Wet here apparently involves huge drops of moisture alternating between pelting down manically, flooding guttering so that it overflows drenching humans, pets & plants within minutes, & stopping suddenly leaving a person wondering where the heck it has gone. The saving grace is that it is also warm - with temperatures still being 24° - 29°C ( 75° - 84°F those of you stateside).
Given that the rainy/storm season has finally arrived I had made plans for the days when I couldn't be working outside this week. They involved a little painting &, more importantly, unpacking the rest of my glass now that I finally have more storage sorted. Or so I thought.....
Right up until the time that I stopped to make my first cup of coffee & looked out the kitchen window...
This little guy was sitting on the patio railing. Now don't get me wrong there is nothing at all unusual about Rainbow Lorikeets in the garden - apart from the fact that they don't usually venture up to dog & cat territory. Just as well the dog is a rain wimp & was curled up in a pathetic wee ball on his beanbag - with the cats doing similar in the bedrooms.
This particular Lori wasn't at all afraid of the human that, feeling sorry for them that the bird feeder had just received an impromptu clean out & was now a water bowl, ventured out with a freshly peeled lychee & two slices of mango. He just sat, not even a foot away along the rail, & watched me - then when I backed off he invited his friend up.
What happened next was as funny as a play! Straight off he knocked the first piece of mango off...
It really doesn't need a dialogue but I couldn't resist.
|"Oh darn, Ethel - that's one down."|
|"You go for the next thing, Archie - I'll just keep an eye on 'er over there!"|
|"Easy there Archie - don't scoff too much, you never know what it could be."|
|"Hmm, Ethel - I'm not so sure about that one...unusual texture." |
"Careful Archie - you nearly knocked me off!"
|"You sure it's not some sort of egg?"|
|"Oopsy, seems it just joined that other thing."|
|"This isn't so bad - you hold that end & make sure it doesn't fall."|
|"Grr - I said hold it Archie!"|
|By the next downpour the mango & lychee are forgotten as my latest distractions take refuge in the tree right next to the deck & groom each other in an attempt to dry off.|
These birds are so entertaining to watch - gregarious & unafraid, for the most part, of humans. They did go down onto the patio & eat the fallen mango between showers - but left the lychee for the ants.
Just as well really - it could become time consuming peeling lychees for the Loris ;)