Friday, January 9, 2015

Let's go bush ll..



Look who was waiting to welcome us into Yellagonga Regional Park on Wednesday.. it was a little exciting because I haven't snapped a Nankeen Kestrel before.. whenever I catch a bird for the first time I appreciate how true birders get hooked! The 3,500 acres of park made up of wetlands, swamp and a lake is the perfect environment for about 120 species of birds and breeding ground for at least 18 of these. The lake that you can see glimpses of below is just a stones throw from the dry landscape of yesterdays shots and only about 15 minutes from where I live.. the perfect spot to walk without having to travel miles to do so.


Look who was peeking out at me, excellent camouflage, I nearly missed him!


.. and look, he was still waiting for us when we walked out of the park :) As I've said before, the Australian bush may not be typically 'pretty' but in it's own way it is unique and I can promise you there are many exotic birds and critters to be found. Well here we are, Friday again, the past week has had some very low points for the world in general, I guess we just have to try and keep positive, take care and stay safe..



33 comments:

  1. A beautiful place for an afternoon rambling about. The kestrel looks quite distinctive!

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  2. He was peeking at you! Speaks to me how you love the land


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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  3. It looks like a perfect place for birds to hang out, Grace!

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  4. Looks a great place to explore. I must admit I too rather lose track of who I've wished a Happy New Year, so if I didn't then I am now!

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  5. Ah, the perfect place for a bird "hang out" indeed!! I love it!! Fun captures for the day, Grace -- as always!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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  6. I'm always excited when my lens captures a kestrel. Usually they are skittish although if they are concentrating on a probable catch they can sometimes be quite patient with me. I'd LOVE to have been there with you!

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  7. Those are some great bird photos Grace. The park sure looks beautiful. Enjoy your summer weather. We finally have some winter temperatures.

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  8. I have read about this, I have seen documentaries, but your pictures are just more direct and different and I am really enjoying them!

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  9. Wow - great shots of the kestrel against those amazingly blue skies.

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  10. I like the "peeker" - looks a little cuddly :)
    And I love all the different landscapes you show,
    because they are very different to what I have here :D

    【ツ】Knipsa

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  11. Congrats! What an exciting find! I don't know. The bush looks pretty lovely to me. Certainly a lot greener than some parts here. Thanks for sharing you jaunt over there. Pretty spectacular!

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  12. Every city should have places like this! In central Florida we're lucky to have Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs and the Ocala National Forest, but other places have really nothing that compares. Love your kestrel shots! I can never get any of these birds to pose for me. Maybe it's my hairdo?

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  13. Absolutely he had his eye on you! I really enjoy seeing your world!

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  14. Geweldig mooie serie en zoveel zonlicht.

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  15. While it is not King's Park, the animals and birds seem to prefer a little less ordered nature. The bird photos are great.

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  16. Beautiful shots of the wildlife. Those birds are fantastic. Is that another kookaburra looking right at you?

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  17. He doesn't seem to mind being photographed....

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  18. I have never seen a kestrel. He looks like a super sparrow. It's great to have walking areas like this near home without the huff and puff of travel in between. I am grate3ful for my world for that reason... I can choose busy or remote within minutes...And the week that was may have been riddled with sadness, but somehow it makes me more grateful for what I have.

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  19. Awwww, Grace, the "peeking" one is just the sweetest to me :-) So "cuddly"!
    6C+ at night atm, I wonder if to bring out the bird food I bought at all - guess they do not need it...

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  20. This park looks perfect for seeing birds. Your kestrel photos are great. Never seen one in the wild. It doesn't seem alarmed that you are there.

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  21. Such great sightings! All new to me.

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  22. I'll be right over. Never mind the heat. (That's exceptional coming from me!!!)

    Super shots Grace!

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  23. You got some wonderful shots of the birds Grace! I almost got a great shot the other day when I noticed a red tailed hawk just nonchalantly sitting on top of my neighbor's car. By the time I got my camera out though, he flew away.

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  24. Your birds are plenty to make that walk in nature worthwhile. Well done.

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  25. Your an adventurer Grace. Always out and about seeing something new. I have noticed that the Olympus camera captures the intensity of the blue sky beautifully.

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  26. Looks like a wonderful place, and you have birds I have never seen up here. We have a tree out in the garden where we put out food. Even "Robin" turns up and fill up his stomach.... sometimes snow and ice here, so they struggle to find food.

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  27. I love that places very much Grace , it's a pity not having more places like that...
    have a nice week end, ciao

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  28. All those birds seem to wait for you to be photographed, so beautiful!

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  29. So many beautiful photos, Grace !

    Which one should I comment? Difficult, very difficult... ;-)

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  30. You take great shots of the bird life.
    The Kookaburra was magnificent! Superb picture. I loved his expression.
    Super stuff.

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  31. These images are so refreshing to look at this cold morning here. Love the birds too.

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