Some Waterbirds spotted at the Oaklands Park Wetlands yesterday.
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It’s been cold for weeks and I haven’t seen many animals around. This morning I had a lovely surprise when a flock of Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoos decided to stop for a while in some trees on our place.
Yesterday Pardalotes were flitting high in the trees so a struggle to get a decent photo.
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I usually consider myself lucky to get a photo of these little birds. They’re so quick and flit from flower to flower with their tails up at a perky angle. I love to watch them hovering like Hummingbirds but have never managed to catch the moment.
This afternoon I spotted this poor little Spinebill sitting on a bird bath looking very unhappy. It allowed me to get within a couple of metres so I was able to spray it gently. It’s been very hot all day, it’s now almost 5:30 in the evening and still 45 deg. C.
I don’t think I saw any Fairy Wrens last year at all, they didn’t even come when the “Stinky Bush” was flowering and they seem to love that. Today they reappeared and although the Red Wattlebirds chase them off as soon as they’re aware of them I did manage to get a couple of shots.
Below is a flower of the stinky bush, I have no idea what it is but it’s certainly tough.
This is my favourite place today.
Our road was being resprayed today so we had to be out or in all day. We chose out and went to Laratinga Wetlands at Mt Barker.
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Although it might seem from my posts that a Koala is always here that’s not so. I have no idea how extensive their range is, I’m sure that depends on the density of the Eucalypts they eat but they usually reappear here every few weeks.
Creepy, Crawly, Slippery, Slimy and Scary
All I had to do today was feed the dog and watch. Down came the Magpies. They perched, just waiting for the chance to steal a bit of food.
This week’s topic reminded me immediately of the cat in, “Red Dwarf” as he leapt in delight from one thing to another shrieking, “Oooh shiny thing, shiny thing.”
Nature provides so many, “Ooh shiny thing” moments for me but I’ve chosen a bird because they are what distract me most often.
… but it could have been Ewww shiny thing, slugs distract me too.