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Australian Parrots and "Galilee" in Gippsland

Updated on January 22, 2013
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Bronwen has lived in, taught in and visited a number of countries and loves to share these travel experiences with others.

Welcome to Galilee
Welcome to Galilee | Source

Galilee in Nungurner

Last month I went to Galilee for the weekend. No, it wasn't to the Sea of Galilee, although I did go there a few years ago. This Galilee was different.

In a previous hub I described the train trip to Bairnsdale in East Gippsland. After arriving in Bairnsdale, I boarded a bus to Swan Reach, a pretty country mini-town that appeared to have a couple of shops, a school and a bus-stop. My friends' son picked me up there in his ute and drove me to Nungurner, another very small place, but so beautiful, right on Lake King.

Galilee on Lake King

When we reached Nungurner the road ahead went almost right to Lake King, but just before the end of the road we swept around in a big curve to the left, turned right and began to climb a steep, short hill. We swept past a big sign that announced we were at Galilee and ended up in a parking bay outside a holiday unit.

Grabbing my overnight bag, we walked along the side of the building to the front door, which was at the side.

Beautiful King Parrots
Beautiful King Parrots | Source

King Parrots

The door flew open and we received a lovely welcome. Once I had been shown to my room I deposited my bag and returned to the main living room. The units were fairly basic, but cheerful and quite comfortable.

The wall facing me was almost all glass, with sliding glass doors leading to a sheltered wooden deck that looked out over a delightful view of tree-tops. Beyond the trees lay the blue, peaceful lake lapping a narrow strand of golden sand and boats riding gently on their moorings. That, for me, was Nungurner.

Lunch was a delicious barbecue cooked out on the deck. We had barely settled down at the table when the King Parrots arrived, as if to say, "Well, where's our lunch?"

A King, Curious About Our Lunch
A King, Curious About Our Lunch | Source

Bird Seed Supplied

One of the guests lunching with us was staying for the week in another unit. She went down the steps into the garden and opened the lid of a container that was attached to a bird feeding table on a dead tree. Even seed for the birds was provided. She spread some of the seed on the table and more on the flat board that ran around the top of most of the safety fence protecting the deck.

They are quite large birds and really resplendent in their mainly red and green plumage. Other birds came to the nearby trees but did not dare to interrupt the Kings at their meal. The males had red heads; the females were a little less colourful, but were still a delight.

Crimson Rosellas
Crimson Rosellas | Source

Crimson Rosellas

Once the King Parrots had noisily bickered over the seed, they made sure no underlings came near until they had enjoyed their fill. At last they flew off in a flurry of scarlet and green to chatter noisily in some nearby trees.

Then it was the turn of the lesser creatures. There were swallows swooping around, catching insects, but they were not interested in seeds. Other small birds hopped around among the leaves, but did not dare to come out into the open with the big birds around.

Some Eastern Rosellas flew in, looking around tentatively. They managed to grab a few seeds, but were soon ousted by the Crimson Rosellas.

Again, there was much chatter and whirring of wings as the Crimson Rosellas established that it was their turn to feed. These parrots are smaller than the King Parrots, but still resplendent with their crimson, light blue, dark blue and black plumage. I marvelled at their lovely markings. God's creation is indeed wonderful.

I mused that the Crimson Rosellas are considerably larger and have different colouring from their outback cousins, the budgerigars, that many of us keep as pets. There are so many different kinds and sizes of Australian parrots.

Back view of a Crimson Rosella
Back view of a Crimson Rosella | Source
The Beginning of the Jetty
The Beginning of the Jetty | Source

Nungurner Jetty

It was so peaceful and pleasant sitting there, that it was a long time before I decided to do a little exploring of the surrounding area. I took the short cut and went almost straight down the hill, slipping and sliding on the narrow track. The hillside was dotted with gum-trees, wattles, small shrubs and tiny wildflowers, so I paused when I could to look at them.

Once I was down and almost at the level of the water, I found I was quite close to the jetty. Up at the unit it had been hidden from view as it was below the hill.

I decided to follow the track around in the shadow of the hill so I could walk out and see the boats.

The water was sparkling in the sunshine and there was only a very gentle ripple on the surface of the lake. It was so quiet out there. I leaned over the side, hoping to see some fish. I did, but they were just schools of very tiny fish, probably whitebait. As the water became deeper it was difficult to discern anything apart from the dark smudges that was seaweed.

