A new visitor to our bird bath

@JudyEv (97400)
Bunbury, Australia
November 14, 2017 4:09am CST
We have two bird baths. One is situated in the garden immediately in front of where I sit in our office. Any movement there makes me look up and occasionally a bird or reptile comes in that I may not have seen before. With luck we’re able to photograph it from inside the office which is what happened in this case. This pretty little fellow is a golden whistler (Pachycephala pectoralis). My bird book says the male is a yellow-breasted thickhead which I didn’t think was very complimentary. It has a black head, white throat and yellow edges to wing feathers. Apparently it is a common resident in our area but we haven’t seen them too often. I hope he comes again.
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@andriaperry (31289)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Nov
Very pretty! we do not have many yellow birds here.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
We have a black and yellow honeyeater that is quite pretty too but I haven't caught it on camera yet.
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@LadyDuck (118864)
• Switzerland
14 Nov
It's not a bird that we have in our country. There are many cute yellow birds, but not this one.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I don't think we have too many yellow birds.
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@LadyDuck (118864)
• Switzerland
14 Nov
@JudyEv There are several yellow birds here. The migrators are stopping at my feeders to rest. They are so cute.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
@LadyDuck The migrators would appreciate being able to find food easily on their long journey.
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@Madshadi (3566)
• Brussels, Belgium
14 Nov
I have a good camera on my phone but for some reason I never managed to capture a bird or a frog in such good details as you. In case you wonder what that thing is, it's a frog.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
At first I thought you were having a joke with me but I can see it now.
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@Bopsalay (157)
• Phuket, Thailand
15 Nov
@JudyEv ha ha LOL
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@yanzalong (7885)
• Indonesia
14 Nov
I love looking at birds too. Some tiny birds come over to our flower garden. They are lovely but I cannot describe them yet. I have to look at the birds more intently later.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I like to see the little birds coming in for a bath. Sometimes they all come at once.
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@Bopsalay (157)
• Phuket, Thailand
15 Nov
@JudyEv so beautyfull
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@JohnRoberts (39150)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Nov
It is like he is looking at the camera.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
They are very alert and we have to move very carefully and quietly if we want a photo. We keep the curtain open so we don't have to move it if something turns up.
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@Morleyhunt (15946)
• Canada
14 Nov
Goldfinches and yellow tanagers are the only noticeably yellow bird we see. It's always fun to identify a bird you hadn't seen before.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
We don't have too many yellow birds here. There is a New Holland honey-eater but I don't have a photo of it.
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• China
14 Nov
It is a great candid photography!The unlooked-for "guest" looks so beautiful!
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
The photo has been heavily cropped but it is still reasonably focussed.
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@teamfreak16 (35355)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
14 Nov
Wow, what a beautiful bird. Are you a Birder? I've thought about trying it, but becoming obsessed with yet another activity is all I need.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
No, not really. I just take notice of the birds and I like watching the ones that come to the bird baths. I hadn't heard 'birder' before. Bird-watchers are also called 'twitchers' which seems an odd term. Bill Oddy is a twitcher. He was one of The Goodies which was a popular TV show once - probably before you were born! I picked up a book of his once all about bird-watching in the UK.
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@teamfreak16 (35355)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
15 Nov
@JudyEv - To See Every Bird on Earth by Dan Koppel is a good book on the subject.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
@teamfreak16 Thanks. I'll keep an eye out for it. The one I have is just for Australian birds. It was interesting seeing the different birds in other countries. It seems every country has its crows, magpies and robins but they're all different to ours.
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@paigea (21035)
• Canada
14 Nov
Very pretty. Our bird feeder is getting well used in this Cold weather.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
I'm sure your birds really appreciate the food you put out. Here, it is water that the birds look for and appreciate, especially in summer.
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@paigea (21035)
• Canada
15 Nov
@JudyEv I guess they eat snow here. We wouldn't be able to keep any water out for them.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
@paigea They probably don't need to drink too often either whereas when the temperatures here are high the birds are desperate for a drink.
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@DaddyEvil (22024)
• United States
14 Nov
You have a prime bird-watching spot there, Judy. He certainly is beautiful!
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
Our cameras sit on the desk-top next to us. Vince faces a wall but I let him know if there is something he needs to see.
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@DaddyEvil (22024)
• United States
14 Nov
@JudyEv "faces the wall"? Like he is a bad boy? (grinning and playing!)
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
@DaddyEvil That's just where his computer is. I've definitely got the best spot - and I'm hanging on to it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Nov
I just read this to Anne and she said that I resemble the thickhead part of that description. What a cute little bird he is. In the US, we have a lot of warblers who wear yellow and the goldfinches in the spring get to resemble canaries they get so yellow.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
I'm afraid Anne is wrong (and perhaps you can poke your tongue out at her if you are brave enough!). I looked up 'thickhead' as pertaining to birds and it is used to signify that they don't appear to have a neck so the head seems to sit right on top of the body. I can see clearly that you do indeed have a neck. Maybe they should rephrase 'thickhead' to read 'neckless'.
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• Eugene, Oregon
15 Nov
@JudyEv Here, beefy guys like that are called "no necks," very muscular and their heads appear to sit right on their shoulders.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
@JamesHxstatic They're the best build for rugby and/or soccer so I'm told.
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@Corbin5 (79117)
• United States
14 Nov
Yes, that "thickhead" description just does not sound nice. I am sure it is a lovely bird in all ways despite that name.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
It seems a really strange description for a bird book. And his head doesn't look that thick anyway. I must research it a bit more. Oh dear, so much to learn!
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@Corbin5 (79117)
• United States
15 Nov
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@TRBRocks420 (60983)
• Banks, Oregon
14 Nov
Very cool little bird.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I was pretty thrilled to see him come in for a drink.
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@peachpurple (9949)
• Malaysia
14 Nov
Isn't it nice to watch nature daily?
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
I love having the bird bath there. Some of the birds have really long baths and must get themselves almost too wet to fly.
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@Daelii (1330)
• United States
14 Nov
@JudyEv So adorable! thank you for sharing. What kind of bird is that??
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
@Daelii It is a young Western Rosella. Here is the adult.
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@allen0187 (26439)
• Philippines
15 Nov
Lovely photo! Thanks for sharing it!
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
You're welcome. At least we 'caught' him this time. Last time we just had his tail feathers at the edge of the photo.
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@allen0187 (26439)
• Philippines
18 Nov
@ilocosboy (32230)
• Philippines
14 Nov
Hmm, its just come my mind to put also a bird bath in our garden, maybe it will attract local birds in our yard. I see three kinds of small birds in the mango tree in front of our house also.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Nov
The birds would probably really appreciate a bird bath. We get a lot of pleasure from ours - probably as much pleasure as the birds.
@ilocosboy (32230)
• Philippines
14 Nov
I think it would be nice to have them visit our garden.
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@kepweng (5994)
15 Nov
is these a Migratory birds??
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
No, these are here all year round.
@maezee (26933)
• United States
15 Nov
That is a cool looking bird for sure!
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
We have some very pretty little birds here.
@Hatley (157980)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Nov
thats a gorgeous phto the bid is reallypretty golden warbelr
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
We don't have very many yellow birds.
@cahaya1983 (8465)
• Malaysia
15 Nov
Very beautiful bird! I don't think I've seen it around here. We often see the lesser shortwing but rarely the other colorful bird species.
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@JudyEv (97400)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Nov
I think this one might only be seen in parts of Australia.
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