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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:31 am

Spent the day with friends at a mate’s place on Towlers Bay:


Theme of the day, besides expensive wine: wild creaturesRainbow lorikeets and king parrots hung around on the balcony all afternoon, sometimes joined by magpies and a lone infant kookaburra. As the tide retreated, we walked the shoreline among thousands of tiny soldier crabs.

We’d returned to the balcony when a python appeared, about ten feet from us, dangling calmly from the roof. Pictures later.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/04/2007 at 06:38 AM
    1. Well, what do you know. Today, I too had a nature day on the Swan River, bobbing about in a big fancy boat, observing black swans, dolphins, blowfish and some other critters whose identity I’ve forgotten but they still probably made a cameo appearance in between draughts of expensive beer and somewhat expensive wine.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2007 02 04 at 06:46 AM • permalink


    1. Y’know Tim,

      if there is a god, this is where he lives.

      Where else would you want to be, but here, in Oz.

      So glad you had such a top weekend.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 02 04 at 06:50 AM • permalink


    1. No bay views but at least similar bird-life around my way.  And fortunately no pythons or the missus would want to move.  The king parrots are a bit skittish unless they’re gorging on berries in which case you can approach very close.  They don’t easily give up on a good branch-full of berries.

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 04 at 06:59 AM • permalink


    1. But. . but . .  this is an awful country, full of racists and oppression and poverty and disadvantaged people and Glowball Warmening deniers and peasants with McMansions who can actually afford cruises and really big4WDs, and eat at restaurants and . . . .and . . . .

      The useless no-hopers continue to vote John Howard in as PM time after time because it is so bloody awful here.

      I think I will move to Cuba because Australia is doomed. Phat Phil and Kruddy told me it is paradise over there, what with the free bandaids and Aspros and all.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 02 04 at 07:45 AM • permalink


    1. Dont go near any paddocks though, God does strange things to duck enthusiasts in paddocks…

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 02 04 at 07:49 AM • permalink


    1. Nature has seduced you Tim? Becoming a greenie?

      Posted by harryc on 2007 02 04 at 08:20 AM • permalink


    1. Most “greenies” have never ventured outside their urban city limits. When they do dare to venture outside, they are the ones who get lost on the trail and die of dehydration a quarter of a mile from the visitor center, try to pet grizzly bears, or use cell phones to call for help from the side of the mountain.

      Posted by nofixedabode on 2007 02 04 at 08:36 AM • permalink


    1. Glad you had a good day Tim. Certainly looks beautiful.

      #6, admiring nature makes one a greenie? What the?! I wish someone had told me before I moved into a beautiful forested area.

      I better call that real estate agent and really let her have it for not telling me!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 02 04 at 08:39 AM • permalink


    1. You are in denial Tim, do you realise how many acres of virgin rainforests in some third world counry had to be chopped down so you could drink expensive wine among the fleshpots of Towlers Bay? Shame!!

      PS The King Parrot looks like a dangerous greenie with red tendencies. And just about to bite the hand that is feeding it!

      No pandas?

      Posted by Rafe on 2007 02 04 at 08:43 AM • permalink


    1. Looks lovely!

      How’d all those wild animals taste? Was the Penfolds Grange a good pairing with grilled parrot?

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2007 02 04 at 08:55 AM • permalink


    1. I read the first sentence and presumed you were consuming wild animals.

      Was very disappointed to find that I was mistaken, and that there would be no recipes.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 02 04 at 09:25 AM • permalink


    1. Hope you walked through the National Park to Towlers Bay, Tim, rather than travel by a carbon emitting boat.
      We Skeeters lived for 20 years on the Peninsula and 10 of those years were devoted to boating in the Broken Bay area. Bliss.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 02 04 at 09:54 AM • permalink


    1. You mentioned all these birds, so I kept reading to find out how you grilled them. I was very disappointed.

      Posted by Don’t Bogart that Midget, Comrade! on 2007 02 04 at 10:15 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, crap, I missed #11. I abase myself.

      Posted by Don’t Bogart that Midget, Comrade! on 2007 02 04 at 10:16 AM • permalink


    1. Nice, Tim.  I hope you enjoyed yourself.  In the meantime, we here on the frozen side of the world are experiencing Fahrenheits in the single digits.  Just taking out the trash is about all the nature I can stand right now.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 04 at 10:23 AM • permalink


    1. Tim it sounds lovely there

      Here in the SW of Sydney at Chez Aussiemagpie we also had a back to nature day – clearing out the incredible numbers of redback spiders who had decided to set up residence here in the letterbox, under the back steps, around the side of the house near the tap, under the barbie

      Then we retired to have a wine or three – Chateau Cardboard, lovely vintage, while watching the cricket

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 02 04 at 10:54 AM • permalink


    1. Cool!  I’m looking forward to the pictures.  Those kookaburras are some funny lookin’ gangsta birds.

      Posted by reese on 2007 02 04 at 10:59 AM • permalink


    1. It’s a beautiful day in northern California (high 60’s; sorry, Rebecca), but, alas, I have nowhere to go to see all the lovely creatures (well, except maybe for that python) Tim and James describe. So that settles it–I’m on the next train for Oz!

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 02 04 at 01:06 PM • permalink


    1. I don’t know why you think we’d be impressed,Blair.  Not a great mountain or lake to be seen…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 02 04 at 01:33 PM • permalink


    1. Darnit.  At first glance, that title looked like it said something else.  I feel cheated.

      Posted by blogagog on 2007 02 04 at 03:33 PM • permalink


    1. #20

      Darnit.  At first glance, that title looked like it said something else.  I feel cheated.

      For the sort of observation you were anticipating, you need to frequent Marieke Hardy’s blog. Tell her she reminds you of mangoes…

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 02 04 at 05:16 PM • permalink


    1. Now that Blair is “working for a living” and “having weekends away” it appears he just doesn’t care about us anymore.

      Anytime you think the time is right for a military takeover, Andrea, just say the word.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 04 at 05:55 PM • permalink


    1. You hippy.

      Posted by Tony.T.Teacher on 2007 02 04 at 07:51 PM • permalink


    1. Actually, I think this post might be another one of these coded sex talk things…

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 02 04 at 10:58 PM • permalink


    1. I dunno, Timbo, I think there may be trouble looming in paradise.

      That solar flare in the top left corner wouldn’t have been there but for global worming ….

      Posted by BIWOZ on 2007 02 04 at 11:14 PM • permalink


    1. #6 harryc, the best way to piss the greenies off is to feed the wild birds.  It makes them “dependent” on humans….

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 02 04 at 11:53 PM • permalink


    1. At Agnes Waters north of Bundaberg, we were entertained by the pavarotti of song birds, namely the black and white Pied butcherbird.
      perched on the back of a chair on the deck, he entertained us for a full twenty minutes with a range of dozens of different songs and even an improvisation on the growls of the local house dogs. we all clapped at the end and rewarded him with thin slices of cheddar cheese which were fed to his chick.

      Pied Pavarotti

      This song as beautiful as it is, is a mere fraction of the performance we were treated to last week.

      Posted by davo on 2007 02 05 at 12:06 AM • permalink


    1. #16- you certainly have some venemous and irritable wildlife in SW Sydney- a good regular spraying is essential to keep the numbers down.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 02 05 at 02:56 AM • permalink


    1. Sorry… this is no longer known as Towlers Bay.

      Official name is Morning Bay.

      (ps: fantastic spot. If anyone wants to stay there, there’s a YHA not far from where the above photo was taken)

      Posted by duncanm on 2007 02 05 at 05:20 AM • permalink


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