Since coming to Australia I find it very odd celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer. These photos of some of the decorations in Rundle Mall were taken on the hottest December day in 82 years. The temperature hit 44C (111F)
In the week we took another trip out to look at more Christmas lights. this time we headed west, to Pelham Street in Ethelton, where many houses in this street decorate their houses.
We then headed towards the city, and the riverbank by the West End Brewery. They put on a display each year along the banks of the River Torrens. Some of the displays depict nursery rhymes, others childrens movies.
Every year we take a drive or two to look at Christmas lights in nearby suburbs. Last night we went to Salisbury East to see a favourite of ours - Len's Christmas Lights. Len's lights never fail to please with their magical mix of Christmas Carols and lights.
Len also has some lovely little scenes, including a Nativity, and even the North Pole!
Next stop was Salisbury North, where we visited a couple of houses.
For the first time since I started blogging I have missed a month - in fact two! I have been struggling with my health for about three months now and so don't get out happy snapping so much.
This is a collection of shots from the few trips I have made. They are mostly from short walks with Kobe around "our" wetlands at Kaurna Park.
Early in spring the wetlands were full, and on calm clear days the reflections were wonderful.
By far the most common breeding bird this year is Red Wattlebird. The chicks look so funny with no tail, but they soon grow one!
This is a Little Raven - it looks like a young bird to me, but I am not 100% sure.
This spring I added a new bird to the park list - Barbary (or African Collared) Dove. There is a growing population of escaped aviary birds in Adelaide, but up till now the closest I had seen them was at Greenfields, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) away. I first noticed it on call, obviously a dove, but very different from Spotted Dove.
Waterbirds were loving it - lots of ducks around, especially Pacific Blacks. As the water level dropped, more wading birds turned up. As usual, Australian Ibis was first, closely followed by Great Egret, Royal Spoonbill and White-faced Heron.
On a quick visit to Belair National Park, the only thing of note was a very confiding Koala, sitting low in a gum tree by Playford Lake.
Originally from the UK, I have lived in Australia since April 2004. I am a keen birdwatcher and wildlife photographer. I live on the edge of a seasonal wetland reserve on the northern edge of Adelaide. Most of my wildlife shots are taken with a Canon EOS50D SLR with a Canon 100 - 400mm L IS lens. I also use a Canon 28 - 135mm IS and a Sigma 10 - 20mm super wide angle. When I don't have my SLR with me I use a Canon Powershot A720IS. If you are visiting Adelaide, I would be happy to give information on locations for wildlife watching, or to take you out for a day if I am available. If you have enjoyed my blog, you may like to visit my website as well. www.tcphotos.net