Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Sunday Selections #129

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.


Like River, I generally run with a theme.  This week I am more than a little brain-dead so instead of a theme I am just putting up some of the bright spots of the last week or so.


The first ones were taken on the same day we saw the kangaroos from last week's Sunday Selections.  The cockatoos were having a fine time, feasting on fallen acorns.





Then dawn last Tuesday.



The next photos are of a sunset which brightened our world when we got home from the hospital on Wednesday.






60 comments:

  1. I am hoping that all is well with you, dear EC. Thank you for posting something, at least, to let me know you are still hanging in there... not to mention those birds and sunset pictures are incredible.

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    1. DJan: Cautious optimism is the order of the day. And the cockatoos and the sky were balm for my soul.

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  2. That sunset was one heck of a welcome home. Hope everything is going well with the recovery.

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    1. mybabyjohn/Delores: Wasn't it beautiful? Things appear to be better. Not brilliant but better.

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  3. Hallo early bird. That you put up a post at all, is a wonder and delight to me.
    The sky is always to be relies upon to give us it's magic in full measure when we need it most.
    Hugs . . .

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    1. Arija: I posted early because I had a full day ahead of me. And yes, the sky was a joy, a delight and very, very soothing...

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    1. Letting the Words Escape: Thank you - it was. I really like your new avatar too.

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  5. Those sunsets are so magnificent; thank you for taking time to capture the moments.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: When I saw the sky blazing, I couldn't do anything but trot out with the camera.

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  6. Oh my, you get acorns too ... we get them all over because we are surrounded with big old oaks ... our problem is we don't have flocks of Cockatoos to eat them ... we have to clean them up and that is quite a chore.

    Your dawn is so gentle and are those mountain ridges I see ... how beautiful. And you get the sunsets too. We can't see the sunsets from our house ... too many trees. The pictures are beautiful. Nature certainly gives us something to be joyful about even when other things in our lives are difficult. Hope things are getting better ... day by day.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea: We do indeed get acorns. Acorn shells are one of Jewel's favourite toys. She picks them up and carries them to hard surfaces where she can bat them round with maximum noise. And then stashes them in safe places where Jazz can't get at them.
      Both the dawn and the sunset made my heart sing. I am so grateful for the beauty in my world.

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  7. Great photos of sunsets.
    Love to watch Cockatoos feed, they are always entertaining.
    Merle...............

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    1. Merlesworld: Cockatoos, destructive and noisy as they are, are one of my most favourite birds.

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  8. Stunning colours in your sun rise set! Love the cockies!

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    1. Karen: I loved them both - and was very pleased to capture a cockie on the wing.

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  9. Beautiful shots; I hope all is going well.

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    1. jenny_o: Thank you. Cautious optimism.

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  10. I am happy and content with my life, and yet, whenever I look at your pictures of the exotic beautiful place in which you live, part of me longs to be there. Guess that means you take reeeeeeally good pictures!

    I hope you are doing well, and your hubby is recovering nicely.

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  11. --I am happy that the sunrise brightened your world, S.

    Sending your some love from Minnesota. Xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: It brightened my world - as you do.

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  12. Those sunset pictures are awsome!! Such pretty colors! I don't think I have ever seen that combination.
    I hope all is well and he is on his way to a speedy recovery.

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    1. Teresa: Arija said it beautifully. 'The sky is always to be relies upon to give us it's magic in full measure when we need it most' And how right she was. Not speedy, but still (I hope) positive.

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  13. I love the cockatoos.
    My main reason for going back to WA later this year or next year, is a sunset cruise on an old sailboat so I can capture sunsets over water with the camera. They only do the cruises over spring, summer and autumn, I guess it must be too rough in the winter, so not safe.

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    1. River: A sunset cruise on the water would be wonderful. I hope you get to do it sooner rather than later.

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: I do, each and every day. Several times each day.

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  15. Soothing skies, balm indeed for the soul they are, I think they'd bring me to tears had I witnessed them in real life. (Sensitive flower that I am.)It would be entirely innapropriate of me to make any jokes about you clearly enjoying a cock or two, so you can rest assurred I won't be so crude as to do that. Hugs xx

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    1. All Consuming: I am so glad that you (and Gary) were able to resist inappropriate cock jokes. Surprised though.

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  16. Ah yes, I noticed a cockatoo. And, I'm going to avoid an innuendo. Much like our friend above.

