With further lifting of restrictions in our state, my wife and I decided to enjoy 2 birding dates in the one weekend, where our main focus was on freshwater birds. I had prepared the night before having just launched my new promo video for my book with the help and expertise of my son David, who works as an editor for a Sydney TV station. You can view the new promo here.
Leaving early Friday morning we arrived at Leura in the Blue Mountains for breakfast which we thoroughly enjoyed and now recommend Leura Cafe. The service was excellent and very caring, which reflected their boss. My wife enjoyed it so much she took the above photo. They complied strictly to the Covid rules, unlike some of the other shops in town. I had planned to also engage 2 new booksellers in the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney, while we passed through to Lake Wallace. You can see why they call them the BLUE Mountains. The blue haze is created by the eucalyptus vapour from the millions of eucalypt trees in the mountains.
Evidence of the recent horrific bushfires is seen in the centre photo above way down in the Grose Valley. I managed to plant my book in one bookshop in Lithgow and a clothing boutique in Blackheath. I already have established markets in other towns nearby there.
The Blue-billed Ducks we usually see here were not found, but a Musk Duck family were there Dad, Mum and 2 kids. Blue-bills are often found with their Musk cousins, in fact the females of both species look almost identical. These are one of the most difficult birds to photograph due to their black shiny plumage. Similar to the Blue-bills, they are a diving duck which spend almost all their life on water, sleeping afloat also. Their body lies low in the water. The male has a very unique flesh protrusion hanging from his throat. He gets his name from the musk like odour he emits to attract the female.
The only other waterbird was this Great Crested Grebe, alone far out on the lake. Another bird who lies low in the water.
Also we saw the usual Australian Swamphen and occasional Dusky Moorhen.
Of the passerines an adult male Australian Magpie and his two youngsters came begging when my wife and I sat by the lake to have our morning coffee and Anzac bickies, I had baked the day before. They were soon joined by an aggressive Red Wattlebird who also wanted a piece of the action.
Other small passerines included Fairy-wrens and this White-browed Scrubwren.
Last of all this Galah
Afterwards we drove back to Leura for lunch (a gourmet pie from the bakery) and shopping, then off home. Another wonderful birding date enjoyed, for which we were truly thankful. I will share our following Birding Date next week.
I have recently established an aussiebirder YouTube channel where you can view videos such as the one above. You might like to subscribe. It is in its early stages as I add more to it. The above video displays the amazing provision that our Creator has provided for the birds through Intelligent Design.
Have a wonderful relaxing weekend and Stay Safe!
W. A. Hewson (Adv. Dip. Counselling & Family Therapy).
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