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A Pelican Flies Over the River

12 Jun

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Our little white dog Chicki loves her daily walk by the river, but the main attraction for her seems to be the exciting smells that linger here and there. But for me, possibly the greatest lure is the prospect of seeing first-hand, beautiful birds of many varieties.

One of the rarest and spectacular sights is that of a Pelican. Yesterday, I spotted one one the river. Unfortunately, though, there were some unfriendly water-birds around who chased it off, despite its larger size.

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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.

Sorry, but to see this photo you’ll have to go to another of my blogs.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Today’s Visitor: A White-faced Heron

10 Aug
White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

Most days I see water-birds on the river. They seem to especially drawn to the netted baths, where the crabs and other little treats reside.

Today I saw a White-faced Heron. As usual he was on his own: that is, until a pair of wild ducks swam past. But this was just for a fleeting moment, and before I knew it he was once again all alone.

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Cockatoos By the Shore

26 Jul
Cockatoos by  the shore

Cockatoos by the shore

There’s no shortage of Sulphur-crested  Cockatoos in the local park, and they seem to particularly like being near the river. So often I see them there – on the shore, in the trees, or in the sky. They’ve cornered the market in homes with water views, for I see them making nests in prime areas such as in the tall gum trees nearby. Small wonder they always seem exuberant.

Enjoy!

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Drying its Wings: A Little Black Cormorant

21 Jul
Little Black Cormorant

Little Black Cormorant

Maybe because it’s midwinter, I often spot Little Black Cormorants,  wings outstretched – drying off in the sunshine. Nearly every day I see a flock of them perched atop the shark-proof net. En mass they are quite an impressive sight. I’ve even seen them interspersed with white Egrets. That is fantastic!

Enjoy this shot of a single bird as it rests.

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A Welcome Visitor: An Elegant Egret!

7 Jul
An Egret on the Shore

An Egret on the Shore

Over the past week or two I’ve seen quite a few of these magnificent white birds as they visited the local swimming baths. They are often on their own, but now and then I’ve had the privilege of seeing a flock of four or five.

This photo was taken while one rested on a rock near the small, secluded beach.

Enjoy!

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The Day of The Cormorants

28 Jun
A Flock of Little Black Cormorants

A Flock of Little Black Cormorants

The last few weeks I’ve noticed a big increase in the number of Little Black Cormorants in and around our local swimming baths. Just today I overheard someone commenting on the large number that had perched along the shark-proof net, doubtless to enjoy the warm sunshine on a cold winter’s day.

They certainly make their presence felt when they land on the water, and commence their quite extraordinary dives. They swim much lower in the water than the ducks, and certainly in our part of the river, their numbers are far, far greater.

Enjoy!

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