Australasian Swamphen

There are a lot of these birds living here with us. They are friendly, don’t cause any concern and are a delight to watch as they roam around, wandering in and out of the garden around my house. This guy seem to have something in his mouth to take away.

They’re often called Purple Swamphens, but the blue is, I think, more blue than purple.

This ones off, flashing his white behind as he goes.

Along the creek

Today began with amazing clear skies and the promise that Spring was on its way. However, that was short lived. The clouds came over and the rain began. Again. It’s raining now. Again. Very unusual for here. So I had to look back a few days to find a photo or two. None taken today.

Years ago, I had a rambly rose that needed to be removed. So it was. But I couldn’t just destroy it. It was removed to the water’s edge. It stunned me as I wandered past with a single red bloom. In such depressing weather it is a ray of sunshine. I also noticed a very shy dove hiding in a tree nearby. I think it was very cold, too.

Pink Galah

Yesterday was a magical day. The rain eased up and the birds came out. They all seemed happy to pose.

I saw these two high up in a tree after quite a while wandering around taking photos. I was almost too weary to stop. Glad I did. I’m proud of this photo, especially because it was hand held.

Still raining.

Dull days, cold winds and even more rain are the only thing making the current lockdown more attractive. It’s actually not too bad to stay indoors.

The bulbs are starting to emerge.