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Turtles Plus

‘Twas a public holiday on Monday and I hightailed it to Sydney Park. I haven’t been there much lately and I wanted to see how things were going, there. It was the middle of the day, so not the best light for photography, but anyhow I took my camera. And I’m glad that I did.

I hadn’t been down the little gully for some time, either; and because I’ve had wonderful bird and reptile experiences there in the past, I hoped to again. But any noticeable animal life seemed absent.

There was, however, a plant with enormous leaves which had grown very large in the time I’d not visited. It looked like some alien spawn amidst the conifers.

Big Leaves 1

Big Leaves 2

That is my hand there for comparison.

After walking around the plant for a while, I headed down to the wetlands.

Which weren’t looking all that wet, actually. It hasn’t rained much for a while and the catchments above the two ponds are being upgraded, so they are empty. The ponds have much less water than they’ve had for a while.

This has attracted unusual visitors, though. For one, a Black-winged Stilt which loves to poke around in sand and mud to look for food.

Black Winged Stilt

A Black-fronted Dotterel which feeds similarly. I have seen these before when the water was low; they are such timid creatures I could never get close enough to photograph them. Even this one was a mere dot, really, but my current camera has a longer zoom. In fact, all these birds would’ve escaped my camera without it.

Black-fronted Dotterall

And these two, which I believe to be Latham’s Snipes. It took a little bit of searching on Google images to find these. It was also hard to make them out as they blended in so well with their background.

Latham's Snipes 1

Latham's Snipes 2

But by far the best thing was the discovery that Eastern Long-necked Turtles lived in these ponds. They feed off of the small fish that also live there. I had never seen them before, but with the drop in water levels they were more exposed.

Eastern Long-necked Turtles

Eastern Long-necked Turtle 2

Eastern Long-necked Turtle 1

Two of them wanted to cross the small hill between the ponds to better water.

Eastern Long-necked Turtle 4

The first one I just guarded from dogs as it went its way. The second one (above) was more timid and I carried it across before letting it go. They headed for the viewing platform, particularly to the delight of a small girl and her baby brother.

Something of this may be seen on a video that I put together of the day.

I knew that the ponds would be drier than they have been, and I expected to see little of anything. So the day turned out rather well for me. The turtles especially were a joy, though after carrying one across…you know they’re rather smelly.


The Return of the Possum

A few weeks ago I posted about a possum that caught me by surprise. Well, he continues to visit. Using my phone, this time, I took a few more photos and video footage.

Possum likes almonds

Here he is being fed by a friend. It turns out that the little fellow loves almonds.

Possum claws

It’s not the best pic but you can see the claws that clung to my left upper-arm and shoulder.

Wounds 2

Well, he really is a charming little chap, and here is some phone video footage. Note my repeated warnings to my friend to be careful, but all was well. See him eating and being basically cute 🙂


Callala Beach – Jervis Bay Marine Park

Callala colors

Callala Colours












I’d never been down this way before, Callala Beach, part of the Jervis Bay Marine Park, on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.
It’s a quiet place, and the enclosed bay means that the waves are almost non-existent, so it’s ideal for swimming.

hermit crabs

Hold on

Sea Eagle

Sea Eagle

Pied Oystercatcher

Pied Oystercatcher

There is wildlife, of course. There must have been thousands of Hermit Crabs on that beach. At least one Sea Eagle, which I saw with a fish later. A couple of these Pied Oystercatchers (how hard is it to catch an oyster?).

scallops shells

Time and Tide

Sandstone Shoreline

Sandstone Shoreline

afternoon sunlight

Afternoon glow on the headland

Walking into the sunset

Walking into the Sunset

water shoreline
















Nelson’s Beach: we went there for an afternoon and the landscape was a little more dramatic.

Nelson's Beach

Ocean Mists












We headed south down the beach one morning and could see a town in the distance. We thought we’d have a coffee there. Alas, after over an hour, we were sooo close…

So near and yet...

We did see a more appropriate form of transport.

The only way to travel

Hermit Crab 1

Go here for a slideshow of more Flickr photos as I’m running out of space and there’s a video.

Just a little vid of Callala Beach. It ends with me walking into the sunset. (I finally found out how to adjust the aspect ratio for wide screen, to. If you were wondering, type into the tags section “yt:stretch=16:9” – yeah, so obvious.)

On our drive back we stopped off at Minnamurra Beach, and off shore was this magnificent island. I always feel about islands like this that they harbour some mystery. They look like a place not meant for humans but for spirits, the wild ocean and the birds.

