We have put several feeders and two bird baths on our little deck. As a result, we are now thoroughly entertained everyday by a variety of birds that come to avail of the food and services.
I am surprised at how much bathing the birds actually do. I guess flying around is a sweaty and dirty task.
We have three main types of birds. I believe they are three families that live nearby. The various types of lorikeets, parrots, parrakeets and cockatoos generally bond for life, which can be a long time. The Galahs, for example can live up to 80 years in captivity and more than 40 in the wild.
One family is the Crested Pigeon. They make the most unusual squeeking noise with their wings when they take off. They usually stop on the tree first and have a look at us.
We also have a family of Galahs. They are rather more timid than the other birds, despite being several sizes larger than some of the other visitors.
Another regular set of visitors are the Rainbow Lorikeets. They tend to shoo off the other birds and keep the food for themselves.
As their name suggests, they are spectacularly coloured birds.
For our first camping experience in Australia, we decided to try a place that had all the proper amenities of camping, including running water and an actual campground in case we ran into difficulties. Munmorah fit our requirements very well, especially considering that we could not get a booking anywhere closer to Sydney.
One thing we have learned from our short time in Australia, is that it is full of interesting wildlife, flora and fauna. We knew this before from all of the National Geographic articles and videos we watched, but coming here really emphasizes this fact.
The park has some lovely vantage points where you can have a great view of the coast.
While on Birdie beach, we did in fact see lots of birds of many different types.
One crow was defending its catch. As we got closer, it took an agressive stance and actually flew closer to us to scare us away.
We wondered what they were eating. Upon closer inspection, we found they like shellfish.
I had planned to go swimming, but after finding this Man o'war on the beach, I think I should have a stinger suit or a wetsuit.
Back at the camp site, we took time to read and enjoy the lovely weather.
The next morning, we were up before the dawn, and down to the beach for sunrise before driving home.