The Jetty from the parking area
The Jetty from the parking area | Source

Back to Galilee

As I retraced my steps in the sunshine, I realized that the hill was really steep. No wonder I had slipped and slid on my way down. I looked around to see if I could find another way up.

There was a winding track that made the climb easier. As I came out from the shrubs lower down, I soon came upon another signpost. Now I knew I was heading in the right direction and when I looked up, there was not just one of the units, but the very one I wanted to reach.

It was still steep, but a lovely walk.

When I returned, most of the guests had departed. We had a light meal as we again sat out on the deck and watched the sun sink quietly into the lake in the west.

The Track Leading Upwards

Another Sign to Galilee
Another Sign to Galilee | Source


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      Rina Pinto 5 years ago from Dubai - UAE

      Thanks for sharing the Lovely place our Lord Jesus comes from my Lovely Lady! Appreciate your views and the guidelines of Galilee.

      Jesus was a Nazarene. He lived most of his life in the town of Nazareth within the province of Galilee. Although a small village, Nazareth was close to the metropolitan centres of Tiberias and Sepphoris. Unlike those predominantly Gentile (non-Jewish) cities, Nazareth was a Jewish enclave. It was also relatively poor and overpopulated; there was a scarcity of natural resources such as water and fertile soil. In such a situation, there tended to be a fair amount of sickness and disease. Nonetheless, Nazareth could not be called destitute. Jesus came from a family of craftsmen or carpenters which suggests a reasonable socio-economic standard of living.

      God is with you my Lady!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Oh My God!!! this place is so beautiful. You have described your journey so well. The photos are awesome. The King Parrots are so colorful. Wish I was there too. Voted up, awesome.

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      Dbro 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      What a beautiful hub! I felt like I was there with you. I sure wish I had been. The parrots are gorgeous! Isn't it wonderful to be able to go to such inspiring places. It certainly refreshes one's spirit to get out into God's marvelous creation! Thank you for sharing your experiences!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved this. The Parrots are so beautiful! ( I want one ) Thank you for taking us on your pleasant journey. Cheers..

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      Lori J Latimer 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      I really love this beautiful spot you wrote about. Thank you for sharing a place where parrots are still around. Voted Up.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is just beautiful blossomsb. I would love to see those birds.Your photos all all fantastic!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is just beautiful and I would love to visit this place some day. The parrots are so beautiful. I love the photo of the sea and its blue waters are so calmiing. I can see where guests would enjoy watching the sun set from this deck. Lovely!

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Blossom, what a lovely trip. Thanks for taking us with you! The birds are so beautiful they hardly seem real. What a relaxing day trip!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Such an exquisite spot! Beautiful photos as well! Just a lovely article!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a beautiful spot! I am glad you brought along your camera and took us on the journey with you.

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      mours sshields 5 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      What a beautiful place!!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Rina Pinto: Thank you. One day I should do a hub on our visit to the original Galilee. Yes, Nazareth is up on a hill and has views over the countryside and some lovely, really old buildings that are a delight to visit. Both Jew and 'Gentile' live there now and mostly get on very well together.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Vellur: It was a wonderful weekend: a bird-lover and photographer's paradise. I'd just love to go back there some time.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dbro: It really does refresh the spirit to have such a wonderful time enjoying God's beautiful creation. I love to share such happy times.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: I'm glad you enjoyed the journey. The parrots are beautiful, but I think they're happier out in the wild, rather than in cages, although that way people can see them alive for themselves.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LillyGrillzit: Thank you for visiting. Yes, we keep spoiling their habitat and they are such beautiful creatures. I'm glad they're still around, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      rebeccamealey: Thank you. I live in a suburb of Melbourne, with houses everywhere, although there are quite a few parks, too, but I don't see these parrots here. Sometimes there are Rosellas, a galah or two and lots of rainbow lorikeets, that were not in the area when I was a child. Interesting.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: It is beautiful and we are really blessed to be able to enjoy it. Much of Australian birdlife, and, indeed the fauna, too, is unique and it's important to try and preserve their habitat so we can continue to have such lovely experiences.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      mollymeadows: It was lovely, every moment, and I'm still enjoying it. They're real all right. You should hear them squabbling over who has first rights for the food! Those beaks are really sharp and they're very good at dodging a peck. It was relaxing, you're so right.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      AudreyHowitt: I'm so pleased that you came and shared my weekend with me. Now it's a happy memory.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      CristyWrites: It was just lovely. Goodness! It would have been a disaster if I'd left my camera at home, now I can continue to enjoy it through my photos.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      mours sshields: It really is; I'd love to go there for longer some time.

