This photo of a Willy Wagtail feeding its young is from my archive, taken at Rose Orchard Haus about this time two years ago.
A book I have read recently
Feeding the Birds at Your Table - A Guide for Australia by Darryl Jones. In Australia feeding wild birds is frowned upon and yet many many people do it. This book explores whether feeding wild birds really does have the bad impacts we are told about and concludes it is fine to feed the birds provided we take a few precautions. I found the book very interesting and readable and decided on the following for my gardens.
At Burnbrae I will stick with watching the birds that the neighbour feeds. I get a good view of them from my kitchen window. Feeding has tended to attract the bigger birds.
At Rose Orchard Haus I don't feed the birds but there are lots and lots of little birds that I can readily see if I sit quietly in the garden. I don't want to encourage more of the big birds because they will attack the fruit trees.
At Whistlers Rest whenever we visit (which is not all that often) the King Parrots fly in and look around as if to say "Come on where's our food?". They are such a delight. I will feed them.