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A Wonderful Sight – West Australian Red-Flowering Gums!

6 Dec

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2014_0109imagefacebook0089One of my very favourite Australian native trees is now in flower! I’m speaking of the West Australian Red-flowering Gum.

Although Sydney, N.S.W., is not their original home, these delightful plants have adapted perfectly to this environment, and right now there is a wonderful assortment of colours (all in shades of red) in flower.

Here is one of the brightest, growing in a garden near to our home.

Enjoy!

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Proud, Strong and Handsome: A Kookaburra Perches…

10 Nov

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Proud, strong and handsome, a Kookaburra perches on a tree in our local park. Luckily for all, it’s a reserve devoted to native vegetation, birds, reptiles and so on. The perfect home for our iconic, featured friend.

Laughing Kookaburra Laughing Kookaburra

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The Plover and the Seagull

27 Sep

They say birds of a feather flock together…

How true this seems. Here we have a Plover and a Seagull, backing away from each other on the shores of Sydney’s Georges River.

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Hope you enjoy it!

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See Sasha Perform!

23 Aug

One of Chicki’s  most talented friends is Sasha, the Frisbee-catching dog.

Frisbees have been a part of Sasha’s life for many, many years. She’s ten, now, but showing few signs of slowing down.

Here’s an action shot of her mid air!

Enjoy!

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Sasha in mid air!

Sasha in mid air!

 

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On The Edge: A Kookaburra Rests

23 Jun
Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Kookaburras are pretty common in our local park. Even if I don’t see them, I usually hear their unmistakable laughter…

They have become quite used to humans, and some are so bold as to steal food from picnic tables…

Here’s a photo of one resting on the edge of a concrete slab in the park. Is he posing for the camera?

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The River in the Rain: A Wet Sydney Day

16 Jun
Chicki by the river

Chicki by the river

The river in the rain

The river in the rain

I’d hoped this morning that Chicki and I would be able to take our walk in the park before the rain came. But fate had other ideas. By the time we were ready to leave home, fine drops were covering the ground…

Not to be daunted, we set off anyway. A few other adventurous souls also braved the weather.

Despite the dampness, the time there passed enjoyably. The river seemed so calm, though now and then a Silver Gull would swoop straight down with amazing speed to catch a fish for lunch…

A flock of Little Black Cormorants landed in the baths at the same time as a single Egret. The Egret lingered a while after the others flew upstream.

All in all it was worth the effort.

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What a Feast: A Crimson Rosella Contemplates Whilst Eating…

27 Apr
Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella

What a feast! This Crimson Rosella has found for himself an endless supply of red berries!

Living as we do quite close to an Australian bushland park provides plenty of opportunity to see such beautiful native parrots literally in our front garden.

I guess it’s small wonder that Australia is known as the Land of Parrots!

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