Focus on Bird: Australian King Parrot

26 Nov
Male King Parrot

Male King Parrot

I saw a pair of these stunningly-beautiful birds this morning. Even at a distance, the male’s wonderful colours shone out.

The male of the species is much brighter in colour than its mate. The male’s bright red feathers are a joy to see. The female, though, is still a lovely bird. Her subtle greens and red must surely help her camouflage.

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Stop Press: I’m in a Magazine!

26 Nov

Here’s news: I’m in a magazine!

The Australia Times has just published its first edition about Indie writers and their work. Not only have they reviewed my eleventh title, ‘Love, Desire and Betrayal’, but also they’ve published an article about me and my writing.

I’m thrilled!

http://www.theaustraliatimes.com/magazine/indiebooks/issue/101/

Here’s More: Beautiful Bottlebrush

25 Nov
Beautiful Bottlebrush

Beautiful Bottlebrush

The Spring flush of these flowers is just ending in our backyard, but fortunately I captured this image in time.

Bottlebrushes are a great addition to Sydney backyards. Not only do they produce beautifully-coloured and formed flowers, they also attract the birds. What a combination!

Enjoy!

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Here’s More: Flannel Flowers

24 Nov

Right now, the Flannel Flowers are out in all their glory, and I see them every day in the local bushland park. A popular spot for them is beside the narrow roadway. There they can be enjoyed by those traveling through (at the twenty kilometre speed limit).

Enjoy!

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Flannel Flowers

Flannel Flowers

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Meet the Author: Margaret Lynette Sharp

24 Nov

Margaret Lynette Sharp:

Thank you, Teena, for posting this ‘In Their Own Write’.

Originally posted on In Their Own Write:

MARGARET’S TOP WRITING TIP: Be prepared for a long road, and enjoy the journey.

2013_1212imagefacebook0056A little over four years ago, Margaret Lynette Sharp made a big decision: She started to write again. Margaret had written many short stories and articles during her twenties and early thirties, but had given up writing. She credits her husband Ron, who is well-known in the world of music as the designer and builder of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, with encouraging her to write and says his encouragement and enjoyment of her work has been a major influence. Many of Margaret’s books are collections of short stories or novellas that have been favourably reviewed by respected reviewers such as Shelleyrae Cusbert, Brenda Telford, Sally From Oz and Cloggie Down Under. In September her short story The One That Got Away was highly commended at the Hurstville Discovery…

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Focus on Birds: Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

23 Nov
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

I was lucky to get this photo, since it isn’t every day that I spot a group of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos displaying their impressive head-gear.

This shot was taken in a bushland park suburban Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: a place where these and other parrots congregate.

Enjoy!

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Focus on Birds: Little Black Cormorant

22 Nov
Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Now and then I see the Little Black Cormorants  flying, diving or paddling on the river. Sometimes they come to rest on the swimming bath’s shark-proof netting.

Their speed in the water is breathtaking, but it seems that they don’t like to stay wet indefinitely, since this little guy has spread his wings out to dry.

Enjoy!

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