Saturday, November 5, 2011

A New Visitor...

White-faced Heron - Egretta novaehollandiae

We heard a constant knocking and found this huge bird on the windowsill but spooked it before we could grab the camera.  Over the last few days it's got gamer, coming closer and closer, until this morning it came right up to the back door and knocked!  Then it jumped up onto the table, had a walk around and propped!









We think it likes this place and has probably built a nest with its partner.  It's said that when breeding the birds have long feathers (nuptial plumes) on the head, neck and back, which this one has.





More information: Birds in Backyards

14 comments:

steven said...

so very awesome!!!! steven

alaine@éclectique said...

steven...isn't it fabulous!

Pandorash8 said...

How beautiful!!! We have a King Parrot that visits us from time to time and hops onto our back table like your Heron does. We usually give him a bit of seed and after a quick chat and sing-song, he's off again for several weeks.

Betsy said...

Oh, how fun! he's a beauty!

alaine@éclectique said...

Pandorash8...Ash, we get them too!! We're going to miss this birdlife when we move!

alaine@éclectique said...

Betsy...I'm looking forward to the chic...apparently they only have one!

Delwyn said...

you may see much more of him...

alaine@éclectique said...

Delwyn...I hope so; since these shots this morning, we haven't spied him all day but he might come in this evening.

Franka said...

What a fascinating bird!!!

I know how it is when you have choisen the glasses and after a while you are thinking: Hope it has been the right choice!!!

:-)

All the best!
♥ Franka

Steven Cain said...

How crazy is that. Our herons don't venture far from water. I've had quite a few raid my pond for frogs and what-not, but never knock at my door. Hope they come back!

gésbi said...

Knock, knock - that bird wants in! You must give out vibrations that make animals take your place for a sanctuary!

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven Cain...We saw the pair together last night. We have a series of ponds next door to our place (scroll down to the pic at the bottom of my page). They may be nesting over there and come to our place for tucker.

alaine@éclectique said...

gésbi...it is extraordinary..the cockatoos knock on the door for attention too!

Pierre BOYER said...

Fantastic !
Greetings from France...

Pierre