Friday, August 19, 2011

Is this the face of evil?

Only if you're a magnolia tree in bud.

Every day 10 or so of these little birds with hats, as The Husband calls them, come into the garden and snack on our spindly magnolia that's full of buds.

I could take a feather from the rural-dwelling Father-in-Law's cap and shoot these red-whiskered bul-buls as he is threatening to do to the two peacocks who are eating the Mother-in-Law's potted colour (true story), but I won't.

Here's another one with its birdy little hand wrapped around a branch for purchase so it can thrust its beak deep into a juicy bud, yet I do nothing. The flock probably had a bird's-eye view of the whole dove/currawong saga and knows I'm soft. To keep me in line they flit about showing off their cute fluffy red bottoms and Adam Ant-style cheeks and I leave them be.

What can I say? I'm hen-pecked. Make that birds-with-hats pecked.

Have a lovely weekend. x

If you're reading this...
Jana, rose water is a food product used to flavour sweets. It's available in speciality food shops and, in Sydney, bigger supermarkets. It's just pure water infused with rose petals. Orange blossom water is also beautiful.


  1. Where is that nerf gun of yours?

  2. Beautiful images and such pretty birds. It is hard for me to understand why anyone would want to try and deter birds or other creatures from eating plants, flowers, even vegetables from an outside garden. Once you put anything outside, it is exposed to the elements and wildlife. We could drive ourselves very crazy trying to control everything around us. :/ Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy