We have now been in Australia for ten days. A fact that might surprise those of you who remember my comments made on previous visits to this country. It is not my comments on the country itself that have got me into trouble. I enjoy its beauty, relish its beaches and admire at least two of its cities. No, it is my comments on the population that have caused many of my readers to chastise me in the past.
So this time, anxious to avoid your ire, I am going to restrict my comments to just a few words and let my photographs do the talking
First of all I would like to introduce you to the Australian Bush turkey.
It grew up in the Australian bush (hence it’s clever name thought up by one of the more intelligent locals) but its population exploded and looking for new pastures it has ventured into the cities and towns.
It is as you can see a singularly unattractive bird.
The bush turkey can be found on the streets and sidewalks, in the bushes and parks, always foraging for food
The larger turkey is proud of its ancestry and often advertises that at least one of its body part bears a striking resemblance to its smaller relative.
A few years ago I might have let my comments come to a close right there. But I now recognise that my views are biased and one sided. There are many wonderful inhabitants of this land. Some of them strikingly beautiful .
The rainbow lorikeet is a wonderful example. It is one of the most beautiful birds and it inhabits many areas of Australia. In Queensland where we are, it is easy to spot huge flocks of them. They are everywhere and even visit us on our balcony
There are so many of them that they are regarded as a pest. But when they display and flaunt their colours, one can only appreciate them for what they are
Australia is also known for its culinary delights
Shrimps on the barbie, is a delicacy now recognized around the world
And, with that, dear reader,we will leave the delights of Australia and head on over to Bali