Sunday, June 24, 2012

Woy Woy

Woy Woy is probably best know for its most famous visitor, Spike Milligan, whose family moved to Woy Woy in the 1950s. Milligan apparently quipped “Woy it is called Woy Woy oy’ll never know” and tourists delight in repeating the phrase to anyone they catch standing still. Milligan also said that Woy Woy was "the largest above ground cemetery in the world" but that is less often repeated. My interest was sparked by the fact that from Woy Woy you can look onto Ramsay Island to see the local Pelican rookery, and watch the courtship rituals on the water.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blackalls Bay





Made the most of the sunshine yesterday to visit Burge Road reserve, Blackalls Bay, Woy Woy from where you can look out to Ramsay Island where there is Pelican rookery. While there were a few baby pelicans being fed, adults were still courting in spectacular fashion – but more of that later. The Strangler Figs along the foreshore path were full of birds including Red Wattlebirds, Little Wattlebirds, Noisy Miners and the Green Figbirds that I tried to capture eating the fruit.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lees Reserve



There was a cloud of these little finches feeding on grass seeds, unfortunately on the far side of a drainage ditch so I couldn’t get close.  Known here as the Chestnut-breasted Mannikin, they are also called Chestnut-breasted Munia. Typical finches, their feeding antics are fun to watch – they tend to perch on the grass stalks rather than find dropped seed on the ground.