ON THE ROAD — The Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) is a bird of rainforests, palm forests, dense gullies, clearings, and parks and gardens from Cairns south along the East Coast. With the temperature hitting 37 degrees Celsius in Melbourne today this pair came to sit out the heat of the day in a gazebo in Hurstbridge.
My daughter-in-law Jan Strugnell was out for a run when she came across this female Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) enjoying a feast. So obsessed with dining was this bird that Jan was able to come up to two metres away to take this shot.
Jan Strugnell with one of the more enigmatic of house rules at the Fairfield Boathouse and Tea Gardens. The building dates from 1908 and original signs have been included in the restoration. “Temperance drinks” such as lemonade, ginger beer and fruit vinegar drinks are signed on offer. Various indoor and outdoor distractions were once available including croquet and a nineteenth century variation called martelle. Happy Birthday Jan!