Tuesday, 7 June 2016

What is this thing called sunrise?

After three days of gloom and rain there was light at the end of the tunnel, which was NOT an oncoming train!  The next 4 images are of various forms of dawn or sunrise between 0630 and 0730.

About this time an immature Little Wattlebird starts whingeing for someone to feed it.  This is very annoying, as I have seen it slurp nectar from the eucalypt flowers under its own steam!
So we went for our usual walk into town.  As it wasn't raining the small dog deigned to accompany us.  Despite the rain having stopped this parking area was still underwater, and the sign still prohibited camping.
I suspect this fish was transported to the bike path by a heron!
Or perhaps a Whistling Kite.
The fishing jetty was now under water rather than close to underwater as was the case yesterday.
The waterbirds were back.

This area is one of the few places where I am not surprised to see Pied Oystercatchers on a lawn!

A bit further on the puddle over the road was a bit bigger than yesterday  ...
.. but a good bit less than this tide mark shows it to have been in the recent past.
On the way back we saw this White-faced Heron doing breakfast,
That is/was one big frog!
The big board walk was still above water but had a slippery feel, suggesting it hadn't been that way ín the recent past,
After finishing the walk we went to the Heathland Walk and did that.  The trees in the area seemed to be losing a fair bit of gum, but that may be a seasonal thing, ratherb than a response to rain.
At one point I was looking at something on the ground and heard a voice say "Its alright."  Looking up I found Tammy, nose to nose with a Ridgeback, about 10X her size, which was out for a run with its owner.  It was indeed alright, although I think the Ridgeback was still trying to work out what Tammy was, as it lumbered away.

Compare this photo with one from yesterday where the track was well under water.
My last few images are of Fungi, which seem to have responded well to the rain.

The last picture was at the Waste water area where I went to check the fowl.  Surprisingly low numbers of ducks, but the diversity was good with a total of 32 species of birds (obviously not all ducks).  The spotted guns were flowering attracting quite a few honeyeaters.  The most interesting were the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters feeding on the ground of a horse paddock: according to HANZAB that is a rare phenomenon.

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