Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sunday Selections #391

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.  I fail there again this week.  It has been a busy week, a painful week, a worrying week, and a tiring week.

Snippets only again.

First from the sky.  I do hope I never lose my wonder and joy in clouds and skyscapes. 





The last is a reflection of that same dawn, that I spotted in the lounge room window as I was coming inside.

The birds continue to delight us.  We now have a small flock of King Parrots who are visiting regularly.  We are in (not yet officially declared) drought and times are tough so we are happy to feed them.





The rainbow lorikeets are regular visitors too.  Badly behaved regular visitors who punch well above their weight and intimidate other birds.  Still welcome though.

We have visited the lake and the kangaroos for heart balm too.





The collars and ear tags on the kangaroos show that they have been given contraceptives to attempt to maintain the numbers without the obscenity (and public outrage) of yet another cull.









In case you hadn't realised, I do love going down to the lake.  It is a peaceful and beautiful spot in the heart of the city.

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  1. Hi EC - beautiful photos ... and yes serenity of the water - and it does look just wonderful. So glad you're helping those magnificent birds get through the drought ... while the skies give us those brief moments of beauty and we know we'll get more delights shortly - a constantly evolving sky. However more importantly ... I hope life eases, and is more comfortable and comforting in the near future - take care - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: I do find water incredibly healing, soothing - and beautiful. I spend a lot of time looking at the skies, and am grateful (so very grateful) for the beauty of our world. And thank you.

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  2. "..., a painful week, a worrying week, and a tiring week."

    May all of your troubles get up and outrun you.

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    1. Sandi: Many thanks. And my troubles don't even have to move fast to outrun me.

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  3. I like Sandi's wish... I'm sorry it hasn't been a good week for you. I'm glad you posted all of these great images, though.

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    1. Bill: Thank you. This too will pass, and I am well aware that many have had worse weeks than I did.

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  4. I totally understand that you love going to the lake, because that is exactly what I love to do here. I wish we had kangaroos, though... Your sky images are stunning, and I love that you also took a picture of the reflection in your window.
    It seems everywhere there is a drought this year. Even Ireland had a drought, however, it still was pretty green there. Far from our drought, but in contrast to us they already conserve water. Wise people. I wish more of that wisdom was prevalent in my country.

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    1. Carola Bartz: We are on permanent water restrictions here. Which makes sense, though I sometimes complain.
      Isn't water an absolute benison?

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  5. I do miss seeing wallabies and 'roos. Human encroachment has driven them all away from this area.Sad, but better than seeing them as road-kill. (Of course, they still entertain visitors up at Cape Hillsborough, an hour or so away.)

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    1. dinahmow: Kangaroos and people co-exist across a lot of my city. There are deaths to road kill though. Which is definitely sad, and when times are tough they come deeper into the suburbs and the deaths increase.

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  6. Great pictures as always. I especially like that first one of the sky.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: Thank you. I loved that sky too.

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  7. The lake seems a wonderful respite. I like the idea of contraceptives for the roos. We've feral cat populations that are trapped, neutered and then returned to their patch. I wonder why contraceptives haven't been used in this arena?

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    1. Bea: I suspect the neuter and release is a more permanent solution. I believe the roo contraceptives only last a year.

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  8. when I read that part about losing your sense of awe and wonder at the beautiful skies it almost brought tears to my eys, ok,, it did,, ,, I'm losing my vision from a brain injury and have lost so much now that daily life is a challenge but the thought of not being able to see the sky,, the one thing that I love love love to paint,, terrifies me only second to losing the ability to see the ones I love,, the roo's are such a lovely bunch, well maybe they aren't , I really have never petted or saw one in life but I do love to watch them on documentaries, do they make sounds, see, there is another part of a persons life when losing sight, lol,, I always ask about sounds now, lol,, I enjoyed this post so much,, it inspired me to be enjoy life more,,

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    1. laurie: I am so sorry to have brought you to tears. Kangaroos are mostly very gentle. These are wild, and not pattable, but I love to watch them soaking up the sun. They are quiet animals, but that park is filled with the sound of children playing and laughing, bird song, and peace. The scents are of eucalpytus and often barbecue.
      I hope your day is filled with joy.

