It has been a busy month and I’ve missed writing a post for Mother’s Day.
Looking through my photos, I thought I’d highlight some of the many mothers and parents amongst the wildlife in our garden, and around Canberra.
Of course I have to start with the biggest personalities in Canberra, the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.
Despite their screechy and bossy ways, it was lovely to be able to capture this very patient mother having her yellow crested feathers examined by one of her youngsters….
One morning Paul and I wondered if a world war was breaking out in the garden, only to discover that the baby cockatoo (almost as big as its mother) was having a mighty tantrum about being fed..”I want it right now!”
Kookaburras are not very common in our garden, but Kooka parents will bring a baby to the birdbaths on hot days….while the parent/sibling waits patiently on the garden bench.
and here is an even younger Kookaburra in the photo below. It looks as if it is having a first flight from the nest with the safety of wires to land on, and parent close by…
Even in winter, there are late babies, and the King Parrots like to fly into the garden for a drink….and then feed on the buds of the Japanese Maple…
As I took a photo of them, I noticed their baby waiting patiently in the tree…the first winter, wow it is cold out here!
The photo below shows a young Currawong in our garden…the first, and only time we have seen one so young. ..unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of the parent who would undoubtedly be somewhere close by. Currawongs are the bain of our lives, as they chase small birds, and generally frighten everything out of the garden. However, this little guy with his crew cut, is cute!
This is a great photo of an adult pied Currawong, and thanks to Harry Charalambous Birdlife Australia.
A kangaroo has an extra responsibility, she carries her Joey around in her pouch for some time..
She is putting her paws protectively over her Joey, perhaps to warn him that I am nearby with a camera, or that he is about to fall out of the pouch!
Here is a baby Koala, almost too big for a ride with Mum..
This adult Koala carried her baby for a while…
..and then it all got too much and she sat down……haven’t you felt just like that in a supermarket with a toddler?
It was lovely to share these, mostly accidentally photos, I have taken of motherhood and parenthood in full swing with birds and animals.
I was lucky enough to have a mother who believed that the small details of life were important, and that people, nature and animals should be central to a life well lived. She noticed the tiny details; the spider web in the morning light, the lizard in the sun, a new flower blossoming, a bird call…she got great joy from it all.
A toast to her, and to all mothers!
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