Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sunday Selections #350!!!!

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.  As of yesterday, Jazz and I are home alone.  Himself is travelling again.  Starting in China and then heading into the 'Stans to travel some of the silk road.


Before he left I decided that I needed (needed I tell you) to go to the lake for, among other things, a kangaroo fix.  I can get there by myself but it is two bus trips and a very long walk each way.

As always the lake was lovely.  And yes, there were roos.  Among other things.














 Admittedly we usually go to the lake on week days rather than the weekend, but it really is a haven of calm and beauty.

 

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  1. Beautiful pictures. Love that red and blue bird.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: Thank you. We really like the crimson rosellas too.

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  2. Kangas! Birbs.
    Definitely worth getting a bus -it is important to take care of the spirit and your lovely photographs show a beautiful restful place.
    Congratulations on the achievement of #350 SSelections

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    1. Ann ODyne: Four buses and a walk of probably five miles is a bit much for me now. The lake really is a solace and a joy though, so perhaps...

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  3. I am very impressed with the more distant photo of the rosella against the tree trunk. All nice photos to click through.

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    1. Andrew: Thank you. That stretch of the lake is very photogenic.

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  4. Dear EC
    I really enjoying sharing the flora and fauna of your photos. Your birds are so beautiful and brightly coloured! (I also really like the photo of the blossom).
    Best wishes and I hope Himself has a wonderful time on the Silk Road and you enjoy a bit of 'me' time.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. I expect he will have a wonderful time. He makes the most of his trips away. And yes, I will also enjoy some me time. Win/win.

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  5. A kangaroo fix!! hahahaha I like it! And you really saw dozens of them.

    What a marvelous place to visit and stay for a couple of hours.

    I wonder whether I will ever be in a place like that... surrounded by roos... looking at them from a distance... : ))

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    1. Caterina: It is a delightful spot and we often go to visit it. The roos will let you get surprisingly close too. Certainly much less than 100 yards.

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  6. You took care of my kangaroo fix, too--thanks!!

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    1. fishducky: I am glad. A kangaroo fix would be a much harder itch for you to scratch than it is for us.

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  7. What kind of bird is in the first two pictures?

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    1. Birdie: That is our pelican. They leave my city over winter and return for the warmer months.

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    2. I thought it was a pelvin but for the life of me couldn’t remember the word! I think I would like to be a pelican. I have no idea why. 😊

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    3. Birdie: I would like to be an owl I think. But would be very happy to be any bird - so long as I could fly.

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  8. Such lovely pictures! I'm glad you got your "roo" fix, and best wishes for Himself to have a safe journey. He's quite the world traveler. :-)

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    1. DJan: Thank you. He is a world traveller indeed, and often to more obscure and less travelled places.

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  9. Beautiful birds, but, I certainly love the Kangaroos EC.

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  10. What is it they hung around their necks?

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    1. Bob Bushell: The roos here are part of a fertility trial. They have collars and ear tags and have been given contraceptives. If the trial works and keeps the numbers down there will be less kangaroo culls. Which I am definitely in favour of, though I dislike the collars and tags.

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  11. Mother Nature's bounties. I can just see you and Jazz lounging there with your feet and paws up on the coffee table, planning out your day! :)

    I hope you have an enjoyable week, EC...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Jazz is not happy. He didn't like the packing kerfuffle and is missing himself. I am paying the (literally bloody) price.
      I hope your week is wonderful.

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  12. Looks like a delightful day! Nice pelican. Beautiful bird ... I think you have the most lovely birds there. Nice that you got your kangaroo fix, I like to look at them too. The lake was a pretty place for you to visit. Spring has definitely arrived there. :-)

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    1. Sharon Quails: It is a lovely spot and quite close to home. Half an hours drive. Spring was here, but there are distinct signs that summer is hot on her heels.

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  13. Who doesn't love pelicans, all parrots, and Kangaroos! Delightful images.

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    1. Bill: I think anyone who doesn't love them is on the sad side.

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  14. It is gorgeous, EC. And the roos, incredible!

    Best wishes to Himself for a safe journey!

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    1. Marie Smith: Thank you - for him and from me.

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  15. I like the way you framed those last few shots, like picture postcards. The mob of roos is large, probably the largest I've seen here, and they're all so relaxed. Mr Pelican is also looking calm, the red and blue of the parrot though is so very bright against the white tree, that's a great shot.

