Birds on the deck

November 26th, 2016

We have put several feeders and two bird baths on our little deck. As a result, we are now thoroughly entertained everyday by a variety of birds that come to avail of the food and services.

I am surprised at how much bathing the birds actually do. I guess flying around is a sweaty and dirty task. 

 We have three main types of birds. I believe they are three families that live nearby. The various types of lorikeets, parrots, parrakeets and cockatoos generally bond for life, which can be a long time. The Galahs, for example can live up to 80 years in captivity and more than 40 in the wild.

One family is the Crested Pigeon. They make the most unusual squeeking noise with their wings when they take off. They usually stop on the tree first and have a look at us.

Birds on the deck
The crested pigeon

We also have a family of Galahs. They are rather more timid than the other birds, despite being several sizes larger than some of the other visitors.

Birds on the deck
Galah

 

Birds on the deck
Galah

 

Birds on the deck
Galah

 

Another regular set of visitors are the Rainbow Lorikeets. They tend to shoo off the other birds and keep the food for themselves.

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeets and a Galah

 

As their name suggests, they are spectacularly coloured birds.

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeets - they bond for life

 

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Location: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia

Camping at Munmorah

November 20th, 2016

For our first camping experience in Australia, we decided to try a place that had all the proper amenities of camping, including running water and an actual campground in case we ran into difficulties. Munmorah fit our requirements very well, especially considering that we could not get a booking anywhere closer to Sydney.

One thing we have learned from our short time in Australia, is that it is full of interesting wildlife, flora and fauna. We knew this before from all of the National Geographic articles and videos we watched, but coming here really emphasizes this fact.

Camping at Munmorah
Flowers

Camping at Munmorah
Flowers

Camping at Munmorah
Plants

Camping at Munmorah
Flower

Camping at Munmorah
Termite mound

The park has some lovely vantage points where you can have a great view of the coast.

Camping at Munmorah
The path to the looking spot

Camping at Munmorah
Be careful!

Camping at Munmorah
Isolated beach

Camping at Munmorah
Looking

Camping at Munmorah
Looking south

Camping at Munmorah
Looking north

While on Birdie beach, we did in fact see lots of birds of many different types. 

Camping at Munmorah
Seagulls

Camping at Munmorah
More seagulls

Camping at Munmorah
Type of seagull

One crow was defending its catch. As we got closer, it took an agressive stance and actually flew closer to us to scare us away.

Camping at Munmorah
Agressive crow

Camping at Munmorah
Not backing down

We wondered what they were eating. Upon closer inspection, we found they like shellfish.

Camping at Munmorah
Bird food

I had planned to go swimming, but after finding this Man o'war on the beach, I think I should have a stinger suit or a wetsuit.

Camping at Munmorah
Man o' War

Back at the camp site, we took time to read and enjoy the lovely weather.

Camping at Munmorah
At the camp site

Camping at Munmorah
Paper bark tree

The next morning, we were up before the dawn, and down to the beach for sunrise before driving home.

Camping at Munmorah
Sunrise

Location: Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia