A Flock of Little Black Cormorants
The last few weeks I’ve noticed a big increase in the number of Little Black Cormorants in and around our local swimming baths. Just today I overheard someone commenting on the large number that had perched along the shark-proof net, doubtless to enjoy the warm sunshine on a cold winter’s day.
They certainly make their presence felt when they land on the water, and commence their quite extraordinary dives. They swim much lower in the water than the ducks, and certainly in our part of the river, their numbers are far, far greater.
Kookaburras are pretty common in our local park. Even if I don’t see them, I usually hear their unmistakable laughter…
They have become quite used to humans, and some are so bold as to steal food from picnic tables…
Here’s a photo of one resting on the edge of a concrete slab in the park. Is he posing for the camera?
Chicki by the river
The river in the rain
I’d hoped this morning that Chicki and I would be able to take our walk in the park before the rain came. But fate had other ideas. By the time we were ready to leave home, fine drops were covering the ground…
Not to be daunted, we set off anyway. A few other adventurous souls also braved the weather.
Despite the dampness, the time there passed enjoyably. The river seemed so calm, though now and then a Silver Gull would swoop straight down with amazing speed to catch a fish for lunch…
A flock of Little Black Cormorants landed in the baths at the same time as a single Egret. The Egret lingered a while after the others flew upstream.
All in all it was worth the effort.
Chicki in the Bush
The highlight of Chicki’s day is, without a doubt, her visit to the bushland park that is just a short drive from our home.
It takes a while for us to walk down the hill to see the water, because our journey is frequently interrupted by her sniffing stops. She never hurries over these…
Lately she has made a couple of new friends of the doggy variety. One is a sweet little girl, Maltese just like Chicki, who has been recently adopted from an animal shelter. These two seem destined for friendship. They are the same age, and both know what it’s like to be waiting for a new start…