NSW

emu

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P1190831So far on my driving adventure I have driven 2800kms across two states.. yes Australia is a big country! It’s sometimes hard to be driving with half a thought for spotting birds or a scenic vista and by the time I pulled the truck over this female emu and her gaggle of offspring were well down the road, and unfortunately those cute chicks were now hidden by the shrubs. Emus are large flightless ground birds (ratites), standing 1.5 – 2 m tall, they love open country in unsettled areas. They feed on fruit, seeds and insects.

wonga pigeon

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P1190381 (1)We have resident Wonga Pigeons who while endearing do test the boundaries of civility with their early morning, daytime and dusk repetitive ‘woo-woo-woo’. They are a large slate grey pigeon with a white forehead and black spots on the flank. Quite common on the lower east coast of Australia.

pair of rosellas

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Eastern Rosellas are one of the prettiest small parrots where I live and this pair was one of three that were feeding on the eucalyptus gum outside my friends home on the far north coast of NSW Australia.

eastern rosella

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This cheeky Eastern Rosella was performing for the camera, giving a lovely view of its colourful under feathers.