But, they wasn't around! Very odd, thought I. I had a look in one of the trees they like to hang out in and I saw a bird that I hadn't seen here before. Looked kinda predatory too. Out came the binoculars and the camera, and, sure enough, there was a bird of prey hanging out in the backyard.
Meet the alien predator from above:
This bloke is what's know around here in Oz as a brown goshawk. They eat sparrows, finches, small honey-eaters, and the occasional fat, dumb pigeon. Is it any wonder that when he showed up they all high-tailed it outta here? I would too. But don't worry, they were all back the next day, just not in as many numbers as usual. I suspect the goshawk had a meal or two on his way through.
I wasn't going to put these next two parrot pics up. They were both shot through the window and you can see the reflection on the blinds from another window on both pics. BUT they just look so cool so here ya go:
As I'm sure you've noticed, the galah is a female and she's fighting off the nasty little lorikeets so she can get her brekkie. You can tell she's a sheila cus of the eyes. Ahem... NO JOKE!