Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Sunday Selections #250

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.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.
 
Like River I usually run with a theme. Himself is home.  He had a wonderful trip, but is (I think) also glad to be home.  He has some 3700 photos to sort through so will be busy for a while.


My camera, much as I loved it, was getting old and a tad unreliable.  Last week I bit the bullet and bought a new one.  It came with a quick (and very unhelpful) guide.  The manual is over 350 pages, and of course had to be downloaded.  It will take me a while to get comfortable with the camera, but here are some of my first experiments.

We have had lots and lots and lots of blessed rain.  Early yesterday we went down to the lake to see if there were kangaroos (there were) or pelicans (yes).

Some of the kangaroos have ear tags, and others collars which is new.  I am not sure what is going on and cannot yet find out.  They are still free to wander, and there are no gates or fences.  Margaret Adamson shamed me into exploring further.  The collars have GPS in them, and will be used to see just where they go.  This link should explain more for anyone who is interested. It isn't an up to date link, but I would think it is still accurate.  






It really is a lovely park and the recent rain has made it as lush as I have ever seen it.
 

Loved the blossom of lichen too.













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  1. Looks like it was a wonderful day!!

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    1. fishducky: It was only part of a day, because the rain came down again - but it was lovely. Really lovely.

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  2. You seem to be getting great results from your camera already! Nice and sharp. Love the shorts of Pelican.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: The camera is much smarter than I am. A work in progress, but I am pleased with at least some of the photos I have taken with it.

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  3. Looks like you're getting the hang of your new camera.
    The pelican shots are incredible. (That is a pelican, isn't it?)

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    1. Alex J Cavanaugh: It is indeed a pelican. Who didn't want to be disturbed.

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  4. Beautiful photos again :-) You know which one is my favourite ;-) The pelican of course. Absolutely gorgeous. Hope you are well.

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    1. Angela: Lovely to see you. The pelicans are often at that particular spot by the lake, and we love them too.

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    3. uthman saheed: I am glad you enjoyed the photos, but have deleted your comment. My blog is not the place for you to advertise.

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  5. Pelicans!Lovely.
    I hope those tags and collars are not something to do with the cull?

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    1. dinahmow: Margaret Adamson sent a link (which I wasn't allowed to access) so I did some more exploring. The tags and collars aren't directly associated with a cull. They are tracking where the kangaroos go. I wouldn't guarantee that the information won't be used to justify future culls though. Hiss and spit.

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    2. Hmm...I think I've already had my say on a country that shoots and eats its coat of arms!

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  6. Lake is lovely. Some of the kangaroos look extremely muscular. Would not want to mess with them. My bigger camera won't focus anymore and suddenly shuts down with the lens stuck out and the screen says "lens error". I guess maybe the circuit for the lens is bad or maybe something is stuck in the lens housing, don't know. Andrew is kindly sending me his old one as he upgraded. Can't wait. My little one still works, the pocket one I take to the lake when I go, that easily slips into a sandwich bag for protection from water. It takes not bad close ups too although the zoom isn't much so you need to be close and better video clips than the larger one.

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    1. Strayer: The lake is lovely. In all seasons, at all times of year. The male roos are big. And no, not something to tangle with. Lovely to look at though. I saw that Andrew was sending you his old camera, and applauded. It couldn't go to a better place.

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  7. I looked up about the collars and found that interesting to know why they are doing tha. this is the link- https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=53eusJe_sxIC&pg=PA102&lpg=PA102&dq=why+are+collars+being+put+on+Kangaroos&source=bl&ots=Y5iwOS29od&sig=MASYZ-el4HEg2KuSbVMYvj7lszk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB8Q6AEwAGoVChMIu9OentWQyQIVxVYaCh0yOAqr#v=onepage&q=why%20are%20collars%20being%20put%20on%20Kangaroos&f=false

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Thank you for your effort. Unfortunately that link won't allow me to read it, but I have done some further exploration and will update the post in a minute.

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  8. lovely photos, we can definitely take solace in the creatures of the world.

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  9. Love it, Kangaroos and the Pelicans, you spoil us EC.

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    1. Bob Bushell: As you so often do, with the glorious birds you give us.

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  10. The pelican photos are brilliant. Even though I am Australian, kangaroos standing up still surprises me. What strange creatures they are.

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    1. Andrew: Kangaroos really are odd aren't they? Fascinating, but definitely odd.

