Observing birds in a natural environment is one of the pleasures in my life. I also enjoy taking photos of them. It is interesting to see all sorts of birds in captivity but their lack of freedom makes me a bit sad. They are in a safer environment if they are caged but I love to watch them flying free or wandering around the garden.
Sometimes it is hard to see birds when they are perched in a tree. They may be well camouflaged. My short sightedness adds to the challenge for me.
The birds I see around my home include noisy miners, crested pigeons, spotted doves, sparrows, magpies, Murray magpies, little ravens (crows), kookaburras, willy wagtails, welcome swallows, New Holland honeyeaters, wattlebirds, blackbirds, lorikeets and corellas. There are other birds which I hear but doesn't see. At night I sometimes hear a boobook owl or two.
Magpie across the road in front of my house Image by Marie Vonow
I have a birdbath in my front yard and would like to get one for my backyard as well. Birds enjoy having a drink or taking a bath, especially in warmer weather. I get pleasure from watching them.
One Sunday I was in Rundle Mall in Adelaide shortly before the shops opened. The forecast was for a very hot day and one could feel the heat in the air. Birds were enjoying the water fountain. They gave me great pleasure and I took photos. When I look at the pictures I feel that pleasure again.
Pigeon and water fountain. Image by Marie Vonow
Sparrows enjoying water from the fountain. Image by Marie Vonow
Whenever I go somewhere different I watch out for birds. Sometimes I see the same range of species that I see around my home but other times there are different birds. There is a small river not far from home. Occasionally I see Australian White Ibis or ducks at our river and I have also seen ibis on a local school oval during the holidays. At wetlands about 15 to 20 kilometres away I have seen pelicans, egrets and moorhens as well as ibis.
Australian White Ibis and corellas on school oval. Image by Marie Vonow
Observing birds wherever I am is an activity that brings pleasure to me. I know many other people also enjoy watching birds.