BIRDS

FUN ON THE SWAN RIVER

18/12/2016 – Kite Surfing and Osprey Washing

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Yet another beautiful day on the Swan River, everyone preparing to kite surf, wind surf or simply relax.

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Always room for one more, but it is starting to look crowded.

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A few wind surfers soar past.

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Now what is this I see out on the Point Walter spit.

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An Osprey taking a bath.

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Not too cold, no one around, a quick duck under, feathers out.

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Clean but rather wet.

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Looking better, now off to dry out somewhere.

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PADDLE BOARDING UPSTREAM FROM KENT STREET WEIR

3/12/2016 – Finally my sister has arrived from Queensland

I have waited about ten months for Chris and her partner Bruce to get here.  They have been traveling around Australia with 4WD and camper trailer, and appear to have been having a ball.  Bruce managed to pick up a kayak along the way, so with that, Linda’s canoe and my SUP board we are set to go.

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I took them to Kent Street Weir, it was quite windy so we decided to go upstream, which turned out to be a very good choice.  You can just see cormorants in the tree drying out and a couple of nests.

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Here is a closer view of the nests, the bird noises were very loud and raucous, young birds crying out for food and older ones squabbling.

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Chris and Bruce had got ahead of me as I was taking photographs.  Another great spot in Perth.

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Bruce on the camera this time.

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Messing about on the river again!!!

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Chris looks like she is heading for the bushes as I look on.  Lots to explore and experience.

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GLADSTONE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – SHARK BAY

8/07/2016 – Peace and Serenity

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Here is our campground the next morning, so quiet and peaceful.

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Looking out over the bay.  This area is apparently where many dugongs come to feed and mate in another season.

The Dugong (Dugong dugon), sometimes referred to as a sea cow, is the only true  marine mammalian herbivore. It is a strange looking creature with a head designed to ‘vacuum’ seagrass off the sea floor and a dolphin-like tail. It is thought that the legend of the mermaid came about after sailors who had spent too long at sea, spied the dugong and thought they were beautiful women with fish tails. Its closest living relative is the manatee – a freshwater version of the Dugong.  Despite appearances they are not so closely related to other sea mammals, rather more related to elephants.

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But look to the left, and ….. where has all the water gone?  Not to worry it is just low tide.  Shark Bay has the world’s second largest dugong population, 15,000 dugongs, and is the world’s most significant dugong behavioural research site.  Disappointed not to see any, but there is always next time.  Further to the left are copious beds of seagrass that the dugongs come in to feed on during the mating season.

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What an amazing day.

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Linda took this beautiful photo of a … bird.   Not sure what species this is,  help please?   I decided to play around with my software and see if I could bring out the best of it.

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Very pleased with this, and I think it is a Caspian Tern?

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TRIP TO KARIJINI – PART 15

26/06/2016 – The Campground

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Yes, it is a bit barren, but this is now home.

The first morning I saw a dingo slinking across a path when I got up early. I was excited until I realized…

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that he could barely even be called ‘wild’.  So used to begging food at the camp sites and having tourists give him lots of attention.

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Not really a ‘wild’ dog!!  There were signs up telling people not to feed any wild animals as it gets them into bad habits, and they expect foot from everyone.

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These Spinifex Pigeons were also always on the lookout for crumbs and hand outs.  However, they are very flighty and flutter off as soon as they feel they are getting too much attention.

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I spent some time trying to get a good photo of them and finally asked sister Chris if she could get some for me, as she passed through this area a few weeks after me.

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Again here is our setup, with camper trailer on the left, kitchen in the centre and Campervan on the right.

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Another member of our group relaxing.  Shows the general landscape, sparse gum trees and spinifex.

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