Backyard bathing

In response to this week’s photo challenge, “What makes you smile?” I have to say, New Holland Honeyeaters using my sprinkler for a bath.

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They disappeared for a few years, following the arrival of the Noisy Miner Birds (vicious birds who harass other birds in groups) but I noticed their return last year. Shy creatures, they dart away from my dog and wait until the sprinkler is near a tree or shrub, so that they can hide away while they bathe.

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But they make a lot of noise, chirping and cavorting.

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Shaking off the drops

Or signalling that the coast is clear!

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Wet and wild!

And amusing!