Driving down yet another dirt track seemingly leading nowhere, we are about to give up and start looking for somewhere to turn the car around. Then we see the small faded sign: Rocklands Bird Sanctuary. We've arrived!
The guy who greets us explains that the feeding station was originally run by a lady called Lisa Salmon, who initially fed the birds deep in the woods, and gradually moved the feeders nearer and nearer her home. Eventually she encouraged a number of species to visit her rustic cottage to feed on specially constructed feeding stations. Lisa died in 2000, but thankfully her nephew has taken it over since her death.
We plonk ourselves on a bench leaning against the house, and are given a small bottle of sugar water each, with instructions on how to hold it and position our other hand next to the bottle.
Within minutes we have our first customer: a Red Billed Streamertail. Initially he just hovers, then rests his little feet on my finger and closes his wings. He is so gentle and light and I am so delighted and overwhelmed at this exciting experience that I struggle to keep quiet and still!
Throughout the morning we see a plethora of different birds, many of which will land on our fingers while others flit about the trees and visit various bird feeders.
What an amazing place! ♥