It has been very hot in Australia for the last few weeks. Many parts are suffering from fire, more deaths have been reported in the period than normally occur as people just haven’t been prepared for the high temperatures experienced. It is not only humans that are suffering. The birds are feeling the heat as well and as we are in a drought they are attempting to source water where normally they do not use.
The rainbow lorikeet in the first photo was trying to get to the water in the pool. Very few birds avail themselves of this at my place because the pool, surrounded by building on three sides and a wall of waterfall on the remaining side, makes entry and exit steep and not that easy. This little bird though, desperate for either a drink or just to cool flew down, not realising that there is a glass fence around the pool and flew smack bang into it. I heard the thud and raced out to see the poor stunned bird standing, dazed but not moribund. I kept Zach inside and after 15minute I went out. The bird flew off at this point and I’m hoping it was alright.
The other bird, a Noisy miner, also flew into an almost inaccessible pond. The walls on three sides and the narrow opening usually deter birds allowing the goldfish to swim with safety from their predators. On this occasion, desperate for water the bird flew in allowing me to capture it on my iPhone 4s through the windows on one side of the pond. This bird was lucky though. He successfully had a drink.