I was at Randwick Environmental Centre watching a male koel carrying on in a banksia tree (they get a bit excited when there’s a cool change), when I spotted a Spotted Pardalote. At first, he (it was a he) was partly obscured by branches, but as I focused the camera he hopped nearer and struck up an “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr de Mille” pose:
He then gave me the right profile shot:
Followed by the right quarter, then the back view and so on round to his left profile:
And back to face on, as if to say “So, which is my best angle?”
Shortly afterwards he was called back to nest-building duties by Mrs Pardalote. As far as she was concerned, this was his best angle:
North Sydney – my home suburb – holds Sydney’s second largest CBD. However its parks and bushland areas, and those of neighbouring councils such as Willoughby, host a surprising variety of native flora and fauna. These bush areas are maintained by dedicated council staff, often working with local resident volunteers.