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  9. Your wonderful pictures of sky and feathered and furry critters gives me much pleasure. I also hope that your upcoming week will be an easier one all around. But thank you for making me smile with your post. :-)

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    1. DJan: Thank you. I am always glad to share the joy.

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  10. Thank you for these delightful photos. I always love coming here for your Sunday Selections, and your animals and birds, skies and pretty scenery, never fail to put a smile on my face. Have a great week :)

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    1. Denise inVA: What a lovely thing to say. I hope your week is marvellous too.

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  11. The rainbow lorikeet looks like a nasty type of bird. Look at those eyes. 😁

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    1. Birdie: The rainbow lorikeets are beautiful bullies. They are beautiful, but the bullying is just as real. It is obvious that with very little encouragement they would eat from our hands. We discourage them because if they did they wouldn't allow any other bird the opportunity.

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  12. You know I love a colorful skyline.

    We all need a favorite place to unwind.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: A colourful sky, trees and critters. You are so right about the need for havens to unwind in too.

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  13. A wonderful way to start my Sunday! I had eight wood ducks grazing just out from my kitchen window yesterday. I tried to eavesdrop on their conversation...but they were whispering!!

    Have a great week, EC...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: Ducks are shameless gossips. Perhaps it is just as well you didn't hear what they were saying. I hope you and the furs have an excellent week.

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  14. I have to say your kangroo just makes them self at home and our white tail deer does it here.
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora): The kangaroos ARE at home. They were here first after all.

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  15. I'm sorry it's been stressful.
    So kangaroos breed like rabbits, huh?

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Thank you. If conditions are right kangaroos breed well. Not quite as prolifically as bunnies though.

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  16. Thanks especially for this post. We embark on our grand birding odyssey to Australia next month and this really fuels my enthusiasm -not that it needed much stimulus!

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    1. David Gascoigne: I hope you have a truly wonderful time - and share lots and lots of photos.

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  17. The small dark clouds under the lighter clouds is an interesting formation that has happened here a few times over our winter. While they are noisy, I didn't realise lorikeets were such bullies. The 'roos are loving the winter sunshine. The swans we see here all have red bands on their necks, printed with large numbers. I don't know who bands them, maybe Parks Victoria who control the lake.

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    1. Andrew: Cloud formations change so quickly don't they? The lorikeets here are incredible bullies. And surprisingly successful ones. We have seen them see of cockatoos, currawongs and ravens.
      Our swans are unbanded. So far.

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  18. Always love your photos and your take on them. The reflection in the lounge window was enigmatic. It made me think.

    Your birds are back! Yes, lorikeets are bullies. I guess they depend on their good looks.

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    1. Susan Kane: I wonder how many other refection shots I have missed. Lots I suspect. I wonder whether the lorikeets know that they are beautiful?

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  19. I always find your photos to be so beautiful & relaxing!!

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  20. I am so sorry you have had a bad week. Pain and worry are exhausting; I hope that the coming week will be much better.
    Such beautiful scenes are indeed balm for the heart and mind - I feel the same way about water. Visiting the sea, or a river or lake, always gives me an instant boost. Kia kaha, EC.

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    1. Alexia: Thank you. Water is such a healer. If ever I win the lottery (unlikely since I don't buy tickets) I will live by the water.
      Thank you for your wishes. I should add that family mythology says I am weak. I was well into my thirties before I realised they were wrong.

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    2. If I ever win the lottery, you will live by the water.

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    3. River: Thank you. I hope you do win, for you and for me.

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  21. I too am in wonder of our magnificent sky and its many colours. Sometimes we just need to watch in awe and admire.

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    1. CountryMum: Awe, wonder and admiration come naturally don't they?

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  22. So many beautiful photos as an antidote to my own living conditions! Thank you for that. I hope this coming week treats you better. Hugs.

