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.

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.

Hydrangea

Noticed this more unusual bloom on one of my hydrangea plants. It’s tiny compared to the other flowers

Silly me. It was late last night when I called it a geranium. I must have been tired.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day Challenge (FOTD)

Winter solstice

I’m glad the winter solstice has come and gone… Hopefully it will be a little lighter when I drag myself out of bed in the morning, Although the solstice doesn’t mean the coldest days of the year, around here it has been particularly damp and gloomy, not at all condusive to taking photos outside.

I did manage to find a spiderweb and some particularly unattractive fruit. Come on Spring!