Archive | December, 2013

2013 in review

31 Dec

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.



Look Who’s Coming!

30 Dec

Look who’s coming!

Is that what Chicki’s thinking?

It isn’t every day that a pair of delightfully friendly wild ducks waddles down the promenade. Yet another reason for Chicki’s excitement at the prospect of going out in the car. Who knows what treats the day may bring?

But to me at least, few surpass the simple beauty of watching nature at its sweetest.

Look who's coming!

Look who’s coming!

Welcome visitors

Welcome visitors

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Another Day, Another Beach…

29 Dec

Another day, another beach…

Is that what’s in Chicki’s mind?

The neighbours must surely hear her excited barks as she waits for the opening of our car door.

My guess is that this little beach and all its enticing smells are the highlight of her day.

All in a (dog) day’s work, and play!

Chicki at the beach

Chicki at the beach

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Manly Beach: a Glorious Place

28 Dec

Hands up who likes ocean beaches?

For those in Sydney, I offer one of our finest: Manly.

For those who come from the other side of Sydney, is there a better way to get there  than via the Manly Ferry that regularly leaves from Circular Quay?

What an expanse of dazzling sand! What an ocean!

Manly Beach

Manly Beach

What a pity I didn't have my cossie...

What a pity I didn’t have my cossie…

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Watching the World Go By

26 Dec

Watching the world go by….

Not a bad occupation, especially if one is on top of the world!

Happy cockatoo, reveling in the glory of the Australian bush!

Merry Christmas!

On top of the world...

On top of the world…


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It’s Time for a Rest….

25 Dec

It’s time for a rest….

I guess that’s what this pair of Rainbow Lorikeets have decided.

Their heads are turned in such a way as to expose their vivid and beautiful chest feathers.

So eye-catching!

Rainbow Lorikeets in Sydney

Rainbow Lorikeets in Sydney

The King of Parrots

20 Dec

Don’t you agree that these spectacular birds well deserve their title: King Parrots?

Their rich red and  green of the plumage is so eye-catching and cheerful. It’s always a delight to catch sight of these parrots. Rarely, fortune smiles on me so much that a really wonderful photographic opportunity presents itself. But a few weeks ago, it did!

Another wonderful parrot that I sometimes see in the park is the Crimson Rosella. The most striking difference between it and the King Parrot lies in the colour of the wings, which are a darkish blue.

Male King Parrot

Male King Parrot

King Parrot

Crimson Rosella


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