Friday, December 30, 2011

Pengilly Scrub

I had a couple of hours free the other morning so I decided to go to Pengilly Scrub near Gawler. A fellow blogger has visited this spot a number of times and it looked very interesting.
I was only 2 minutes from home when I spotted this Great Egret. There were also a couple of Grey Teal at the pool.
On the way, I also saw this lone Galah. Always difficult to resist against a blue sky. There were lots of Red Wattlebirds chasing each other around.
At Pengilly, I heard an Owlet Nightjar from the gate, but couldn't find it. There were lots of birds calling. Rainbow Bee-eaters were plentiful, and whilst I was watching some, this Singing Honeyeater came so close I struggled to focus on him. There were White-browed Woodswallows everywhere, always lovely to see.
This flower was plentiful, but remains unidentified.
Finally, I noticed this White-plumed Honeyeater catching what looked like caterpillars, and banging them in a branch.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mount Lofty Botanical Garden

In the week, we popped up to Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens for a post Christmas walk and a picnic(Turkey sandwiches of course!). We walked around the lake and saw the usual ducks, including Pacific Blacks and Hardheads. On the walk we also passed this unusual sculpture, a memorial to the Canadian Armed Forces. There was an amazing array of Lillies around a small pond, and this bright red flower on a shrub near the carpark. Any help in identifying it would be appreciated

Friday, December 23, 2011

Skywatch Friday

Storm approaching, Point Lowly, South Australia

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lobethal - Christmas lights and the Christmas story

Last night we took Mum to Lobethal, in the Adelaide Hills, to see the Christmas lights. There as also a living Nativity that is performed each evening. Lobethal is well known for it's Christmas lights. Many of the houses are decorated with lights. Lobethal is only a small town and the roads quickly become deadlocked! Some houses are decorated completely, whilst other just have a few lights in the garden.Thanks for visiting my blog. Merry Christmas everybody.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Whyalla - Lighthouse and Storm

We were in Whyalla this weekend spending time with family. On Saturday morning we dodged showers and managed a couple of hours at Point Lowly, walking on the beach and admiring the Lighthouse. I spotted this Pacific Gull flying down the beach, only to return a couple of minutes later carrying a Blue Swimmer Crab. The evening was spent having a barbecue in the back yard, until we spotted this approaching storm cell. The sky became amazingly dark and then erupted with thunder, lightning and a massive hail storm. The road flooded completely as drains were overwhelmed, and hailstones up to 7cm (3 inches) across.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Skywatch Friday

Cranes at the site of the new Rundle Place Shopping Mall in Adelaide CBD

Friday, December 9, 2011

Skywatch Friday

Summer in Adelaide = Jacaranda