Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Today started with me admiring Crimson Rosellas feeding amidst pink blossoms, pouring warm water over windscreen ice and dragging a dead Eastern Grey Kangaroo off Penrose Road by its tail. The roo, a big female, had only recently been hit. Its nose and eyes were bloodied. Obviously, major head trauma led to its death. When driving to work on the Hume Highway, I cursed myself for not checking the roo's pouch. LJ, August 21 2013.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
I just got some top views of the Pink-eared Duck John Shepherd told me about! The striking browns, tans and caramels of their plumage makes me think of gelato. And the pink ear is a pink marshmallow. Their bills are incredible, reminding me of a hollowed out door stopper, or odd licorice. As I was about to leave the sewage works, the duck tucked his head in his wing and perched on his left leg. May he/she sleep well. Bird 156! A terrific way to end a hectic week at work. LJ, August 16 2013.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Local birder John Shepherd saw a Pink-eared Duck at the sewage treatment works last week. Nice one. I'm yet to put that on my Bundy list. LJ, August 14 2013.
Monday, August 12, 2013
I was stoked to come across 9 Australasian (Richard's) Pipits in a stony paddock by Shangri la Rd yesterday afternoon in still, bright, warm conditions. Though common, Australia-wide birds, Australasian Pipits are not easy to see in the Southern Highlands. I was just thinking how good the habitat was for pipits, then, bang - nine of them! That's my 155th species for Bundanoon. LJ, August 12 2013.