Saturday, 31 October 2020

Solo Gaiter Girl with Camera

Tuesday 20 October 

This week for various reasons, I was the only Gaiter Girl with the time to walk. With camera in hand I set forth.

It was a fabulous morning for walking. Birds of all sizes and breeds were also enjoying, or trying to enjoy, the beauty of the dawn. Many tranquil moments were shattered by the onset of territorial wars. It seems it's not easy to stake your claim in the bird world. The strangest moment took place in the driveway of a home. I looked up and noticed a kookaburra sitting between two magpies. They appeared to be chatting, when suddenly the kookaburra took off with a small snake in it's beak. The magpies gave frantic chase. It all happened too quickly for any photo.

There was noone on the golf course, so my walk initially took me around the ponds.

Spot duck family 1, resting beside the gum tree trunk. Sadly, duck family 1 had been a family of six, several days prior.

Time for a swim.

As they approached the lone duck, this peaceful scene rapidly changed, when the lone bird tried to chase the family way.

Pond 2 family were a little older and avoided any hiatus as they went for their morning swim.


The single ducks were totally chilling out.

How grand is this Striated Heron, keeping watch over the pond? Alas, my approach sent him flying across the pond to a tree, where he was made very unwelcome.

This was the confrontation with a butcher bird, who didn't appreciate his visit.

The tree.

Leaving the golf club, I continued on my regular, very enjoyable suburban walk. I couldn't 
see what was happening in this bird feeder, but the parrot on the left was extremely unhappy about whatever was occurring.

The Albert River - such a peaceful scene, but rapidly deteriorated.

It was awesome to see Corellas and Galahs grazing contentedly together. I had only gone a further 100 m when mayhem errupted. The Corellas were severly reprimanded by a passing Corrella flock.

Another section of the Albert winding its way passed the Windaroo Golf Course. Jacaranda trees now in bloom, making a splash of colour.

The little Red Backed Fairy Wren never sits still long enough to be in trouble. I 've just read however, that he is among the least faithful of birds. A nest will have eggs of more than one father.

Flowering trees as I walked.

The local Rugby field with, in the distance, the ridge I climb up to and along, on my circuit home.

Near the top of the ridge looking south.

Here, I excitedly thought I had spotted a koala. Just a huge ants nest or similar.

Distant view to Brisbane to the west.

The steep trail.

I just love looking up at our gums and wonderfully clear blue skies.

Leaving the ridge and looking over suburbia to the north.

The Albert 2 days later.

A lovely, still pond, on the same walk.

A stunning Silky Oak Tree, Grevillea Robusta.

A well trained bouganvillea in full pink glory.

In my part of Australia, we don't have spring arrive with the brilliance of tulips, daffodils and, cherry or apple blossoms. It doesn't continue with the mass of colour of a cottage garden. It is spasmodic and isolated. We know what month it is, rather than what season it is, as various trees bloom. Good rain like this year, will allow the trees to be more spectacular.

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Friday, 23 October 2020

Fun and Photography with the Gaiter Girls

 Tuesday 6 October

On checking with the Gaiter Girls I discovered that there would be only 3 of us, so I asked for suggestions for a plan for the day.

Rachel, who has just had a huge back operation replied, "Ducks".

Our morning was thus spent at Underwood Park, at Rochedale. The park covers quite a vast area and has something for everyone. When my sons were young it was regularly visited for soccer matches and I have played netball there. There are two fabulous children's playgrounds, BMX track, skate park, arbors for weddings, BBQ's and picnic tables, scouts den, duck and lily ponds. 

On arrival we walked 5km on its flat paths, so suitable for Rachel.

The Scout's Den

Along the way, we spent time watching 2 galahs enjoying a breakfast of seeds from the pods of the Casia bushes.

Action at the skate park.

A short distance away was the main lagoon and its boardwalk, offering tranquilty for us and a safe haven for numerous birds, including many 'ducks', my mission for the day.

Each of us had, on this lovely morning, brought our camera, so there was an unspoken agreement that there was no urgency to move on. We breathed deeply, relaxed and captured the beauty of this delightful oasis.

Chestnut teal

Pacific Black Duck

 Pacific Black Ducks

Hard Head Duck

Chestnut Teal Duck

I think LHS is an Australian Wood Duck and middle and RHS Pacifc Blacks.

Chestnut Teal

Unable to identify but they were very impressive, strutting their stuff.

Dusky Moorhen

Finally moving on, we followed a small stream which emptied into two smaller ponds, aglow with waterlilies. They were not only enjoyed by us, but also many bees. I was thrilled with my images captured using my 30x zoom. 

At present, nature is certainly uplifting our spirits with its spring beauty. 

Why 'ducks'? 
Rachel has joined a wildlife rescue group and had spent the weekend on a course learning to identify birds. She wanted to identify the real v the photo.

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