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  11. Those big bucks sure are big bucks (not the big bucks I wouldn't mind having)!!! Best to stay clear of those big bucks of the roo kind, or you would rue you didn't!!

    Magical birds the pelicans...I love them.

    Have a great week, EC...cuddles to your two furry mates. :)

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    1. Lee: I wouldn't dream of challenging any of those big bucks. Love looking though. And the pelicans...
      A great week to you, to Remy and to Sharma too.

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  12. Hi EC - great photos here .. life in Aus with rain. I imagine the tags etc are different tracking devices .. as I think kangaroos are a pest in your part of the world ... and I expect the data helps the scientists.

    We've had pelicans in London, St James' Park, since 1664 - when the Russian Ambassador gave some to King Charles II ... strange but true! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: You are right. Or nearly so. The collars have a GPS in them.
      I suspect London's pelicans are different, but how lovely to think they have been there for so long. I know that you also have kangaroos as well.

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    1. Martin Kloess: I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  14. Kangaroos are an amazing animal. I absolutely love them and these photos. Wonderful pelicans also, and the rest, all enjoyable shots.

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    1. DeniseinVA: We have a number of incredible animals here. Like the platypus. Kangas always make me smile though.

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  15. Your camera seems to be doing very well indeed! I love the pictures, but especially the one with the pelican looking over his wing, very Dracula. Glad he's home safe and sound after a great trip! :-)

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    1. DJan: I hadn't thought of the Dracula connection. A whole new perspective...

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  16. I'm happy Himself is home, that you have a new camera and that there are pelicans. Not so pleased, however, with one finger typing.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I am really impressed that you are even trying to comment with one finger typing. Thank you - and I hope the pain is much, much less.

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  17. You must be so relieved to have Him home. Enjoy playing with your new camera. You have already put it to go use I see. The photo of the pelican looking straight back at you is priceless. Love it.

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    1. CountryMum: It is very good to have him home. Much, much more to learn about the camera's working. I did enjoy that pelican - rather more than it did me.

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  18. You are doing really well with your new camera! The 3rd pelican shot made me laugh so much - you can just see what s/he is thinking, and it's not polite! Make the most of your lovely rains, EC. We could certainly do with some.

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    1. Alexia: Resigned was about the most complimentary slant to put on the way that poor pelican was looking at me. So I left. The rain was blissful - and I hope you get some too.

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  19. Love it! I remember the first time I saw pelicans in "birdson" and they scared me straight!

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    1. HBF: They are an incredible looking bird aren't they?

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  20. Congratulations on your new purchase EC. Enjoy!

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    1. carol: I will, while being frustrated at my inabilities. I am pretty certain that it will improve my photography no end, so long as I persist. And I plan to have fun trying, while admitting there will also be frustration.

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  21. The Kangaroo is so Australian.. :) We have some locally and from time to time they hop down the street, making all the dogs bark.

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    1. Snoskred: We have kangaroos quite close to home, and they always make me smile. Except of course when they hop out in front of the car.

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  22. I think all of NSW is lush and green at the moment, so much rain, ready for some sun now.
    A new camera shock , horror I hate new things till I get to know them, good luck with the new camera.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merlesworld: The new camera is making my brain hurt. I don't do change well...

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  23. A new camera! I still haven't learned all the ins and outs of my newest camera, I set it on auto and snap away. I have millions of failed photos because I can't be bothered finding the right setting. Usually, by the time I do, the moment has passed.
    I like your photos. The kangaroo with the collar and pretty pink tag looks like she is dressed for a party :)
    I LOVE the pelican poses.
    the cherished one has 3700+ photos? That would take me a year to sort through! Looking forward to seeing a few of them.

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    1. River: His problems are compounded because he broke his glasses while he was away. His back-up pair aren't quite good enough to go through the photos and sort out the slightly out of focus ones. And yes, that many photos would take me forever.

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  24. Good luck with your new camera, EC. I am such a wimp about trying new things. Hats off to you!

    Those collars don't look very comfortable to me. Grumble grumble grumble ...
    I'm glad you're getting rain!

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    1. jenny_o: I agree with you about those collars. And the ear tags. Hiss and spit. Believe me, I am wondering whether I was sane in buying a much more complicated camera...

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  25. Oh, and welcome back, to the Skinny One! Looking forward to the photos I hope you'll both share.

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    1. jenny_o: He tells me that he has a lot of photos of Iranian gardens. When he has his glasses back we will post some.

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  26. What bulky collars! Shame on them. Couldn't they have injected some tiny homing device under their skin? *sigh*
    I don't like getting used to any new gadgets. They keep getting more complicated and the online instructions are a pain. Of course, that means I'm old and don't like new-fangled ways. ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: Snap. The collars and the ear tags don't make me happy.
      And getting familiar with the complexities of the new camera isn't fun. At all.

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  27. Was reading about rhinos, and the measures to stop the poaching. One is to embed TV and GRS transceivers in the horn. Another is to make the horn itself toxic for human consumption

    As always, your photos amaze me!

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    1. Susan Kane: A good camera helps a lot. I like the idea of poisoning those who benefit from poaching. I like it a lot. I hope it is a painful poison.

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  28. Congratulations to the new camera. You are so excited to explore it. I am always so lazy, someone must show me everything ... ha ha ha
    I believe that the rain makes a good out there, am I right.
    Pelicans and kangaroos are wonderful.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. orvokki: Most of Australia is dry, and my area is often in drought. Rain is wonderful. Lifegiving.
      I am also a big fan of kangaroos and pelicans, and hope you have a wonderful weekend too.

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  29. Kangas and pellies, two of my faves. Not sure that collar is a good idea, might cause some issues for the kangaroo.

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    1. Karen: I understand that they tested and retested the collars, but I agree. They make me uncomfortable.

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  30. All very beautiful. I agree with Karen re collars. Could they rub and cause skin problems? I am sure the powers that be have taken that into consideration, or at least one would hope so.
    You seem to have mastered the use of your new camera very well and I agree that some manuals these days are often worse than useless.
    Nice to know the SP arrived home safely and I am sure he is glad to be home. Will we be seeing more of his holiday photographs via your blog?
    I am so jealous of your rain. We had thirty minutes or more of almost continuous thunder last night with barely 1mm of much needed rain. Talk about sound and fury signifying nothing. Oh yes, the lightning did start several small fires in state forest which we home will soon be under control. Did I mention it was just on 40C (104F) in Perth yesterday?

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    1. Mimsie: They apparently did test the collars. I hope so. I really hope so.
      There is a lot to the new camera that I haven't mastered. A work in progress.
      We had beautiful rain and I am grateful. Today, yesterday and the day before we didn't reach 20C. It will heat up by the end of next week, but I am happy with it as it is. And I feel for you. Nearly 40 before summer starts is awful.
      If he agrees, I will share some more photos later. When his glasses are fixed and he can sort through them.

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  31. What a wonderful camera test! :)

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    1. Yvonne Kirk: Welcome and thank you. I had a lot of fun. And a few challenges as well.

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  32. How wonderful is this creation. Nature never fails to amaze me.

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    1. Lux G.: Or me. I get comfort, healing and delight in nature.

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  33. the roos are beautiful and you have captured them nicely

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    1. kylie: I do love the roos. We see them often, and smile each time.

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  34. I see a telephoto lens was part of the package. And to have such access to the kangaroos. Loved the photos.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: No telephoto lens as such. A good zoom. We are very lucky to have the kangas close to us.

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  35. I do like to explore new cameras. Happy shooting.
    The roos are great, i do like them as i do the pelican. Large birds that fly so gracefully...

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: I am still confuddled by a lot of the camera's functions. A work in progress. And yes, I have a very soft spot for roos and pelicans.

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  36. Cracking photos. Hope the tags don't harm these beautiful animals. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: I hope the tags and the collars don't hurt them too. They seemed remarkably unphased by them. They bothered me though.

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  37. Are the Kangeroos out and about or in a preserve? I am always in awe of your lovely and interesting wildlife.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: These roos are in a public park. There are no fences and no gates and they are free to come and go as they like. And frequently hop round the corner to the Governor-General's residence. Which they also claim as their own.

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  38. It must be exciting to see kangaroos walking around free. I have only seen one in a zoo. Do they avoid you when you come near or merely tolerate your being there?

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    1. Bookie: They keep an eye on people, and dogs, and cars but are mostly completely relaxed about it. If you get too close they will hop away. Unless it is hot when they mostly stay 'laxing' in the sun.

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    1. Sandra Cox: We do. Often. With pleasure.

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  40. I love pelicans. I think I might be a tad frightened of a kangaroo but that's because I'm not familiar with them and have heard they are avery strong!! The pictures are amazing though. Congrats on your new camera.

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    1. mail4rosey: Kangaroos are strong, but mostly peaceful. Like all wild animals they should be treated with caution though. And I love them. Pelicans too.

