Imagine waking up to this view in the morning. Pure bliss.
Or if you prefer an ocean view?
I wonder if this osprey stared at the early morning sunlight as much as I did.
Before he flew into the sun.
Equally good are the sunsets with a different chick.
Even elfs holiday here.
Evans Head is commonly known as the ‘Kyogle by the sea’. This is where outback charms meets ocean shores.
There is a very friendly vibe in the air all around the town.
Fishing is a popular past time by young and old. This healthy river system holds plenty of bream and flathead and other popular table fish.
The river flows to the sea past the break walls, where often dolphins are seen.
Crossing the bar of this river mouth can be treacherous and is not to be taken light-hearted.
The incoming swell can be a handful for experienced boaties.
I, therefore, haven’t been able to take Maniyak for a spin along the ocean shore yet. One day maybe.
This secluded seaside town has an incredible amount of wildlife to offer. Koalas and kangaroos live in this habitat too, but seem to prefer the surroundings of the woodlands and are rarely seen.
But it’s the feathered kind that has taken most of my interest.
How can it not? They are literally all around me.
Evans Head is a bird-watching paradise, which includes kookaburras and pelicans.
All four most common and comical Australian parrots flock together in impressive numbers.
And that is principally a colourful and at times hilarious spectacle to watch. I was able to glance a little closer into their private life with my camera in hand. They all have their little knicks and knacks, many cute impressions and a playful attitude. I, therefore, decided to hand out awards for the most characteristic looks and behaviour of these feathered entertainers.
Where there’s fish, that’s where you find pelicans. The awards for most flexible neck goes to the pelican.
These zebras of the sky show up in large numbers around Evans Head. Their cleaning habits on the light pole is not to be missed by any photographer.
The ability to bend their neck into a painful-looking body posture keeps astonishing me.
The dark blue skies intensify early morning sunlight and combine well with the pelican’s black and white fluff.
The kookaburra is a true Australian icon and featured in many of my previous posts. They will receive a comedy award. Not only for their iconic laughter.
But their facial expressions, which are just priceless. Who needs an alarm clock for an early morning start.
As many photos I have taken of these kingfisher family members already, there will be plenty more to come. Intriguing and cheeky birds without a doubt.
The most colourful award goes to the rainbow lorikeet. Seeing those sun reflecting feathers in spectral colours is almost blinding.
Those colours are amazingly complimented by the flora around this parrot.
And sometimes it’s just cute to watch them interact.
The award for strangest sound in the bird family goes to the Correllas. One can hear them from a mile away. They are very family oriented.
Even a hierarchy appears to be established within this flock.
And yes, they are particularly cute to watch.
The award for the most elusive parrot is the black cockatoo. Unlike up in Northern Queensland, these birds are extremely timid. Their calls are easily recognized. By then, they already moved on.
And out of focus!
The glowing fire award goes to the ‘Flaming Galahs’. This is an old Australian expression and it’s clear to see its origin.
They really do look like they are on fire at sunset.
Out of glowing sunshine, the Galah’s feather gown shimmers in different shades of pink, which is quite spectacular.
At least one pair made a home in an old telegraph pole, hatching the next generation.
They are a touch smaller than their white cousins and are sometimes bullied by their distant family members.
On the very same pole lives an osprey family. They have been breeding on this makeover pole for a number of years. That really is wonderful to see. Last year’s chick didn’t venture too far out from the nest whilst waiting for their parents to return. I presume, that there is even a younger family member in this nest.
Hawks and kites are seen soaring the skies, but they very hard to capture.
This was a lucky shot.
Evans Head and it’s friendly inhabitants has become some sort of a calming retreat for me during my work period at ‘Henry’s bakery’ in Lismore. An extremely busy and stressful work environment took me to the edge of my physical and mental abilities. It’s a great great place to wind down and recharge my batteries.
Just like a slice of heaven. High Five to that.
For my next few New South Wales posts, I will be going through my chicktionary here in Evans Head. There has been plenty of social un-distancing going on and I have many of photos to prove it.