We enjoyed another very hot temperature with clear, pale blue, skies today.
In the garden bees laboured on rudbeckia;
Small White butterflies were ubiquitous;
sun produced X-ray images of such as hollyhocks and pelargoniums;
and cart wheels spoke to the low bark of the eucalyptus.
I wandered around for a while. As usual, titles may be found in the galleries.
Nugget flew at the closed utility room window while expressing his dissatisfaction with Jackie because she spent her time watering plants instead of digging up his breakfast. Bouncing onto the paving below he appeared to have recovered
enough to continue on his own chirpy way.
This afternoon we visited Shelly and Ron with birthday presents, just after Helen and Bill had arrived. We spent pleasant hour together, assisted with the crossword and accepted that we couldn’t put the world to rights.
Giles collected me early this evening for a birding session at the Milford on Sea hide.
As we left by the kitchen door, Nugget, perched on the patio rocker waved us on our way.
Such a hazy mist hung over Sturt Pond that visibility was somewhat shrouded. The Isle of Wight was quite invisible;
walkers on the spit and the bridge were given a nebulous quality.
A crow surveyed the scene from a wooden wire fence post.
We were joined in the hide by 8 year old Will Ryan and his parents.
I managed to identify the spread wings of a cormorant, but
I was at a loss to be sure about the redshank to which this engaging young man did his best to guide me. I may have one or two in this collection. Ornithologists among my readership may be kind enough to let me know. Bigification can be obtained from the gallery.
This evening Jackie and I dined on spicy pepperoni pizza and plentiful fresh salad.