Feathers on a friday

Hi guys..a quick post ..i have a super busy weekend of burning off to do..ugh..but i think it will help clear the mind and do me well to be out in nature at the same time.

A trip to  Lake Weeroona was lovely to clear the head also..the birds were out and i had a nice long walk with my camera..

 

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Pacific Black Ducks

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Magpie Lark

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Purple Swamphen

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Masked Lapwing

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Eastern Rosella

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White faced Heron

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Black Swan

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Dusky Moorhen

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Black Swan

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Purple Swamphen

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This guy is some sort of goose.. must get a better peek 😉

Eurasian coots

Eurasian coots

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Another feathered friend i can’t quite identify

Now this guy here is an Eclectus Parrot..typical up northern parts of Australia..now he was not at the lake but with his person at the new market i was at last Sunday in Woodend.

 

Waji the Eclectus Parrot

Waji the Eclectus Parrot

His name is Waji and he is 10 years old…his person told me that she has to be careful saying Market because if he hears he drives her crazy until she takes him..birds are smart animals..very smart and this guy was loving the day out on his persons shoulder and watching the activities around him..i hope to meet him again..he was a touch camera shy! he was a stunning bird..and trust me i did nothing to change or alter his color in this shot..

So i am off to bed..ready to get the overalls on and get dirty….have a great weekend and i will chat with you all soon..

Loves Fozziemum

 

 

Wild on Wednesday

Been awhile since i did a wild on Wednesday and i am excited to be here to share again some of my world here down under..

As you may be aware it is now just turned into Spring..yet we have had -3C temps overnight and some days no higher than 8C so it has been cold!

Now that is not cold to many of you who have serious cold Winters but it has been the coldest weather for 17 years..and the windchill has made it much much colder again..

Snow has fallen in many states and we still need rain..

So it is with great rugging up and many layers of clothes, jackets, beanies, scarves, and  gloves i head out in search of something inspiring.

I went no further than about 25 minutes form home to Cairn Curran Reservoir..you may remember i had some shots of the pups having a grand time swimming there in Autumn..well believe me it was no day for swimming!

I was actually searching for something else which eluded me, but the landscapes were wonderful with looming black clouds and water whipped up by wind ..and as i set about walking forever along the sandbanks with wind throwing stinging sand on my face and making my eyes water like i was peeling onions for Australia i was treated to a display by some Pelicans..they were actually guarding their patch of water from a trio of Whistling Kites..over the hills above the Prickly Pear scattered dunes the Wedge-tail eagles were also being sent on their way by some ravens..

It was next to impossible in these conditions to get a good set of shots of the Eagles..they seem to like the clouds that make my lens have a fit!

And so i share my freezing day trip as i stoke the fire and get ready for a special Birthday  tomorrow..my darling old Forrest is turning 12..

Hugs Fozziemum xxx

A storm approaches

A storm approaches

 

 

Lonely tree awaits the sun

Lonely tree awaits the sun

 

Pelican in a sheltered area

Pelican in a sheltered area

 

Pelican and Whistling Kites aerial acrobatics

Pelican and Whistling Kites aerial acrobatics

 

Taking flight with grace

Taking flight with grace

 

Freedom has wings

Freedom has wings

 

A trip to my paddock..all creatures gathering

A trip to the back paddock to get some kindling for the fire and i came upon this sight..Kangaroos..my sheepies..a Fox and of course in the bottom left hand side of the screen Nelson the willy wagtail…a busy time of day for all the fox poses no threat to my sheep or the fullgrown Kangaroos..who will defend themselves with a swift kick..the rabbits are the target for the fox..and i could see them in the further paddock hopping away..while the fox kept looking…a busy weekend here with Hubbies birthday and Anzac Day and a modem that needs replacing.so getting on line has been laborious..i will catch up as soon as i can as commenting has the circle of doom spinning..yet posting is alright ??? ..

 

 

 

Ready to Rumble roos

Well hot on the tail of the post about the male roo Buster and his romantic intentions with Titch , today I saw some very amusing behaviour between a couple of young male roos.
To set the scene.. I had gone out the front with the intention of cleaning up the garden a bit..i spotted Titch and Tippy and another joey a bit older than Tippy..so garden gloves down and camera up.
Now the three were grazing happily away when an older male roo joined them..he was followed not long after by Buster and another smaller male.

Well the young male roo started to follow the bigger one around..and he was tugging at his tail.
Now at first I was a bit confused but I realised this was clearly a dominance game.
And he kept going,the older male just moving away all the time…and he was really tugging that tail!

Young male really pushing his luck

Young male really pushing his luck

 

 

 

 

Not satisfied with tugging his tail he started to sniff him as well..

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Now clearly the other male is responding in his own way showing dominance..i think that is obvious to all..but this younger guy was really trying to show himself as a contender..

Now he has gone maybe too far..

Now he has gone maybe too far..

Eventually the bigger male stopped eating and decided he had had enough of this annoying young guy..

Enough is enough

Enough is enough

And then the rumble..it was short and not seriously aggressive ,just enough to let the younger male know who was boss..

Okay kid..enough

Okay kid..enough

And that was that..they looked up saw me and made out that nothing had happened..they continued grazing and left each other alone.
Another fascinating day for me and the reason it takes so long for me to get anything done here 🙂

Spring on the wing

Spring is such a wonderful time …as busy as I am ..and I am up to my neck..i have been making an effort to really indulge in the changes around the property..in doing so I have spotted a few new species of birds that have made an appearance… become entranced with the Stumpy tail family that has taken up residence in my garden and have been loving the incredibly large group of bees that are collecting pollen from one tree in particular..

So today I am showing those avian friends that are busily preparing for or raising young…I hope you don’t mind the change from the Roos..

 

Busy bees

Busy bees

Superb fairy Wren

Superb fairy Wren

Dragonflies

Dragonflies

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

Horsfields-Bronze Cuckoo

Horsfields-Bronze Cuckoo

Red Rumped Parrot

Red Rumped Parrot

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

From a great height

Ok my head has been sore since last Saturday..i had a mini meltdown…Pickles had an operation and there is work to be done outside..i have caught up on some blogs but not all and I do apologise..you know the best cure has been getting out in nature..headache or not I feel better..today was no exception..

As I lay on the ground in the back paddock..camera in hand sun in my dried out eyeballs I looked to the heavens…..

You know that saying that you feel you have been ‘sh*t on from a great height’

Well when it’s an eagle it looks like a litre of white paint headin your way..
Summed up my week perfectly..and made me laugh my head off…

Excuse the quality of the picture..even Brutus cannot outsmart the blue sky great heights and sun glare..