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Cloudy Skies…

23 Jul
Cloudy skies

Cloudy skies

Clouds fascinate me. Their forms and combinations seem infinite, and I never tiring of watching their changes– minute by minute.

Here is a photograph taken in the local park. The presence of clouds has made the scene what it is…

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Making Their Nest

22 Jul
Nesting Rainbow Lorikeets

Nesting Rainbow Lorikeets

What is more heartwarming than watching prospective parents in the process of making their home?

In the case of birds, it’s all about nests.

Australia’s Rainbow Lorikeets put their creativity to work in tree hollows.

Here’s a pair that are engrossed in the task. I photographed these in the local park in a Sydney suburb.

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Enjoy!

Graceful Flight

21 Jul
Graceful flight

Graceful flight

What is it about flight that grabs your attention?

The star of this photograph is, in my opinion, the graceful sea-bird. Wings outstretched, its journey seems effortless.

I’m not quite certain what type of bird it is. My best guess is that it’s an Egret, but the image is too small for me to be sure.

Be that as it may, it certainly catches my eye.

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All Fluffed Up: A Kookaburra Rests

20 Jul
All Fluffed Up

All Fluffed Up

I can’t help but notice that this Kookaburra’s feathers are fluffed up.

I wonder if he’s recently had a bath…

Very often, these birds can be seen cleaning themselves in the water-filled depression under a  bubbler and tap combination at the local park.

Isn’t he handsome?

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‘It’s Enough to Make Your Feathers Stand on End’

19 Jul
Communicating Cockatoos

Communicating Cockatoos

‘It’s enough to make your feathers stand on end!’

Did Cocky’s mate give him (or her)  fair warning?

These bushland characters provide a constant source of amusement.

Australia’s a wonderful place!

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I See You…

18 Jul
I see you...

I see you…

I see you…

This Kookaburra certainly seems to have me and my camera firmly in his sights. Is he posing? Certainly he’s making it easy for me to capture his image.

The more I photograph birds, the more I see their differing characteristics. Some, such as Kookaburras, Herons and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, actually seem to co-operate with the photographer. Others — Willy Wagtails, Noisy Miners and Wrens for example — often  fly off at the slightest movement.

Nature is fascinating…

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We’ve Sure Got Every Angle Covered!

17 Jul

2013_1021imagefacebook0153We’ve sure got every angle covered!

Is that what the leader of this little group is thinking?

With eyes in every direction, who (or what)  could possibly sneak up on them?

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Beautiful Banksia

16 Jul
Beautiful Banksia

Beautiful Banksia

Beautiful Banksia!

Here is a photograph of a lovely Spine-leafed Banksia. Its gloriously-coloured flowers brighten the days of those who visit our local park between the months of April and September.

Isn’t it a particularly striking Australian Native?

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A Happy Cocky!

15 Jul
A Happy Cocky

A Happy Cocky

A happy cocky!

Gazing down upon us mere humans, he certainly looks the part.

And why wouldn’t he be happy?

With a lovely park to call home, abundant friends and few foes, plentiful food and water, life seems to be treating him kindly.

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Playing Hard to Get…

14 Jul
Playing Hard to Get

Playing Hard to Get

Quite often I see the White-faced Herons.

They fly in to the shallows of the local swimming baths ( which are formed by a shark-net in the river).

I have never actually  seen a  flock of Herons. In fact, I’ve only ever come across these elegant birds as singles or in pairs.

In this photo, I rather fancy that one of them is playing hard to get.

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