Dealing with the heat

Jack and Jill continue to elude our attempts to locate them regularly.  For what ever reasons they might show for a few minutes but then are gone. Do they have a new nest? Are they still in the same territory? Are they now simply out of season?

Given the extreme heat of the past few, and the coming days, we decided to provide them with a little water feature.  There is no permanent water close to their territory, and although they probably get enough moisture from the little bugs they hunt, we thought a little extra help can’t be all that bad.
So we set up two small water feeders. Not deep enough to bathe, but plenty for  drink and a quick splash.  Because of the risk of foxes, and ‘roos and echidnas and other birds, its going to be a bit of a drama. And because we are ‘meddling’ with nature, we’ll probably get kicked out of the “Nature and nature only” club, but at least the little guys will have a bit of relief over the next few days.

The Willie Wagtails were the first to find the new addition, but I suspect the sound of ‘splashing’ is enough to alert other birds. The Superb Wrens passed by but didn’t stop.

Both Jack and Jill made visits during the early part of the morning and it already was hot. At least we now know they are still in residence.

Because of the heat, the female has her wings right away from her body.
Because of the heat, the female has her wings right away from her body.

 

The female pops by for a quick sip of water.  The base is hidden under the stone and branch, so its still pretty much "bush".
The female pops by for a quick sip of water. The base is hidden under the stone and branch, so its still pretty much “bush”.

 

The male in the sunshine.  Like many birds, he seems to be in somewhat of a trance in the sunshine, and he is leaning further and further over, like he's mesmerised. They all seem to do it, so it must be good fun.
The male in the sunshine. Like many birds, he seems to be in somewhat of a trance in the sunshine, and he is leaning further and further over, like he’s mesmerised. They all seem to do it, so it must be good fun.

 

 

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