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  41. I know what you mean about the manual....I still need to read a bunch but?? I have never seen such big kangaroo.....neat to see

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: There were a couple of very big roos there. Very big healthy roos. Which is lovely.

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  42. Hello,
    Very nice pictures. So great to see these kind animals.
    I only see them here in the Zoo, but I like them very much.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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    1. Marco Luijken: Welcome and thank you. We are very lucky and see the kangaroos often. And they are free.

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  43. "Why, yes, I can spin my neck/head around and tuck my bill between my shoulder blades...can't you?"

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    1. DahnStarr: How nice to see you. I hope you have been well. And how I would love a fraction of the flexibility of the pelican. Or a cat. Or a roo...

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  44. awwwwwwwwwww.
    I've only seen one REAL kangaroo in my life.
    I love them. LOVE THEM!!! xxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: We love them too. We often see them and never, ever tire of them.
      Hugs.

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  45. Wow! This is wonderful...This productoons would not have came out well without some stress. Your cameras are really doing the job.

    I love all the pictures.

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    1. uthman saheed: Welcome and thank you. Only a little bit of stress, and lots of pleasure. I am always happy to go to that park. There is always something beautiful to watch.

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  46. Great photos, and doesn't the rain make a difference! Here, north of Sydney, we've had a bit too much rain, and rage weeds are taking over. Love your kangaroos and pelican. And I'm so pleased to know the SP is safely home after what seems to be a really wonderful trip.

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    1. Carol: Rain is magical. A woman on the bus once told me that you can keep things alive by watering them, but they need rain to grow. And she had a point. Mind you, the weeds need less rain than anything else. They are thriving. The ground is soft though, and later today I will wrestle with them.
      Himself did have an amazing trip. Which, after all his health issues of recent years, is truly lovely.

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  47. Wonderful images. Love the roos and pelicans. Pelicans always, always make me smile. When I was young, and watched them fly overhead, I used to imagine they were Pterodactyls.
    That does look like such a lovely park, with perfect photo opportunities for your new camera. I'm sure it will feel like an extension of you soon enough :)
    What make/model did you get? Just curious, as mine is packing up slowly - the macro plays up now and it gets fuzzy around the edges. I'm sad, I love that wee camera, but it's not worth the cost of repair.

    Happy to read that your SP has arrived home safe and sound - where did THAT time go???
    He will be busy indeed, with over 3000 images to sort through.

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    1. Vicki: I love pelicans too. And cormorants, who were also there but just out of camera range. It is a delightful park. Picnic areas, children's playgrounds, a small model railway, cycle paths - and the roos.
      My camera is an updated version of the old one. A Panasonic Lumix. This one is a TZ60, which was on an amazing special because a new model (which the sales person didn't like) has just come out.

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  48. New cameras are so much fun! And those pelican shots are divine. What wonderful creatures. I love the kangaroos, too.

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    1. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson: This camera is still a bit scary. A bit beyond me. However, I will persist, if only to keep capturing pelicans and roos.

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  49. They are sooo cute! I hope they're not secretly mean animals. I want to keep my illusions.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Not mean at all. Gentle critters. Almost always.

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  50. So that's where the rain went! So glad you got some rain though - we were a bit weary of it.

    What fun to have a new camera! You are making good use of it, my friend.

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    1. Lynn: It was lovely. And I will be wishing it back before long. Some people here were getting sick of it - but not me.

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  51. enjoyed...I think we swapped pelicans :O)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Pelicans are awesome aren't they?

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  53. Sorry the quick guide wasn't very helpful! Sometimes experimenting is the best way to start to figure the camera settings out. The shots you took look great. How interesting about the kangaroos. Those collars look much larger than I was expecting! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the new camera. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: The collars are big aren't they? I am not happy with them, but the roos didn't seem to mind. The quick guide was woeful. Lots of things left out, and badly translated from another language. Trial and error is going to be my friend I think.

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  54. Hi EC ... I'm glad Himself is home safe and sound. Lovely pictures taken with your new camera. Impressive :) Kangaroos and pelicans which I'll never see in our parts ... so thank you for the pleasant treat.

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    1. Whisper Mist: Thank you. I suspect that you see birds and animals that I will never see, and would love to, despite my fondness for our natives.

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  55. We just had our big Pelican Day celebrations. The lake was crowded with all white pelicans as far at the eye could see. I like them better than when the bald eagles swarm in here and eat my chickens. At least the pelicans only eat fish.

