The skies changed from clearing, to grey, to a touch of sunshine, enough at least for a couple hours of walking. Enough time to take some snaps to share with you, a snippet of Aussie bushland, some with a rainforest flavour.
While there were plenty of birds in the area, they were never close enough to get a good photograph.
with bracken growing in the foreground
...and cabbage palms
The medium-small sized olive-green honeyeater, Bell Miners (Bell Birds), are very vocal in this area and melodiously so; they tink-tink very sharply (am not sure that's how it describes in the bird book though). Well now I'm wondering quite what they do say, hang on a minute .... well, their voice is described as a high-pitched 'ting' closely resembling a bell, quoted in my Reader's Digest Birds of Australia.
Whenever driving by an area where they abound you're likely to hear them even though the car windows may be wound up, reminding you, ah yes, bell-birds live around here, I remember hearing them another time I went by.
If you haven't heard a Bell Miner before, I did try a little video just to pick up the audio to share here. For the sole purpose of audio, here goes ...listen for the tink-tink-a-ting :)
by the look of these casuarinas (she-oaks), it wasn't just today that was windy in their lifetime
Eraring Power Stn (white towers) and the older defunct Wangi Power Station to the right, looking rather like a stately old building from this distance.
An opportunity here too, to add this wonderful poem found on rinklyrimes blog some time ago now.
Sharing with Outdoors Wednesday