A Walk on the Wild Side & an unexpected gift

Actually the title should probably be “Animal Quackers” ‘cos there are a few birds in these shots (surprise, surprise haha).  We survived a day at Healesville Sanctuary yesterday in the sweltering heat (38C), although we were exhausted by the end of the day.  We finished the day off with a quick stop at Emerald Lake Park, but we were so tired from the heat by then we just took a couple of duck photos and left again.  Anyway, we thought we’d share a couple of our favourite shots of the local wildlife from yesterday … makes a change from stitching 😉 (all the piccies are clickable for bigger versions)

 
An Aussie wildlife park just wouldn’t be the same without a Wallaby or two!


A Lace Monitor – he chose the time of our visit to clamber around, so it was hard to get a photo of him sitting still … but I love the pose in this one!


The pelicans reminded me of a holiday in Greece – two were casually walking among the visitors … I went a bit pelican-mad photo-wise, so I’ve just chosen one to share.


A male Lyrebird – first time I’ve managed to catch sight of one – the last time I visited I couldn’t find him in the aviary!


A Kookaburra taken through fine mesh wiring, so it came out really well considering … I really love this shot.


I’m not sure what type of duck this one is but she’s cute!


Awwww, I just love this one – my favourite type of all ducks, she’s just beautiful!!

Today we braved the elements outdoors for a shorter period of time and just walked up to the local Video Ezy store to pick up a few DVD’s to watch – even with just an hour in this heat and we were ready to retire in front of the electric fan for the afternoon.  I had an unexpected birthday gift left by my apartment on our return, though … it decided to give me a piece of the architraving – such a generous gift, but I really wish it hadn’t!  So tomorrow will be spent giving my real estate agent a kick in the pants, as well as phoning the landlord directly because the agent is doing sod all about these cracks … I took a few other piccies as well of cracks that are worsening, but I won’t bore you with those.  I will, however, share the lovely birthday gift we came home to … or at least where it “used to be” 😦

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14 thoughts on “A Walk on the Wild Side & an unexpected gift

  1. Your animal pics turned out fantastic. I love Healesville. Haven’t been there for years but am planning a visit this autumn. When it cools down a bit. I think you’re brave going in this horrid heat. We’ve been camped indoors for days. (sigh)
    I’ve read a lot of homes are having trouble with cracking due to the big dry we’re having. (double sigh). We’ve been lucky so far. Good luck with getting ’em fixed. ;o)

  2. Love the photos – they’re great 🙂 Glad you had a great day 🙂

    It’s high time you moved before that apartment collapses on you! Crossed fingers for you 🙂

  3. Anne, I do hope you get some results soon from your landlord/letting agent. They surely must have a legal obligation to keep your flat in good repair. Keep us posted {{{hugs}}}

    Great wildlife pictures – it looks like you had a fun time! 😀

  4. Gorgeous photos, Anne! But wow, what an awful day weatherwise…Saw your post on Sharon’s blog – we had Ken’s Mum & Co. over here for her 94th birthday yesterday, so it wouldn’t have been the ideal day to drop in. But if you had called me this morning, you both could have spent the day here in airconditioned comfort! We stayed indoors all day, and I did a bit of my Indian Chief, much to Ken’s delight.

  5. Great shots of all the birds and animals, Anne! Can’t wait till you get out of that apartment that’s falling down all around you! Scary stuff!

  6. Girl, you have GOT to get out of that place before it falls down around you. Wait… that’s already happening. 😉 I hope that you have been able to get someone to take it seriously by now.

    I love all of the photos. I didn’t realize that a Kookaburra was a bird, but I guess that I had never thought about it that much. 🙂 I LOVE the picture of the duck! She’s so pretty and I thought that her teal blue bill that matches her flashy feathers was too cool.

  7. Hi,
    I live in Healesville and am very pleased you gave our animals a great tourist rating!
    My own house is falling apart, with the drought and termites!
    I am so lucky where I live.. I have kookaburras waking me up at the first ray of sunshine….(grrrrrr, nice guys, but bloody noisy!) I hand feed parrots from my balcony, and those ducks you saw, often come into my pond for a cool off!
    Loved the pics.
    Best wishes.

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