Nature Walk

The following photos were taken over the past few days when I included the Botanic Gardens in my nature walk.

 

Oleander-leaved Protea

Oleander-leaved Protea
(Protea neriifolia)
White Form

 

Oleander-leaved Protea

Oleander-leaved Protea (Protea neriifolia) White Form

Bottle Brush Kunzea

Bottle Brush Kunzea
(Kunzea baxteri)

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Bottle Brush Kunzea
(Kunzea baxteri)

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River Wattle
(Acacia cognata)
Lime Magic, Mimosaceae

Camellia

Camellia

Camellia

Camellia

Camellia

Camellia

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Backyard Birds

Of all the birds that visit my backyard, the Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) would outnumber them all. During our recent bouts of bad weather, I have kept myself amused by pointing my lens towards these birds as they came to feed. It was a good opportunity to highlight the birds in their different plumages at different stages of immaturity.

Crimson Rosella

Adult Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Adult Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

In the above photo, this Juvenile/Immature Crimson Rosella was intent on protecting his place in the queue to gain access to the feeding bowl.

Crimson Rosella

Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

This pair of birds at the feeding bowl are almost, but not quite, at the same stage of immaturity.

Crimson Rosella

Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

Crimson Rosella

Immature Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

The above Crimson Rosella is almost at full adult plumage.

Crimson Rosella

Adult Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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Pied Cormorants

A pair of Pied Cormorants (Phalacrocorax varius) were basking in the sunshine at  Jawbone Reserve on a chilly winter’s day.

 

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Pied Cormorants
(Phalacrocorax varius)

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Paisley Challis Wetlands

The Paisley Challis Wetlands is one of five significant sites in Hobsons Bay that provide important habitat for a large number of migratory and resident shorebirds.

Created in 2003, by restructuring the Paisley and Challis stormwater drains to form a series of wetland tidal ponds. These ponds with reeds filter out the urban pollutants to provide valuable habitat for local flora and fauna.

 

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Tidal filtration pool – Supporting spoonbills and other waterbirds

 

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Royal Spoonbills roosting
(Platalea regia)

 

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Paisley Drain

 

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Paisley Drain – View from the footbridge

 

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Plaque

 

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White-faced Heron 
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
Paisley-Challis Wetlands

The White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) was well hidden behind that bush (above photo). I only saw it when it moved his head and, out of the corner of my eye, noticed its white face.

 

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White-faced Heron
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
With its catch at the Paisley-Challis Wetlands

 

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White-faced Heron
(Egretta novaehollandiae)
Enjoying its catch at the Paisley-Challis Wetlands

 

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A pair of Royal Spoonbills 
(Platalea regia) – in a tidal filtration pool

 

Pacific Black Duck

Pacific Black Ducks
(Anas superciliosa)
swimming in the Paisley Drain, Paisley Challis Wetlands

 

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Sign

 

 

 

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Fingal, Tasmania

After departing Avoca, we continued along the Esk Highway to another little town named Fingal.

It is believed that Fingal was named by Roderic O’Connor who, with John Helder Wedge, surveyed the area in 1824, after Fingal’s Cave in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

 

Fingal Post Office

Fingal Post Office – 1907

We stopped outside the Post Office and my first impression was our well kept it was – complete with a picket fence. White paint has a way of making things look fresh and this was no exception.

 

St Peters Anglican Church

St Peter’s Anglican – 1867

Dedicated in 1867, St Peter’s Anglican Church is the town’s oldest church.

The Old Fingal Hotel

The Old Hotel – 1844

The Fingal Hotel was originally licensed as the Talbot Arms in 1828. A two-story hotel was built in 1844.

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall

The two photographs above are believed to be of the Old Town Hall, built in the early 1900s. It is privately owned and has been placed on the market.

Our visit to Fingal was very brief. But I am hoping to return to this part of Tasmania for a longer stay. If I do, I will certainly explore this quaint little town further.

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Avoca, Tasmania

I have just returned from a quick trip to Tasmania. My wife and I stayed at a very nice hotel in Launceston and this was to be our base for our short visit to this part of Australia.

Undeterred by the rain, and accompanying dark grey conditions, we set off for our drive with the Bay of Fires our destination.

Our first stop was a little village about 80 kilometres from Launceston named Avoca situated on the banks of the South Esk River. Avoca has a rich history and still has some of its historic buildings.

St Thomas Anglican Church

St Thomas Anglican Church circa 1842

St Thomas Anglican Church

St Thomas Anglican Church circa 1842

In the above photo, I was fortunate that the sun made an appearance through the grey.

The Old School House

The Old School circa 1840

The Old School House

The Old School circa 1840

The old Avoca School was the first Catholic school in the Fingal Valley.

Parish Hall

Parish Hall circa 1850

Parish Hall

Parish Hall circa 1850

Now used as the Post Office, the Parish Hall was originally built as a storeroom for the local hotel. It was later sold, then donated to the Anglican Church.

Union Hotel

Union Hotel circa 1842

Union Hotel

Union Hotel circa 1842

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​Winter Solstice

Today, it is the Winter Solstice here in Australia. Depending on where one lives, there will be approximately nine and a half hours of daylight, making this the shortest day of the year.

Last year, I spent the Winter Solstice in Queensland, and the following photos were taken at Woodgate Beach where I was staying.

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach at dawn

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Sunrise at Woodgate Beach

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