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    1. River Fairchild: As you know I am a beauty addict. And my addiction is well fed. Hugs received and reciprocated.

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  23. What exotic nature you have there and so exciting.

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    1. Marty Damon: Rather a lot of your nature seems both exotic and exciting to me.

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  24. That first sky is incredible in a way that is completely different from the other wonderful shots. The colours are mesmerizing.

    Doesn't that reclining kangaroo in the second last photo look for all the world like a person? How is it that some people can't see how other animals are so closely related to human animals? Rhetorical question only, EC, as I know you understand what I am getting at.

    I'm sorry to hear it has been another crushing week. I was hoping there might have been some improvement. Thinking of you and your family and hoping there is a breakthrough soon. Hugs.

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    1. jenny_o: That first sky was in the early morning, not long after dawn. I saw it, marvelled and trotted inside (again) for the camera.
      Your rhetorical question is one I often ask.
      Thank you for your well wishes. Not crushed, but certainly bent.

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  25. That’s a lovely place to go for rest and refreshment of the spirit.

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    1. messymimi: Thank you. We often go there, and are never disappointed. Never ever.

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  26. As always, glorious photos. That first one takes my breath away.
    I wish we'd be as humane with our wild horses as Australia seems to be with their roos. And yes, perfect heart balm.
    Have a wondrous weekend.

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    1. Sandra Cox: We are very variable in our treatment of the other animals that share the world. And too often shamefully so.
      I hope your weekend is filled with joy.

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  27. The beauty n your part of the world would be a balm to my soul. I'm glad it is for yours.

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    1. e: Definitely heart balm. Often essential. I am so grateful for it.

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  28. You always take such lovely photos. Now, I want a kangaroo [sigh] and some colorful King Parrots. Oh well! I guess I'll have to settle for your photos and live vicariously through you.

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    1. Mildred Ratched: Thank you. A kangaroo fix is a common demand here, and the King Parrots provide welcome colour too.

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  29. Every time I see pictures like these I think how totally different my experience is. Having colourful birds coming to my backyard? I would spend most of my time outdoors. Going to the park with dozens of roos (a term I learned here)? I would go often but I would stay inside the car. :) and a black swan. .. I have never photographed one. Only white ones. The sky is beautiful!
    Have a good week. :)

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    1. Caterina: We spend a LOT of time watching the birds. The roos are lovely, and mostly very gentle. We don't attempt to touch them, but happily wander quite close to them. If they are disturbed we move away. White swans are exotic to me. I marvel at them each time I see photos.

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  30. I am sorry Sue you have not had a good week hopefully things wil look up next week. Now your dawn photos are stunning even the refection shot and I love all the birds. it is wonderful that the birds ccome to your garden adn I am sure you always have water out for them to drink or perhaps even bath in to hydrate them and keep cool.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: I put water out for the birds, but don't have a bird bath. Mind you, the pigeons at least bathe in the water we put out. Other birds reject it.

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  31. So much to love here: the checkered clouds the reflection, the happy look on the face of that first king parrot, the pelican looking proud of himself, that laid back last kangaroo. You must have visited heaven this week.

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    1. River: It was a very difficult week and I am so grateful for the beauty which filled it.

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  32. The black swan is my favorite. It is gorgeous!

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    1. Olga Godim: They are lovely. They are also remarkably bolshy birds and approach picnickers demanding hand outs.

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  33. Dear EC
    It is good to have things and places which lift the spirits and a weary heart after a difficult week. I share your delight in flora and fauna and skies. I hope that you will have a better time next week.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: It is almost an essential to have such places (or I find it so) and am very grateful for the beauty in the world. And thank you.

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  34. lovely skys... I enjoyed a couple of days in Canberra last week and thought of you... of course I was visiting potters.

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    1. Anna: I am glad you enjoyed my city. Next time perhaps you could contact me?

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  35. I regard King Parrots as very exotic and we have lorikeets here most days but I think they are exotic too!
    I'm glad you know how to find some refreshment, it seems you need a lot of joy right now to balance the hard stuff

    hugs
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    1. kylie: I think of them both as exotic and lovely too. And thank you.

