Archive | April, 2014

The Queen of Parrots?

30 Apr
Female King Parrot

Female King Parrot

Now and again I spot a magnificently-coloured male King Parrot high in the trees at our local park. Even less frequently, though, do I see the female of the species.

Although she’s rather less flashy than her suitors, she still strikes me as a very pretty bird. Her subtle greens and quieter reds give her more camouflage than the males.

Enjoy!

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Nesting Lorikeets in the Sydney Bushland

29 Apr
Nesting Rainbow Lorikeets

Nesting Rainbow Lorikeets

One of my favourite sights is wild Australian parrots. Every kind is unique and lovely to look at, from the small budgerigars through to the majestic Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.

Recently in the local park I spotted a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets tending to nesting duties. Naturally I grabbed my camera and started shooting.

Here is one of the results.

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Birds of a Feather: Shags on the Net

28 Apr
Little Black Cormorants

Little Black Cormorants

Most people associate shags with rocks.

So it follows that a row of these quite interesting birds perched on the shark net of the local swimming baths is something of a rarity.

These shags are, in fact, Little Black Cormorants, and they actually prefer freshwater to the saline river. Nevertheless, I see them quite often, though usually they aren’t lined up as in this photograph.

Enjoy!

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Stop Press: ‘A Taste…’ is On Special!

27 Apr

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The Smiling Cockatoo

27 Apr
Smiling Cockatoo

Smiling Cockatoo

I cannot help but think that this cockatoo is smiling.

His cheeky grin seems to lighten up the scene.

(I know that there’s more than one bird in the photo, but I’m guessing you’ll recognise it.)

It’s lovely to live so near to where these beautiful birds hang out.

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Willie Wagtails: Where Have They Gone?

26 Apr

When I was a child, Willie Wagtails were a common sights, even though I lived near the city.

Nowadays, I live in a bushy outer  Sydney suburb, but these birds seem quite rare, especially by comparison with the numbers of Noisy Miners.

So, invariably I grab my camera whenever one comes into view.

This shot was taken at a picnic area, not too far away from home. Lately I’ve even seen a few in our backyard.

Off I Go: Willie Wagtail

Off I Go: Willie Wagtail

Enjoy!

Clouds over the River

25 Apr
Cloudy sky over the river

Cloudy sky over the river

Do you like to stop and reflect on the beauty of clouds?

I often find myself looking skywards, especially when I’m on the shore of the river.

Clouds fascinate me. There are so many beautiful textures, colours and forms.

I’m always looking for silver linings…

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Banksia: A Golden Wildflower

24 Apr
Banksia

Banksia Spinulosa

Australia is blessed with some delightful and unusual wildflowers. Among these are the Banksia.

There are many varieties, but this is one of the two main types that grow in our park.

It’s called Banksia Spinulosa. Since it flowers from April until September, we now face many months in which we may admire its beauty.

These are quite spectacular when fully out, especially when there are three or more flowers  in close proximity.

Enjoy!

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Out For a Waddle

23 Apr
Well fed duck

Well fed duck

Out for a waddle is this handsome male.

Regular visitors to this blog will know of my fondness for ducks.

This well-fed, beautifully feathered specimen is one my favourites.

Less common here in our local park than the Grey Teals and Pacific Black Ducks, this variety attracts even greater attention from me. Sadly, I’m yet to see a duck and ducklings of this type, but if I do I’ll be reaching for my camera, pronto.

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Another Mystery: Birdwatchers, Help!

22 Apr

2013_0301imagefacebook0088Another mystery is on my hands.

Today I sorted through some photos and came across this.

Sure, it’s a parrot…But what is it?

I’m guessing it’s a Rainbow Lorikeet. Problem is, that it’s taken at an angle unfamiliar to me.

Any opinions would be appreciated.

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So, if your penchant extends to both bird identification and Australian Short Stories, what are you waiting for?

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