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      Teylina 5 years ago

      Thanks for this exploration. I enjoyed the way you wrote it, with imagery enough to make one want to visit, but of course, the bird photos are breathtaking. My mother was a true bird lover--especially the beautiful ones! She would have loved this!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      How lovely to have a meal while watching such colourful and beautiful birds! Your weekend must have been very enjoyable. I would love to visit the area.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Blossom, I am so grateful I can travel to all these stunningly beautiful places via your hubs!!! Such beautiful images too. Thank you, and safe travels. I'm so glad you are okay from your fall. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Teylina: I'm so glad that you enjoyed my visit, it's fun to be able to share it. How lovely that your mother was a bird lover, I think you must be, too.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      AliciaC: It was perfect. I just telephoned the people who were my hosts for the weekend and they said that the night after I left they ate out there and some of the night creatures came around, including a possum that seemed most unfazed about being so close to humans.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Faith Reaper: Thank you for 'coming' with me and sharing in my pleasure in God's wonderful creation.


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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful piece and beautiful photos. I love the photos of the parrots! I have not traveled to Australia, but when I do, it is good to know these out of the way places. These places all look lovely. Thanks so much for the eye view of these charming Australian towns and cities.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Suzettenaples: You're welcome. Thank you for visiting. There are so many lovely places in the world to see and I love our birds.

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      shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

      Oh!such lovely pictures and sound like you had a lovely day indeed. A great read. Have a blessed day.

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      sheilanewton 4 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Oh my goodness. This is superb. What beautiful birds - and the photography is stunning. I've just read another of your travel hubs too - and I'm hooked on you, Blossom...completely hooked!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      sheilanewton: Oh, my goodness, too. Thank you for reading another of my travel hubs, I'm so glad that you have enjoyed them. Your encouragement makes me think I should make time to write another - one day!

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      stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      What a magnificent wonderful place that must have been. You described it so beautifully. God Bless You Precious Heart.I love beautiful parrots.

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      Kebennett1 4 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      What a lovely little vacation you had! I don't believe I have ever seen more beautiful birds. Galilee is certainly a place that I would love to visit. Is it in Australia? I enjoyed all of the photos.

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      Joanna Chandler 4 years ago from On planet Earth

      Very beautiful i love your pretty pictures to, and has always have a desire to visit Israel i would be delighted to and hope things work out one day for me to go.

      Glad you enjoyed it ;)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Kebennett1: It was lovely, but all too short. Yes, those birds are spectacular, and yes, it's in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      LadyFiddler: Thank you. It's easy to take attractive photos in such a lovely environment. It's so hidden away in a quiet corner of the Gippsland Lakes. I'm sure you would love this corner of Australia. As I wrote at the beginning of the hub, we did visit the Sea of Galilee in Israel and it was a great privilege to be there, but I only took about one photo as I was frozen and it was snowing! If you go, choose the in-between weather as it's very cold in winter and very hot in summer.

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      whowas 4 years ago

      Hi BlossomSB,

      I thoroughly enjoyed your account of what was clearly a delightful stay in this charming spot. Your photographs were a particular delight to me - especially those of the parrots. You may know that I am something of a 'bird brain!'

      Did you know that the Crimson Rosellas do not migrate? so you are guaranteed to see them next to you go to Galilee, whatever the time of year - especially if you have a bag of bird seed with you!

      Thanks again for a charming and interesting hub.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      whowas: Thank you for your lovely comments. It was indeed a delightful stay. I had not actually thought of migration as we used to live in Gisborne, Victoria, and the Crimson Rosellas visited the garden all the year round; we seemed to see the Eastern Rosellas seasonally, but I have no idea of they are migratory. Yes, the birdseed is a great magnet!

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Blossom , One of my dreams has always been to see the great "Down Under " now I may never do that...... but this awesome hub sure does help alot ! Thank you for sharing such a precious place .......:-}

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      ahorseback: Thank you for reading. I really enjoyed sharing about 'Galilee', the fresh air, the birds and natural surroundings. Now I'm older I'm not so enthusiastic about travelling around the world and far afield and it's amazing what can be found on our own 'doorstep.'

