August 9 - 15, 2015: Issue 226

  Careel Creek - Birdland - 8.8.2015
I fortunate, I knew a refuge  
When the strained spirit tires  
Of town's metallic symphony  
Of wheels and horns and wires ;Fix this text
Where through the golden empty stillness
Cool flowing voices speak,  
The alto of the waterfall,  
The treble of the creek.  
From far, beyond the headland's shoulder,
South-easters bring to me    
Reminder of earth's wandering,  
The strong voice of the sea.    
I happy, in a leafy fortress  
Listen to hidden birds  
And small waves of a hidden tide  
Mingling their lovely words.      
PEACEFUL VOICES. (1926, February 6). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 11. Retrieved from    

While strolling beside Careel Creek yesterday morning the sight and quiet sounds of a Little Pied Cormorant fishing, and seeming to be hanging around with a White Faced Heron, before flying up and sitting beside the photographer on the bank of the creek (perhaps asking for fish?), as well as a small flock of Sulphur-crested cockatoos feasting on grass roots or the Pacific Black ducks sunning themselves, is a great reminder of all else who live here.... and how returning this small urban waterway to a greener thoroughfare (work done by PNHA and Pittwater Council)  has also returned these moments of delight filled contact.

 Little Pied Cormorant - Microcarbo melanoleucos

Above: has caught a tiny fish 

 White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae

Above: watching for fish 

 Pacific Black Duck - Anas superciliosa

 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo - Cacatua galerita

Pictures by A J Guesdon, 2015.