Tag Archives: Sydney

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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Another Post from Chicki!

13 Jul
Chicki

Chicki

Hello to all my fans! I’m so happy to report that Mummy has finally yielded to my urgent demands and once again given me access to her blog. And about time, too! I’m sure all of you must have been out of sorts, so long have you been waiting and hoping for my triumphant return…

Doubtless you’ll be relieved to know that life has been treating me pretty well. I’ve made some new doggy friends on my daily walks to the park, as well as keeping up my acquaintance with old comrades such as Sasha, the frisbee-catching canine. Sasha thinks she’s a star performer: just quietly, she told me she loves an audience.

And well she might, for I also admit to liking to be the centre of attention ( as I so often am, doubtless due to my irresistible good looks and delightful manners).  I am, however, very choosy as to who I’ll allow to pat my gorgeous head, and Mummy dutifully adheres to my strict instructions on this matter. She knows just who’s in charge…

So now, I’ll bid you all adieu (that’s French, not Maltese, by the way). Until next time…

Love from Chicki Rose Sharp xxx

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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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Chicki in the Bush

15 Jun
Chicki in the Bush

Chicki in the Bush

The highlight of Chicki’s day is, without a doubt, her visit to the bushland park that is just a short drive from our home.

It takes a while for us to walk down the hill to see the water, because our journey is frequently interrupted by her sniffing stops. She never hurries over these…

Lately she has made a couple of new friends of the doggy variety. One is a sweet little girl, Maltese just like Chicki, who has been recently adopted from an animal shelter. These two seem destined for friendship. They are the same age, and both know what it’s like to be waiting for a new start…

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Peeking Out: A Crimson Rosella

8 Jun
Peeking: A Crimson Rosella

Peeking: A Crimson Rosella

No matter how often I spot them, I’m always excited to see these wonderful Crimson Rosellas. Because Ron and I live near a bushland park, we sometimes see these parrots in our own garden. How different is this to my childhood home, just a few miles from the city of Sydney, where the variety of wild birds was limited.

Enjoy this photo, taken in our local park!
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In The Wind: The Baths at their Blustery Peak…

2 Jun
In the wind...

In the wind…

Much of the time, the local swimming baths are a study in calmness. Mirror-like reflections delight the eye. But now and then, a strong wind brings with it a total change of mood, and makes life harder for those who brave the water…

Here’s a photo, taken at the height of such a weather event.

Hello, Cocky! Goodbye, Cocky!

25 May
Hello, Cocky! Goodbye, Cocky!

Hello, Cocky! Goodbye, Cocky!

I hope I don’t sound immodest when I say that this photograph is a delight…

The pose and expression of Cocky #1 captures my imagination and makes me smile.

Cocky#2 seems very nearly a mirror image, viewed in reverse. Well, almost…

Almost every day I see many of these wonderful, large parrots flying, gliding, landing, walking, eating…

Our local bushland park is home to hundreds, and quite often, smaller numbers visit the local streets.

One of the delights of living in the St George district of suburban Sydney, Australia.

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