The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park conducts ranger-led activities on a regular basis. Guests are allowed into one of the aviaries to meet a number of interestingly-named parrots. But first — here are the emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and one of the peacocks.
These are just a few members of a large flock of cockatoos feeding under heavy tree cover next to the boundary fence. Beyond the fence is the main road.
The rains have finally come, a gift from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald after several months of drought, searing heat waves — and more recently, weeks of bushfires. Up north in Queensland there are tornadoes and floods. On the New South Wales Central Coast and Sydney, wind and rain. It has been raining non-stop with varying intensity since early yesterday morning or perhaps the night before. All my rainwater tanks (about 9000 litres’ worth) are overflowing.
Yesterday I visited my friends A & U at their home near Gosford and was afforded the opportunity to photograph the local wildlife in the wet. The drive was interesting and the highway crowded with pretty much everyone driving at or just above the speed limit (which is fine in the dry but probably not particularly wise in inclement weather, hmm? There were several wrecks, accompanied by blue-red flashing lights, tow trucks and cop cars on the other side of the road on the trip back). Here are some of the photos from the visit: