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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Brother, Sister, Brother + Partners, At The Rocks. 19th August

We met at Jetty 4, Circular Quay, and headed (food) straight to (food) Caminetto (food) Italian Restaurant (food).   
After (food) lunch we started our walk around The Rocks, Millers Point, Walsh Bay, Bangaroo and back to the Quay and onto our trains back home. A pleasant and informative 6 km walk was had by all. 

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Pacific Explorer, Sydney.

4 legged busker, Circular Quay.

Pigeon Man

ActionAid Australia. Helping women and girls fight to end poverty and injustice.

Box Brownie moment.  1890's at the Former Rocks Police Station.


From Bunker's Hill, Gloucester Walk. Metcalfe Bond Stores, constructed: 1912-1916.
 Bell tower of The Australian Steam Navigation Building, constructed in 1884.

Pacific Explorer in Sydney.

The Sirius Building, designed in 1978-1979 by architect Tao Gofers.

The Sirius Building, designed in 1978-1979 by architect Tao Gofers.

'Nothingness' by artist Will Coles.  
The dove on Hicksons Steps, Dawes Point / Pier One.

A barrier / trap to stop rats climbing the sandstone wall at Hicksons Steps, Dawes Point.

Walsh Bay

'Bower' by Cave Urban at Barangaroo.

Don't destroy Miller's Point.

Don't destroy Miller's Point.

One International Towers at Watermans Quay and Barangaroo.

Argyle Lane.

Please, let me out, Argyle Lane.

Argyle Lane.

'Stop the theft  -  Save Millers Point'      
  High St, Millers Point.

High St, Millers Point.

High St, Millers Point.

High St, Millers Point.

Barangaroo to ANZAC Bridge.

'Older Women's Network'  
  I'm not saying anything.  Lower Fort St.

'I Came, I Saw....I Sold It Off '
Then NSW Premier, Mike Baird  (things haven'y changed).

Paint some colour in your world.  3 Cambridge St, The Rocks.

On tour in Cambridge St, The Rocks.
                  Cambridge St, The Rocks.           (PbL)

Over the back fence, Cambridge St, The Rocks.

‘Cumberland / Gloucester Streets Archaeological Site’, also known as ‘The Big Dig’.

From Gloucester St, The Rocks.

From Gloucester St, The Rocks.

Gloucester St, The Rocks.

Gloucester St.

View from Longs Lane, The Rocks.

Lamp in Longs Lane.
See the dragon fly?

The Quay from inside the  Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Sea-horse circled.

The Pacific Explorer prepares to leave Sydney.

The Pacific Explorer leaving Sydney.

The Pacific Explorer leaving Sydney.

Quay Souls

"Let's see if he blinks"

Silence is broken.

Camera:  Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Few Days Birdwatching - Warren & Macquarie Marshes 4th - 7th May 2017

Friends, Irwyn and Rosemary, were on their way back to Mudgee after a bird-watching / kayaking trip to south-western NSW and northern Victoria and I suggested we could meet at Warren and do a little more birding back to Mudgee.
We met late Thursday afternoon at the Macquarie Caravan Park Warren, where, once again I spent the night in the back of the Forester. The next morning, after birding the wetlands, we drove to Willie Retreat, a sheep property that backs onto the Macquarie Marshes, stopping a few time to add to the bird-list. The afternoon walk at Willie Camp gave us 27 species, see list . 
After breakfast we head off to, check out firstly the marshes, then the drive back to Mudgee via Quambone and Gulargambone.  
We arrive in Mudgee after dark at Irwyn and Rosemary's place, where I get to sleep on a bed. The next morning, Sunday, I leave for home..........a nice few days in the Central West of NSW.  

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Thursday 4th

Welcome to the field. I came in on the backroad.
Seeding is dusty work.

Sunset at Macquarie Caravan Park, Warren.

Friday 5th

Sunrise at Macquarie Caravan Park, Warren.

Up with the birds (Galahs).

Have to keep records.

Warren Wetlands
Two Emus.

Cotton growing on the way to Macquarie Marshes.

One of my favourite trees, Leopardwood.

Welcome to Willie Retreat, Macquarie Marshes.

The community / group's facilities.

It's hard to keep a garden going out here.

It found it strange that they had this Parramatta
(where I live close to Sydney) Bird Life poster up on the wall.
A local, re-decorated.

Tap collection.

Most of the birds were found here near water (out of sight).

Over there, near the fence post.

Off to find some more water.

Long shadow in the afternoon sun.

A nice time of day.

Doing it the easy way.

Red Dog welcomes us back to camp.................

.........so does this escorting Emu.

Emu and friend.


Saturday 6th

Sunrise at Willie Retreat.

A spot to watch the sun come up.

Our accommodation, Irwyn and Rosemary on the left, my executive room on the right.

Leaving for the marshes and Mudgee.

'Please Shut the Gate  --  Buckle-up in the bush'
'Beware of the Goat, Kangaroo, Emu & Pig'
We didn't see the goat.

Female Red Kangaroos and young.
Checking out the Macquarie River.

About as good as it gets.

Macquarie Marshes.

Rosemary goes in to check the water depth.

This could have been a Broad-shelled Turtle.

Dust to flood

Sheep shearing shed.

Macquarie Marshes Observation Platform. There wasn't much here.

A nice way to travel....the van is ok as well.

Black-shouldered Kite

Seen better days.

The 'Purple' house, Quambone.

Two eight two eight, Gulargambone, a good spot for a coffee.

'Gulargambone, Flying Ahead'       It may have been once.

'Post Office Gulargambone'.
 Like many of the disappearing country towns in NSW.

Gulargambone home.

Old fruit shop, Gulargambone.

The road home.

The road home.

Rail crossing on the road home.

We even passed Neptune on the way.

Royal Hotel, Dunedoo.

Hotel Dunedoo.

It's hard to get a sunset shot and drive at the same time.

Galah at Gulargambone, the brown thing at Dunedoo and the others tell their own story.

Sunday 7th, going home.

Green and gold, between Mudgee and Lithgow.

Camera:  Canon PowerShot SX60 HS