Our dog walk this morning was very pleasant, although the Southerly was a little brisk when walking in to it. It was very dry, giving a good display of condensation trails as punters flew from Sydney to Melbourne.
Getting back towards the house I happened to glance down and was surprised to see a reasonable supply of guano.
Looking up up, my ghast was flabbered to see Ms Tawny Frogmouth in a very scrawny tree.
There have been many days this year when I haven't been able to find them and judging by the amount of poop she and/or her mate have been sitting here. I know it was the female as himself had, for the first time this season, assumed the position on the nest brooding the eggs. This was exactly the date estimated by adding the average length of nest building to the date they started the process.
While going to take these photos one of the pair of Grey Currawongs that are currently resident posed nicely. I suspect they are nesting somewhere nearby but I have not, so far been able to work out where.
There are still a lot of daffodils in flower of a range of shapes, colours and sizes.
To prove we are not into colourism we also have a few tulips in pots!
In recent times our concrete ford is frequently decorated with objects like this. Although we rarely see Brush-tailed Possums around the house they are evidently alive, and with well-functioning bowels down at the Creek. (I have just realised that there is an unusually shitty focus in this post: sorry about that.)
Possibly what the possums are eating are these willow catkins.
The Acacias are still doing very well. This A. mearnsii is very attractive in the direct seeded area.
Having some time to spare today I went to check the bower near "Tom Green's Seat" in the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The bower was well occupied by what I take to be - based on the green plumage and yellow bill - a 5th or 6th year male Satin Bowerbird. (With all these images, click on them for a bigger - unfortunately not better focused picture. The shots were taken hand held on full zoom from about 10m distance into a fairly well shaded location.)
He was very much engaged in adding to the construction.
Then it seemed that another bird called from the bush above. This led to a whole lot of activity: the most spectacular (and worst imaged) was a flash of the wings: The bird also did a fair bit of hopping around. Given that it was still immature I called to mind the greatest traditional Irish song of all time: Diarmuid O'Leary and the Bards performing Lanigan's Ball. This ditty refers to spending "6 long months at Brooks Academy learning the steps …
As the wind was unfierce for most of the morning we took the kayaks down for another pedal. This time we went upstream to Mullet Creek. I was feeling more confident this time so whipped out te phone to take a few photos. This proves both kayaks were out there!
A relaxed Frances trotting along!
Nice real estate in the background.
We got slightly bogged on an unexpected sandbar but were able to get off with no problems and toddled on, having a pleasant conversation with a couple of guys in paddle kayaks. They thought our propulsion looked easier! Apparently they are contemplating getting Outbacks.
A few birds were seen, of which the best were 2 Caspian Terns .
By the time we got back to the fishing jetty the wind had got up somewhat and buffeted my kayak just as I was completely off balance getting out of it. A double gainer with pike into the water for me. As it was quite warm and a good breeze blowing my strides were pretty dry by the lime we had loaded the boats onto the tra…
21 members gathered beside the North Weston ponds for a
foray along the banks of the Molonglo as far as the low level crossing and
The catalyst for this outing was a
report on Cormorants and Darters nesting in the willows along the banks of the
Indeed breeding was happening.All three locally common species of Cormorant
(Great, Little Black and Little Pied) were seen on nests as were Australasian
Darters. The first 4 photos are various aspects of the breeding Darters.
Little Pied Cormorant ON.
It is to be hoped that these
willows are retained.
Two checklists were made, one in each direction.38
species were recorded on the outward leg on the South bank of the river(vide https://ebird.org/checklist/S61591346)
and 34 on the Northside return (vide https://ebird.org/checklist/S61592593).Overall we logged 48 species (thus adding 10
additional species on the return, but omitting some of the nesting records as the foliage blocked views of the nest from the North bank.).