I have some new friends - of the feathered variety! I am house sitting, while the owner is in China. L used to feed several birds and I continue. There is a family of butcher birds, and one that I recognise easily as he/she has a baldish patch on the skull. This bird is very intrusive and is usually the first to line up for a morsel of mince meat. I think it must be a female, as it will load its beak with as much meat as it can handle and flies up high up into the trees on a hill. I like to think that there is a little family there benefiting from my generosity.
I am trying to work out "who is who" - but it is hard.
It has been raining today and I was surprised to see how wet the birds get. One appeared looking like it had been swimming - opening its wings a little perhaps to help dry them off. I promised it some food if it posed for a photo - which is how I managed the photo above.