Friday, March 7, 2014

AUTUMN


The month of March heralds Autumn in Australia - 


Here in the tropics we see few falling golden leaves...


but don't think that will stop me posting these seasonal pics...


borrowed from the Canadian woods ..


I give you Autumn in Canada, scenes from around Ottawa..


where lives our dear daughter and two of the cutest little grandsons your heart could wish for..



DD sent these faux fall leaves last October..


In other news from the Natural World, I give you:


Cockatoo Vs Lorikeet: The Stand-off!

But the children did not play nicely...


It's war outside our breakfast nook!


and who won?
Look at those smug little faces...


Have a great weekend!

XXXXX





36 comments:

  1. I was thinking you have more seasonal colour than we do down here, I haven't seen any yet.

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    1. Aha, no seasonal colour here, just stole it from Canada!

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  2. So soon! It seems like yesterday you were welcoming summer! Lovely colours!

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    1. The seasons turn more quickly every year, as we were saying over dinner tonight. We try to enjoy every day to its fullest potential!

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  3. Hello Patricia:

    Although here in Europe we are on the threshold of spring, how wonderful to be reminded in this post of all the glories of autumn. But what attracts our attention most is the startlingly vivid plumage of the two cockatoos. They are simply beautiful.

    Jó hétvégét!

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    1. We are indeed fortunate to have the company of bright noisy birds every morning, all year round, as we live in the tropics! They are rather like pets without commitment.

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  4. What great photos. I can hardly believe the change in the leaves, having been in Australia just 4 weeks ago. I hope the somewhat more mellow weather is proving to be enjoyable. The birds are wonderful. We enjoyed sharing our breakfast times with them when we were in Western Australia. They were fed on the terrace of the lodge we stayed in in Pemberton.....and were just delightful. Jx

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    1. Hello Janice, I'm glad to read that you enjoyed breakfast with the birds while in Australia. We have much wonderful bird life, and they are fun to feed in the mornings. I'd like to know where they go for the rest of the day but they won't tell me :) x

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  5. I hope that the birds resolve their differences!!!!!! We don't want the feathers to fly!! xx

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    1. He he Amy, there was another fight this morning - honestly, they are worse than little children :) x

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  6. Autumn is lovely..It's cool enough to sleep! I see that your Lorikeets rule the roost on your verandah! Just as well, cockatoos can start chewing on timber railings. (This happened to a friend of mine.)

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    1. The lorikeets do rule the roost here, however the cockatoos manage to come at other times of day and start chewing. We are on our second wooden perch in a few years, as the first was chewed to the point of no return. At least it keeps them from eating the railings, I suppose. Autumn is absolutely my favourite season!

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  7. Your daughter lives in a place that is breathtakingly beautiful in the fall. I'm sure you are looking forward to your own fall after the summer of extreme heat you have just gone through!

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    1. Hi Kristie, yes it is beautiful around Ottawa and Quebec over the river. I am so looking forward to Autumn, my favourite season, which is starting to hint its coming. At least the maximum temps are down under 30, ie 29 deg for a few days. I cope much better.

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  8. Those autumn photos of Canada are beautiful and so are those two little guys! I know you are so looking forward to the cooler days ahead in Australia. Why can't birds just get along? I say that almost daily as I watch the jays, doves, cardinals and numerous others jockey over positions at the feeders!

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    1. Thank you Sanda, and you know how I love those little ones. Why indeed must the birds fight? There is plenty of seed for everyone. I am imagining your lovely birds - I have photographed the jays which are so pretty, but as you know, never a Cardinal. Perhaps you could tell the cardinals, from me, to play nicely and be polite?

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  9. We regularly watch outbreaks of 'beakicuffs' (birds not having fists!) at the feeders outside out dining room window between the Siskins and the Blue Tits, not to mentions the Great Tits and the Sparrows. And they all gang up on the Starlings. But the Siskins are the worst - they even fight each other!! But they're such pretty little birds. We also get Long Tailed Tits, Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatches and various Finches occasionally. It can get quite crowded at times - until they all vanish and hide when the Sparrowhawk arrives.
    Love your pictures, and your blogs.

