Since the Europeans came to Australia and tried to grow fruits and vegetables from other continents, they have been at war with the native birds and marsupials which have developed a taste for imported flora. The wildlife is protected here now, so the only solution is to share with the native creatures or to place nets over everything that is edible: grapes, figs, stone fruit,apples, pears,corn... the list is endless.
Currently my tomato plants, corn and zucchini are covered by netting. Mind you, the possums can rip holes in these fine nets. As I said, it is a battle which is usually won by the native fauna.
The sunflowers I planted for their showy flowers and my intention was to have the rosellas enjoy the seeds.'The bird that has green plumage is a juvenile crimson rosella.
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mesutilgim (81320) 2014-01-29 2:55
Hello Klaudio, my neighbour !
Nice capture of this beutiful cupple enjoying the seeds of sunflowers .
Very nice and vivid colors and interesing notes.
TFS and best regards
serp2000 (38824) 2014-01-29 3:27
Another scene from the wild life ;)
Thanks for this interesting note with so amazing facts. Good and very picturesque illustration.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-29 3:39
Lovely view of these colourful birds feeding on the sunflower seeds. I like the inclusion of the huge blurred sunflower in the BG. Great capture, thanks for sharing.
emka (75011) 2014-01-29 3:41
hello Klaudio, if only the birds and nice animals came to my garden I would plant the flowers for them. How nice that you planted the sunflowers and can such a wonderful guests.
dekanski (2724) 2014-01-30 10:54
Odličan fukus, to mi je prva impresija!!!
nikkitta (13921) 2014-01-30 12:54
So sunflower to atrack birds?
Here in Argentina sunflowers are planted in great extensions to obtain oil from them, so not birds are welkome, now I know, the must migrate to Australia...
Colorful birds in great contrast with the green of poor sunflowers!!
dkmurphys (47628) 2014-01-31 3:53
Very exotic wildlife image. I like your detail very much, spectacular colors.
Enjoy the weekend.
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-02-03 23:14
Parrots love sunflowers and this image depicts just that.Lovely colors on the birds and a really colorful presentation.TFS.
COSTANTINO (52782) 2014-02-05 3:25
Hello my dear friend
is this a shot from Paradise?
I love the sunflowers it reminds of
a human face looking at me
and the birds are amazing decorating
this composition it is not a simple
shot it is a beauty of flowers
colors details and nature
a shot that changed my mood today
williewhistler (13111) 2014-02-05 4:05
I well remember the damage that the cockatoos inflicted upon our daughters sunflowers a couple of years ago when we visited Parramatta,as you mention it`s just another problem for gardeners...
The rosellas certainly present an attractive sight in a colourful, well composed shot.
The sweet peas also appear to have done well.
ktanska (24398) 2014-02-05 11:11
Lovely shot of so colourful parrots. I didn't know they even change colour when they grow. Birds and the sunflower make a balanced comosition together.
batalay (35051) 2014-02-08 2:24
I like very much the colorful combination of an exotic bird with the sunflower, serving as a counterpoint. The sunflower has always been a favorite for me because of the Fibonacci numbers of logarithmic spirals going off if different directions (34:55 and, in some cases, 55:89). Your note is interesting as always. Around here possums are not as big a problem as beavers, however. We have a small pond in the back of our house, and a few years ago I had planted a weeping willow. I came home one day to find the weeping willow gone, sheared near the base. Then a neighbor reported having seen a pair of very large beavers who were dragging away the tree.
Have a good weekend,
elenimavrandoni (14241) 2014-03-07 19:43
Klaudio, I was really touched by your very special words to my last post!!
we live to remember now...
I chose this beautiful picture of yours to thank you and to compliment you for your extraordinary work!!
take care always!!