Female Eastern Rosella

Image Details :-

Eastern Rosella
Taken Using my Canon 650D
Lens:- 70 - 200mm f/4-32
Focal length 200mm
1/250, f4, ISO 100

About this picture

Taken in my backyard August 2016
This was a Female Eastern Rosella on the ground with one young. Eastern Rosellas have been visiting frequently for the last week or so. We had 12 in the back yard at once one day, which is the largest group of Eastern Rosellas I have seen grazing together. I only usually see them in two's or threes. I was pleased to get some good shots of these two yesterday afternoon as I usually find them quite flighty and hard to capture. This adult bird shone in the fresh green grass. The young bird blended in and my focus wasn't as sharp on it.

About Eastern Rosella

Eastern Rosellas are medium-sized colourful parrots with distinctive white cheek patches. It has a red head, neck and breast, with yellowish to greenish upper parts, a yellow underbody and a yellow-green to blue-green rump, with a red undertail. The shoulders are bright blue. Females are usually similar to males, but sometimes duller and young birds are even duller and can be aged by their bill colour, which is yellow or orange, changing to off-white when mature.
This information copied from Birds in Backyards where more detailed information can be found if you are interested

Cotter Dam

This week we headed out to Cotter dam on the afternoon I heard it had reached its new Capacity for the first time and was about to overflow.

The Dam was quite tricky to photograph with any level of satisfaction but I did get some OK partial shots of the water falling with a total storage capacity of 76,200 million litres since the upgrade finished in 2013. That has me feeling quite secure in terms of water supply for now.

 We went to see the Dam but as per usual I was more enamoured with the wildlife and the canoodling Cockatoos were enchanting.

I haven't been very active here but I have been working on something new that I will share soon, I'm also doing some behind the Scenes work on this baby to make it easier for me, it shouldn't affect what you see. x

Baby - My Currawong Friend

I don't feed Currawongs, I generally see them as scoundrels. Well I don't feed most birds but I just let them take what they want from the fruit seeds etc. But there are a few I do feed; my two Magpie friends Mama and Little one and this Currawong, Baby.
Baby first started coming around when I fed the Maggies about a year ago I guess, He speaks in a sweet low coo and has never warbled or crowed. When he first appeared he was frightened of other birds and the Miners taunted him.

His chest was covered in the soft downy grey feathers that would indicate he was quite young. The reason I started to feed him, is because of his underdog status, you see he only has one eye. The one eye is his visible disadvantage but the fact that he has no sign of the intensive vocal rage and skill typically associated with Currawongs, surely puts him at bird disadvantage when it comes to socialisation. His missing eye is obviously irritated as he is frequently rubbing it on a branch. I'll not see this one for months on end, the first time that happened I found a pile of soft chest feathers in the back yard and thought he had met foul play but then, on the day another bird I was quite fond of died, he reappeared!

He pops back at unexpected times and sometimes stays for days, sometimes just minutes, like the visit I just mentioned. He is not a pretty bird but he is so gentle in his manner, his behaviour is not characteristic of Currawongs at all. While  he may not be pretty to look at he is a beautiful bird that chose me and has my heart.

 ... He may even be a she ...?

Awakening Spirit

In my last post I said I could feel change coming and that my Spirit was stirring, I now believe that my Spirit is actually awakening... that is my Divine eternal Spirit, you know ... the light housed in my Earthly body?!

I am drawn to and attracting all kinds of information related to Self love practices. Information related to Chakra's is popping up for me online and meditation beckons. I have initiated a personal Yoga practice.

My initial Foray into Yoga was two years ago. At that Time I was practicing in a Class and really got a lot from it. I felt fantastic and my thirst for knowledge was being quenched with personal insight, physical awareness and pose technique details. 

Its not lost on me that I was initially drawn to Yoga in winter of 2014 and now again as winter sets in my thoughts and instincts take me to the natural point of natures cycle which dictates nurturing.

