Archive | May, 2014

All in a Row: Ducks and Ducklings

31 May

One of my favourite sights is that of a family of ducks.

Now and then, a precious, feathered family finds its way into the river baths. I understand that there are breeding grounds not so very far away, and the babies’ tiny webbed feet are quite capable of making the distance.

Family of Ducks

Family of Ducks

 

Here is a photograph of such a group in action.

Enjoy!

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Do You See What I Can See?

30 May

Every now and then I spot something in the park-something that makes me stop and take a second look. Sometimes it’s rocks. But this time it’s a tree trunk.

A quirk of nature?

Interesting!

In the Park

In the Park

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I Spy: A Lorikeet Ponders

29 May
I Spy!

I Spy!

I spy!

What an advantageous spot!

This beautifully-feathered Rainbow Lorikeet has ample opportunity to admire the scenery and ponder his next action.

Enjoy this glimpse at the life of a wild Australian parrot!

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At Home: A Kookaburra Watches

28 May

Few birds make their presence felt more than Australia’s Kookaburras. Often they can be heard loud and clear, well before they are spotted.

They have adapted well to the humans who love to picnic in the Park. Sometimes, they even land on the picnic table and help themselves to a piece of tasty sausage.

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

On other occasions they gather in small groups, waiting expectantly for a handout.

But this particular Kookaburra seems to have other things on his mind.

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My Favourite Track

27 May
The Track beside the Baths

The Track beside the Baths

Most days, Chicki and I take a walk along this track beside the river baths. There are so many delightful views to be had in this area that spans less than 400 metres (a quarter of a mile). In fact I have taken dozens of pictures here and no two are identical.  The  flowering seasons, particularly of the native shrubs, are yet another source of interest. And there is always the possibility of seeing native water-birds, parrots, magpies and more.

Another slice of Australian scenery!

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Wait for Me!

26 May
Wait for me!

Wait for me!

Wait for me!

I’m guessing that’s what a certain duck is thinking.

I watched them hurrying along the promenade, and quite suddenly fly off.

A delightful little family!

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What’s That? A Crimson Rosella

25 May

As a child, I lived near the city. Although there was quite a large park nearby, never once did I see a parrot of any species flying free.

How different life is now! Living close to a large bushland area, parrots of many species have become an (almost) everyday sight.

Crimson Rosellas and King Parrots each have lots of beautiful red feathers, but seem to be less common (or much shyer) than the Rainbow Lorikeets, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and Galahs. Therefore it’s quite a treat to spot them.

Here’s a shot of a Crimson Rosella perched in a tree in the park surrounding the river baths where I swim.

Enjoy!

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella

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