Island of Secrets, minnamurra

Island of Secrets 4



Currawongs are a member of the crow family native to Eastern Australia. They are intelligent birds, and I even think they have a sense of humour. (I’ve watched them stir up Magpies and then leave them to argue amongst themselves while they watched.)


The Beak



The first photo is in Sydney Park, St Peters, where there were a number of the birds calling out, carrying on and generally, I guess, having a good time.

The second photo is on the wall outside our old place, looking at me through the sliding door. I would occasionally feed it.

The one below is of a nest that used to be outside my workplace. They were hard to photograph because they were quite distant and the tree was moving around a lot in the wind.


Feeding Time

There was a documentary on many years ago called Wolves of the Sky, which is how they described them since they hunt together and show high intelligence. Of course, like all hunters, they will scavenge and accept food from people, if it’s available.

Put down the camera and nobody gets hurt


Their direct gaze from their black faces with golden eyes is quite powerful. There is no doubt that it is you that they are looking at and they can be quite communicative, especially when they want your food. Or perhaps they are just wondering why I am looking at them. And then on one occasion, I was walking through the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney when one flew in from behind me and flicked me with its wing tips. I’ve no doubt that it was intentional because there was plenty of room beside and above me – it was just a bit of fun.

Below is a video from Sydney Park on a quite hot day. The Currawongs were calling in the small gully above the wetlands area so I decided to go a check them out. They were quite tolerant of my being there – well, as I’ve said, they are quite intelligent. They know that I am no threat and that they can easily fly out of harms way if I become difficult.

Currawong A4

Above – Bath Time.


Hey Bird

Also an ideal subject in this case for a bit of playing around with on the computer – quite like this effect.


Sydney Park – Wetter than ever

Sydney Park in St Peters, inner-west suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

I live not far from here so it is a very convenient place for me. But I haven’t been there in a while and there has been a lot of rain, and the wildlife is pretty happy with it.

The Spoonbill, below, is an occasional visitor to the area. With the abundance of water comes an abundance of life, very tempting for a hungry bird.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Pied Cormorant here, before. This one was quite happy to let me get pretty close for this photo. Even when people went by on bikes, it didn’t fly away.

The usual Black Cormorant, much more flighty. It seems to have a permanently worried expression to go with this character.

In parts of the wetlands, there is an abundance of weed floating on the surface, and the ducks and moorhens etc. took delight in this, swimming through it, diving beneath it, presumably eating it.

The moorhens are still having babies – they are such prolific breeders!

Moorhen chick 1

Another happy duck, its face covered with green.

Sticky beak

And a Little Grebe nesting on the pond, even at this time of year.

Nesting Grebe

Finally, a short video showing the creek with actual water in it, and the spoonbill has a funny altercation at the end.


Brazilian Coogee

It’s taken me a while to get this post up, but here it is.

About three weekends ago we were in Coogee taking a walk along the cliffs. On my way back down, we could hear the drumming coming from the back of the beach, on the grassy area. People were playing soccer and having picnics and the like but by far the main attraction was a Brazilian drumming group called, I think, Brazilian Rhythm.

Brazilian Rhythm 1

They consisted of a number of men and one woman and they certainly got some people in the crowd dancing. They played tightly and were having a great time.

Brazilian Rhythm 2

Below: see the Brazilian version of Shakin’ your booty.

Brazilian Rhythm 3

You can hear and see on the video below:


A little time in Coogee

Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach is quite a nice place – haven’t really been there much as I’m not a beach person, myself.

So I climbed up onto the cliffs (well, walked up the footpath to them) where there was a wonderful sense of separateness from the bustle below.

The above picture is Gordon’s Bay, just around the corner. There is a fishing club there, this next photo from 2005.

Gordon's Bay

The sandstone here forms beautiful patterns in rich, earthy colours.

And at times, there are mysterious goings on, such as these four men in very swanky suits standing about on the cliff.

What are they doing there?

Maybe it was a commercial or fashion shoot, maybe a wedding – I’m sure there’s a logical explanation.

Out to see, a yacht sailed, looking like the living expression of FREEDOM to me.


And using my handheld stills camera, I made a bit of a video, just to give an idea of what it was like to be walking around up there. It’s nothing snazzy, but quite peaceful on the windy clifftops.

However, I did eventually come down – to Brazilian Drummers! See the next post, soon 🙂

OH! I forgot to add a couple of night shots, so here they are:

Coogee promenade at night

Coogee Beach at night

I was just experimenting with the new camera. I didn’t have my tripod on me so I had to rest it on the wall.

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