|Eyeing off fresh tasty treats from my herb garden.|
|All in all there were 27 of them!!|
|They retreated to the safety of loftier heights.|
There they were all arranged in their sentry-like stance leering over my newly-planted herbs from the safety of the rooftop. Needless to say I ran outside and (after photographing them) began waving my arms and yelling like a banshee, to which they all took off in terrified (read nonchalant) flight and resettled themselves from a higher vantage point.
So far my herbs have remained intact - but I remain vigilant.
Not so lucky my neighbours protea shrub - which is just beginning to sprout its giant spring blooms. Yesterday I returned from a morning of running errands only to see the footpath and surrounding lawn littered with the detritus of the protea. I really did think that vandals had taken a baseball bat to the tree - not that such things happen around here - but the amount of damage was remarkable.
When I looked closer in the surrounding trees what should I see but the black cousin of the Sulphur crested cockatoo, the Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo. I have lived in this part of Melbourne for twenty years now and I have never seen these devils before. I wonder what recent freak of nature has sent these ne'er-do-wells of the skies scurrying to this end of Melbourne? Probably habitat destruction.
"On closer internet inspection it turns out that they are native to this area," she reported sheepishly. Perhaps we are the marauding invaders and they are merely exacting their revenge?