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    1. River: We have seen bigger mobs in that spot and unless someone has a dog off leash (not allowed) or tourists are harassing them they are always relaxed. Which they do as well as cats do.

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  16. P.S. will he bring you back some silk?

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    1. River: I have no idea. Perhaps, but he tends to bring back 'lighter' things. Like earrings.

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  17. You are so lucky to be able to visit kangaroos! They are such a delight to see. As are your birds, not sure what their names are but they are beautiful. Enjoy your Sunday, it's still Saturday evening here!

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    1. Karen S.: The first was a pelican (who are similar but different to yours) and the second a crimson rosella. Definitely Sunday here. Mid morning.

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  18. What wonderful pics these are! A beautiful, peaceful place, and all of the birds and roos look so happy and calm.
    Enjoy your holiday, EC - I love having time on my own. Of course, I'm very jealous of Himself's travels...

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    1. Alexia: Alone time is good. Very good. And yes, there is a part of me which is envious of his travels too, but I just couldn't do it. And certainly not as he does it.

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  19. Each picture looks like it came from National Geographic. They are quite beautiful and spring has definitely sprung. I've never seen kangaroos. It is special to see them just hanging about.
    My dogs cornered a deer one year. The deer gave both of them a severe boxing which is something that understand roos do too.
    I hope your hubby has a good, safe trip. China and the silk road sound very interesting.

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    1. Ann Bennett: Not only can kangaroos box, they can also balance on their tail and land a MIGHTY kick with their powerful hind legs. They can be a force to reckon with, but are mostly very gentle.
      His trips are often fascinating. I suspect the Silk Road will draw him back several times yet.

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  20. Gorgeous. All of it. I love seeing your photos and eagerly await them each week.:)
    I hope the silk road wows himself while he's there... and that Jazz can come to some kind of truce with you - or at least not draw blood.

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    1. River Fairchild: Thank you. I expect the Silk Road will wow him and as I said above expect he will go back several more times. Jazz hasn't drawn much blood today. Which is an improvement.

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  21. Very nice pictures EC, I'm glad you were able to get to the lake for your roo fix, they look really relaxed.

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    1. Jimmy: Thank you. It is a relaxing spot - for (wo)man, bird and beast.

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  22. you take the most superb photos, love the wind in the pelicans feathers and the red bird against the white bark.

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    1. Linda Starr: Thank you. I am very happy with this camera - though I am not making full use of it yet.

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  23. So much beauty here . . . and I can hardly imagine having done 350 Sunday Selections. Well done!

    The kangaroos remind me of a family reunion, after the picnic meal, lazing around while digesting dessert . . . The pelican is beautiful; great shots of him or her.

    And when I embiggened the rosella picture (#3) I was thrilled to see the second bird in it!

    I hope your partner has a wonderful trip, and that you have some special things planned for yourself, treats of some kind. Speaking of treats, would Jazz like you any better if he got special treats only when your partner was away? I have to remember, though, that not everyone responds to food rewards like I do - hah

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    1. jenny_o: The second bird in that shot is also a rosella. It is a young one, and hasn't yet got its full colouration. The green is camoflague I assume.
      Jazz is food oriented, but is perfectly happy to bite and spike the hand which feeds him. I have to go out tomorrow, but may bring him home some chicken.

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  24. I love the way Canberra is so close to nature.

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    1. tracy: So do I. I don't think anywhere is more than half an hour from green space.

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  25. I guess what I want to know if the kangroo is afraid of people. The reason I'm asking is..they seem to have the same attidude as our white tail deer...which does plenty of damage to our garden and such...coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora): In the city, no. Not unless tourists or dogs run at them. In the country (where they are often hunted) they are more cautious. And a roo in the garden could do a LOT of damage.

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  26. Lovely as always and always makes me envy the incredible nature there.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Thank you. You see things I envy too. And I can't tell you how much I envy your second home.

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  27. Hi EC - Himself obviously is hooked into his travelling ... and good that he can get up and go. At least Jazz is with you as company ... I can see the journey to the lake would be pretty onerous for most of us, if we were carless. Good that you had your fix - lovely Spring weather too ... beautiful shots ... kangas, rosellas, the lake through the trees, the blossom ... a delight. Thanks for sharing with us - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Travelling is his passion. The lake is lovely, but you are right, it isn't entirely friendly to those without a car. I am glad I went, and if he was going to be gone for longer than a month would probably make the effort and go anyway.

