09 August 2012

Red Wattle Bird

There's two much shallower bird-baths here, but this deep one seems to be first choice to each bird that visits. It's been around for years, bought from the nursery for this purpose though it was meant to serve its life as a saucer for a large pot. Made of terra-cotta, it wasn't going to hold water for too long so it needed a couple spray-coats of sealer.

Even though I give it a quick scrub with a long-handled brush between water changes, the algae still manages to take a strong hold overall, so I continually just go on 'topping it up' with a new water change. In the summer I mostly would top it up to the rim, but today it was just a good bucket-full.

Has anyone a tip for stripping the residue (apart from sanding, without leaving any substance that could be toxic to birds? I'm wondering about bi-carb soda or similar? If no solutions, then I'll replace it.  I kind of feel the birds deserve a 'fresh' bird-bath after all these years.

Still, before long, in came the raucous Red Wattle Bird for a splash; he's not too daunted how it looks.




16 comments:

Brian King said...

That's a strange looking bird. Almost prehistoric. I'd love to have something like that show up at the bird bath!

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic photographs, beautiful birdie. I am greeting

eileeninmd said...

What a neat looking bird. Wonderful photos. Have a happy day!

Joop Zand said...

Lovely pictures of this bird..... good work Carole.

Giga said...

Jest bardzo ładny i ciekawy oraz ślicznie wygląda na Twoich zdjęciach. Pozdrawiam.
It is very nice and interesting, and looks pretty in your photos. Yours.

Pam :) said...

He seems happy to have a bath no matter what it looks like.
Lovely capture, Carole :)

einfachtilda said...

Er schaut ganz interessiert, schöne Aufnahmen und wie heißt der schöne Vogel?
LG Mathilda

Dianne said...

Bird baths bring SO many little feathered friends into our gardens .... I don't know how to rectify the problem with algae Carole ... I just change the water daily and every so often give it a scrub .

Jeanne said...

Such an interesting bird this is Carole.... at first I did not see the wattles... but they are very fascinating on this bird, and totally unexpected. Love your bird shots! Australia is filled with so many fascinating things

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I use to have the same concerns as you Carole then I began observing some of the nasty water holes birds avail themselves to in the wild then realized why care? If for your own peace of mind, maybe a coat of a high gloss enamel paint?

TexWisGirl said...

great shots of this bird! i fight algae, too. i know some folks scrub with bleach and rinse but i'm always afraid of leaving too much residue behind that could be toxic. so they get a bit of green in their bath - at least it is natural and not chemical. :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You have the most interesting birds there.

RosC said...

Lovely photo of this wattle bird. It caught my eye immediately! We have lots of them too, and they tend to be bossy with the little birds. We've planted lots of dense indigenous shrubs so they all have a place to be happy.
Hope you're well. Your photography certainly is just fine!
Ros.

Nadege, said...

What a odd looking bird...great capture.

Jan Castle said...

How interesting...looks like Mr. Bird has a dog tag...LOL!
Hugs,
Jan

Liz said...

What wonderful shots of of the Wattlebird, carole!! They are so sweet!