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  36. It's so wonderful and soothing to see such beautiful scenery, and to admire the colors of the birds. Perfect way to start my Sunday! Hugs...RO

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  37. I love this post of nature you have given us today EC. Such peaceful scenes at the end of a bad week by the sound of it. Thinking of you...

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    1. Marie Smith: Nature is so often a healer isn't she?

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  38. I love hese photo essays. That reflection in the window is stunning.

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    1. Rick Watson: Given how often I trot out to take photographs of the sky I can't think how I haven't seen those reflections before.

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  39. If there is water and wildlife and birds, I am there. Do kangaroos come into neighborhoods? Is there a beach near where you live?

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    1. donna baker: Kangaroos do come into the suburbs. And when times are tough (drought) they come in more often. We have had kangaroos in our street before now.
      No beach near us, sadly, but the lake is close and delightful.

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  40. We are like minded, I love the sky and the lake. I especially love the second photo. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Mason Canyon: There are a lot of us with similar mindsets it seems. And thank you.

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  41. those rainbow lorikeets are stunning! How is your brother? I assume that is one of your worries

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: You are right. My brother is one of my worries. He says he is a little better, but the evidence to support his claim is lacking.

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  42. I get that busy, tiring week. Your snipets are a delight to see,

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    1. Kim@Dtuffcould...: I use those (and similar) snippets as an antidote. And they work.

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  43. You love the lake like I love the park with the river, I think. I hope you're ok. I love that second photo with the tree and your reflection photo. Those are nice, EC. The kangaroos look so relaxed when they lay out on their sides, almost like a human relaxed at home, watching TV on a couch.

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    1. Strayer: You are right. I do love the lake just as you do the river. Kangaroos relax beautifully, and I see the parallel to people too.

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  44. Wow the sky pictures are great. Those birds are so beautiful and the lake is a great place to take pictures. Thanks so much for sharing such great pictures.

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    1. Mary Kirkland: Thank you. I have loved (and visited) that spot on the lake for decades now.

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  45. Oh my word the rainbow lorikeets are amazing. I can't get over the colours!

    Great set of photos as usual!

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    1. LL Cool Joe: Their colours are almost psychedelic aren't they? And a delightful splash of colour.

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  46. Beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets, and you have the Kangaroo, brilliant.

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  47. I love your nature. Love from PolaND

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  48. I am so sorry you have had a busy week, a painful week, a worrying week, and a tiring week...
    My thoughts and good wishes to you, I hope things improve.

    Your photographs are so lovely to see and I thank you for taking time to take them and share them.

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Thank you so much. It will get better, and the beauty around me is a consolation.

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  49. I am entranced with your photographs. The sky is unbelievable. Wish I could find a way to show them on my big TV. That would be awesome. I am sorry you had a bad week. Sorry about your brother and hope he is doing better this week. Thank you for taking me to Australia each week. I love it.

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    1. Glenda Council Beall: Thank you. Fingers and toes crossed my brother DOES improve. He has more medical appointments this week and I hope the medicos have answers they can agree on.
      I am very glad you enjoy visiting us here.

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  50. I love pelicans. It would be fun to see the kanagroos in the park. I like the idea of giving them a contraceptive. They used to cull the deer in Michigan and it made me sad. This would have been so much better!

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    1. mail4rosey: We are fans of the pelicans too. We don't see them on every trip to the lake, but smile broadly when we do. Contraceptives beat culls every time for me.

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  51. No doubt its a peaceful and beautiful spot.
    Love those kangaroos lazing around.

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    1. Haddock: Thank you. I think that kangaroos relax better than any animal which isn't a cat.

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  52. Your photos are always heart balm for me. Glad to be back here. Sorry to hear that you've been stressed though. Wishing you a tranquil August.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you so much. It is lovely to see you here again. I do hope that August is much better than July was. Fingers and toes are crossed.

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  53. The first photograph is amazing.

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    1. Terry: Thank you. Coming from a 'real' photographer that is high praise.

