Tag Archives: Australian birds

The Swallows have Returned

6 May

For the first time in months, this morning I saw Welcome Swallows in the park. A group of four or five perched together on the top of the shark-proof net that surrounds2013_0921imagefacebook0037 the baths. By swimming backstroke I was able to see them quite closely. They are such sweet little birds, building their nests high in the dressing sheds.

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I’ve Got It: A Cockatoo Hangs On…

12 Jan
Cockatoo, eating

Cockatoo, eating

 

This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo  seems to be hanging on tightly to a tasty morsel.

I took this photo in the local park in suburban Sydney, Australia, and to me it typifies the delights of the Australian bush.

Enjoy!

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Flashing Jewels: Rainbow Lorikeets!

19 Oct

Rainbow Lorikeet in a tree

Two Rainbow Lorikeets in tree hollow

Australia is blessed by many delightful avian species. Parrots must surely rank as one of the most engaging.

As a child of the city, I never saw these lovely creatures in the wild. Despite the relief of an occasional park, the streets of concrete and bitumen were not conducive to their habitation.

And so, when later on we moved away: to an outer suburb closer to bushland: these often brilliantly coloured birds formed a part of my journey of discovery.

While sometimes they visit local front gardens: particularly those with native plants: they are often to be seen in bushland parks.

One of the most common in number, though not in beauty, is the Rainbow Lorikeet. As its name suggests, it’s a gloriously multi-coloured bird. Small wonder  it was the first Australian parrot illustrated in colour: in Peter Brown’s 1774 publication: New Illustrations of Zoology.

Primarily blossom feeders, these gregarious creatures fly in flocks: some very small, others of many dozens. Interestingly, they do not glide. Their calls change according to their activity: from screeching, right through to soft twitters.

As I stroll through bushland, my eyes constantly search for beautiful things: birds, flowers, even leaves.  Am I not lucky to be rewarded so wonderfully?

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Down By The River….Chicki and Me

5 Sep

Just like Margaret, Chicki likes the scenery

I love ducks

A great place to swim

Sharks live here

Here we are, Chicki and me, down by the river.

It’s a beautiful day: the cockatoos are rejoicing, the swallows are swooping, the ducks are swimming (and waddling here and there).  As if from nowhere, a  lone stilt suddenly appears.

Green after rain,  shrubs and trees are blossoming. Clear water laps onto the yellow sands: the muddy depths are undisturbed. Little fish swarm near the surface.

Along the promenade, a small stream of walkers: many accompanied by their four-legged friends: passes by. Here and there, visitors pause to rest, and take in the view.

Don’t we  live in a wonderful part of this incredible world?

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