Wild Things

This gorgeous Green Tree Frog is probably the best known frog in Australia, but no less special for that. He’s the source of the very deep and monotonous ‘wark-wark-wark’  that I hear at the bottom of a nearby downpipe, presumably when he reckons rain is coming. This one was quiet, post-rain and dozing on a […]

A second Willy Wagtail decided to start a family on my other verandah. She made such a messy job of nest building, compared to the neat cylinder of my usual family, that I decided she must be a novice nester. Not only was it sloppy and sprawling untidily over the edge, but it seemed as […]

The unmistakable rusty and incessant whinging of a young Yellow-tailed Cockatoo came floating in my kitchen window. I followed the sound to a twin stump, where the ‘baby’ was atop one and the mother was at work in the fork of the other, ripping away bark with her beak. The young of these big Black […]

I get so few visits from more than one wandering wallaby that I was delighted to see this little trio of game boys venture in right near the house one early evening after rain. They are the same Eastern Red-necked Wallabies that I lived with — in such great numbers — at my old Mountain […]

Drivers along the Lakes Way just south of Forster have been doing doubletakes as they pass this aerial edifice. After watching my Willy Wagtails’ teeny effort, this massive pile of branches seemed hardly birdlike. I only had time to zoom in on the remaining parent. I’d been thinking a White-breasted (or White-bellied) Sea Eagle, but […]

As expected, when I returned from a few days away, the Willy Wagtails’ chicks were hatched and hungry. Silent though, unlike the demanding magpie baby in the tree near my bedroom. It was soon clear there were three little mouths to be stuffed, and given that they were constantly opening and shutting, I was amazed […]

It being Spring, the Willy Wagtail mum has been busily readying last year’s nest for the 2016 brood. The nest had looked perfectly serviceable, as it was as neat and symmetrical as she had originally made it. However she seemed driven to add another layer, which brings it alarmingly close to the verandah roof. While […]

I have a lot of Kookaburras here — often called more fully Laughing Kookaburras, rarely called by their scientific name, Dacelo gigas. As they do live in family groups, comprising several generations, that’s not surprising. There are enough big trees left along the creek sides that they must have found enough nesting hollows to keep […]

When you move to a new area, life is busy setting up your own place and you only take time off for regional sightseeing when you have visitors. Tapin Tops National Park near Wingham is one regional sight I’ve been meaning … and meaning…to see. Last week I did. It’s high, with the access a […]

I am used to seeing splashes and dashes of black and white at a distance, in the tall trees along the creek, for the White-headed Pigeons feed there often. Near the house I am used to the Magpies and Butcherbirds strutting about in their dapper black and white outfits and singing their own praises. I […]

My friend Christa lives by a river and keeps her camera handy for whatever wildlife may visit. Her rotary clothesline gets used as a perch by various odd birds. Sometimes she spots and snaps them and shares them with me. This little sequence is so good that with Christa’s permission I am sharing her photos […]

I do miss my plentiful Crimson Rosellas, but today I saw my first King Parrot visitor for the summer fruit season here. Always stunningly attired, this was one was also most relaxed, with no cats or dogs about. So much so, that for the first time I think I saw a parrot yawn…! But the […]

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