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    1. Hello Helva, and welcome to my blog. I like the term 'beakicuffs' and it will probably be adopted round here! I am trying to guess where you live from the birds - at first I thought England, but then I saw Woodpeckers and I thought they were only in America. But a quick Google reveals European woodpeckers. Don't know the Sparrowhawk, but they seem to be all over the world. You have much birdlife to enjoy, and glad you enjoy the blog.

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  10. Beautiful pics Trish especially your cute Grandie there. Love the bird wars at your place. LOL! They are so entertaining. Thank goodness for cooler weather.

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    1. Hi Michelle, the Grandie is the older Canadian boy, taken during my 2011 visit when he was, in fact, much the age the little one is now. I loved watching him play in the Autumn leaves. Bird wars continued this morning - so loud we thought there was a snake out there, but No, just Naughtiness!

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  11. Great pictures of all the Autumn leaves in Canada. But those last pictures with all the snow are still stuck in my brain. Do your Cockatoos like almonds? They are too big for the Lorikeets, so they wouldn't fight over them. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank Beryl and yes, the snow is thick on ground where the little boys play right now. Interesting suggestion re almonds, but we will need a second feeder to try it, which might be fun. I can't help thinking that a lot of it is territorial and about winning, not about eating! Happy weekend to you too.

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  12. Patricia,
    I can't believe you get to see those colorful birds just right outside on your ledge. That must be a glorious sight. I only see the ordinary birds around here - the blue jay, robin. Every now and then I will see my beloved bird, the hummingbird. The cockatoo is another interesting bird that comes around your house. I love the picture of your grandson in the leaves. One of my favorite pictures is of Nel and Jess at my mom's house playing in the leaves. I still have that picture today.

    Enjoy your Autumn weekend. Your Autumn pictures are lovely.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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  13. Sheri, I love to see them play in the leaves because that is something we would not do around here - there is too much chance of ye olde snake hiding in the leaves! I think blue jays and robins are very pretty too, and have taken photos of them when travelling - but alas, have never seen the elusive red cardinal. It is still warm here but a nice cool breeze is blowing - lovely!

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    1. Patricia,
      The lady is in the upper left side of the picture. Her head is bent down, and has pretty eye lashes. Maybe you'll see it now. :~)

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  14. Lovely fall pics. I am sure fall in Canada must be breathtaking. The birds are funny, I love how you called it a stand-off because that's exactly how it looks.

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    1. Hi Jennifer, those birds are like two gunslingers lining up for a duel!
      Love a Canadian Fall..

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  15. Every time I see your seasonal pictures, I feel like having to stand on my head : March leading to fall...
    And those exotic birds we over here see in zoos in person.
    But yet I´d really wish to visit Australia some day. A dream.
    The pictures from Canada are more " realistic " for me, and I can stand up on my feet to look at them.
    Thank you so much for sharing !

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    1. Standing on your head!! Sorry to do this to you, Mette..
      The exotic birds thank you, and are behaving well today!
      I hope you come to visit Down Under, one day.

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  16. Beautiful Autumn photos Patricia..also of Canada.
    Your little grandchildren are growing fast.. you must miss them.
    Here we are moving towards spring. Its still cold. I cant wait to have some warmth on y body.
    love the cockatoo.. they are really going at it there. lots of fun in your garden.
    val xx

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    1. Hello Val, yes, I am missing the Canadian grandchildren; soon it will be a year since we visited them. The cold is lingering over there, isn't it. I hope you get some good Spring weather, very soon.
      Our garden: don't get me started on the wildlife. At the moment we have possums, fruit bats and bandicoots active at night - it can get noisy! Then the birds start in the morning, but I like them :) xx

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  17. It feels so strange to see Autumn when of course we are turning to spring. How exciting it must be to watch those colorful birds. They seem very exotic to me.

    Darla

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    1. The exotic birds are becoming quite conceited about their international reputation, Darla..:)

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  18. I saw a hummingbird for the first time last week in the windowbox outside my daughter's kitchen window. In Lima Peru. It was hovering around the geraniums.

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    1. Wow, I hope you took a photo, with geraniums. Sounds very pretty. How often do you get to write 'in Lima Peru'!! I'm impressed ...

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  19. Super photos, Patricia. I love the colours of autumn and it honestly hadn't occurred to me that these are something you who live in the tropics never experience. Still, you do have the most gloriously-coloured flowers and birds to make up for it. :-)

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