Today has been one of those mornings that make you smile for the rest of the day.
At 7am, it’s already humid and hot, at 27ºC/80ºF. Rain is forecast, and the temperature is due to rise to 30ºC/86ºF. I have a big pile of dishes, pots and pans to deal with after last night’s family dinner for the Dowager’s birthday. But despite this, I’m feeling absurdly cheerful.
I have got into the habit of throwing bread scraps onto the lawn in front of the covered patio. The Plumed Whistling Ducks (Dendrocygna cytoni) have been regular visitors, but today I have rainbows on the lawn too. Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus), that is. Also making an appearance this morning is an Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca), and in the distance, a Black Butcher Bird (Cracticus quoyi). Out of shot is a Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles). I do wish I could have got a bit closer, but they’d have all disappeared.
The ducks have got into the habit of loitering around out there, knowing stale bread is on the menu most mornings. The rest of the gang are impromptu visitors and it’s unusual to see them all together so I couldn’t pass up the chance to get a photo. Just one of those moments of brightness that life tosses at you from time to time. I must get around to organising some more bird feeders, with foods suitable to all these creatures. Lorikeets really shouldn’t be eating bread, they’re seed and fruit eaters, and the Butcher Bird is a meat eater.
I hope your day has its own share of rainbows…