Saturday, December 31, 2011

One more for the 2011


I just head this lorikeet couple at back yard screeching in the nice evening light, 
so I just had to take a couple of photos:

Movies Re-scripted 3: Wilder's Double Indemnity


Phyllis: Do you make your own breakfast, Mr Neff? 
Walter Neff: Well, I squeeze a grapefruit now and again.

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Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity.

Sorry, these are silly, this is the last one, I promise!

Happy New Year 2012!


Mona Vale Headland Blue-tongue



Blue-tongued skinks comprise the Australasian genus, Tiliqua, which contains 
some of the largest members of the skink family (Scincidae). They are commonly 
called blue-tongued lizards or simply blue-tongues in Australia. As suggested by 
these common names, a prominent characteristic of the genus is a large blue 
tongue that can be bared as a bluff-warning to potential enemies.

- wikipedia

Blue-tongue lizard.

Movies Re-scripted 2: Wilder's Sunset Boulevard


"There once was a time in this business when I had the eyes of the whole world!
But that wasn't good enough for them, oh no!
They had to have the ears of the whole world too.
So they opened their big mouths and out came talk. Talk! TALK!"

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Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Is it a bird, is it a plane?


Things you see when you raise your eyes from your computer screen to glimpse 
the real world (as witnessed by me five minutes ago in my study):

Movies Re-scripted 1: Hitchcock's Psycho


Are we there yet, Mummy?
(colouring and collage by Ridou Ridou)

Janet Leigh in Hitchcock's Psycho.

Our Balinese Prayer Flags


Julia JanewayIda's Rooster With Orange Sunflowers

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Tonight: Five Past Eight


Tonight: Five to Eight


Today's Walk - Rainbow Weather


Today's Walk - Today's Birds


This, of course, is our common Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita).

This bird (eating a Cricket  of the Gryllidae family) is unknown to me.
Initially I thought it was the Common Koel, but they don't have the crest.
Neither do Australian Cuckoos, so I'm afraid I don't have an identification for it.

This I believe is a Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae).
I'm not sure, because these photos of it flying were the only ones I got.
It would be quite rare here; I don't remember seeing it before on my walks.

When preparing for this post I heard the all too familiar sound of a bird
hitting one of our glass doors or windows. This time it was our friendly kookaburra
that had had a plunge in the pool, and then hit our glass door when taking off.
I went to see what had happened, and he was there, on the ground, slightly dazed.
He did recover though, and got back to his wings, and managed to fly off.

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