The official Bureau of Meteorology figures for Observatory Hill, just across the harbour from us, showed 392 mm of rain fell for the four days ending 9 a.m. Monday, with wind gusts of up to 102 km/h. Some big branches fell, including this one which brought down power lines in Euroka Street, Waverton.
As I surveyed the scene, a Pied Currawong flew across the road with a freshly caught cicada in its beak. The bird glowered at me when I pointed the camera at it:
It quickly moved to hide behind a branch.
I moved in turn, just far enough to restore a partial view. The currawong glowered at me some more:
It then concentrated on polishing off the unfortunate cicada.
I carried on down to Waverton, where I saw a pair of Wood Ducks. They were quietly grazing on the old bowling green (which a couple of weeks ago would have been more aptly described as a bowling brown!)
Down at Berry’s Bay this young Silver Gull gazed wistfully through the windows of a mothballed floating restaurant, at the food cartons inside.
Overhead, a drone hovered:
There was a huge spider above me, which I eyed hopefully. However she wasn’t interested in the drone, preferring instead to concentrate on the cicada she had caught (it was turning out to be a bad day for cicadas!)
Below, an endless line of ants were racing up a bare stalk, and then racing down again – to what end I don’t know as the stalk was bare of anything they might eat or otherwise use. The old song about the Grand Old Duke of York came to mind….
Heading back up the hill I saw a male Blue-banded Bee visiting some lantana flowers:
The first Teddy Bear Bee I had seen in three months also touched down on a lantana flower, but quickly recoiled in disgust, so no photo. As I headed home, a Topknot Pigeon flew past.
There were several Brush Turkeys sitting in the fig tree at the top of the Lord St steps. This young one had a faraway look in its eye:
Another turkey dozed in a state of Buddha-like serenity. I wondered if it had been eating fermented figs:
Finally, this honey bee was enjoying the crepe myrtle in the sunshine: