A Sandy Beach Almanac

You've landed at Sandy Beach, NSW, Australia: Lat. -30.15331, Long. 153.19960, UT +10:00 – local map & zoom Google map. I live in a cabin on this beach, 25 kilometres north of the traffic and shops of Coffs Harbour, 600 km north of Sydney. My intention is to post observations of Nature and life within 1 km (1,000 paces) of my South Pacific home.


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Saturday, February 05, 2005

A pink and grey swoop

Big panorama; scroll rightA computer maintenance day today and pleased to say I have the old Esmeralda back and working better than ever thanks to Monsieur le Tuff, with thanks.

Plenty of kelp on the beach after the week's big weather. I was wandering back from the sand when a flock of noisy galahs swooped overhead. The galah (Cacatua roseicapilla) is another of Australia's many parrots, and its reputation for being not only squawky but also not very bright, gave rise to the Oz slang term for a fool. He's no fool in the reproductive department, though, as he is capable of breeeding with the White cockatoo.

Because of today's down time with Esmeralda, it will be another day that I write about one of Australia's favourite idiots, the beautiful pink and grey galah. Meanwhile, may I present you with a pleasant photograph?

Pictured: Sandy Beach panorama from Bare Bluff, February 4, 2005
(Click thumbnail to enlarge; big panorama; scroll right)


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