Sydney and the Botanic Gardens

Sydney and the Botanic Gardens

When:  October 2016                   Weather:  Cool 15C

Leica M240, Nikon P900

 

Sydney is the harbour and the harbour is Sydney….few cities in the world rival the vistas that present themselves to all visitors whether from the south or north shore…

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the opera house by night

On our last morning in Sydney, we headed to the Botanic Gardens, a place I’d birded before but always worth a second visit…

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the ubiquitous black headed ibis was seen everywhere…

 

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yellow wattled lapwing

 

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A noisy miner or honeyeater..

 

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dusky moorhen

 

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and then a noisy kookaburra made its appearance

 

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swooping, she picked up a lizard for breakfast

 

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a rather pretty bird though v common

 

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and then another kookaburra finds a different breakfast

 

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View from Mrs MacQuarie’s chair of the most recognisable building in the world with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background

 

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Right in front of Mrs Macquaries chair, this beautiful fellow peeked out…

 

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absolutely gorgeous rainbow lorikeet

 

This being spring, there was a lovely spring walk of flowers…..

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no need to go to Japan for sakura….they were blooming in sydney!

 

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white and pink cherry blossoms

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sweet scented Wisteria

 

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bottlebrush

 

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and walking back to our hotel at the end of a most enjoyable 2 hours, the contrast between nature and the city was stark.

 

If you have a couple of hours to spare, the Sydney BG is a great place to go!

 

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