Archive | August, 2014

The Pathway to ?

23 Aug
The pathway

The pathway

The pathway to ?

Here’s another photograph taken in the local bushland park. As you can see, it boasts delightful, typically Australian native flora.

Small wonder that it’s a haven for so many birds and insects…

Not to mention, visitors of the human variety. 🙂

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The Best of Times: A Cockatoo Ponders

22 Aug
What a Life

What a Life

Sunshine, friends, and a glorious vantage point. What more could this engaging chap ask for?

The life of a wild, sulphur-crested cockatoo has its advantages.

Just as well, for these birds are very long-lived.

And, with their comical looks and raucous cries, they certainly make their presence felt. 🙂

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The Hardenbergias are Out!

21 Aug
Hardenbergia

Hardenbergia

Lately I’ve spotted these pretty flowers in the bush. They are called Hardenbergia violacea by experts, or Purple Twining Pea. They are scramblers, equally at home on the ground or being supported by shrubs.

Yet another pretty Australian wildflower…

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A Regal Duck

20 Aug
A Regal Duck (Real Name: Australian Woodland Duck)

A Regal Duck (Real Name: Australian Wood Duck)

A Regal Duck.

Okay, that isn’t it real name. But to my mind, it’s bearing warrants such a title.

I can’t resist taking multiple photographs of ducks, whenever they fly into the local swimming baths.

I hope you like this one of a female Australian Wood Duck as it struts on the river’s promenade.

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Nesting time: A Rainbow Lorikeet Takes a Look

19 Aug
Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Lately I’ve seen different types of parrots apparently competing for prized nesting sites.

But this Rainbow Lorikeet seems to be doing well. I’ve noticed this and its mate pair hanging around the hollowed branch, and no-one seems to care…

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Bushland Scene

18 Aug
Australian bushland

Australian bushland

I love to walk in the Australian bushland. And so I count my blessings that, despite living in suburbia,  I live so near to  a beautiful, unspoilt area that boasts many different varieties of Wattle and Eucalyptus, to name just two.

I hope that you like this snapshot taken there.

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A Family that Flocks Together…

17 Aug
A flock of cockatoos

A flock of cockatoos

Lately I’ve seen groups of cockatoos together on the shore of the river baths. They seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves– flying, swooping,landing in  the branches  of gums and other tall trees,  and exploring the ground.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words…

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What a Diver!

16 Aug

These birds were made for diving…

Little Black Cormorants are quite amazing waterbirds. Their speed and agility is breathtaking. They fly well, but their awe-inspiring skill is in diving. We often watch them duck under, seemingly without effort, and then emerge sometime later, many metres away. These are not solo birds — I see them always in flocks, sometimes of many dozens, other times just three or four.

 

Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Fascinating…

 

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Just a Couple of Galahs…

15 Aug

I love Galahs. Their jaunty manner and pretty colours make a most engaging statement.

They are often to be seen on the local, grassy footpaths and park-lands.

Enjoy!

Just a couple of Galahs

Just a couple of Galahs

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Winter Sunset in Sydney

14 Aug
Sydney sunset

Sydney sunset

In Sydney, lovers of sunsets must surely relish Winter. This is the time for spectacular colours and equally spectacular patterns in the late afternoon sky.

I hope that you enjoy this example.

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