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austinville valley

  1. A better look

    A better look

    After we'd had our breakfast we had another, very slow, drive up the Austinville Valley. For a large part of it Hans walked ahead of the car, and we held back so our movement and noise wouldn't disturb anything. At one point he motioned for me to join him as he'd found this beauty up in the...
  2. Trapeze artiste

    Trapeze artiste

    We then drove back down the valley to head towards some of Hans and Judy's favourite places closer to town. Outside a farm house still in the valley, we came across a White-faced Heron balancing on the power lines. Just not a perch I was expecting for this species LOL
  3. Fruity


    We had a good look round while out of the car looking at the robin and spotted this Wompoo Fruit Dove high in the trees. My first of only two sightings of this large dove, both of them in the same valley but on different days. The only fruit dove I've seen! Fortunately the other picture was...
  4. Another b/w one

    Another b/w one

    ... well it is mostly white of course. We were making our way back down the Austinville valley and came to a pond which I'm told is called.... wait for it..... (cover your ears if you're sensitive);) Pisspot!!! I may upload a picture of it at some point. Anyway... there was an Australian...
  5. Fruit lover

    Fruit lover

    After breakfast we went (very slowly) up the Austinville Valley Road again. For quite a bit of it Hans walked ahead of the car so he could listen. Anyway we got to the top where Judy and I had a short wander into the forest. Suddenly she spotted a movement high up in a tree and managed to get...
  6. Pool


    There were some really pretty views on this road and this is one I've decided to show you as I rather like the reflections.
  7. Big guy

    Big guy

    This is the largest 'dove' I've ever seen! Hans spotted him high up in that tree. Awkwardly against the light, of course, so not the best image. Fortunately I saw another one a few days later and got a better picture. You never forget the first, though, do you.
  8. Creepy-crawly skyscraper

    Creepy-crawly skyscraper

    As we drove along the road up Austinville Valley, I spotted this huge termite mound. OK it's not so big as the 'magnetic' ones seen further north, but it was still big, and right beside the road too. I'd already seen quite a few and they still fascinated me, as we get nothing like this over here.
  9. Yellow climber

    Yellow climber

    After we'd sorted ourselves out and had lunch, we drove up the rather lovely Austinville Valley. Wasn't long before my first Lifer of the day appeared in this beautiful Eastern Yellow Robin.