A Slice of Evans, Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

 

Early morning bliss at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Early morning bliss at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Imagine waking up to this view in the morning. Pure bliss.

Sunrise over the river mouth at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sunrise over the river mouth at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Or if you prefer an ocean view?

Osprey enjoying the sunrise as much as I did at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Osprey enjoying the sunrise as much as I did at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I wonder if this osprey stared at the early morning sunlight as much as I did.

Osprey flying into the sunrise at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Osprey flying into the sunrise at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Before he flew into the sun.

Sunset date with a chick of a different kind  at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sunset date with a chick of a different kind at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Equally good are the sunsets with a different chick.

Elf waiting for Santa at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Elf waiting for Santa at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even elfs holiday here.

Seaside rodeo at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Seaside rodeo at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Evans Head is commonly known as the ‘Kyogle by the sea’. This is where outback charms meets ocean shores.

Happy faces all around at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Happy faces all around at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There is a very friendly vibe in the air all around the town.

Crossing Evans Head River at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Crossing Evans Head River at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Dolphins often swim in to Evan Head River at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Dolphins often swim in to Evan Head River at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The river flows to the sea past the break walls, where often dolphins are seen.

Evans Head River Bar on a calm day at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Evans Head River Bar on a calm day at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Crossing the bar of this river mouth can be treacherous and is not to be taken light-hearted.

Caution before crossing the bar at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Caution before crossing the bar at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Peaceful Charme at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Peaceful Charme at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Scratching or pointing? at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Scratching or pointing? at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But it’s the feathered kind that has taken most of my interest.

Hide and seek for nectar at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hide and seek for nectar at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

How can it not? They are literally all around me.

Pelicans flock at low tide at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pelicans flock at low tide at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Evans Head is a bird-watching paradise, which includes kookaburras and pelicans.

Corellas Show up in large numbers at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Corellas Show up in large numbers at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

All four most common and comical Australian parrots flock together in impressive numbers.

Social and colourful  un-distancing  at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Social and colourful un-distancing at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Is he still taking photos? at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Is he still taking photos? at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Where there’s fish, that’s where you find pelicans. The awards for most flexible neck goes to the pelican.

Zebra look from above at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Zebra look from above at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Neck-bending antics at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Neck-bending antics at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The ability to bend their neck into a painful-looking body posture keeps astonishing me.

Just awesome colour combinations at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Just awesome colour combinations at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The dark blue skies intensify early morning sunlight and combine well with the pelican’s black and white fluff.

 

True blue Ozzi icon at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

True blue Ozzi icon at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Priceless at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Priceless at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But their facial expressions, which are just priceless. Who needs an alarm clock for an early morning start.

On the lookout for mischief  at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

On the lookout for mischief at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Colourful awards for the lorikeets at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Colourful awards for the lorikeets at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The most colourful award goes to the rainbow lorikeet. Seeing those sun reflecting feathers in spectral colours is almost blinding.

Parrishing at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Parrishing at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Those colours are amazingly complimented by the flora around this parrot. 

Social bonding at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Social bonding at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And sometimes it’s just cute to watch them interact.

Croaking spectacle at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Croaking spectacle at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Surf life saver at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Surf life saver at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even a hierarchy appears to be established within this flock.

Too cute at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Too cute at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And yes, they are particularly cute to watch.

A rare glimpse of a black cockatoo at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A rare glimpse of a black cockatoo at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Too late again! at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Too late again! at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And out of focus!

‘Flaming Galah’ at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

‘Flaming Galah’ at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The glowing fire award goes to the ‘Flaming Galahs’. This is an old Australian expression and it’s clear to see its origin.

Glowing fireball at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Glowing fireball at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They really do look like they are on fire at sunset.

50 shades of pink at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

50 shades of pink at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Out of glowing sunshine, the Galah’s feather gown shimmers in different shades of pink, which is quite spectacular.

High rise nesting at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

High rise nesting at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

At least one pair made a home in an old telegraph pole, hatching the next generation.

Playground bullies at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Playground bullies at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They are a touch smaller than their white cousins and are sometimes bullied by their distant family members.

Top bunk nest at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Top bunk nest at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

An unusual photo at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

An unusual photo at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hawks and kites are seen soaring the skies, but they very hard to capture.

Hawk eye over Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hawk eye over Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This was a lucky shot.

A warm Welcome at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A warm Welcome at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

High Five at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

High Five at Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

 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. 

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