spring is here


seeking nesting site

bird of rainbow beauty

a brief flash of red



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These rainbow Lorikeets are now making final decisions and feeding up around our place as the nesting season begins. There were 8 of them in our back yard busily feeding and posturing . Two stayed behind and checked out an inadequate possibility in a Liquid Amber before moving on. They do return almost every day. Should we go out and buy a nesting box in the chance they may use it??

save a sunrise

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save this memory

for a few moments

the sun will rise again

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One of my rare photo’s of a sunrise. This image was captured at Portland Bay in far South West Victoria Australia. Before 1788 Australian Aboriginals would stand right here in July to October and see hundreds of Southern Right Whales floating, breaching or even scraping off barnacles directly under the cliff.

From the 1790’s Europeans came hunting the whales for oil/blubber and they were slaughtered in their hundreds, probably thousands during the C19th until  a sighting in the C20th was rare. After Australia banned whale hunting in 1968 the whales slowly began returning until now in the early C21st they are always seen, but only in the tens. The numbers of pre 1788 will most likely never be reached again.

early spring


Rainbow Lorikeetsa hollow tree trunk

inspection completed

nesting to begin

Spring is arriving in South eastern Australia  and birds of all varieties are responding to their natural instincts, urgings and behaviours. These Rainbow Lorikeets at Rickets Point have completed their inspection of a hollowed Coastal Banksia and seem fairly confident it will be suitable. Now they will have to defend this nesting site against other Lorikeets, Indian Mynahs, micro bats and possums over the coming weeks.

window of imagination



tropical rainclouds

spiritual sensation

time for reflections

This is the view as you stand in front of the altar of St Mary’s by the Sea in Port Douglas, far north Queensland. What you may look out upon depends on the time of day, the season or local weather . A crocodile may emerge onto the mangrove mud by the mangroves, visibility may be zero if a cyclone is raging or the sky and air could be turning fiery red in the last throes of a tropical sunset.

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The weather was not great for photography.These images were captured on a late November afternoon . A metre and a half of rain had fallen in the previous three days and the air was thick with steaming humidity. No crocodiles were lurking but then there are few signs to indicate they may be out in the water.