Yes, it is Spring again in Australia and the days are already warming up. many birds are beginning to nest or already nesting. Some have had winter babies, and some contue to raise last years babies. I love this family shot of father, mother and baby Black-winged Stilt walking together on a sunny Friday morning in Olympic park, Sydney.
There was much activity over the lake, much flying to and fro, much landing in the lake, much fishing.
While on the island in the middle of the lake preening and sunning is the order of the day. To our delight was a pair of Cattle Egrets beginning to adorn their breeding plumage. They will go bright orange around the head area when fully changed.
Meanwhile nearby on the larger island, up in the Casuarina trees the Pied Cormorants are nesting and raising their young again, in the same nests as last year.
Like last year, observe this Pied Cormorant feeding it’s youngster. This is how the Darters and other Cormorants feed their young. They catch the food, swallow it, and then resturn to nest where they regurgitate it, and then the baby pokes its head down the adults throat and feeds.
As I made my way to the larger lake I came across several families of Superb fairy-wren twittering about on the path and lower bushes hunting for small insects. This female came right up to me, which is very uncharacteristic of this timid bird. The male pictured above was morphing from immature to adult and may be preparing to breed soon. The Grevilla flowers are in full bloom offering nectar to honeyeaters and other nectivorous birds.
It was fairly quiet at the lake, not many birds as winter was still having its toll. A few usual non migratory birds moved about the lake shores. My greatest delight was to poke my birding lens through a gap in the trees into the mangrove forest to catch a look at this very timid Intermediate Egret grazing alone in the dappled lighting. The dark water gave a lovely reflection. It soon flew off when it saw me.
On my return I came across this family of Australian Ravens (our native crow). The distinct features are the small beard like protuberance beneath the beak called hackles and the adult white eye. Notice the immature standing beside the adult has a brown eye, this will change with maturity, and so will the hackles.
On the lawns around the lake where people picnic the Purple Swamphen and Eurasian Coot graze early before the human visitors arrive.
I love the way their tails flicker as they graze. So there it is for my Friday morning escape to nature, and appreciation of my heavenly Father’s beautiful heart, expressed in the way his creatures give birth, loving and caring for their new offspring just as He does for us.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” – Isaiah 40:11
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
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