I See You…

Nesting Rainbow Lorikeets
Nesting Rainbow Lorikeets

I see you…

Just for a moment, this beautiful Rainbow Lorikeet takes his attention from the task at hand – building a nest.

These rank second only to Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are the most often-seen species of parrot in our local park.

I’m yet to see any babies, and probably never will, but nevertheless it’s wonderful to know that these brilliantly-coloured birds are planning to increase the size of their family.

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Proud, Strong and Handsome: A Kookaburra Perches…

Proud, strong and handsome, a Kookaburra perches on a tree in our local park. Luckily for all, it’s a reserve devoted to native vegetation, birds, reptiles and so on. The perfect home for our iconic, featured friend.

Laughing Kookaburra
Laughing Kookaburra

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Sharing Good News…

Margaret Lynette Sharp being presented with a Literary Award by one of the judges.
Margaret Lynette Sharp being presented with a Literary Award by one of the judges.
The Award
The Award

Sharing good news…

On Saturday 7th September 2015, Ron and I attended the awards ceremony at Hurstville City Library (a major centre in suburban Sydney, Australia).

As one who had been short-listed, I admit to being a trifle nervous as the results were about to be announced.

So it was with much delight that I learned that my entry entitled ‘More Than a Mere Bagatelle’- a short story about a child, her family, and a piano – had been awarded a Second Prize in its section.

Even better than the ‘Highly Commended’ that ‘The One That Got Away’ earned in the previous year’s competition…

Are my literary fortunes on the rise?

They’re Out! Flannel Flowers by the River!

I love to see the Flannel Flowers. Right now they’re in flower, and it’s just the beginning of their season. They’re fussy about where they’ll grow, but fortunately for me they have chosen spots by the river and near the road that we drive along to get to the water. Their simple, daisy-like flowers hold a special charm.

Enjoy!

Flannel Flowers by the River
Flannel Flowers by the River

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Ducks on the River

I guess that the local swimming baths is rather unique in more ways than one, for not only is it uncommonly large, it also attracts many sweet-looking birds. Not least among these are the ducks.These range in size from the large, Pacific Black Duck to the small Chestnut Teals, and in between fall the Australian Wood Ducks and Grey Teals.

Here’s a photo of a pair of Chestnut Teals in the baths. They make a lovely couple, don’t you think?

A Pair of Chestnut Teals
A Pair of Chestnut Teals

Enjoy!