Thursday, October 19, 2017

Crested Grebe 2

The Australasian crested grebe.

Enter my mind
See through my eyes
Wear my feathered cap


Australasian Crested Grebe

The Australasian crested grebe is majestic and distinctive diving bird that is usually seen on the southern lakes of New Zealand where it breeds. It has a slender neck, sharp black bill and head with a distinctive black double crest and bright chestnut and black cheek frills, which it uses in its complex and bizarre mating displays. It is unusual for the way it carries its young on its back when swimming. The crested grebe belongs to an ancient order of diving water birds found on every continent in the world. They are rarely seen on land except when they clamber onto their nests on the lakeshore. The Australasian crested grebe occurs in New Zealand and Australia but it is threatened in both countries and the New Zealand population probably numbers fewer than 600 birds. ~ Bernard

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Beach Patrol

Beach patrol Geelong Aust.

Look sharp gents
Danger ever near by
Alert we be


The Geelong Bollards are painted wooden bollards representing over 100 historic Geelong characters, and are one of the main attractions for people visiting Geelong.
Located along the waterfront beaches from Limeburner's Point to Rippleside Park, the 100+ bollards are situated at 48 sites and consist of lifesavers, families, footballers, sailors, town bands, fishermen and more.
Artist Jan Mitchell was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong in 1995 to transform reclaimed timber pier pylons into these remarkable works of art.
Following the Bollard Trail, you will meet some of the unique characters who played a part in Geelong's history, from the original Indigenous inhabitants to more contemporary characters. ~ Bernard

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Punting on the Avon 2

Punting on the Avon. Christchurch.NZ

Steady as she goes
Dear ladies and gentle ones
Try not to rock the punt


Punting on the Avon River is an iconic Christchurch Attraction not to be missed. Depart from the historic Antigua Boat Shed landing where your Punter will guide you quietly past weeping willows, woodlands and the leafy banks of North Hagley Park along side the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. ~ Bernard

Monday, October 16, 2017

Temple


Our temple seems smaller
More down to earth
In the light of day


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Icy Strait Point

Icy Strait Point Alaska.

Beyond the pier
Clouds glower
Blue mountains get misty


Icy Strait Point is a privately owned tourist destination just outside the small village of Hoonah, Alaska. It is located on Chichagof Island and is named after the nearby Icy Strait. ~ Bernard

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Parekareka

Parekareka, the spotted shag. NZ

An S shaped neck
Depends on point of view
As seen from here


Parekareka, the spotted shag
Compared with typical cormorants, the spotted shag is a light-coloured bird. Its back is brown. Its belly is pale blue-grey (often appearing white), and the white continues up the sides of the neck and face, but the throat and the top of the head are dark blue-green. In the mating season, it has an obvious double crest. There is little sexual dimorphism.

Spotted shags feed at sea, often in substantial flocks, taking its prey from mid-water rather than the bottom. It is likely that pilchard and anchovy are important prey species. ~ Bernard

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bollards

Bollards Geelong Australia

Follow the leader
Lest ye go astray
Off the well trod path


A walk along the Geelong Bollards Trail always results in meeting some interesting characters.
The Geelong Bollards are painted wooden bollards representing over 100 historic Geelong characters, and are one of the main attractions for people visiting Geelong.
Located along the waterfront beaches from Limeburner's Point to Rippleside Park, the 100+ bollards are situated at 48 sites and consist of lifesavers, families, footballers, sailors, town bands, fishermen and more.
Artist Jan Mitchell was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong in 1995 to transform reclaimed timber pier pylons into these remarkable works of art.
Following the Bollard Trail, you will meet some of the unique characters who played a part in Geelong's history, from the original Indigenous inhabitants to more contemporary characters.
The Waterfront Geelong Bollards Trail is a one-way trail and is best started near the Geelong Botanic Gardens or at Rippleside Park. ~ Bernard