When we returned from our recent holiday on North Stradbroke Island, we found the sunflowers we had grown, and that were flowering when we left, had become a source of food for a rather cheeky bird (and his hungry friends).
A cheeky Sulphur-crested Cockatoo perched on a sunflower.
The many black sunflower seeds, that form inside the centres of these big yellow flowers, must have offered up an irresistible feast for the sulphur crested cockatoos that found them. Every sunflower head had obviously been happily munched on (as you can see in the photo above) by these hungry birds.
Ensuring there are food sources for native creatures who visit our garden ensures that we, in turn, have the opportunity to observe them. In getting up close to this cockatoo, we were able to see just how strong those sharp claws and hooked beak are. Just perfect for gripping onto sunflower stalks and eating sunflower seeds!