Stage 4 Coronavirus lockdown birds
One thing that's not permitted is travelling to a bird watching area and strolling around with camera or binoculars. That's not considered "exercise" and neither is it on the way to the shop.
Legally, the only birding I can do is at home.
My garden is mostly native, meaning it does attract a number of birds. Numerically, however, visitors are largely Common Mynas and Spotted Dove. At least the Dove is a native.
So for something to do during lockdown, I rigged a feeding table in a White Cedar we have.
The White Cedar is beautiful, and has grown very large in the decade we've had it. The disadvantage is that it's severely impinging on my view of the sky, and I can't see to the south-west any longer for astrophotography.
The feeder base is a flat bit of wood with beading around it. This way, I can put a square ceramic plate on it to contain the seeds, and then wash that plate in the dishwasher to prevent the spread of any diseases. Beak and feather disease is, shall we say, unpleasant.
We use the "wild bird" seed from the supermarket. After some discussion on Birding-Aus, Lorikeets get limited quantities of the smallest seeds. Larger birds such as Cockatoos get larger seeds, mostly sunflower seeds.
We have a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets who we call Thomas and Geraldine, as well as a regular Sulphur Crested Cockatoo named Shirley. We have also had visits from a King-Parrot, a Raven and Pied Currawongs.
Having the feeder has helped us stave off lockdown fever.