Our local park was flooded the other day, due to heavy rain, it is quite unusual for Western Australia at this time of year. So instead of running around on the grass, you just have to paddle around in the water & have fun.
The crested pigeon is a bird found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. It is the only member of the genus Ocyphaps. There are only two Australian pigeon species that possess an erect crest, being the crested pigeon and the spinifex pigeon. The crested pigeon is the larger of the two species. The crested pigeon is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a topknot pigeon, however the topknot pigeon, or Lopholaimus antarcticus is a different species altogether, and has a red-brown crest that does not stand erect
While out today I managed to spot these two gorgeous native Western Australian Birds. Lucky I had my camera with me.
The Western Rosella (Platycercus Icterotis)
The Western Rosella is the smallest rosella and is usually seen in pairs or small parties. However, it is quiet and easily overlooked. The head neck and under body of males are mostly red, while those of females and juveniles are mottled red. The cheek patch is yellow or cream. The two subspecies may interbreed, with varying colour on the back. The flight is light and fluttery and less undulating than in other rosella species. This species is also known as the Yellow-cheeked or Stanley Rosella. Western Rosellas may damage fruit in orchards and were earlier killed as vermin. They are now protected from destruction, except with a special licence. They are possibly declining in the wheat belt from loss of woodland.
Twenty Eight Parrot (Australian Ringneck) (Barnardius Zonarius Psittacidae)
There are several different forms of the Australian Ringneck across its range and each appears slightly different, but they all have one feature in common — a yellow collar which stretches across the bird’s hind neck. Aside from appearing different from one another, birds of the different populations also sound different, with pronounced regional variation. For example, the subspecies in Western Australia is often referred to as the ‘Twenty-eight Parrot’ because its contact call is usually rendered as twenty-eight, with the call (and the name) is unknown in other parts of Australia.
Often known as a “poor man’s rose”, the lisianthus is a truly beautiful flower for cutting and for garden appeal. As an annual, lisianthus blooms just one season, although some gardeners in very warm climates have had success in coaxing annuals to bloom again. Experiment, if you live in a warm area, and you may get several seasons of beautiful blooms!
Lisianthus comes in a wide variety of colours, although purple, pink and white are the most common. Stunning varieties which include colour borders are readily available; these make striking bouquets or focal points for your garden. This compact flower (plants range from 15 to 70 centimetres) looks very much like a rose, although some varieties are distinctly different. Leaves are elongated, somewhat resembling those of a tulip.
“CHARLIE” was found in a cardboard box with his sister Loala, at the end of a street. Dumped, not wanted. They were about 6 weeks old. They were both taken in by a loving family, given food, shelter & lots of love. He was hit by a car at about 18 months old and had to have major surgery to fix a broken pelvis, he survived & grew strong. He is now 4 years old & an incredible boy, loving with an immense personality.
Unfortunately so many kittens ( & puppies) are dumped, disposed of in numerous ways or killed unnecessarily, it breaks my heart. If only the human race would take more responsibly & have more compassion for everything other than themselves.
We then may live in a better world.