Lane Cove National Park #3: Land creatures

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)


 
This final post in the Lane Cove National Park series features the Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami) and the Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii).

 

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

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Lane Cove National Park #2: Laughing kookaburra

Monday, 24 November 2014
Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

 

This mischievous Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) had good reason for mirth today — a perfectly executed raid on a picnic table at the Lane Cove National Park in Sydney.

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Lane Cove National Park #1: Waterfowl

Sunday, 23 November 2014
Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

Dusky moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)

 

These are photos from a day out at the Lane Cove National Park. It’s a lovely place for a picnic and a bit of wildlife stalking. 🙂

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Corella and Cypress

Monday, 6 January 2014
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)

Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)

One of the houses in the neighbourhood has a pair of cypresses that bears fruit almost every year. If there is a bumper crop like the one that happened in 2011 (alas, no pix) the trees will, at some point in the nut-ripening cycle, attract an entire flock of Little Corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) which will then hang from the branches and leaves like strange, large, off-white/pinkish fruit. Said spectacle is frequently accompanied by noise and mess.

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Road trip with lighthouses (and birds!) #3: Crowdy Head

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus)

With no good weather news coming in, we decided to make a dash for Sydney. Lunch was cooked, luggage was packed; the car was loaded and moving by 0815. As we moved further south the skies cleared but the winds increased and could be felt buffeting the car.

But I couldn’t resist the idea of visiting another lighthouse (and anyway everyone agreed it was time for lunch), so I took the turnoff to Crowdy Head.

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Road trip with lighthouses #2: Coffs Harbour and surrounds

Monday, 15 October 2012

Smoky Cape Lighthouse, Hat Head National Park

10 October 2012

We started off early for Coffs Harbour, with a side trip to South West Rocks and the Smoky Cape Lighthouse.

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Road trip with lighthouses #1: Port Macquarie and surrounds

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Tacking Point Lighthouse, Port Macquarie

A planned road trip to the Gold Coast (Queensland) with family (689km, 7 days) was truncated for reasons of distance/time and became a New South Wales-only holiday terminating at Coffs Harbour (536km, 5 days) before the return trip to Sydney. The revised plan involved driving to Port Macquarie using the fastest possible route, staying for two nights and then moving north to Coffs Harbour to stay an additional two nights, with an option to extend through Sunday if necessary. The return journey would be a slower one via coastal roads rather than solely using the Pacific Highway.

Here are some photos from Port Macquarie and its surrounds.

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