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  54. these may be snippets but they are beautiful. I love Canberra and now that my son doesn't live there I don't get there so often, or at all! So I extra value your pics.

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    1. catmint: I am glad to hear about a non resident loving my city. It isn't common. At all. Enjoy your break.

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  55. You do have a theme- nature. :)

    I am always excited to see the sky changing colors and the clouds creating textures and pictures. Beautiful photos.

    I hope you will get some rain soon so that a drought won't have to be called. I love to feed the birds and other animals in my yard- so I am right there with you. The rainbow lorikeets sure look beautiful- but it sounds like they can be a bit rough with the other birds.

    The lake and kangaroos looks like a soothing place to me. I hope it is helping with whatever you are going through right now. Hugs!
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. Nature is a huge healer for me. And brings comfort and wonder in equal measure. The drought sadly continues.

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  56. That swan looks like she just had a perm:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: I had to scroll up - but you are right. That butt shot does look as if she has had curlers.

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  57. Insert contented sigh here :)
    I feel as if I just returned from a wonderful and relaxing outing. Thanks so much for sharing some of your awesome pics with us ♥

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    1. Carol Kilgore: Thank you. Relaxed is an excellent place to be.

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  58. I think you may've posted a rainbow lorikeet before. At any rate, that's my favorite (so far).
    Keep a smile and positive perspective.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: I have posted photos of the colourful bullies before. And thank you. Smiles and positive attitude are being aspired to.

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  59. Wow, such a commanding view in your opening sky photos. All the critters delightful and best of all the kangaroos that would make any person's day just incredibly peaceful and bright just to sit and watch them enjoying life!

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    1. Karen S: Critters, and sky make even a grey day brighter don't they?

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  60. Truly glorious and wonderful pictures my friend! I really love them all! I have to admit, when you were talking about contraceptives for the kangaroos, I thought, are they giving them condoms? LOL!

    Prayers are continuously being sent! Sorry this is such a hard time on the entire family!
    Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Dear Stacy, thank you so much. Sadly (as is often the case) it is the females who get the contraceptives despite the fact that one male can create multiple babies.
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  61. Wow - love your feathered visitors! And such beautiful skies.

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  62. Wow, amazing photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  63. Thanks for this wonderful array of Australian wildlife that I am looking forward to seeing next month. The temperatures should be a little more moderate by the end of September.

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    1. David Gascoigne: By the end of September Spring will have well and truly sprung. Hopefully Summer is not too hot on her heels.

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  65. Oh thank you so much for these...they are absolutely gorgeous!!
    That amazing sky...and those beautiful kangaroos...oh wow...I so enjoyed!😊😊

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    1. Ygraine: I am so glad that the things which fill me with joy affect others the same way.

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  66. Oh, how I LOVE your pictures. They are a real treat for me,

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  67. So splendid to share your treasure trove with you! We both love the pleasure and privilege of sharing with the birds.

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  68. A lake in the middle of the city. How cool is that.

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    1. Sandra Cox: It is a man-made Lake and I think it was one of the very best decisions that the early planners took. There are birds happily living on it, kangaroos nearby, and in quieter reaches platypuses live.

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  69. I just needed to pop in for some pop of color to brighten the day! Hugs...and Happy Wednesday! RO

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    1. RO: I hope the brightness lingers. Hugs received and returned.

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  70. I would love going down to the lake as well. So pretty. Lots of great shots, too! Love it!

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    1. The Happy Whisk: Nice to see you in the blogosphere. I hope your summer has been lovely.

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  71. Another selection of lovely photos.... taking me back to my holiday in ACT visiting my cousin. Gosh that was back in 2003, have not been to Australia since. I remember those kangaroos by the lake, and feeding the rally naughty but so colourful birds.

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    1. Shammickite: I hope you can come back some time - and contact me when you do. The roos by the lake are lovely aren't they? And we do love the birds, incontinent vandals or not.

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  72. I would much rather see Roos on birth control that Roos culled!

    Lovely dawn pics :)

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    1. mshatch: No arguments from me. At all.

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  73. Those beautiful birds give you a piece of paradise in your backyard don't they?

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    1. Sandra Cox: They do. And will start shouting about the need for breakfast shortly.

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  74. God bless the creatures. Born to be free and happy.

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    1. Spacer Guy: I am very, very grateful that all these critters ARE free, and I hope happy.

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  75. Lots of specific and adorable pictures of animals!!!! It`s amazing. Thank you for this hard work that you did. Children will like it

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    1. Sophie van der Linden: Welcome and thank you. This child loves the birds and animals.

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  76. The colours on that lorikeet are gorgeous. :-) Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: They are indeed beautiful to look at. Noisy, bullies and argumentative, but beautiful.

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  77. The glory of the sky, the colors, the rays of the sun, the rainbows of feathers honoring you with a visit, resting roos, a calming view of the lake …

    Talk about heart balm!

    Thank you for sharing your own personal paradise, EC. It has made my day better.

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  78. Is that a heron? Looks like he's posing doesn't it?
    How's the fam?
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: A pelican. Treating us with disdain. The family is still in a holding pattern. Thanks for asking. Hugs received and reciprocated.

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  79. I'm sorry to hear that you've had a worrisome and stressful week and I hope things are looking a bit brighter for you today. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures with us and continuing to share that part of the world with us, even when things are tough for you. Much love to you, my friend!

    Elsie

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    1. Elsie Amata: Thank you. I turn to nature for solace and comfort often. And photograph the beauty as a reminder.

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  80. I hope you never grow immune to the joys and wonders of sky-gazing and bird-watching, too. Your joy feeds our joy. Thank you!

    As hot as it's been here, that lake looks very tempting. So cool and peaceful.

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    1. Susan: The lake would certainly be cool (and possibly cold) at the moment. I hope you get some relief from your searing heat. Soon.

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  81. blogger is objecting to Kim who sent me this comment by email.
    Waah. I don't think the gremlins like me writing long comments on your blog EC. I'd wittered on about the beautiful skies, roos and birds. Then mentioned that I don't believe (from scientific studies) the roos are in plague proportions, which means there is no authentic reason for culling. I hope the program works for your mob and they stay safe

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    1. Kim: I don't believe the roos are in plague proportions either. Drought means that they are coming futher into the suburbs which is a very different issue. Sadly local government is convinced that the culls are a necessary thing, despite a lot of evidence to the contrary and vocal opposition. Hiss and spit.

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  82. Love those skies and critters. I always feel a tad "homesick" when I see roo photos, and as always, I am angered by the culls.

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

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    1. Karen, Pixel Posts: Thank you. I do love the roos and am also angered by the culls. Despite valiant efforts the local government has not convinced me they are necessary.

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  83. Birds make me nervous, after being attacked by sea gulls years ago in a camp ground. I literally run and got in the car until hubby came back from gathering fire wood. Once he was there, they seemed to leave me alone. Maybe they though hey, that's only person and they far out numbered me. It made me think of the horrible movie the birds. Then years after that on an island in NC. We were getting ready to sail back after nicely drying and picnicking. Sea Gulls...dumped on me....can't tell you how horrible the stench was. So...back into the water I got to wash off. Made sailing back cold since I was wet. Sky photo's are very pretty though...so far they haven't tried to do anything to me, lol.

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    1. Sandy: I am sorry that birds make you nervous. I have been pecked and dumped on, but never mobbed.

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  84. The animals are so exotic there and you may think they are just ordinary. Kangaroos are wonderful and parrots are always so sweet, pelicans and other birds are very wonderful. I love all of them.
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. I am very glad that you enjoy them as well.

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  85. Dear EC, I'm wondering how your brother is. I plan to read today your postings up to the latest one--in September--so maybe you've posted about him.

    Those birds are so beautiful. We have nothing like them here in the midWest of the USA. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Thank you. My brother is a tiny smidge better but still has a long, long way to go. You have rather a lot of birds I would LOVE to see.

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