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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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See Sasha Perform!

23 Aug

One of Chicki’s  most talented friends is Sasha, the Frisbee-catching dog.

Frisbees have been a part of Sasha’s life for many, many years. She’s ten, now, but showing few signs of slowing down.

Here’s an action shot of her mid air!

Enjoy!

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Sasha in mid air!

Sasha in mid air!

 

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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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The River in the Rain: A Wet Sydney Day

16 Jun
Chicki by the river

Chicki by the river

The river in the rain

The river in the rain

I’d hoped this morning that Chicki and I would be able to take our walk in the park before the rain came. But fate had other ideas. By the time we were ready to leave home, fine drops were covering the ground…

Not to be daunted, we set off anyway. A few other adventurous souls also braved the weather.

Despite the dampness, the time there passed enjoyably. The river seemed so calm, though now and then a Silver Gull would swoop straight down with amazing speed to catch a fish for lunch…

A flock of Little Black Cormorants landed in the baths at the same time as a single Egret. The Egret lingered a while after the others flew upstream.

All in all it was worth the effort.

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There’s a Cormorant on the Rock!

10 May

There’s a Cormorant on the rock!

Little Pied Cormorants are not an uncommon sight on the river, yet they seldom choose to rest on rocks, preferring instead to alight on man-made structures such as wooden poles, and the top of the shark-proof netting. So I think myself lucky to get a shot of one while it rested on a rock, just outside the swimming baths in Sydney’s Georges River.

Enjoy!

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Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant

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I’ve Just Been Swimming…

19 Apr
The Baths

The Baths

I’ve just been swimming. Though officially it’s Autumn, the weather is quite mild and the river remains warm. Add high tide, and what have you go? Perfection!

Many people bring their canine companions along to enjoy the walk beside the water, and so Chicki gets to meet and greet friends, old and new.

It’s a win win situation!

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