The intention was to have a chilled day at home today. And chilled it was although some unexpected things happened. It rained most of the day which cooled things down but one could hardly call the weather cold!
Earl is not one to sit still for long so went off to take Sophie for a walk. There is a little creek nearby and he was soon back telling me to bring binoculars and camera as he’d heard a coucal. Before heading back he checked the bird book to see what the Australian version looked like. It is called a pheasant coucal and its head, neck and body are black while the feathers on wings and back are chestnut. The tail is very long. We didn’t spot it at first but then I saw it on the grassy river bank but it flew into the trees before I could snap him. I did, however, manage to get some other birds the highlight being the buff-banded rail The soldier bird is common enough but I liked this photo of him feeding upside down. Another first for us was a Koel – we got a poor photograph of the female. Later in the day I finally managed to get a few shots of the Rainbow Lorikeet.
Bruce, Kath and Ella arrived around lunch time and later Wayne and his three kids, Jack, Alexander and Adelaide. Tamara will be coming up later by train as she had to work on Christmas Eve.
We had a great time catching up and it was so good to meet the kids! They all came back again in for a light supper prepared by Colette – fantastic salads, ham and corned beef followed by Christmas pudding.
Tomorrow everyone will arrive after breakfast for present opening and then it will be off to The Club for Christmas Lunch. Have a great day everyone.