Monday, October 22, 2012

I spy.....!


Sitting high in a Eucalyptus tree this Yellow Billed Spoonbill turned its quizzical gaze on us as we  set off on a walk around Herdsman Lake Park yesterday. The swampy nature of the park is the perfect environment for this odd looking member of the heron family.....
 I knew that there were a few 'hides' around the lake perimeter so we set off in search, walking through the dappled light piercing through the natural arch of the 'spooky' looking Paperbark trees that would look quite at home in any Stephen King horror movie!
Catching a glimpse  of colour ahead I was delighted to come across this unexpected sight. Most of the spring wildflowers have died away now, but these hardy Nasturtiums that had spread from the path as far as the eye could see right down to the waters edge will flower all through the summer and well into autumn. How they got here I'm not sure, but it was a wee bit magical to discover this glen of colourful gems amongst the forest grim! We did find the hides, will show you tomorrow..hope that you've had a wonderful weekend and are all set for the week ahead, take care and stay safe.....


34 comments:

  1. Lovely photos, Gracie. Nice post.
    SueC.

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  2. Delightful place for a walk! Love that Spoonbill, and those trees.

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  3. What a great post for the day, Grace! Thanks for taking us along on such a lovely walk! I, too, love the Spoonbill and those trees are awesome! Love your captures for the day! Hope you've had a good weekend and have a great weekend ahead! Take care, stay safe and, as always, ENJOY!!

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  4. Beautiful capture on the bird Grace! We are going into cold season and it looks like you are going into the "nice" season!

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  5. His name is Bill, and he eats with a spoon???-)

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  6. Lieben Gruß am Sonntag und ganz viel Sonnenschein für die nächsten Tage...

    Cloudy

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  7. Looks like a very peaceful place.

    That's a big bird indeed... a member of the herons?

    Looks like it's probably bigger than the blue herons we get in this part of the world.

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  8. Nice find. all these photos are great Grace.

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  9. Beautiful walk in the nature! Arianna

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  10. I envy you your beautiful bright light as I look out at cold grey skies on my peninsula! Our Spring has been almost non existent! I am struggling to get photos between rain showers at weekends and often have to resort to the archives for posts. Your walk is a delight! And the spoonbill is quite a character!

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  11. Nice bird, the field of flowers is something we can only dream of here in Europe, this time of the year.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  12. The bird is fantastic and seems to be checking you out! What a beautiful place.

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  13. Bonza photos especially the last two with the magical carpet of Nasturtims.

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  14. I guess that bill is good for digging about looking for food. What a wonderful walk you had!

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  15. Wow, that path through the trees is amazing!

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  16. A nice series, Grace. We have roseate spoonbills in Florida, but I don't know about yellow billed spoonbills.

    And, yes, a couple of hours at a parade, but today I am perched in front of my TV watching football.

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  17. I wish we had the spoonbills in the Ocala area, but you've got to go further south to see them. Looks like you're enjoying the newness of things and the gorgeous colors!

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  18. It looks like you had a bit of an adventurous walk. You are so right about that path through the trees, it is a bit on the spooky side.

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  19. That's quite a bird with quite a beak, Grace! I'm baaaaack!
    Fun to catch up with you and your blog again, kiddo!
    Kind regards from EAGAN daily photo

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  20. such a magical face and place. LOVE the lane of trees.

    wonderful stuff, pal


    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

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  21. What a great place to explore.

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  22. those paperbark trees are glorious, they are one of my favourites. A blogger get together next time you come over (or one time you come over) would be a great idea. Julie organised one a year or so ago and it was really enjoyable.

    I probably won't get to Sculpture by the Sea this year. Am going on leave in a few weeks and am saving my flexi days to take then. Its far too crowded for me on the weekend. Sally at Sydney Daily Photo usually goes.

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  23. Very special nature there, I'm enchanted by the adorable bird, the first shot is awesome.I also love the path with the beautiful trees, you got wonderful pictures! :)
    Léia

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  24. How delightful Grace. Thank you for taking on the adventure with you. Now the bird with the table spoon bill! Looks like a left over from the prehistoric era.

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  25. What a capture Grace with the spoonbill!! And those paperbarks are gorgeous. (I've got one growing out the back and heaps of birds nest in it)
    Isn't that curious indeed, how the nasturtiums got going there!?

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  26. Haha! I think paperbark swamps wrote the book on 'spooky' - especially where the crocodile factor is thrown in!!!

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  27. That tree shot is awesome! Now that I look back they are all great! Janey

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    1. Fantastic photos as usual. I've never seen so many paperbarks in one place but you are right... they do look spooky.

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  28. We have roseatte spoonbills in Costa Rica. They are a little smaller that the bird in your photo. They are also pink in color.

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  29. what a delight to find that secret garden

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  30. Wow wow wow - love that bird shot!

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  31. WHOA WHOA WHOA!!! Grace! AWESOME!!! We have the Roseate. That is a great catch....excellent work and a beautiful clear shot of such an incredibly cool bird. Way to go!!! And the Nasturtiums are incredible.

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  32. I love the expression on the spoonbill's face!

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