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    1. Granny Annie: A swarm of bald eages would be amazing. And scary. I would love to see Pelican Day. So much.

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  56. Great pictures. I have the feeling you'll learn quickly (looks like you already have) how to work your new camera. My husband is the photographer in our family, and his camera intimidates me. So I just stick my handy phone camera. Thank you for these kangaroo and pelican photos. They are so cute.

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    1. Myrna R.: This camera is intimidating me at the moment. It can do sooooo much. I refuse to give in. Yet.

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  57. Just be a man and ignore the instruction booklet!
    I would say that you have a pretty good idea on how to use it. The pictures are very good.

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    1. Sonya Ann: How true it is that men ignore the manuals... And sometimes get away with it. I will persist. I am pretty certain that this camera will be able to do things I have never done....

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    2. I don't read manuals.

      Who are the people who write them? If I were to write one, I'd break it down so even a child could understand.

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    3. neena maiya (aka guyana gyal): The camera is NOT intuitive and has so many functions that I do need to find a way to understand it. I suspect that at least part of the problem is that English is not the first (or second) language of those who wrote the manual... I suspect that if they were to invest in a good translator I would have a (somewhat) easier time.

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  58. Fabulous shots - and how lovely to finally get rain!

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    1. ladyfi: The rain was lovely. The garden drank deep.

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  59. Supreme beings these creatures. Who knows what equations they're trying to solve to help Earthkind.

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    1. Spacerguy: Or whether they are plotting a way to get us off the planet. Life would probably be better for them if we were...

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  60. How tall are the roos when they stand on their hind legs?
    Hope things have settled down on your end and you're relaxing.

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    1. Sandra Cox: These are Eastern Greys, and a big male can be 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 90 kg (200 lb). It is just as well that their aggression is almost always reserved for their own species.

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  61. Looks like you're doing very well with your new camera, and the kangaroos were happy to pose for us. A 350 page manual? Goodness - I can't imagine. That's longer than my book.
    Thanks for the wonderful pictures as always, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: The manual isn't nearly as well written or as entertaining as your book. Indeed I think it has been written by some of the hopefuls you feature on your blog...

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  62. what a wonderful day out and always love your Sunday selections, I hope to see a kangaroo in person some day

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    1. Linda Starr: I hope you can too. And preferably not in a zoo.

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  63. One of my favorite PBS specials was one about kangaroos and their life in the urban. It helped me understand them better. I was so sad when one tagged roo was killed on the highway.

    And what can I say about pelicans. So beautiful.

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    1. T Powell Coltrin: Seeing the kangas as road kill always makes me sad. It is unfortunately not uncommon. And I agree with you wholeheartedly about pelicans.

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  64. These pictures are fantastic! Congrats on the new camera! I think it's so cool you can just walk in a park and see wild kangaroo. I mean, I only see them in the zoo. Neat!

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    1. Madilyn Quinn: Not only in a park, but occasionally in our street. Which is always a red letter day.

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  65. Glad Himself made it home, safe and sound.

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    1. Sandra Cox: So am I. And also glad that he had such a good time away.

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  66. When I went to Australia, I was so excited about seeing my first kangaroo..... but sadly the first one I saw was by the side of the road, quite dead. That was in WA. Then saw many more when I was in ATC, by the lake, hopping about taking no notice of the people.

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    1. Shammickite: I do love seeing them lounging about treating us with ignore. After all, they were here before us.

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  67. Oh goodness they are a wonderful critter, and just the cutest too. Your link did work and it was quite interesting to read as well. What a wonderful setting and such rich greenery all about. What a beautiful and playful bird you shared with us too, thanks for such a delightful day out!

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    1. Karen S.: It was a small window in the day, before and after rain, and was completely magical.

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  68. That is an unusually florid lichen blossom! They're creepier out in my woods.

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    1. John Wiswell: I really liked it - and am glad that you noticed it. What colour is the lichen where you are?

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  69. Fabulous images and I am glad to hear you had rain Soosie...when I saw the first photo of the kangaroo, I thought someone had dressed it up with jewelry until I read and looked closely...they are such amazing creatures.

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  70. The one pelican pic looks like he's playing peak a boo behind his wing;)

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  71. Ooh! Kangaroos! *super grin* I'm not a fan of new tech. Especially in a camera. There's so many possibilities that I usually break my brain.

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    1. Crystal Collier: I hear you on the broken brain front. Mine is full, and as I try and squeeze more in, bits escape.

