A Rainbow of Delight

17 May
Rainbow Lorikeets in a suburban Sydney park.

Rainbow Lorikeets in a suburban Sydney park.

Rainbow Lorikeets are aptly named. Witness their brilliant, rainbow-like colours! Even their beak is a startling red!

I’m so privileged to live near a large area of bushland that is home to these (and many other) glorious parrots.

I hope that you will get a sense of their beauty and abundance.

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There’s a Cormorant on the Rock!

10 May

There’s a Cormorant on the rock!

Little Pied Cormorants are not an uncommon sight on the river, yet they seldom choose to rest on rocks, preferring instead to alight on man-made structures such as wooden poles, and the top of the shark-proof netting. So I think myself lucky to get a shot of one while it rested on a rock, just outside the swimming baths in Sydney’s Georges River.

Enjoy!

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Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

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A Pair of Kookaburras in the Park

3 May
A Pair of Kookaburras

A Pair of Kookaburras

Most of the time, I see Kookaburras on their own, or at least not as close together as these two.

Our local park (in suburban Sydney, N.S.W., Australia) is home to an enormous variety of birds : from tiny Welcome Swallows to huge Australian Pelicans. In the middle range comes thes delightful members of the Kingfisher family.

Enjoy!

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Oh, and I must say ‘Thank you’ to Australian author Jan Merry for her review of my 2015 release, “Of Love and Secrets’. The Goodreads link has disappeared, but you can still read her review on Amazon. It is the most recent!   A Kindle edition is available through Amazon.

What a Feast: A Crimson Rosella Contemplates Whilst Eating…

27 Apr
Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella

What a feast! This Crimson Rosella has found for himself an endless supply of red berries!

Living as we do quite close to an Australian bushland park provides plenty of opportunity to see such beautiful native parrots literally in our front garden.

I guess it’s small wonder that Australia is known as the Land of Parrots!

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Ready, Set, Off I Go!

24 Apr

Ready, set, off I go!

Is that what’s in the mind of this Laughing Kookaburra as if perches in an expectant pose, high in a Gum tree?

Most days I’m lucky enough to see and hear one or more of these impressive birds. They are common in our local bushland park, though I’m sure that they are outnumbered by the Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.

Enjoy!

Laughing Kookaburra

Laughing Kookaburra

I’ve Just Been Swimming…

19 Apr
The Baths

The Baths

I’ve just been swimming. Though officially it’s Autumn, the weather is quite mild and the river remains warm. Add high tide, and what have you go? Perfection!

Many people bring their canine companions along to enjoy the walk beside the water, and so Chicki gets to meet and greet friends, old and new.

It’s a win win situation!

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A Joy to Watch: Spotted Dove

11 Apr
Spotted Dove

Spotted Dove

As I’ve mentioned before, a bonus of keeping Albert and Victoria (a pair of budgerigars) is the delight of seeing Spotted Doves (and occasionally, other birds) pecking their leftovers. The wild birds have discovered that I always tip the seed into a couple of disused flower-pots which are placed so that one can keep an eye on them. So often, when Ron or I look through the window, we see these charming, gentle birds at lunch.

Enjoy!

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