Monday, 23 January 2012

Bath Time at Ride on Mary Bush Retreat

On our last visit to Bush Retreat it was Spring, and we recorded 46 species during our stay. This time it was Summer, with the end total down to 34 species. This is a small property of 10 acres with 2 small dams for water, and a gully that flows for only a short time after rain. The weather was very hot and humid, and the birds were not calling very much. The bird bath was very popular though in the early morning.

White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)

White-throated Honeyeater & Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)

Lewin's Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) & Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Lewin's Honeyeater

Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) &
White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus)

White-throated Treecreeper

Brown Honeyeater

Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus)

Bath with a view
If it got much hotter, I was going to try out the bath without fire under it to heat the water.

Open air shower

Bush Retreat


eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a neat adventure. I love the birds and the photos. Thanks for sharing!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Like those Honeyeaters. I think I could make that retreat my home. Very nice.

Gary said...

Great post and series of birds!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

mick said...

Great photos of the birds and it looks like a very interesting bush retreat.

Carole M. said...

wish they were here; beautiful photographs; love the bush retreat!

Liz said...

How wonderful to be surrounded by so many birds. I think I would be in my element.
Great to discover another Aussie on here and a Queenslander too :)

Nadege, said...

Love the open air shower...Wonderful captures of these little birds.

heyBJK said...

Those Honeyeaters are beautiful and I really like that bird bath!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - what a great selection of bush birds.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Arija said...

What a great post put in the bush with so much going on. Love the red-backed wren.

Springman said...

I love the hot water system for that bath tub. Just light a fire under a cast iron tub? I am a plumbers son and have never seen anything like this. Great outback improv. Bathing with the birds has got to be a hoot!

joo said...

Lovely series!

Pat said...

That looks like a great place to get away from it all! Wonderful little birds!

Larry said...

Great shots of the birds Neil and that retreat looks absolutely marvelous!