The evil kangaroos of DSS and other things Canberra

At the back of the Department of Social Services in Tuggeranong, there is a paddock adjacent to the staff car park. When you’re there at dusk, you’re greeted with this sight:

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Seriously, how many kangaroos is that?

They’re not cute little weeny wallabies. These are kangaroos. KANGAROOS. Look at the one in the middle of this picture, with his arse to the camera, and the department building in the background:

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I mean LOOK at him (definitely a “him”). That’s the biggest kangaroo I’ve ever seen. If he stands up on his hind legs, he’s taller than a person. The lawns are irrigated and in summer, the roos invade the courtyards. They don’t tend to be afraid either. They’re quite intimidating.
No Australian city does kangaroos like Canberra. They’re everywhere.

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Out of all of the places in Canberra, I like this one the best. That paddock in the first picture? If you cross it, there is a bush path that leads straight to the Murrumbidgee River which has swimming holes. But this here is Lake Tuggeranong in the morning.

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Another pretty view, with complimentary galahs:

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Photography: a rare misty morning

When there is fog in Sydney, this is an event that gets mentioned on the national news. We had some serious rain last night and this morning heavy fog that, while I’m writing this, at 11.30am, still hasn’t lifted completely. And that is definitely rare.

Misty road in Lane Cove National Park.

Misty path

The Lane Cove River looks very peaceful.

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A white-faced heron on the overflowing weir.

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tawny frogmouths

Birds, birds, birds!

My husband had a dental appointment this morning, which meant that I didn’t get to take photos of the sunrise. In hindsight, this was just as well, because it was raining.

Instead, I bring you some pictures of birds which I’ve taken over the past few weeks.

In the header: click the title of this post if you’re not seeing tawny frogmouths asleep on a branch at the National Zoo in Canberra.

Black swan, taken at the lakeside in Belconnen.

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Sulphur-crested cockatoos on the ocean cliffs at Coogee (agree, this is a very unusual place for these birds)

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A darter, or snake bird, on a post in front of the Westfield Belconnen shopping centre.

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Domestic pigeon overseeing Bronte Beach.

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Kookaburra on our washing line.

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Magpie on the Randwick Golf Course.

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Wood ducks lakeside in Belconnen.

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Tidbinbilla nature life

First serious science write-up of the Tweetup can be found here.

I couldn’t get over how pretty this country at the back of Canberra is. Here are some photos without telescopes:

Mist over the hills.

Pretty rainbow.

Rocky outcrop.

Local wildlife. There are 26 wallabies on this hill

Skippy!

Some more inquisitive wildlife. Two out of a group of six emus