Here I go again, proud as punch of - no, not the photos - ,
but the five mile hike around Griffiths Island off Port Fairy,
Victoria, Australia! With two bionic heart valves and legs almost
3/4 of a century old, this old girl made it all the way along paths
and beaches, hills and dales . . .
there. At the beginning of the trail, a dripping Pied Cormorant,
Phalacrocorax varius, you guessed it, a shag on a rock.
Australian Raven, Corvus coronoides, swooping on the unwary
Mutton Bird or Shearwater.
now it is open season for foxes and crows to help themselves
to free take-aways.
These two were obviously enjoying their lunch
Heron, Egretta novaehollaniae, I just managed to click, sorry
about the blurring, he was close and fast but oh so beautiful
with his deep blue flight feathers.
A pair of South Island Oyster Catchers, Haematopus finschi,
one of whom unfortunately had a limp so I resisted going any
virescens, were having a slight altercation
Ocean and tried to get our boots and socks on without additional
very fine sand.
clambering among the lava rocks,
500 yds to our starting point.
I know this was a long post but hope I did not bore you too much.
Who knows when I will have another chance to post. I miss you all
so much and look forward to signs of life from my fellow bloggers.
All pics. enlarge and I hope to be visiting you all again when I
am back on my own connection.
We are in Melbourne at present and I have a backlog of more than 1,000
With thanks to the co-ordinators of all three memes . . . your faithful foreign correspondent.