Sometimes on the way to your dream,

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sunday Selections # 214

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.
  Andrew often joins in too.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I have Birds.

These photos were taken in my previous home and neighbourhood,  in 2011 when my second digital camera was new and I was still working out zoom, etc. You may have seen these before.
on the TV antenna I left behind because there was already one here.

came home from work one 40C+ afternoon to find this youngster cooling off.

name this movie!

and again, name this different movie!
Why yes, I am a little crazy, why do you ask? (*~*)

crow (raven?) amongst the autumn leaves

crow on a fence. I remember trying to get closer, but every step I took had him hopping to another fence. this was fence #4

spot the bird.

rainbow lorikeets in the gum tree

always delighted to see these colourful characters

again, spot the bird. Same bush, but the sun was almost down.

he was singing his little heart out, calling all home for the night*.

I tried to catch him with his mouth open, but always clicked the shutter a millisecond too late.

** every evening one bird would start making calls as the sun went down. One call, then wait for a reply, a different call, then wait for another reply and so on until near dark when he would go home himself. The same routine would be repeated as the sun rose at dawn each day. I wish I'd had the video function worked out so you could hear it.


  1. Ooh, love the Lorikeets. We need some of those.

  2. You have such beautiful birds in Oz!!

  3. It's good to be crazy, River. Take my word for it...I should know...I'm speaking from experience! ;)

    Love the birds. My ever so friendly, fearless kookaburra came and sat on my hand again yesterday afternoon as I was throwing out the meat scraps for him and the rest of his feathered, carnivorous mates.

    I hope this coming week treats you kindly in every way. Cuddles to Angel and tell him I said not to nip you this time! :)

  4. I know one of the movies and I don't like to remember the first time I saw it. I would guess SA only has ravens, like Victoria. How to tell the difference? No idea.

  5. Love them. Too many birds is never enough.

  6. Great photos here, River.
    And one especially reminds me of Hitchcock's, the Birds...

    I too adore birds. We here in Australia are so fortunate to have so many delightful birds. Life would be empty without birdsong - at dawn, twilight and during the day... anytime really. Even the full moon has kookaburras, currawongs and magpies call out in the middle of the brightly lit night.

    I have made firm friends with a mama and papa magpie who bring their babes every season for a treats. Along with Currawongs, as well as all the beautifully bejewelled parrots.
    I am so grateful for them all! Money can't buy the joy of visits from wild birds.

    Since moving to Victoria, I have fallen in love with Blackbirds. There were none in W.A.
    From the moment I heard their call over here, I was utterly and forever smitten.
    I now recognise their song when I watch the odd BBC show on TV, when outdoor/country scenes are filmed.

    I'll even listen to The Beatles song, Blackbird, when I need a bird song fix :)

  7. Hi River,

    I can hear the birds singing in my head. Great photos and I'm raven over them :) Indeed, Alfred Hitchcock would of loved your photos.


  8. Birds of all sizes, shapes and colours are beautiful.
    We do have lorikeets in WA now. They are lovely but are taking over some of the habitats of our native birds which is a pity.
    Crow or raven? It seems if they have that little bit of fluffy feathers on their throat they are ravens, otherwise they are crows. We tend to still call them crows, whatever.
    We of course don't have blackbirds in WA (not allowed under law) but I did hear their call when in Victoria and NZ too I think and it is very wonderful to listen to.
    We don't seem to have so many birds visit our garden now possibly because of the dreadful suburban sprawl that is taking place south of the river. We do have magpies visit each breeding season and they bring their young year after year. There are honey eaters and willy wagtails (they've come back after many years absence) of course and occasionally you see flocks of cockatoes (black or white) fly overhead. I do miss seeing more birds.
    Thank you for sharing some delightful photographs.
    I remember that film The Birds but then birds don't frighten me so I didn't find it all THAT scary!! My eldest granddaughter would never bear to sit through it I am sure.

  9. joeh; I'm sure you have some colourful birds in your state, but you could visit Australia on the internet as much as you like to see our Lorikeets, our Rosellas, King Parrots etc.

    fishducky; we do! I heard a kookaburra this morning while watering in some new plantings, but too far away to see.

    Lee; I like being a little crazy, it keeps people on their toes.
    Angel and I are having a good week, just for a change.

    Andrew; Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, of course. The other movie is Bird on a Wire with Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. Ravens are slightly larger, but only a couple of cm. SA have crows too, (aren't we called the Crow-Eater state?)

    Elephant's Child; too many birds are no where near enough. I miss hearing the corellas and cockatoos here, now I only hear them flying over as they head to the parklands where there are still trees for them.

    Vicki; I knew everyone would think of The Birds. We only get birdsong here at dawn and twilight now, in the spring there will be more magpie carolling and warbling. I love their sound.
    My brother in Fremantle feeds magpies, whenever he is home (he travels for work), he takes mince or chopped steak to the local reserve at 4pm and there are two pairs of maggies that wait for him. when he is away, his partner V does the feeding if she remembers.

    klahanie; nice to see you back. I rave over ravens too, love them. as for birdsong, it's the most welcome part of the day.

    Mimsie; crows and ravens both have the fluffy throat feathers, but they are longer and spikier on ravens. There really isn't much difference between the two, crows are slightly smaller.
    I see willy wagtails occasionally in spring but honey eaters are rare around the flats. Plenty of magpies though and I love to hear them singing in the springtime.

  10. Birds! I love them all. We have some beautiful lorikeets and cockatoos living in our street but I'm just as fascinated by the sparrows and pigeons. Love those last two photos - very striking.

  11. Jackie K; I rarely see sparrows at this end of town. I see a few over in the western suburbs, and lots in Rundle Mall in the summer, hopping about getting crumbs from people.

  12. .. I love your Bird photos River.....I can never get enough of birds either... Hugs...Barb xxx

  13. SO pretty. And I've never seen a chainlink fence that dips like that. Lovely post! One of your best!