When I was a kid….

That was a long time ago. As I was processing this photo I had sudden vivid memories of the swap cards we used to collect. I had very few and each one was precious. Others I knew had hundreds. They were just cards with random photos. I loved them. I remember some were in ‘pairs’ and when these two photos appeared side by side on my screen, I was reminded of ‘pairs’. I think I even had some bird cards.

Just a bird

I’m camping and have very minimal internet. At least I have a chance to look at some photos I took before we set off. I rather like this drab colored bird, so here it is.

Thank you to Charlotte for identifying it as a Grey Shrike Thrush.

I wonder what’s happening at home.

I took the opportunity for a few days away in a caravan, after the last lockdown and perhaps before the next. (although I’m hoping there won’t be a ‘next’). Before I left I was very excited to see, not one, but two nests on the lagoon, about a tree away from where they were last year. Last year I followed some darter babies as they grew up. (Search for darter on this blog)

I have so many questions. Is it the same bird? Will she lay eggs again? Has she already? I didn’t want to spend too much time taking photos because I didn’t want to scare her away.

Stay tuned…. we’ll see what happens when I get back.

Two entertaining Spoonbills

I was very excited when I found these two Spoonbills chilling out in a place nearby where I could spy on them. I wish I could talk bird. I watched these two for ages (expect a lot of pictures!). They were probably discussing the fishing. I thought they were going to both dive in the water. I had my fonger on ready to snap the moment. It was ready set … BUt then one seemed to think better of the idea and they relaxed again.

More Swallows

The Swallows have moved in too. They love this boat. I’m not sure whether they are Welcome Swallows or Barn Swallows. They are a bit of a nuisance because they built a massive nest structire out of mud last year. Apparently they tend to return each year to the same sites.

Compare them to this one