Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Along the way..



Lake Goollelal is the perfect refuge for waterbirds, turtles and other creatures because for most of the walk the actual lake is protected by bush-land and trees, with one lookout point on the western point of the lake. Always lovely to see the black swans, their long curved necks reflected as they submerge  looking for food. The two below were in perfect unison.. I couldn't help thinking 'it's no good sticking your heads under water, the world will still be in a mess when you come up for air' :)


It was the first time I had actually seen the red tailed black cockatoos in the bush, was hard to get a super clear shot as they were really high up in the trees, they are the most extraordinary looking birds, have a look at much better pics here, spectacular shots. This is a female, I would have loved to catch the flamboyant red tail of the male in flight.. one day :)


...and then there was this! Thank heavens Aimee was fully awake at that ridiculously early time on a Sunday morning.. strung out across the path a golden orb spider, such a pretty web, an amazing construction, but the thought of walking face into it, oh no, that wouldn't be fun for anyone! The swans were pretty though, right 😉 Happy Wednesday, take care and stay safe..


22 comments:

  1. Black Swans! I know white swans are angelic but these black ones sure looks classy and strong! The third photo is out of this world with their wings ridged and heads under water. Mr Spider takes all his time weaving his masterpiece called home.

    Happy Wednesday! (We have the same timezone so this is a very fresh greeting HAHA)

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  2. All Around Wonderful Happy Birds - So Dig That Web - The Close Up Rocks The Kasbah

    Cheers

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  3. ...black swans are rare here, thanks Grace. Stay well.

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  4. Swans are so elegant no matter what their colour!

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  5. Love your black swans. Believe it or not we had a pair of them on the river in Cambridge for several years, they must have escaped from somebody's wildfowl collection. It's unusual to see our swans both feeding underwater at once, usually one keeps an eye on you while the other feeds - very frustrating if you want a photo of both with their heads up!

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  6. Oh my goodness, what sweet swans they are. Thanks for this special nature's gifts it's been a relaxing and invigorating post!

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  7. The spiderweb is quite massive glad you missed walking in to it.
    Enjoy your day, Grace.

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  8. The birds are prettier than the ducks, geese, and robins we saw today. The spider is neat. I'm always amazed at the webs.

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  9. The cockatoos are suppose to be one of the smartest birds. No wonder it was high up in the tree. Spiders in Australia have a reputation of being highly poisonous, so I would avoid this one on general principle.

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  10. Such wonderful finds along the way! The swans n the water are gorgeous!

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  11. The swans and the cockatoos are gorgeous. Not so much on that spider. I'm glad you didn't walk into it's web. There was a lot to see on your walk.

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  12. Black swans amaze! Your thought about returning to the surface really reflects our collective thinking ♥️

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  13. I don't think we have black swans, we do have white ones

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  14. I suppose the red is for mating displays. Good photos of another tourist killer, the golden orb spider.

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  15. It´s funny, Grace. Usually I´d be sooo happy to see the black swans, it was a symbol of Perth for me. Now that I see them so often at Valerie´s, who lives near Düsseldorf, some 400 km away from me... hm.

    But I hope you see a black male cockatoo soon!

    Eeeeek, spider, eeeek!

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  16. What a beautiful photos you made Grace!

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  17. I look at other pics of that bird and they sure are pretty with that bright red tail!! I would probably have a panic attack if I walked into a web like that.

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  18. I always pleased to see black cockatoos. They are such enormous birds up close.

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