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.

Long neck…

An Australian definition of a long neck : (Noun) A 750ml bottle of beer. Example: I’m going to sink a few long necks with my mates.

Here’s another sort of long neck my husband spied and photographed today.

Here’s the underside.

Because we’re surrounded by water, it’s not the first one we’ve noticed. We posted some pics of another turtle a while back. In the water, (click here) and another one digging a hole (click here). This one was also digging a hole in the paddock.

Pelicans landing in the water

I posted some fights of some Pelicans that Audrey said resembled jumbo jets in the air. I have to agree.

However I have a few other flight angles here to compare.

This one at full stretch, dainty, almost elegant

This one’s landing successfully, easing on to the water with a splash

This one, watch out, I’m coming down. for a tight landing. Miss the tree, miss the stumps, miss my friends They don’t look all that phased.

Bird Song

Love this simple song by Bob Marley

Rise up this morning
Smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds

Rufous Whistler. Acclaimed for its song

Pitch by my doorstep
Singing sweet of songs


Of melodies pure and true
This is my message to you-ou-ou


Singing don’t worry about a thing