2020. It’s said that being hit by a bird dropping is a harbinger of good fortune, so here’s your good luck out of a clear blue sky, courtesy of a Tree Martin.
A happy Christmas and a healthy, safe and lucky New Year to you all!