16 August 2014

more from the Central Coast lagoons, and beyond

Continuing on from yesterday's post and by now, the morning that had started out grey and threatening rain, is starting to brighten up with some welcome sunshine.

Black Cormorants


Do you know what it is flying overhead?  I can't be sure, so I'm not saying.  
There were a number of Darters taking time out in these Casuarinas.

Late addition:  Thanks for Christian Perrin's comment "I think the raptor is a Whistling Kite judging from the silhouette and habitat. The long, unforked tail is another indicator".

up the timber and gravel steps, takes you over to the Captain Cook Lookout

walking by one of many hundreds of Wattle species growing around Australia; our national floral emblem.

and Hardenbergia too - sometimes known as Happy Wanderer

lots of Silver Gulls down there.  Then it was off again to another spot to have lunch.

Dusky Moorhen was there

and Mallards, lots of them.  A little bit of bling to sign off with.

Sharing with Saturday's Critters


Christian Perrin said...

Haha! Mallard bling! I like :)

I think the raptor is a Whistling Kite judging from the silhouette and habitat. The long, unforked tail is another indicator.

I love that you've got the Hardenbergia here - I only just saw my first specimen last week and was thrilled! I'll be featuring it on my end-of-month round up, but my local guide books give it the common name of Native Sarsaparilla. I think I like Happy Wanderer better!

Carole M. said...

glad you had the answer for me Christian; thanks for that. Have added it to the post now, compliments to you.

eileeninmd said...

Carole, what a lovely series of photos. The birds are awesome, neat sighting of the Kite.. And I love your Mallard Bling.. Thank you for sharing your post with Saturday's Critters. Have a happy weekend!

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never seen a kite in my wanderings! Ha! Those mallards sure do get around. They are good-looking birds, aren't they?

Phil Slade said...

Christian would definitely know the raptor, and no good asking me here in the UK Carole.I did know the Mallard though - looks very familiar. You have a very eclectic mix today - nice pictures indeed.

John's Island said...

Interesting photos and location. Also a cool choice for blog name ... "snap happy" ... very nice. Like your camera as well ... I use a Sony RX100 and have been impressed with the results. Thanks for sharing.

Brian King said...

Beautiful country! I like the photos of the gulls from above!

Unknown said...

Wonderful birds! I love your mallard bling. They're handsome birds.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful shots! love the look down to the waters and the swirling birds!

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

About the only thing I could identify is the mallard, but you already had that.

Anonymous said...

Many wonderful sightings.
Beautiful image of the white gulls against that blue water.

Anonymous said...

So many beautifully composed photos for sharing on Saturday Critters!

orchid0324 said...

Wow; you have many kinds of beautiful birds around you♡♡♡
Happy for you that your friend found the answer for the raptor. I could find mine (flower) also. I'm thanking for blogging :-)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Lovely series of photos.The group formations in shot 7 are beautiful.

Enjoy your day!

Laura said...

Your photos are always a treat! Beautiful shots of birds, land and sea! Not to take away from the amazing birds, but i love the shots of the sea--can imagine being right there! Thanks!

betty-NZ said...

What fabulous scenery! Love all of it a lot!

Gail Dixon said...

Lovely shots! I really love the ones of the silver gulls. So graceful and beautiful.

Wally Jones said...

Terrific post, Carole!

I can feel the wind and smell the salt air from here. Beautiful birds and blooms!

(Sorry to have been absent, lately. Vacation.)

Helma said...

Lovely to see the Pelicans but also the flying bird of prey.
Your photo collages are also very nice with the seagulls. Cormorants, moorhens and mallards. Also your photos of Acacia and Hardenbergia you nicely put in the picture.