    A calming sunset to reflect upon the week that was and looking forward to better times. Wishing you all well.

    Gidday and take care,

    Gary :)

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    1. klahanie: Thank you. And I am returning your wish for better times with interest. I so hope you get a positive resolution soon.

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  17. That sunset is incredible! I hope all is smooth with you and the smaller portion.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Thank you. It is a bit one step forward and two back at the moment - but I am still hopeful.

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  18. The cockatoos are beautiful, that's for sure, but don't encourage them. They can be very destructive in some instances. We get a lot of them up here, too. They march through the property soldiers nibbling as they go.

    I love the black cockatoos, too. They are magnificent birds, as well.

    Take care, EC...and I hope all is on the up and up this week with The Skinny One. :)

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    1. Lee: The cockatoos need no encouragement. These were at a park, but we get many visiting us as well. Knock on wood, they haven't been toooo destructive, though I have a hissy fit when they uproot my tulips.

      I do hope this week is positive. Everything is crossed. Which can make walking difficult.

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  19. Our lush lemon tree was suddenly besieged by cockies yesterday, they are thugs but so beautiful. Your dawn photo is absolutely gorgeous, as are the sunsets. Best wishes to you and the SP, with fingers crossed for a good week for you both.

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    1. Carol: Beautiful thugs is a very accurate description of cockatoos. I am grateful that they are not as intelligent as keas though.

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  20. I was looking at your back posts – you do get beautiful exotic birds in your feeder – we get sparrows, cardinals, wood peckers, yellow finches but nothing like your birds.

    I really enjoyed looking at your kangaroos. We have kangaroos in North Georgia – I wrote a post about it, let me find it - here it is: http://avagabonde.blogspot.com/2009/08/kangaroo-conservation-center-in-north.html there were quite a number of them there.
    I am pleased to hear good health news from your post. Tomorrow it is our turn, I have to take my husband to the hospital for a painful test – he had bladder cancer last fall and they need to get in there to see if it came back – I hope not.

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    1. Vagabonde: Cardinals, wood peckers and yellow finches seem very exotic to me. I have a soft spot for all the feathered wonders...

      I do hope your husbands test goes well. Such a hard time - for you, and for him.

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  21. Those cockatoos do seem to be enjoying themselves. I feel they are sulphur-crested? Mother nature does a wonderful job of painting your skies doesn't she? They are truly beautiful.
    Hopefully all is still going reasonably well and that the introduction of solids into the SP's diet this week will go OK. Thoughts are with you as they always are. : )

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    1. Mimsie: Yes, they are sulphur crested. Noisy, destructive charmers.
      We are in the one step forward, a step to the side and a step backwards mode at the moment, but I am still hopeful. Thank you for your good wishes. A lot.

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  22. I am seriously envious of your stunning skies! Are these from your home? If so, yep, envious that you can look out and see such beauty.
    Being so surrounded by trees here means that there is very little sky at our place and thus, the sunrises/sets are not very visible.

    I've finally been having a proper blog catch-up. I'll join you in a wine o'clock toast to your SP's post op recovery.
    Here's to a full return to his body's digestive process!
    Singalong... food, glorious food :)

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    1. Vicki: The sky shots were taken from our front lawn, looking down the valley. I do love our skies - but too many trees is a wonderful thought. I love their leafy majesty.

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  23. Spectacular sunset!!! Hope all is all - I've been thinking about you and yours.

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    1. Lynn: It was a spectacular sunset - and it helped. All is ok(ish).

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  24. I remember that sunset... it was a cracker ... such a cracker that the kids even called me to the window to witness it ... must have been a good one hey?;-)

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    1. Geoff: It was a cracker - and how nice that your children also loved it.

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    1. ercotravels: Thank you - we are lucky aren't we?

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  26. [pretending that those pictures are a window that I can see from here in my cube]

    Lovely!

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    1. Ms. CrankyPants: It is still dark here, and I like the reminders myself.

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  27. I love those heavenly colors of your evening skies, they delight my eyes ~:)

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  28. Those are incredible photos!!! I love the cockies... I would love to have a bird... of course, the dog and the cats would probably love to eat the bird... damn. I found out that a neighbor (65+) is AFRAID of birds... WTH?? Can you believe it?? Afraid of crocodiles!! Afraid of republicans!! Sheesh... and the sunrise is out of this world. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Nicky HW: Thank you. Fear of birds is not uncommon. Sad, but not rare. And my life would be seriously diminished without them.

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