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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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Another Reflection: A White-faced Heron

26 Sep
White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

I see the White-faced Herons almost every day. They are not at all camera-shy, and at times, seem actually to be posing.

They like to catch their  food at low tide, so it’s a safe bet that one will find them in the river shallows when the tide is well on the wane.

Enjoy!

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Off We Go…

3 Sep

Off we go…

Moments after this image had been captured, this pair of Australian Wood Ducks took the plunge.

These ducks are less common around the park than the Chestnut Teals. Like the Teals, they are often found in pairs.

Off we go...

Off we go…

It’s a delight to watch their interactions.

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The Day of the Cormorants

2 Sep
Little Black Cormorants

Little Black Cormorants

This morning, Ron, Chicki and I visited our local park. The sun, which had been shining brightly early on, was by now disappearing behind rather threatening-looking clouds. The heavy rain, though, did not eventuate.

On my way down the hill to the baths, I spotted an unusual sight. Dozens of Little Black Cormorants had perched on the wire atop the net. I counted twenty-four in a row, but that was just the start…

Quite often I see these birds in small numbers, but today’s display was exceptional. That’s why I’ve dubbed it ‘The Day of The Cormorants.’

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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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Where’s the Missus? A Cockatoo Ponders…

12 Aug
A Cockatoo ponders...

A Cockatoo ponders…

Where’s the missus?

This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is resting close to a potential nesting-site. I’ll bet that he’s waiting for the nod from the boss. 🙂

Oh, for such a life…and it’s a long one, too…

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Will I or Won’t I?

6 Aug

Will I or won’t I?

These ducks seem to be deliberating…

Is it time to take the plunge?

I’m pretty sure that the answer is — yes!

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Will I or won't I?

Will I or won’t I?