My dreams are delivering fantastic insights as to what a particular situation actually is as opposed to what I have always believed it to be, I'm working on moving beyond it and dealing with emotional baggage. 

For years I have been dreaming about houses and a beautiful, spacious, pristine upstairs room that was so difficult to access. The stairs were often broken or it was a tiny secret tunnel through a wall, sometimes the floor was unstable so it wasn't safe to go there ... all kinds of challenges but I knew that space was sitting there unused, I sometimes got to stand in it but mostly I was just remembering it was there and trying to remember and /or work out how to access it.

I recently had a dream where I found out there was a massive sweeping stair case leading to the elusive space but the stairs were carpeted and covered in all kinds of clutter in the form of secret compartments and shelves holding candles ... lots of stuff I saw as unnecessary, and it was still pretty tricky to get up to the room especially when I was suddenly carrying a pile of folded clothes that I was dropping everywhere and didn't want to have to take up there.

Last night in dream land my car was facing the wrong way in traffic, everything was at a stand still but I was between to cars and facing the opposite direction. and I didn't know how I got there like that. Also I parked my car and got distracted from what I should have been doing by spending ages browsing in what I referred to as a 'junk shop' and though of as 'the shop where they sell other peoples rubbish.' While I was browsing other peoples junk my car got stolen!

All beautiful symbolism that is not lost on me either. I've long been good at reading the symbolism in dreams ( which also comes in handy as a tool to identify a few things going on in my 'tweenage' daughters life )

So here I am quite uncomfortable about this oversharing but standing bravely in my Truth.
I'm not sure where its all leading but I'm willing to find out, I'm paying attention to the messages and feel quite willing to show up and handle the work that will let me access that beautiful upstairs dream room in the fashion I desire!

In the interest of transparency :- the image above is taken from a website a I am not affiliated with and have not used before, additionally I do not have permission to use it. I have linked back to the original source. I shared it for its stunning visual appeal but its not mine.


Male Golden Whistler with Dinner.

Sometimes I want to write, but I just don't know what to write.
Its not that I'm not Authentic in what I do share but I certainly censor myself.

I'm an introvert, cautious about what I share and who I open up to.
I don't want to draw too much attention to myself.
My Children deserve privacy.
Details of my Day to day life seem so mundane.

I think though I have something that might be worth sharing.
I really want to inspire people to be kinder to themselves, Breathe deeply, look around, connect with Nature and indulge their creativity but I'm just me. Can I do that? 

My Spirit is stirring.
Change is afoot. I think there is a truth about to dawn on me. I can feel it, the energy is changing.
Last week I was impatient, now I'm feeling a little more relaxed and gracious, waiting for things to be revealed and to let them settle on me.
Everything in divine time.

Pebbly Beach


We Recently took the kids out of school for a couple of days and all went camping. One of our adventures took us to pebbly beach on the South Coast of NSW . On the way back up from the beach to the car ... by the way look at this gorgeous National park so lush ... so anyway, I was snapping some pics of the kids and the ducks that were to my right then as we rounded the last bend a bird came form behind and LANDED ON MY HEAD!  Crazy gibberish ensued .. "a bird landed on my head! OMG did a bird just land on me? where is it? what was it? was there a bird on my head?" there was general laughter and amazement between the three us as the car park came into view and then this happened ...

There were birds everywhere and all over everyone! Off the top of my head there were at least 11 other people there in various groupings but really I was just insanely lost in the experience and shared wonder between us all.  These birds are wild, they have learned over time that people feed them, so if you hold our your arm you will get some curious visitors. I didn't actually have any food but did have several one sided conversations with birds, telling them how beautiful they were and apologising for tricking them. The Green and Red birds in these images are King Parrots, the more brightly coloured birds are Rainbow lorikeets. My daughter took the pictures with me in them.  While pebbly beach is apparently renowned for this I had no idea! Can you believe a bird lover like me had no clue about this place !?