The little slice of heaven my family are lucky enough to call home, is nestled in the Northern foothills of Tamborine Mountain in South East Queensland, Australia.
Three edges of our property are marked by huge gum trees. They’re big mother trees, with notches and hollows, and crevices in which all manner of wildlife reside.
We’ve rescued baby Rainbow Lorikeets that have fallen from nests, seen snakes navigate the grey smooth trunks, and had Magpie’s battle for territory from their dizzying heights way above us.
The largest and closest gum is just outside our front gate and towers to what feels to be at least 35 metres, from ground level to tree-top.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoos roost in huge numbers in these majestic giants.
As dusk falls they move en-masse between the three gums, a white cloud of noise, screaming across the sky until they select which beauty will be their resting place for the night.
With them so close and so comfortable with our family close by, I’ve been able to photograph them in the tree as you can see below.
They’ve also proven fantastic inspiration for my artwork and I’ve enjoyed thoroughly attempting to capture their cheeky personality.
What type of wildlife do you see in and around your backyard?
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