Sulphur-crested cockatoos

Picture taken by my 11-year-old granddaughter.

Surveying the world from the branches of a Melaleuca quinquenervia, commonly known as the broad-leaved paperbark, are these Sulphur-crested cockatoos.
A common sight in suburbia on the central coast of New South Wales, the Sulphur-crested cockatoo is a large white parrot. It has a dark grey-black bill, a distinctive sulphur-yellow crest and a yellow wash on the underside of the wings. This is a noisy, conspicuous and highly intelligent cockatoo.  Its diet consists of berries, seeds, nuts and roots.
This beautiful 40 year old paperbark has grown to a medium-sized tree of about 20metres – large for the front garden of a suburban block. It has provided shade and amusement for the children who love climbing on the sturdy branches, swinging from an attached swing and writing messages on the peeling bark.

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Small native visitors

Eastern bearded dragons, miniature green tree frogs and dragonflies – these are just a few of the small visitors to our garden.
Here an eastern bearded dragon watches for insects in our vegetable garden and a small green tree frog is camouflaged amongst the rhubarb leaves and stems. This dragon fly with its large multifaceted eyes and two pairs of strong, transparent wings – which resemble a stained glass window – rests on our door.

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Koala hospital at Port Macquarie

The Koala hospital at Port Macquarie is located in the grounds of historic Roto House. They not only treat sick and injured koalas but are involved in research work into koala diseases.  This sleeping Koala is recovering in the hospital and as Koalas sleep during the day, it didn’t move as I approached his cage to take a photo.

Source: National Parks and Wildlife Service

Roto house at Port Macquarie Built in 1890, was home to John Flynn, a land surveyor and his family.  The house is  maintained by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and has been extensively repaired and furnished with much of the original items used in everyday life of the 1890’s. Well worth a visit, this 11 room weatherboard house constructed from local red mahogany was occupied by his family right up until 1979.
On a visit to Port Macquarie this summer, we were impressed with the historic house and the work of the Koala hospital.

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Pelicans at The Entrance

What amazing birds these pelicans are. White with black wings and a pink bill, they have been recorded as having the longest bill of any living bird.
Waiting at the boat-ramp near the fish cleaning table with  their eyes on the incoming boats, they are ever watchful for discarded fish and will catch any offerings with ease.
My grandson and I were lucky to be able to photograph these beautiful birds as they seemed to stand in formation, alert to any movement from the fishermen.

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Eastern Water Dragon

This eastern water dragon is the master of disguise as it blends into the colours of the rock and undergrowth.  Ever watchful, it flattened its body onto the rock and then would quickly disappear into our nearby garden pond when it sensed danger.

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Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog

The eastern dwarf tree frog (or eastern sedge-frog) is a small and very common species found on the east coast of Australia.  Usually found sheltering in shrubs and fern fronds, they only grow to about 25mm in length.  This cute little guy was photographed in our garden at Port Stephens.

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Grey tree frog

Hearing a loud croaking noise last night, we ventured outside to try and identify the source.  Switching on the spotlights, we saw this beautiful little grey tree frog sitting on the edge of our water bowl. It probably wasn’t happy with our presence but didn’t move as I took a few photos.

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Koala

The Australian bush has some unique flora and fauna. This Koala – one of many we encountered while living at Port Stephens – was photographed in a tree in our front garden. The Koala remained in the tree all day, giving us a great opportunity to take photographs.

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