BIRDS AND THE HEAT (part II)

THE BIRD BATH IS IN DEEP SHADE ALL MORNING AND UP TO EARLY AFTERNOON AS THE SUN MOVES OVER THE BUILDING

I took some more photos of the poor little sparrow who was feeling the heat yesterday.  He hopped over to the cool side of the bird bath, but was ‘gular fluttering’ (i.e. avian panting) with his throat heavily.

…….. and a cropped version so you can see him better (note: this is through a dirty glass window hence the spots and lack of clarity).

Another shot as he stands on the shady side of the bird bath.

……with a cropped version.

and then to the edge and he flew away.  (Note: I am really missing my broken 150-500mm lens as it would have bought you the birds up close and probably in good focus as I can rest my elbows on my desk to make the shot).

The cool change didn’t come until much later in the day, but it was very welcome and made for some lovely storm clouds (high winds and thunderstorms even blew the roof off one house I heard on the TV news last night).

Normally I have cloud and sunset shots on my other blog, but I can’t decide which shots to share, so here’s a few of the 50-60 images I made at dusk and sunset.

(I have an addiction to cloud formations and sky colours as seen from my desk chair or apartment balcony – they are always different, unless the sky is completely clear).

Cool today & tomorrow and back to heat wave over the weekend 🙂

Roll on Autumn………….please.

22 thoughts on “BIRDS AND THE HEAT (part II)

    1. Thanks Peggy. At least i have air-conditioning indoors, but I do try to keep an eye on the bird-bath and sometimes top it up with ice-cubes. I suspect I’m seeing more bird distress as they mostly seem to be juveniles born in recent months. One sparrow looked to be only a few days/weeks old (if that’s possible).

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    1. Thanks for the thought, Terry. Probably sounds trivial to most people, but the weather really does affect me now I’m old(er). At least I’m not still working and having to walk to my office in the heat. But as my office was over the road from the Herbarium entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens, I used to walk home via the coolest, shadiest path in the gardens, instead of the main road anyway 🙂

      Being an ‘outdoors man’ I suspect you probably love the heat as much as the cold.

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      1. As I grow older the heat affects me more and more, sad to say and temperatures like you have been having lately would be difficult for me. Oddly though, the effects of cold have not been bad at all.

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    2. I don’t mind the cold either, but am starting to notice it since I haven’t been out walking daily. A walk in the cooler weather would keep me warm when I got home for about 3-4 hours.

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  1. Poor little sparrow. I’m so fed up with this hot weather: too hot to go outside. The garden is looking neglected and I haven’t done a post for a month. We are so lucky to have air con…imagine what it would be like without it.

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    1. So you’ve got it hot up Mudgee way too, Jane. I might have thought it a little cooler up there. I suspect we’re all fed up because February is usually the hottest month and after the recent (and ongoing) heat waves, we’re all thinking we won’t make it through to the end of summer.

      I think many gardens are suffering, but I’m sure yours will pick up with the Autumn rains. Trouble is that its too hot to do anything much. I’d be in big trouble in this west-facing apartment without the air-con. although I do have a very good air circulator (which, depending on which angle you sit the strong fan on the floor) sends enormous bursts of air which bounce on the walls and ceiling (like a squash court) and make the room surprisingly cool. I haven’t got it out of its box yet, but if this heat continues I might have to.

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      1. I can’t imagine getting through the weather you’ve had without an air conditioner Vicki, even with the bouncing air. You’re a strong woman!

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      2. I used to live in an un-renovated very cold damp old 1960s apartment in deep shade, so living in a hot west-facing apartment is actually about 15-20 degrees hotter for me and I really feel it. Of course I used to live 12 mins walk from work and 5 mins walk from the Botanic Gardens so it had its merits which I loved. Current apartment is wonderful for my potted garden though.

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  2. I was going to tell you about something that I do now in summer. A birding friend suggested that I add a couple of smallish (12″) saucers (like the ones that go under plants) for bird water. She said that the lack of glazing allows water to permeate the clay, and it’s more comfortable for them to stand. I’d never thought about the glazed coating getting hot, but I suppose it might. In any event, the birds seem to prefer the unglazed to my regular birdbath. Of course, they might just be crazy Texas birds, so there’s that!

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    1. What a good idea, Linda. 99% of my pots are plastic (having had all my ceramic potted plants stolen one night back in the time I lived next to the Royal Botanic Gardens).

      I’ll see if I’ve got an unglazed terracotta saucer somewhere to try out your suggestion 🙂

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  3. I feel so bad for the creatures having to deal with our man made climate change, We’re noticing quite a bit of changes with birds heading farther north and earlier. It doesn’t bode well for the planet. I want to apologize in advance if I can’t always keep up with frequent posts. Even this winter, when I had hoped for more settled and abundant time to play on the computer, I’m finding that things just keep getting more hectic. I wonder why that is???
    I feel your pain about losing the lens. I hate to even imagine something happening to mine!!! Just as I’m learning to catch better shots of the flighty little critters! 😀

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    1. Don’t worry about keeping up with my posts now you’ve started following my nature blog, Gunta. I can only spend so much time on the computer due to my constant daily headaches, so I figure best to cut down computer time and save eyestrain in the hope that might help. This means not reading all the blogs I follow every time they post, or simply pressing the LIKE button instead of typing a comment.

      Interesting that you’ve noticed the changes in bird flight patterns and seasons too.

      As to the lens, I finally decided to get a quote 10 days ago and then yesterday, went into the camera store and OK’d them to go ahead and fix it. I’ll have to eat ‘bunny food’ for a couple of months to raise the funds though LOL 😀 The repair is costing half the price of a new lens, but they do guarantee the repair for 90 days so at least that assures me they’ve done a good job and 90 days will well and truly highlight any problems.

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      1. Seems as though my eyes tire so much faster, staring at the ‘puter screen. It seems to be worse since the cataract surgery.

        Hope all goes well with the lens repair. Bunny food is good for you! Whatever the sacrifice, I bet it’s going to turn out worth it!

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    1. Thanks Otto.

      We’re back to 40C (114F) today, then a couple of cool days, then back to heat wave conditions for the rest of the week. February is normally our hottest month, but January this year has been the hottest we’ve had for about 10 years with many temperature records being broken all over the state.

      Far too hot for me to go out unfortunately. It’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity that also affects me.

      I’ve never seen the birds suffering so much as in recent weeks, but I daresay all the wild animals would be suffering too.

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    1. Thanks David. Between horrific floods in Queensland and the Northern Territory (whole suburbs flooded), 40 bushfires in the small island of Tasmania and heat waves here in Melbourne, the east coast is not having a good time this summer.

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