Lane Cove River but in the opposite direction to yesterday. I had hoped there might be a circular walk but it was a case of 2.5 miles there, and 2.5 miles back.
A 'forester' I met early on the walk told me of a serious fire in 2007, the marks of which could still be seen, but of more interest was the possible location of a Powerful Owl the countries second largest. He had seen it personally on 5 of the past 7 days, and described in detail where I should look when arriving at the second boardwalk.
First bird on the scene was a pair of Mangrove Gerygone, with the only confusing species being geographically and by habitat, Brown Gerygone.
Very similar birds indeed, the latter having a 'white eye' whereas this bird looks to have dark or 'red' eyes as is the case with Mangrove. Either way it was only a Trip Tick and not a World Lifer, the name is pronounced Jar Rig Any and means 'Born of Sound'.
Things got altogether brighter when this male Variegated Fairy-wren popped out of a bush accompanied by
at least a dozen females confirming
that I had reached Fairyland?
Willy Wagtail is common across the continent
This gentleman, high on a balcony above the road, confirmed just how confiding Laughing Kookaburra can be as while feeding it by hand he was stroking its nape.
With a great deal of 'stealth', ' field-craft' and 'patience' (aka LUCK)
this smart Little Pied Cormorant was finally
shot for a few different angles.
Unfortunately, there wasn't even a 'sniff' of the Powerful Owl.
and "a Candy Coloured Clown they call the Sandman tiptoes through my room every night, just a touch of stardust and a whisper go to sleep, everything is alright" In Dreams - Roy Orbison.