Here is a slideshow of my walk with Vika this morning. I took 119 photos with the Nikon D3000 DSLR. I’m showing you seventeen. If you want to see any of the images larger, simply pause the slideshow, right click, and select ‘view image’. I’ve kept the quality down since there are so many.
(START) cows and kangaroos from the highway
galahs arrived, waiting for seed
walking along the service road
the wattlebird followed us
powerful owl in oak tree
owl sizing up my dog
kangaroos’n cows from the lane
kanagroos ‘n cows
heading back home
two flying magpies
did someone say pusscat? (cat sunning on a bin)
what took you so long (END)
Seeing the owl is becoming typical. Apparently owls will intermittently return to the same roosts for several years. Once the leaves fall from the oak, I suppose it will seek a better place. This one was staring pretty intently at Vika, as if sizing her up for its next meal. They can take down quite big prey and would tackle Vika quite easily! Vika had her tail between her legs, so maybe she knew it was up there … or she maybe she saw a cat.
I’ve hunted the neighbour’s cat away from the back of the house, and out front, many times. This is what it does when I’m not home, no doubt! Just now, there it was sitting as calm as you please, cheeky blighter! I banged on the window and it went.
I’ve noticed when the birds land, they look over the fence to see if the cat is hiding in the geraniums. If it comes while they eat, one or two of the cockatoos will screech at it. I never see maimed birds or little piles of feathers about, so the sparrows and honey-eaters must know to watch out for it by now.
I love it when the rainbow lorikeets let me get close to them! Photographed with the Nikon D3000 DSLR, earlier in the week.
Thanks for looking. I hope you are having a great weekend!
Hello people. This sulphur-crested cockatoo was around for a few days. I think this could be an old bird. It could not fly up on to the fence, yet had no trouble coasting a fair distance away from off the fence. It slept on the ground out front of the house over two nights, tucked in among elm tree suckers, and I was really worried about it. It had no visible signs of injury and its feathers look healthy enough. I wanted to cage it to keep it safe from cats and foxes but I think it knew how to hide itself and it might have been too cruel to lock it up. It also had a fairly threatening squawk.
It used my three fishpond tiers to drag itself up on to the fence! That is why it is wet and muddy under its beak. One morning it was squawking in our ivy, on the ground, and later I see it had climbed up into the lilac tree (first photo above) It didn’t seem to see me, so perhaps it has poor peripheral vision. From there, it flew into the neighbour’s yard, where it called down a flock of cockatoos to keep it company.
One day I saw it sitting under the rose bushes in front of the house across the road. Maybe it used the drainage pipe to go under the road. I’ve seen no squashed bird or pile of feathers to show it has met a bad end. It came back to our side the next day.
It sunned itself on the fence for most of the day. I like to think its flight feathers were growing back after a moult and it is now happily flying about. One feather does look a bit dodgy in a few of the photos.
Originally sent from my windows phone, but the text didn’t come with it. I decided to add the other images, too.
I’ve had three sessions with the wyvern. I have just the back end to do and then probably another session to finish it off. I thought I had cross-hatching to do, but that was only if I didn’t have powdered graphite for the background. I have done some on the cliff to give it texture. The cliff will need a lot more layers to make it black enough.