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  28. I liked how the red parrot was against a very white tree. Makes the colors pop out. And I adore pelicans. We will go to the ocean next week but alas no pelicans.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Interestingly, there is a younger crimson rosella in the first picture - which is beautifully camoflagued. Pelicans are delightful birds, we are always glad to see them return.

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  29. lovely.
    do the Roos just hang out or what?!!! xxx

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    1. myinnerchick: They do. They eat, sleep, scratch and eat some more.

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  30. It does look like a great place to relax. Gorgeous photos. I always feel calmer looking at the water. Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Mason Canyon: I feel exactly as you do about water views. If ever I get rich I will live somewhere with water views.

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  31. I love thinking of you surrounded by such beauty, and your strange creatures! What calming photos, S

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. You live in a spectacular place yourself.

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  32. I love the way the Roos hide behind the trees, do you think they assume we can’t see them? I had never seen pelicans up close until I visited Australia, they are spectacular.
    Terry and I can’t wait to visit your lovely country again next year. The flights are booked, and our little granddaughters are marking off the days on a calendar.

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    1. Barbara Fisher: So long as we are quiet they just don't care and continue doing what kangaroos do best - relaxing.
      I suspect your granddaughters are not alone in counting down the days. You and Terry must be too.

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  33. Spring is coming on strong. The red bird hiding is great.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Spring is going gangbusters. Isn't it amazing that such a vivid bird CAN hide.

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  34. I've heard those birds smell of fruit. It makes me miss my Red Lored Amazon, Birdie, even though he was mean as hell, I loved his mean little self. Even my weenies stayed clear of Birdie.

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    1. donna baker: I have never heard that the rosellas smell of fruit. They certainly guzzle it. And I hear you, some small birds punch well above their weight in aggression. It sounds as if you miss Birdie (mean or not).

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  35. Enjoy your time alone! Love the pelican photos most.

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    1. Strayer: I will. I hope your world settles a bit too.

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  36. What a fun selection of photos! I enjoyed seeing them.

    Blessings~

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    1. A Joyful Chaos: Welcome and thank you. I will be over to visit you in a bit.

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  37. That bird is spectacular. I can also see why you'd want a roo fix every now and then :)

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    1. mshatch: Somde days a roo fix is an essential.

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  38. I seriously just need to move there. I will never get over all the parrots and kangaroos.

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    1. Robert Bennett: We haven't got over them either. And I hope we never do.

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  39. 350! :-) My goodness. Way to celebrate. Lovely photos.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: It is a delightful meme, and has been a heap of fun. Thank you.

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  40. Such lovely photos, thank you so much for sharing. I loved them all! You have such a good eye for details.

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    1. Nas: Thank you. I really love that spot. There is always something to delight in.

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  41. Your lake is beautiful. Some of those Roos seem to be posing for you. Thanks for the delightful trip.

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    1. Nyrna R.: The roos are totally used to people - I wouldn't be surprised if they did pose.

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  42. Love your pictures. They really are stunning. Hope you’re doing okay being on your own.

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    1. Natalie Aguirre: Thank you. I am (mostly) fine on my own. Slow and steady.

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  43. Your lovely photographs do show a wonderful haven of calm and beauty.
    I also like seeing the Roos.

    Many thanks for a wonderful Sunday Selection.
    I have a cup of tea by my side while looking at your pictures ...

    Have a good week ahead.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you. I am thrilled that you sat down to watch with a cup of your preferrred beverage.

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  44. -was just at the beach today for a walk & saw pelicans (a fave), sand pipers, gulls, a few crows and small shorebirds called snowy plovers. There was just so much activity on the sand, overhead, and in the water!

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    1. Bea: It is amazing what we see when we open our eyes isn't it? And pelicans are always welcome.

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  45. Hooray! More kangaroos for my amusement. Thank you, EC.
    Have a peaceful week.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: It is my pleasure. Roos are fun aren't they?

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  46. I really need to make it a high priority to get down under. So much to see!

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    1. Jono: If ever you can make it this way you would be more than welcome.

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  47. Love seeing kangaroos fascinating creatures.
    The last photo of the trees with water - wonderful.
    The parrot, just a gorgeous colour.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Thank you. I love that this haven is so close to home.

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  48. The lake and surrounds is beautiful, I'm n ot sure you have ever posted a picture of it before

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    1. kylie: Thank you. I have, and worried a bit that I was resorting to same-old, same-old. It is a truly lovely area, whatever the time of day or year.

