Autumn may be knocking on Sydney’s door, but weather-wise, Summer is still in full swing.
Right now the sun is shining brightly, the humidity is high, and the air is warm.
What better time then for this wise Kookaburra to indulge in a refreshing bath?
He seems to be making the most of it!
One of the most strikingly-beautiful parrots of Australia must be the Crimson Rosella.
Fortunately for me, these (along with other stunningly-coloured parrots such as Rainbow Lorikeets and King Parrots) are fairly common in our local bushland park.
Nothing beats seeing these birds living as nature intended, flying as they wish, and resting securely on the branches of our native trees.
Feeding the birds…
Today, I’m going back in time to winter a few years ago. I’m on the promenade of the river baths, feeding the birds…
The ducks and Silver Gulls compete fiercely for the treats, with the gulls usually winning.
Experts tell us to refrain from feeding these wild birds, but I don’t suppose that the occasional crumb will do too much harm.
And a reminder to please visit my other site for more photos and words. 🙂
A Pair of White-faced Herons
As a regular visitor to the local swimming baths I can say that without question this is a most unusual sight.
Solo White-faced Herons are common enough: in pairs, less so. But a pair resting almost side by side on the pontoon is, well, quite noteworthy.
These are elegant birds, graceful in flight.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Roses are for love, and red in particular, but I thought I’d be different and offer instead a pink Camellia flower.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos by the river
Of late, our local Cockatoos have been keeping a low profile, but this morning they were out in force.
Don’t you think that they are the characters of parrot family?
It’s hard to beat their comical expressions and engaging mannerisms.
As a species, they are very long-lived. Those inhabiting our local park have, I believe, plenty to be happy about!
Australian Wood Ducks
It isn’t every day that I spot a pair of Australian Wood Ducks paddling on the river.
But when I do, it’s cause for delight.
Here’s a photo of such a pair, doing their thing in less than still water.