Laurie Knight <>
Sat, 13 Jun 2020 11:34:37 +1000
Like many other Australians, I have been working at home during the Covid
Crisis. I’ve found the best place to work is on a table on the back deck of my
house, where I am out with the birdlife. The best birds from the deck during
that time were a couple of Glossy Blacks flying overhead in search of
Most days I hear the characteristic plopping sounds of Noisy Miners making use
of the swimming pool. They like to swoop down from either the pool fence or a
nearby bottlebrush, briefly settle on the water (sometimes bobbing their back
under water) before turning around on the water and flying back to their
launching point. After a feather shuffle or two they generally repeat the
cycle another couple of times before flying off.
Blue-faced Honeyeaters sometimes also join the party, though they are less
confident in the water than the miners. They have more off a skipping
approach, just doing a belly skim and flying off in the same direction.
The Pied Butcherbirds don’t use the pool. They wait till it rains then get wet
by plopping into the foliage of a lillipilly and enjoy the shower from the
The lorikeets, crows and pigeons have not shown an interest in bathing.
What are other people’s observations of birds bathing in “deep” water [water
too deep to stand in]? Have people observed large birds [other than
waterbirds] bathing or species with interesting bathing styles?
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