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Blossom, I am simply overwhelmed by the beauty of these creatures and places you've featured! Your photos are stunning and your descriptions so vivid, I almost felt I'd visited and had seen it all with my own eyes! I'm fascinated by Australia and have gravitated to movies set there or depicting the country. Thank you for sharing this!

      In my ranch country of southwest Texas, there's a little brightly colored bird called a 'Painted Bunting'. In a place not noted for bright colors, except the blossoms of cacti, seeing one of these is a surprise and a treat! When my George told me about seeing one, I honestly wondered if he'd had a sherry too many! Then I saw one. It is not a large bird but it has every color of the rainbow. It's a shy bird and one doesn't see them everywhere. They migrate up from Mexico, which is not very distant.

      I'm pleased to discover your wonderful hubs. Thank you for visiting mine!

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      Jean DAndrea 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      King parrots are beautiful birds - have seen them, and fed them while staying at a camping site in the Otways. There were heaps of other birds too, but the Kings were a highlight.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Nellieanna: I can't believe it's so long since I looked at this! My apology. I just love your response and the story about the 'Painted Bunting.' It sounds beautiful and a delight when you catch a glimpse of it.

      Snakesmum: They really are a highlight, aren't they? We've seen them when picnicking near the Sanctuary in Healesville, too. As I'm in Melbourne, too, we seem to get lots of rainbow lorikeets these days, don't we? It's amazing how well they can be camouflaged in the gumtrees, even with all those bright colours.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I enjoyed the style in which you shared this experience with us -- so leisurely and well-detailed. I felt like I was there. Lucky you, getting to be near all those gorgeous birds in Australia.

      Voting up, awesome and and sharing.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a beautiful weekend holiday! The photos are gorgeous especially of the birds. I have not heard of these particular birds before, so this was all new to me. This place sounds so relaxing and calming. What a get-a-way.

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      What a beautiful bird. I had never seen this bird before. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. I also love the pictures above. Good job and voted up!

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      Mary Wickison 20 months ago from Brazil

      It sounds like an ideal place. I am always interested in businesses which make the most of the surrounding wildlife. I think holidays like this can refresh the soul. Anything which brings one closer to nature.

      The colors are amazing.

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      Marisa Wright 16 months ago from Sydney

      Living in the UK now, I realise how much I took these beautiful parrots for granted.

      I know that British birds were much smaller and less colourful, but I was looking forward to watching the little birds at bird feeders during winter. I've been shocked at how few birds there are compared to my childhood - my sister says the blue tits have almost disappeared from her garden, along with all the hedgehogs. I don't know what is going on.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 15 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Pamela Kinnaird W: Wow! I cant believe it's so long since I looked at this article. I'm so sorry I haven't replied before now. Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, we are fortunate, especially if we enjoy our lovely wildlife.

      suzettenaples: It was lovely and now it's a happy memory. I don't know why I don't go there more often! You're right, it is relaxing and calming.

      prasetio30: They are beautiful and a good size, too. We used to get them very occasionally when we first retired and lived in a country town, but never see them now I'm in the city.

      Blond Logic: To get away from the humdrum of life does refresh the soul and we are so blessed to have such lovely places only a couple of hundred kilometres away.

      Marisa Wright: The British birds are often smaller, but they're still interesting to watch. I never knew until we went to the UK that there are different types of sparrows as we only have the one introduced kind here. That is sad about the blue tits, they're so sweet - except when they used to peck the lids of the milk when it was left on our doorstep. Then they'd drink all the cream! Their scarcity may be because of all the chemicals that are used in gardens and farms these days.

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      Marisa Wright 15 months ago from Sydney

      Yes, they are interesting to watch. Sparrows have changed too - they now live in large flocks, whereas they used to live in much smaller groups. I do wonder if it's the chemicals - we live next to a river and I expected to see herons and egrets and wading birds as we used to in Australia. They do exist but they are much, much less common.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 15 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Marisa Wright: Those pesky introduced sparrows are survivors. I'm so sorry to hear about the disappearing waders. I do hope that we get the environment right before they're gone altogether.

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      Norma Lawrence 8 months ago from California

      Great article The pictures are beautiful. thanks

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 8 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      norlawrence: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. There were so many around it wasn't difficult, and they're such beautiful birds.

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