Fig Bird pair.
Fig Bird pair. Contributed.

Regular visits berry rewarding

ALL of us who have trees or plants in our garden that produce fruit or berries will have experienced having to battle to save what we can for our selves. Flying foxes at night and a number of birds during the day can take their toll on the fruit.

One of the birds that are regular visitors to our place is the Figbird.

They particularly love the mulberries on our tree at the back but are always there when the palm tree which hangs over our fence, has its rich red berries on it.

The Figbirds usually arrive in a small group which consists of one male and a few females.

Both male and female are totally different in appearance. The male pictured here in the foreground has green and grey feathers mainly, with a bright red patch around the eye. The female is brown with flecks on the under feathers.

The most exciting thing for me was that the berries were growing on the same level as one of our upstairs windows. By taking out the glass and the screen, I had a perfect view to take photos. From my position inside, as long as I remained still, the birds took no notice of me and went about their feasting unconcerned.

Originally, when the red berries were in abundance, I thought that would be the best time to photograph, but I was really happy with some shots which were taken when many of the berries had been picked off.

Those photos were taken over twelve months ago and the palm tree has grown considerably since then. The new crop of berries is now above the roof level and out of my range.



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