Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: All Kinds of Birds

Bird’s The Word

I think that birds have become a much more important part of my life since moving to Tasmania. Maybe it’s because I had more time to enjoy nature or perhaps because I enjoy being outside more in a cooler climate but I started to notice the birds that came to the garden. Sparrows and starlings of course but also finches, honeyeaters. wrens and larger birds like rosellas and plovers. I always like to hear the kookaburras calling. In Geeveston I rarely saw them although I often heard them but here I see them pretty often, even in the garden occasionally. Most of the birds I see I find it hard to photograph though so ornamental birds have started to appear around the house and garden.

This is another version of one of the photos I shot last week of a Green Rosella outside our living room window. At this time of evening the colours really seemed to blend in to the tree.

Rosella in a tree at sunset

I know that pigeons are considered vermin by many people but just look at this colouring.

The eye of a pigeon.

I seem to have started a collection of china birds without meaning to. Naomi bought me a couple last year, the colourful bird, a pheasant perhaps, is an old one that was amongst mum’s things and recently I bought myself three more china birds from a shop in Wynyard. I could not resist the wren because you know I love them. The pretty wren mug was another present from Naomi. It is a little too big to use so I’ve decided to put it where I can enjoy it. Our regular mugs are also birds. You’ve seen them before I think except Magpie. I got that one for Naomi because she likes them.

china bird collection
The bird collection is growing.

Naomi bought these magpie ornaments at a shop in Smithton when we were out one day. Sometimes I’m startled to see them sitting in the gazebo because they are about the size of the real ones.

Every time I see these I think they are real.
Australian birds mug.


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 WordPress.com 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. I love your birds. You have so many gorgeous parrots and cockatoos. I only see them in pictures or cages. I must be a thrill to see them in your own yard!

    The china birds are beautiful. Isn’t it funny how you wind up collecting things you never intended to collect? I once bought a teapot — then EVERYONE bought me teapots until finally I gave away the entire collection, only keeping teapots in which i could actually make tea! I have a collection of wind chimes. I bought one and everyone said “AHA! WIND CHIMES” and for every Christmas and birthday, more windchimes. My mother used to like little creamers and we all gave her little china creamers. She must have had dozens of them from everywhere in the world.

    Everything is relatively peaceful right now — for the moment. We are still all locked up because I still don’t have my full vaccinations dosages and Owen still doesn’t have any and many other people have none, so until most people are vaccinated, nothing changes.

    Just another quarter year passing and still in the house. And now, the weather is beginning to be nice, so I’m hoping we can at least go out and take some pictures soon. We need to get OUT of here. SOON.



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