Pictures from the magic pool fence

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I’m fortunate enough to live on a property where there’s room for a swimming pool. One of the downsides of having a pool in Australia is it has to be fenced. At least one and a half metres high, unclimbable, with self-closing gates. It’s a legal requirement to reduce the incidence of toddlers drowning in swimming pools, and non-compliance leads to fines. Yeah, yeah. We’re not forced to fence dams, or the ocean, or even garden ponds. We don’t get visits from people with small children and our property is fenced, but that’s irrelevant.

Hey ho. Rant over.

The upside of having the pool fence is that it’s not far from the back of the house and the local birds like to use it to perch. So we built a little feeding platform on it, where we put out bowls of apple juice for the lorikeets, and sometimes some seed for the seed-eating birds. It works like magic, folks. Here’s a few pictures to prove it.

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This is what happens when the alarm call goes up
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Long-billed corella looking handsome
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A young blue-faced honeyeater (that green patch becomes blue as the bird ages)
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A sulphur-crested cockatoo laying claim to the bird seed. That’s a full grown lorikeet he’s bullying
Wet crested pigeon
A crested pigeon in the rain
Jockeying for position
Jockeying for position

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