Focus on Birds: An Australian Magpie and A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

21 Oct
A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and an Australian Magpie

A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and an Australian Magpie

Let’s continue our focus on birds.

Although each of these feathered friends are common in the local bushland park, it is not so usual to see them together. Each prefers the company of their own kind, it seems. But here we have a frame containing both an Australian Magpie and a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. Such good-looking birds!

Enjoy!

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Focus on Birds: Sulphur Crested Cockatoos

20 Oct
Cockatoos

Cockatoos

This week, in Australia, birds are in the news. People are urged to watch them, count their numbers, and generally acknowledge their importance in the scheme of things.

With that in mind, I thought I’d like to focus on that most engaging, comical species: Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. These are a common sight where I live, especially in the park, but also in the streets where they search out suitable trees for food. You may remember that I featured a photograph of a pair tucking into lemons on a neighbour’s tree. :)

This picture, though, was taken in their natural environment: bushland, by the river.

Enjoy!

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An Aussie Trio

19 Oct
An Aussie Trio

An Aussie Trio

Here we have a real Aussie trio: two Kookaburras and a Noisy Miner.

Their calls are so distinctive: the raucous laugh of the Kookaburra, the bright chatter of the Noisy Miner.

Enjoy!

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A White-faced Heron Faces Grey Skies

14 Oct

Today I saw a White-faced Heron. It landed in the  swimming baths, but it couldn’t decide exactly where to settle. I watched it fly from one end of the riverside beach to the other, and back again. Such grace …

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

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It’s a Great Season for Epacris

13 Oct
Epacris

Epacris

Right now, the Epacris is in flower, and to my mind it’s never looked better!

Its sight is one of the highlights of a walk in the bush. It grows beautifully, right beside the river where I swim.

Such a pretty, Australian wildflower …

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I’m A Prizewinner! ‘The One That Got Away’ is Highly Commended :)

12 Oct
Me, holding Chicki

Me, holding Chicki

News flash!

My short story, ‘The One That Got Away’, has been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Hurstville Discovery Writers Group 2014 competition : part of the Hurstville City Council Festival of Community Arts.

The competition had been open to adult  residents of Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale local government areas. For those unfamiliar, these councils are in suburban Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.

I’m thrilled!

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Blossom Time

12 Oct
Spring blossoms

Spring blossoms

Here in Sydney, Australia, the Spring blossoms are starting to fade, and unfortunately some have completely dropped off their branches.

Here’s a pretty, street specimen growing near our home. The flowers are still hanging on. :)

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