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  72. Sorry for taking so long to wander over; think I'll probably live now, so thought I'd pop in and see how you are.

    I love photos of kangaroos, but I've always been a bit afraid of meeting them in person. Weird, innit. What a beautiful area to explore!

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    1. Jaquelineand...: You are welcome whenever you come by. I am very, very glad that you are going to live.
      Kangaroos are mostly very gentle, but fear of the unknown (the quite powerful unknown) strikes me as sensible. Signed the wimp.

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  73. The shot of the pelican looking at you over its back is a beauty, they're all beauties, as always!

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    1. Kim: Thank you. That, from a photographer to a happy snapper, is high praise.

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  74. Thank you for allowing me to have a look into Australia. I never knew that "Kanguruhs" are such tall creatures. I always thought of them as tiny furry things.

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    1. 63mago: Welcome. Kangaroos can be quite big. Furry they are. Tiny they are not.

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  75. How are you liking your camera.

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    1. Sandra Cox: It is still smarter than I am, but so far I am liking it. Quite a lot.

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  76. Hi Sue,

    Had to do some serious scrolling to get to this part :) Thought I should finally um, hop over to your site and marvel at your latest photos. Good to have a new camera and then try to figure out all the different modes on it. Glad your hubby is home. A huge amount of photos to sift through.

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Hi Gary,
      It is always lovely to see you. How are you doing? Better I hope. And yes, himself does have a lot of work ahead of him. Sooner him than me.

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  77. Must be so cool to walk a short distance and see kangaroos and pelicans!
    Your pelicans are so much more different than ours. Love it.

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    1. Dawn@Lighten Up!: Our pelicans are indeed different - and instantly recognisable. Having the wildlife so close to home is lovely. We go there for me to unwind often.

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  78. Congratulations on your new camera! You took some great close-ups of the critters, who seem to be looking right at you, and not at all bothered by your presence. I still haven't been able to get the darned zoom feature on my camera to work. Probably an ESO problem. (Equipment Superior to Operator.)

    I'm sure you're glad to have your hubby back home again. I hope you have a super weekend.

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    1. Susan: I am all too familiar with that problem - which I describe as Screw Loose in the Operator. It is nice to have him home.

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  79. Thank you for being a friend, I'm back again.

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  80. Those roos with their huge muscles are formidable looking creatures the way you photographed them there, and this makes me wonder if they ever attack people.

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  81. Not to sound facetious at all but why can't we put similar GPS on elderly folks with dementia who are an elopement risk? Obviously not a collar around the neck but a bracelet or something similar?

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  82. I think I am spending too much time at work.

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  83. Birdie: Two minds with a single thought. A neighbour of one of my brothers has dementia, and has taken to wandering. Dangerous wandering, along major roads. When I heard I wondered whether they could somehow put a GPS on him... Sadly he has also become violent, so I don't think he will be able to stay at home with his wife, daughter and grandchildren for much longer. It always strikes me as one of the cruelest conditions.

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  84. Kangaroos!

    Who doesn't love 'em?

    I was disappointed to learn they can be vicious! But when they fight each other, it's hilarious to watch.

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    1. neena maiya (aka guyana gyal): Kangaroos very, very rarely attack people. They are much more at risk from us than we are from them. Which is true of far too many things.

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  85. Well done on the photos with your new camera. I know back when I got mine, it took some learning. But now, I cannot even remember my last camera.

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    1. The Happy Whisk: Thank you. I am still learning, and do occasionally mourn for the simplicity of my last camera. This one (when I get it right) does take better photos though.

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  86. New technological devices of any kind are a challenge.

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    1. Snowbrush: They are. And some days I am so over challenges.

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    2. “Snowbrush: They are. And some days I am so over challenges.”

      It shows, you poor thing, because you’re so fried that you can’t even write the word “challenged.”

      So much of what makes technology less odorous is keeping up with changes as they occur, but unless you just love that kind of thing—which I don’t—it’s hard to do.

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    3. Snowbrush: I am over challenged AND over challenges. I had a meltdown after a trip into town this morning and plan on doing as little as possible for days.

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    4. I am very sorry to hear this, and wish I could be there for what if any good I might do.

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  87. Blogging friendships are grievously limited when it comes to helping one another in a physical way. No literal hand can be extended, no pillows fluffed, and so on, but the desire is certainly there.

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    1. Snowbrush: True, but the thoughts are a bulwark against the dark days and nights.

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