These large plovers (and they were previously known as "Spur-winged Plovers") are native across eastern and northern Australia. Usually found in pairs, they're not to be trifled with during the nesting season, when they attack like homing missiles should anyone approach their nesting area.
12 Mar 2019
Unfortunately my lack of Norwegian prevents me from translating this sign. I think it must have been the fences that prompted me to take this snowy image. :-)
HFF, have a great weekend everyone, and stay safe in this crazy period.
12 Mar 2019
Nearing Kirkenes on the Hurtigruten ship "Trollfjord" (since renamed), we passed through this area of thin sea ice. Best viewed large.
I have been prompted to post this image by seeing another from nearly the same position, but taken almost exactly a year later and posted on ipernity by Gudrun in the past few days.
On a nice day, why not? At the very least, and however the fishing may be, it's a good way for self-isolation. I had the camera's GPS turned on when taking this and was very pleased to see the location data showed here when the image was loaded. Anyway, here's the obvious musical link.
16 Mar 2020
When I took my drive through the National Park it was inspiring to see how forests, devastated by the recent fires, now are recovering so well. The main image shows new shoots on very charred eucalypt tree trunks. The first PiP shows the lower trunk of a large eucalypt, the second shows an Australian Tree fern (Alsophila australis) looking very healthy with new fronds. Taking the positive view of this (with the CV-19 in mind), it shows that better days will come again.
16 Mar 2020
Among the Gum Trees
Well, self-isolation doesn't necessarily mean sitting around at home, so I decided to visit our local National Park, where I was by myself among the gum trees (also PiP). As you ask, that's a Spotted Gum (Eucalyptus maculata) nearby on the left and a Grey Ironbark (Eucalyptus paniculata) to the right. Maybe best viewed large.
While you're visiting, here's a musical link.
This Laughing Kookaburra didn't wait for me to approach any closer, unfortunately, though viewing large does help. Second shot in a PiP, also with another I took and posted here back in 2013 (can't believe how the time has flown).
Here's the laughter of a happy kookaburra.
15 Mar 2020
Lily is here
A delight to find that the (very neglected) Belladonna Lily (Amaryllis) bulbs have come out in flower following recent rains. See also PiP.
Here's a musical link (with thanks to Ecobird, who also warns that this is an "earworm").
12 Jan 2003
I'm not able to do much photography lately, so this is from a dip into the archives - and my first digital camera. It shows a dam on our former rural property during what became known as the "Millenium Drought" which ran from about 1998 to 2009. The very minimal fence around the dam was needed to stop cattle entering and potentially becoming bogged. It worked well, helped by 10,000V and the cattle stayed out. HFF and best wishes for the weekend, everyone.