Like this flock of pied currawongs (Strepera graculina) photographed in my street a few days ago, I’m enjoying the early morning winter sun while I wait and watch for signs of new life to creep into my garden.
The currawongs have quite possibly come down from the high country to spend winter in Mudgee. While they’re here, they’ll be on the lookout for food- berries and seeds, invertebrates, bird eggs, juvenile birds and young marsupials. Seven or eight of them descended upon my garden last weekend, after a weeding blitz, stalking around and picking over the fresh, loose soil. The resident invertebrates would have been very nervous! By the end of winter, the local native birds are generally ravenous (pardon the pun) and any food that’s put out attracts incredible numbers.
I’m taking advantage of this quiet time to visit and photograph more amazing gardens. While I concentrate on these new projects over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking a break from my weekly writings. I’ll probably put up photos on the blog and Facebook, and on Instagram, so you’ll see what I’m up to. For new readers who haven’t seen my earlier posts, I have a few suggestions for you from my archives, to look at.
Let me know what you’re up to, and happy gardening!