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Here Comes the Egret

7 Sep

Over the past few weeks, a new and regular visitor has come into the lives of the those who spend time by the local river baths.

Most days it’s just one: a solitary Egret, white and magnificent.

But today– Father’s Day–we were, albeit briefly, treated to two.

It was awesome to see them, and wonderful to watch them fly…


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Here I Come….

19 Sep

Here I come….

Is that what this Heron is thinking as it contemplates take-off?

Certainly its gaze is directed towards the water. Perhaps it’s contemplating where to go to get an easy meal….Or maybe it’s wondering where the others of his species are hanging out…

Whatever the answer, his (or her) elegant pose is worth a look….

A Heron contemplates....

A Heron contemplates….

Birds of a Feather?

8 Sep
A Heron and a Sea-gull share the shore.

A Heron and a Sea-gull share the shore.

I love  nature-watching, and none more so than that of birds.

Particularly fascinating, I find, is the interaction between the species.

Despite the trend of birds of a feather flocking together, one sometimes spots two unrelated species in fairly close contact; though often there’s a personal space issue in play.

Here’s a photograph I recently took of a common seagull and a heron, sharing the shoreline in the local river baths, in an outer suburb of Sydney, Australia.


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Come on in, the Water’s Fine….

28 Aug

Come on in, the water’s fine…

That’s what this cormorant seems to be saying!

Moments before, it had been sunning itself on the rusty pontoon ladder.

All alone, it took the plunge!

The water's fine!

The water’s fine!

The sunshine is lovely, too!

The sunshine is lovely, too!

Is It Nessie?

30 Jan
Is it Nessie? ( With a Bream by the tail)

Is it Nessie? ( With a Bream by the tail)

Safely out of the water, throwing it up to swallow head first.

Safely out of the water, throwing it up to swallow head first.

Today, I sat on a park-bench, overlooking a local river-baths: admiring the scenery. Everywhere seemed so calm, so peaceful. The effects of the recent heavy rain had kept everyone: and, it seemed, everything: out of the water.

Suddenly I spotted it: a small, intriguing head atop a long, lithe neck: steadily moving in the water.  With no suggestion of a body,  it was just an indistinct head and elegant, supple neck.  Spellbinding!

Thoughts of Nessie flooded my brain! In the thirty-odd years I’d been a regular visitor, I’d never before spotted anything like it!  It reminded me of an eerie, living periscope. And to think, only days ago, I’d been swimming in its current territory.

But suddenly, it reached the shore: and all was revealed.

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