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  49. Heipsan
    This is lovely place, and your animals and birds are really exotica for me, I love them. Your autumn looks lovely,. We have very cold now, frost in the mornings. But fortunately the sun is shining and fall colors are beautiful.
    Have a nice times.

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. We are in Spring now, and summer is approaching fast. I am glad that the sun is shining for you - and hope it continues.

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  50. Wow! Such amazing scenery, EC. I've never seen that many kool kangaroos hanging out for a relaxation party like that, and I wish I could have been there. You take pictures of so many wonderful things in life and I always love it! Hugs...and Happy Monday! RO

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    1. RO: Thank you so much. Tuesday here, and a tad busy, but bright and sunny. Kangaroos relax really, really well.

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  51. Ah. How beautiful and serene. It relaxes me just looking at the pictures. No wonder you needed a fix.
    Hope himself is having a wondrous journey and that you are enjoying your down time.
    Hugs,

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    1. Sandra Cox: In our brief contact he is loving his trip. And time alone has charm.

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  52. I'm so glad he is feeling well still and can travel like that.

    That read bird is so beautiful and I love how that split tree at the bottom frames the view.

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    1. Lynn: I am glad too. We did think that he would be having more surgery but that has been delayed at least. Yay.
      The crimson rosellas are lovely things. We get them (and welcome them) here too.

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  53. Red bird, not read bird. Sigh.

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    1. Lynn: Not a problem. I have finger dyslexia myself.

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  54. Looks like a very fun outing! Look at all those kangaroos. So glad you got to visit. Gorgeous pictures. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: We visit that spot often - and always enjoy it. Thank you.

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  55. OH how super are those photos, especially the parakeet (?) in front of the bark of the gumtree. I saw kangaroos just lazing about on the grass by the side of the lake in Canberra. They looked like tourists on holiday.

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    1. Shammickite: I suspect the spot where you saw the roos at their ease was close to where the photos were taken. They relax so well. The crimson rosella (and the youngster underneath it in the same shot) really look good against the tree don't they?

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  56. I love your photos of nature in your area of the world. We had a kangaroo farm near us that was open to visitors but it has closed to visitors now. I don't know the purpose of this farm, but we really enjoy driving through and see them relaxing and eating. Your park is great, but the trip with all the walking would be too much for me.

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    1. Glenda Council Beall: Thank you. I could (I think) get to the Park on my own, but would probably be bed bound afterwards.

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  57. I do enjoy it when you post photos of birds. This past weekend I saw a bald eagle as he circled around where I was staying and then I was greeted by a heron later in the day.

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    1. Truedessa: I rarely see either eagles or herons. And would be very, very happy to see either.

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  58. So much beauty! And what a lovely tree full of spring delights.

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    1. Lady Fi: Thank you. We live in a beautiful world don't we?

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  59. Amazing clippings of animals, birds and bushes...

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  60. The birds are just gorgeous. Really great shots of them.
    Hope your day is filled with energy and sparkle.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. Today is going to be a mixed bag (including negotiating with a government entity). I am hoping for energy and sparkle in it somewhere. And hope they bless your day too.

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  61. Good Morning EC! I just had to come back over to visit those lovely kangaroos. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: Thank you. Somedays a roo fix is necessary. Hugs back to you.

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  62. Wow, amazing, breath taking photos! I can't believe all those kangaroos! I want to go up to them and give them a hug! LOL! Have a great day!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: The kangaroos are lovely, but I wouldn't recommend trying to hug them. I hope your day is wonderful too.

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  63. What a beautiful spot. I'd like to visit too, right now

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    1. Kim: Next time you are up this way I hope you can. And I hope you are home from hospital and feeling much, much better.

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  64. You share the coolest animals and birds EC. Thank you!

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  65. I love all the laid back Roos they make me smile. Still I wouldn't mess with them. :D

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    1. LL Cool Joe: We love them, are not afraid of them, and certainly wouldn't mess with them.

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  66. Love the photo of the rosella's - I'm guessing that might be the hollow they used as a nest for the young one.. Hope you enjoy your 'me time' and that himself has a great holiday.

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    1. Anna: I expect you are right. And love that this very public park has nesting areas.

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  67. My blood pressure dropped just looking at these photos.

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    1. Rick Watson: I am so glad to hear that the serenity of this place can be shared. My blood pressure drops and my heart rate slows each time we visit.

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