Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth


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photo by Gabrielle Bryden

We have been blessed to have Brolgas visit us recently – they are one of Australia’s largest flying birds standing about 1 metre tall and a wingspan of up to 2.4 metres. It’s a bit like watching an emu fly – which would be very strange 🤔


Brolgas in the sun,

watching with admiration

the wings of angels

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo visit our town every year for a few months in summer.

It’s Autumn now (though you would hardly have known it until a couple of days ago – average temperature of about 26 degrees celcius in the middle of the day – it is just starting to cool down at night now). Now these beautiful cockatoos have gone elsewhere – if you know whereabouts, tell me 🙂

Here are some photos Andrew took a couple of months back. These birds are very smart and not too keen on humans (for good reason), so getting  a close-up shot is very difficult and those super duper lens are way too expensive 😦

Photos by Andrew Bryden 2010

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

Photo by Andrew Bryden

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo

black wings beating in the heat
flourish of red tail
dancing the flamenco
flashes of hot red fervour
sweeping the heavens
Spanish dancer on fire
tempo building with the heat
faster and louder
flamboyant scarlet finale



We have been fortunate to have a flock of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos hanging around in front of our house, the last week or so. They come in the morning to eat the seeds/nuts (or are they fruits) from the casuarina trees along the beach. They are very smart so getting a good photo is a bit difficult, as they see you coming and take flight. Again Andrew has taken a great photo – he was scouting about with Michael and they both got fine shots.



Love the Pelican and we spotted a group of about six at the local estuary last week. Tessa looks like a budding marine biologist (no pressure there girl – haha – that’s what I wanted to be when I left school).

who is studying who!
you lookin' at me kid
this is my good side
What do you call a group of pelicans?


Swanning around Lake Alford

Swanning around Lake Alford

Tessa and I were in the Australian country town of Gympie the other day and stopped at beautiful Lake Alford. We were delighted to find two adult Black Swans with their adorable babies (cygnets). Apparently, going by the info in the sign, the Black Swan is the only black swan in the world and Australia only has black swans (bit of a tongue twister – haha).

Here are some photos.

Don’t know how old that sign is.


Swanning in formation.

Spring relaxation.

Good to see shared parenting.

They came running up to us when they got out of the water.

I was looking down at my camera and when I looked up this big swan was a foot from my face – bit scary that!

The swan is such an elegant bird.

Tessa and I both love red! This is Tessa having a chat with some sort of duck.

This is not a swan!