Garden Visitors Return

Green or Tasmanian Rosella
Green or Tasmanian Rosella


Remember the pair of green Rosellas that used to visit my back garden to eat the berries on the old bush? I have seen them about a few times over the past year but this morning they paid me a long visit.

It was around seven in the morning and I had just got out of bed and was waiting for my coffee to heat up. I looked out the kitchen window and the Rosellas were on the grass near the flower bed. I expected they would fly away but  when they didn’t I went into the living room to get the camera. It had the 24-55 mm lens but I didn’t want to waste time changing it. I didn’t want to scare them by going outside or even opening the window so I took my photos through the glass.

After taking a few pictures I had to get on with things. I was going out at 8:30 am so breakfast, showering, dressing and chores needed to be done. However a little later I looked out again and when I saw that the birds were still enjoying their breakfast on the grass I did put the 100-300 zoom on and took a few more.

These are not great pictures taken in a hurry through glass but I thought I would share some of them. Although I believe these might be a pair I’m not even sure which is which in these photos. When I got home this evening I did a little cropping and brightening with Picasa to compensate for taking the photos from inside the house

This sparrow joined them but soon decided that they were too big to compete with.

A common sparrow.
A common sparrow.

The Rosella’s in turn left when this fellow arrived. He is a masked lapwing, commonly known as a plover and they are frequent visitors to the land between my house and the power sub station next door. I thought that the parrots blended in with the colour of the grass really well and the sparrow with the bark chips behind him.






I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. What beautiful and interesting birds you have there! The rosellas are so pretty and the plover looks like an interesting bird too. The little sparrow is darling too. I’ve always had a soft spot for the plain brown birds.


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