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So far this year we haven’t been inundated with cockatoos

‘aerating’ the front and back yards.

To date only two corella have paid us a visit.

 Each one took two large bites from our soil

and haven’t been sighted since.

 

For some reason, this year,

our New Holland Honey Eater population

has swelled to the extent that they

are rather noisy as they go about the daily ritual

of depleting flowering trees of their nectar.

 

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Seagull,

Corio Bay

Geelong.

 

Seagulls,

Balyang Sanctuary,

Geelong

 

 

Spur Wing Plover,

Balyang Sanctuary,

Geelong

 

Seagull,

Balyang Sanctuary,

Geelong

 

 

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Just love pelicans coz their beaks

can hold more than their belly can.

Just in case you did not notice the first image.

There was a couple who were feeding the birds.

Regular bird feeders I would suggest

by the way said birds reacted.

I have been told  this is the female of

the Superb Fairy Wren pair.

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Superb Fairy Wren

Male

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Lorikeet Parrot

Balyang Sanctuary

Geelong

 

Lesser Masked Weaver,

Botswana. 

 

 

Grey Hornbill,

Botswana.

 

African Fish Eagle,

Botswana.

 

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Mirror, mirror, on the floor, who is….

 

 

 A Balyang Sanctuary bath.

 

 

Percy Pelican with his

eye on the prize…

 

What a big beak I have..

 

Preening Percy.

 


Landing gear down.

 

Touchdown and lift off…

 

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Corio Bay mirror… 

 

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Not far from the Geelong CBD…

…can be found, if you are lucky…

 

…Australia’s largest airborne bird,

the Wedge Tailed Eagle.

 

This vulture was rehabilitating in South Africa’s

Moholoholo Wildlife Centre.

 

In 2013 we were allowed to feed this magnificent bird. 

Its eye are focussed on the next hand

to hold and feed it.

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All ducks

photographed near,

Geelong

I only have a few images of birds…

 

…which I would call game birds…

 

…and those are ducks.

 

I think these are various varieties

of wild ducks…

 

…mostly found at

Balyang Sanctuary…

 

…well inside Geelong City limits.

 

Like humans some prefer not to be photographed.

 

A South African Quail in Kruger National Park.

Not sure if they are game birds in SA, however,

their Australian Cousins were highly regarded

as a meat bird by those who liked the sport

when I was younger.

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Commencing with and shot of the ocean…

…which has encountered Photoshop or Picasa.

Local Parrots have provided the colour…

 

…for the balance of my post.

Parrots were found at several of

Geelong’s Wildlife Sanctuaries or

at Horsham (inland) Botanic gardens

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sanctuary

a nature reserve

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Geelong has several wetlands/sanctuaries within,

or only a few kilometres drive from,

the Central Business District.

I have only visited the Serendip Sanctuary

two or three times mainly because

it is out of my way to reach.

Serendip does appear to have

more wildlife that are happy…

…to sit and and smile for the camera.

 

This Crimson Rosella Parrot and

the Boobook/Mopoke Owl (previous image)

are but two of the feathered friends

to be found.

 

 

There are 71 different species of Macropods in Australia.

In 2011 the estimated population within

commercial harvesting areas was 34,303,677.

To se any species of kangaroo sit

this quietly is quite a novelty.

Lacking in variety,  but convenient to reach

is Balyang Sanctuary which is only

a five minute drive from where MGW grew up.

 

Balyang is populated by bird life only.

 

Noisy cockatoos, parrots and seagulls…

 

 

…along with a few sleepy pelicans comprise

the bulk of the population.

 

 

I think of Balyang as a sanctuary also.

There is a small shopping centre behind me

and Geelong City in the fog ahead.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:   Sanctuary

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Sanctuary

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Sanctuary

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Sanctuary