A feast worth fighting for...territorial aggression in the garden

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birdie
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A feast worth fighting for...territorial aggression in the garden

Since this beautiful tree burst into flower a week ago it has become the centre for a territory war among the most aggressive birds that visit me. The racket is unbelievable fromt he usual culprits... the noisy Miners, the rainbow Lorikeets and worst of all the Blue Faced HE's

and the colours from the Lorikeets were stunning....

Araminta
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Mon Dieu , fantastique!!!

M-L

Holly
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The yellow really pops birdie - what a beautiful plant

birdie
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Yes Holly I really wish someone could tell me what it is. The birds are all over it and screeching at eachother every day! The worst thing is that it hangs over the pool and as they feed they drop the stamens into the pool ha ha . I have been swimming around and cleaning them up.

My photos have not done it justice due to poor exposure though  and as I have used links from flickr there is no window pop up as there would be if I had uploaded the images, so that changes the viewing as well.

Sunshine Coast Queensland

birdie
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Merci beaucoup Marie-Louise ..... you are too kind :')

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birdie
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I found this plant by scrollingn through pictures and it is called a Golden Penda, a native to the tropical north of Queensland.

here is a link to an article about it on the ABC

http://www.abc.net.au/queensland/stories/s1692654.htm

Hope this works !

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Windhover
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How lucky you are Adrienne! Awesome to have these in my yard.... not....yet.....

Correa
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hmmmm  that article doesn't mention causing WW3 in your garden

Holly
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Hey stranger!

Glad to see you - any new awesome photos to share with us?

cathshane

Great shots. The tree is beautiful. Looks like the birds are having a feast.Just adore the lorikeet.

Woko
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Love the shots of the birds & the golden penda which my research tells me is Xanthostemon chrysanthus, a member of the MYRTACEAE family (which includes Eucalypts). No wonder the nectar-feeding birds like it!

birdie
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Well the birds had better make the most of it between showers as the rain is so heavy it is knocking the rest of the flowers off!!  It is a really lovely tree for sure, apparently they used it alot to plant around the Expo at brisbane years ago as it was so colourful and I guess the green and gold helped .

The way we are going Holly the only shots I will be able to share will be underwater ones ha ha

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Woko
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Hope you're high & dry, birdie.

birdie
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Thanks Woko... I live right at the bottom of a huge hill and next to a torrenting stream that bypasses us at a great rate of knots!!! We are safe here and can enjoy the intensity of Qld rains without fear of flooding fortunately. it is really somethign to experience that monsoonal type rain .... if you can stay safe in it that is.

Sunshine Coast Queensland

JessMess
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Such a beautiful scene to have in your very own backyard.

Glad your safe from that water it looks pretty crazy!

 
Woko
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Thanks, birdie. It gives a good picture of what you're dealing with in the monsoon. Our creek is dry 99% of the time (some of the locals call our valley Dead Person's Gulch) but it occasionally runs a gusher with a couple of small dams filling as a result. Twice we've had Australasian grebes breeding on one of the dams after such a down pour. Do you notice any breeding events after your down pours, birdie?

birdie
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Woko, the downpours come in the middle of the summer which is the breeding season for many of the tropical birds that head down here from up North anyway so I don't really know that it makes much difference. The resident catbird family breed in their normal season each summer though I havent seen any sign of a new baby yet so far, it could still be coming though as their nest is over the creek from my house and it takes a while before they bring it down with them.

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Woko
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Thanks, birdie. I've spent very little time in the tropics & none in the wet season so my ignorance is on full display.

birdie
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I am  just guessing most of the time and judging by what I see outside .... am certainly no expert either have only lived here for 4 years and have spent most of my life in Perth or NZ. I hate the humidity but I love the "essence" of the tropical  parts ... that wetness and lushness and absloute aliveness of it all :)

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Windhover
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Did you mean me? I am asking because the comment is a subcomment (indented) under my reply to Birdie.

If you meant me, yes, happy to ipost a few acceptable shots I guess. :-)

birdie
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Oh my goodness, this reply/indent feature is going to take some getting used to isn't it? Now I remember why I didn't like it on forums before.  it is strange to have the latest reply coming halfway down the page. Guess it just takes a bit of familiarty with it. AKos you wojld have been used to it from your other forums I suppose . Well where are they all then? ...your shots that is!

Sunshine Coast Queensland

Birdgirl2009
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That really is a lovely tree. I can see why you have so many birds

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