Now for a return to light programming — a little musical interlude. The Ragtag Daily Prompt today is blizzard. Very soon it will be winter in the Northern Hemisphere and some of my readers may even live in areas where they get blizzards.
If you are Canadian, you might have heard the story of Bishop Isaac Stringer and Charles Johnson who, in 1909, spent 51 days in the Yukon in miserable weather and survived by eating their seal skin boots. Read more
There is one thing certain about Australasian Grebes and that is they are very shy. Come within 100 metres of them and they quickly dive below the surface of the water or they paddle away at a great pace leaving you in their wake. Many a time on our holiday, we saw them in the distance and that is where they stayed, so no photographs (not good ones anyway). It turns out that finding and getting close to these tiny waterbirds is a job for a professional. Read more
Ladies and gentlemen, although sometimes it may appear to the contrary, I am pleased to inform you that chivalry is alive and well. Read more
This is my response to the Ragtag Daily Prompt — Burble.
My Saturday is almost over. I’ve had a lovely day. My mosaic and I are finally a team.
This is my last holiday bird diary post. For this reason, I am going to indulge in a few scenery photos as well. This post features some common waterbirds and parrots. The beauty of the setting makes the birds appear very glamorous, like models on a photo shoot. Read more
I have been concerned for sometime about the environmental cost of disposing of my body when the time should arise. In Australia, cremation rates are increasing. According to some sources, there is a 50/50 split nationally between burial and cremation. In urban areas, cremations now make up over 65% of funerals and this figure is growing. Read more
To celebrate completing my tax return, I thought I would do another bird post. This post will feature the non-water birds around Yallakool BP Dam and Lake Boondooma (Queensland, Australia). Read more
Today’s word prompt from Margaret of the Ragtag Community is crepuscule, meaning twilight. It may be because I’m getting older that twilight for me symbolises the last days of life — my life or possibly life as we know it. Read more
Have I mentioned what a great holiday I had? As I’m not a coast dweller, I hadn’t really appreciated how beautiful and mesmerising Australia’s water birds are. Let me show you just a few of the water birds that my True Love (TL) and I saw when we visited two of the man-made dams in Queensland, Australia. Read more
A couple of hundred clicks north of Sydney, the Myall Lakes National Park in New South Wales (Australia) is one of the best habitats around for birds. It is a real bird oasis. The Myall Lakes is one of the state’s largest coastal lake systems. As we were just passing through and were time constrained, we only skimmed its outskirts. We stayed at the lovely, quiet fishing village of Hawks Nest. Usually, I have to work hard for my bird photos but the birds were lining up for their photos to be taken. Here are a few that we took one morning (click on images to enlarge). Read more