I was out with the family last weekend at a local park here in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, Australia. Many of these birds came up very close. I think they are quite used to human contact and were after food.
Anyway this one in particular was prepared to stay quite close as I filmed him. I felt like he was actually trying to work out what I was doing - as he peered down the camera lens.
You can hear my grandchildren in the background talking to / about him.
He will certainly remain in their memories as a particularly friendly chap! I hope you enjoy him as much as we did.
I joined a bird club in Michigan and I became a birdwatcher when I was in high school. I lived on a lake and I love nature. Now I sail in San Francisco. I paint, draw, film, feed, all birds.
I volunteer at YSI, the Youth Science Institute. The Youth Science Institute is located in Vasona Park at 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, California.
We have classes for Science and Nature Explorers from pre-school to 8th grade YSI’s hands-on programs. Supporting science and nature education that inspires children to learn more and be excited about science and nature.
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I've recently gotten into bird watching and bird feeding. The video I've placed here shows two of my feeders and a bird bath I recently purchased.
Being new to this, I honestly don't know what most of the birds are. I know I've got some nice footage of a cardinal in there. I see a yellow finch and I think I got a robin using the bird bath. But I'm still learning what a lot of these guys are.
One this I noticed is that as soon as the bird bath was added to the area by the feeders, business picked up. It quickly became the all in one stop for a lot of birds.
As for the seed, I'm using just a wild bird mixture in one, and some thistle in the tube style feeder. The thistle quickly attracted the little guys once I added it.
I would ask anybody with tips or info worth sharing about bird feeders and bird watching to comment on the video on youtube. Thanks!!
The Baby Barn Swallows hatched today(June 20 2017)! We have been watching the nest since spring, waiting for this day. There were 2 eggs in the nest on May 29. They laid a total of 4. At this point only 3 of the 4 eggs have hatched. These are very new chicks.
Notice how the barn swallows call to make the babies open their mouths for food.
There are six subspecies of barn swallow, which breed across the Northern Hemisphere. Four are strongly migratory, and their wintering grounds cover much of the Southern Hemisphere as far south as central Argentina.