A Little Pied Cormorant on a Rock

30 Sep
Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

Although I see regularly see them, Little Pied Cormorants are far less common as visitors than their relatives, Little Black Cormorants.

The Pied ones are arguably more attractive, and some of my favourite photos are of this variety.

Enjoy!

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By The River : Chicki’s Destiny

30 Sep

I’m sure that Chicki loves to visit the river. Her excitement at seeing her car harness is overwhelming. She’s turned it into a game of ‘catch me if you can’, but all this is forgotten if she sees me pretending to go out the door without her. :)

She has several doggy friends down there, but even without their presence she still finds plenty of interesting sights and smells to keep her happy.

Chicki by the river

Chicki by the river

 

Enjoy!

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Gorgeous, Golden Wattle

29 Sep
Wattle

Wattle

Lately, one of the chief joys of walking (or driving) around our local bushland park has been the sight of Wattle in bloom. There has been a wonderful procession of beautiful species. This is one of the loveliest. It’s called Sydney Golden Wattle, (Acacia longiflora).

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Peaceful Dove

28 Sep

One of the unforeseen benefits of having budgerigars as pets is the bonus of seeing other birds around. Outside, Albert and Victoria seem to attract other visitors, but none more welcome than these peaceful doves. These sweet birds come close to the budgies’ cage, gobbling up any wasted seed. But their favourite spot seems to be the pot-plants where, routinely, I tip the dregs of the seed-bowl.

Enjoy!

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Dove, eating

Dove, eating

I’ve Been Short-Listed :)

28 Sep
Me and Chicki

Me and Chicki

News flash!

I’ve been Short-listed  :)

As part of the Hurstville City Council 2014  Discovery Festival of Community Arts,  Hurstville Discovery Writers Group is holding both a Short Story Writing and Poetry Competition, and I’ve entered both.

The competition is open to all adult residents of Hurstville, Rockdale or Kogarah Municipality.

‘I didn’t know you wrote poetry’, I hear you say.  And normally, I don’t. But I have written in this genre before, and I decided to give it another go.

Not long ago I received an exciting  email, advising me that I have in fact been Short-listed. I don’t know at this stage which category it refers to.

As a first-time member of the the Short-listed Club, I can vouch for its positive vibes.

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Silhouette of a Rainbow Lorikeet

27 Sep
Silhouette of a Rainbow Lorikeet

Silhouette of a Rainbow Lorikeet

As experienced photographers know, lighting is of critical significance in the making a photograph.

Generally, I prefer to photograph brightly-coloured birds when the sun is shining on their feathers.

Nevertheless, I think this picture provides an interesting contrast. I hope you agree. :)

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Another Reflection: A White-faced Heron

26 Sep
White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

I see the White-faced Herons almost every day. They are not at all camera-shy, and at times, seem actually to be posing.

They like to catch their  food at low tide, so it’s a safe bet that one will find them in the river shallows when the tide is well on the wane.

Enjoy!

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