August 23, 2014 … wet feathers and a bouncing surprise

It turns out that our stay in Australia will be a wet one.

rosella

Crimson Rosella hoping for food

For the most part that’s no big problem, but I would have liked a dry spell yesterday for our visit to Lamington National Park near the border with New South Wales.It’s spectacular countryside, but so much better when it’s not shrouded in mist. However when we arrived at O’Reilly’s resort the birds were immediately visible. First to arrive were the spectacular crimson rosellas which sat on the car as we got out.

Bower birds

Regent bower birds, male and female, being fed by tourists. These are free flying birds, not captive.

We went around the track that includes a wonderful boardwalk, but the rain increased in intensity as we went around. I saw honey eaters and various small birds but things were dark and it was hard to see the birds in the gloom. We were forced to give up, and went back to the centre where tourists were feeding a variety of birds including the splendid Regent bower bird.

Wallaby

Wallaby posing

After lunch with the rain now quite heavy we set off down the hill again. On the way. David spotted this handsome Wallaby. It sat for its photograph and then disappeared into the grass.

Kangaroo

Bounding into the rain

Closer to Canungra he spotted what I think is a kangaroo (as opposed to a wallaby). It too sat for a while and then bounded off into the mist and rain.

Weather or not, it was a good day.

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About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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