Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fresh Eyes and Ears

Stink bug eggs - they look pretty but are a pest!


White-faced Heron

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Spotted Dove - an introduced bird

Flowers planted amongst the fig tree roots nearby

Top Gun team - 'Jed' Coey* skiing in the orange vest, enjoying the sport he loved.

As September turns into October spring has arrived with beautiful birdsongs and gorgeous bright colours! The first six photos are all in our own yard. The birds seem friendlier this spring, or maybe I'm just appreciating them with fresh eyes and ears.

The annual Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic was run in our town today. Superman was the winning team for the third consecutive year, breaking his own race record by completing the 108km coarse  in just over 36 minutes. Unfortunately this year's race was marred by serious injury* to one skier who came off his skis just 100m short the finish line (further up river than our location). We noticed a news crew's drone being used to gain overhead camera footage this year, instead of a helicopter.

We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at the coast today to celebrate a family birthday. As the days warm up the beach with its cool breezes is even more appealing! I trust you are all enjoying the change of seasons, something I've come to appreciate more with each coming year.

*The skier, Jared Coey, sadly passed away in hospital two days later.


chica said...

Maravilhosas fotos e adorei as raízes da árvore floridas! bjs, chica, lindo dioa!

s.c said...

Wow,love your animal and egg shots. What a colorful world you live in.

Filip and Kristel said...

Great bird pictures, I am trying to practice with my 600mm lens and I find it very difficult.


Fun60 said...

Those flowers amongst the roots of the fig tree look so attractive.

SarahZ said...

Such lovely birds! I especially love the silver eye, exclaiming my greeting to him aloud! (Well Hello there!) lol! My birthday is in October and I cannot imagine it as a spring birthday...but it is a great month, either way, as the seasons change, isn't it?! :)

Rachaeldaisy said...

You take the most amazing photos!!

Julie said...

That bottle brush tree must seem like a feast to all those birds after winter. We have the spotted dove and silver eye/wax eye in my back yard in Auckland.

Susan said...

Looks like you live in paradise.

Michelle said...

The color, in all of these shots, is just impeccable.

Dirk Rosin said...

så fine fugl bilder ! resten er også flott :-)

Carla said...

I don't think I've ever seen such a big fig tree. It looks gorgeous. You must have an amazing camera. Your pictures are stunning. Those eggs. Very pretty. Must be a survival thing ; )

Brian Shepherd said...

Just a quick question, do you sell your photos?
I would like to get a copy of one that you have taken of our team.

Please feel free to email or call

Many Thanks

amanda said...

Beautiful shots, Karen! Your part of the world is so wonderfully colorful. :)

Preeti said...

Sad to hear that the skier passed away. Lovely pictures of your spring days!

Maria Glória said...

Olá Karen!
Cheguei aqui pelo blog da Chica, fincando raízes.
Encantada com as fotos. Só belezas, gostei de navegar aqui.
Um beijo!

Ana Freire said...

I come from Chica's blog, to find here a great blog with so many wonderful shots...
Great work!!!
We love Nature too, and photography. We are on
All the best! Kisses from Portugal!

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