Tomato Lake

An Unexpected Urban Oasis – June 2018

I can thoroughly recommend this unexpectedly lovely urban oasis in Perth – the unusually named Tomato Lake which is a haven for wetland birds, especially the Australian White Ibis – there is huge (and noisy!) colony in residence at close quarters to visitors so a great place for the keen photographer to visit. Dogs are allowed on leads too.

It is popular with families especially at weekends and it has a cafe with very reasonably priced drinks and food. This was our first visit but we will definitely return.

 

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Peppermint Grove Beach, nr Capel, WA

June 2018

It had been four years since we last went to Peppermint Grove Beach for a short holiday. We always used to go with our wonderful old dog Shadow but when she died, we just didn’t feel like going back there.

But we now have our gorgeous Millie and the time felt right to return to our old haunt and it was well worth the wait. Millie loved it as much as we expected she would and we all had a wonderful time. It is a perfect spot to see a wide variety of wildlife and when the weather gets in the way, there’s always a log fire and red wine!

 

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Canning River Regional Park

Sunday 30 September, 2017
We had such a lovely walk after discovering Canning River Regional Park for the first time last week, we decided to go again on a different walking trail. Spring flowers were in abundance so here are a few more to add to the collection from the week before. I apologise for my lack of botanical knowledge – I have no idea what the names of the flowers are!

 

Sunday 24 September, 2017
I have lived in Perth for eight and a half years, and visited Canning River Regional Park for the first time today. The weather for this long weekend was dismal, but Sunday started fairly bright and dry so we decided to risk it and took a 20 minute drive to check out this park on the advice of a friend. And we were not disappointed. It was lush and green from all the recent rainfall and many areas were saturated with water which in the summer months would probably be dry and baked hard. So we were lucky enough to see it at its best in terms of the wildlife that the conditions attracted.

We took Millie the dog (pictured below in the car, anxious to be let out to explore!); dogs are welcome on a lead and it was nice for her to enjoy different smells for a change, although this resulted in multiple stops for more sniffing opportunities! Canning River Cafe is welcome at the end of the walk for coffee/tea and cake. We timed our walk perfectly as it started to rain just as we got to the Cafe!

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You can read more about this park via the link at the bottom of the page.

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Magnificent colours of Nature

Here are a few more photos below of the lovely colourful lorikeets we have visit our birdbath regularly. I love watching them squabble between themselves for best position. These were taken in February 2017

 

When I took our dog Millie up the park for her morning walk recently I noticed a pair of Rainbow Lorikeets popping their heads out of a hollow in a tree. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, so every day since I have been taking it with me in the hope of seeing them again. For a few days nothing, but today – success – although only one went into the hollow today. I shall keep on trying and maybe I’ll be able to post a photo soon of both of them in their home together! They are quite a destructive and noisy bird, but beautiful nonetheless.

 

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Rainbow Lorikeet – Gibson Park, Fremantle

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Rainbow Parakeet, Gibson Park, Fremantle
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Rainbow Parakeet – Gibson Park, Fremantle

 

Birdbath Antics

I have a birdbath in our front garden and for a long time it was devoid of much birdlife (unless they always visited when I was at work). But suddenly they seemed to cotton on to the fact that there was an ample and regular supply of water available for the taking, and now we get quite a lot of bird life visiting, not least the beautiful but very noisy Rainbow Lorikeets. They are funny to watch as they disagree with each other and jostle for prime position.