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Hong Kong no Phooey TR (Apr 2012)! The Yee's have it....TR finish #1101, 07/09

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  1. franandaj

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    Very nice pictures! That's pretty funny and scary about the spire catching on fire. I'm glad you are pleased with them.

    But I missed a thing or two a page or so back, what's with the towel and the $42?
     
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  3. PrincessInOz

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    My quote for the proper PTR update of "Don't Panic" comes from Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Marvin the Paranoid Android and Ford Prefect are characters in the book. In the book, 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything.

    I had to google this quote as I really couldn't quote it all in correct detail...

    The original Towel Quotation from the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy


    "A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to- hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a bush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

    More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

    Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."



    Pick the HGttU geeks in this crowd! :rotfl:
     
  4. Sugarglider

    Sugarglider New Member

    Ohhhh - Disney Yum Cha - WOW!
     
  5. PrincessInOz

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    I know, right??

    Can't wait to shoot......I mean.....eat..... the Disney Yum Cha. :thumbsup2
     
  6. PrincessInOz

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    Thank you. Even for this over-(pain-in-the-butt)-A$$chiever, I was very happy with the outcomes on NYE.

    All of Melbourne were glad that the fire didn't spread anywhere else and that damage was pretty minimal (aside from the scorching).




    Thanks Alison. I am really pleased with the shots from this night. I preferred the ones from the 9.30 pm fireworks....I can well imagine a castle in the background. :thumbsup2
     
  7. usnuzuloose

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    You venture out and keep those wonderful pictures coming! What is up with a $42.00 dollar towel? Did I miss something?
     
  8. PrincessInOz

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    It's the towel that is the answer to life, the universe and everything. (References from the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams).
     
  9. PrincessInOz

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    OT - A Mini Victorian Getaway


    From January 1 – 3, we went away to the Yarra Valley in Victoria for a mini-vacay. The Yarra Valley is about an hour’s drive away from my home and is one of the areas where grapevines grow and wine is fermented. The valley…and my pictures…might have looked like this from one of the vineyards…..

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    …..sadly, this trip was not about the wine as much as it was about minimizing the whine. Three families were involved in this mini-vacay (not that you’ll see much of them in this set of posts)….and there were 4 whines to minimize and keep occupied.


    Needless to say, pictures were involved….lots of them! So for anyone not interested, come back in about a week or so.

    For the rest….here we go.




    It’s A Not so Early Start

    It is my lot in life to be considered the pace-setter where holidays are concerned. Thus is the case with these two groups that I tend to be the tour guide when we go on our yearly time away from the rest of our families.

    So, when I was asked to nominate a meeting place and a meeting time, I had already had my game plan all worked out. We would meet at 11 am at Hedgend in the Yarra Valley.

    To those of you that have been following my other TRs, you will realize that the starting time is practically late afternoon by my normal standards.
    Yes…I knew we would be up late on New Year’s Eve and had deliberately picked a start time that would allow me the opportunity to down 3 cups of strong coffee beforehand.


    To say that DH and I were slow on this day would be an understatement. I think we got home at around 1.30 am and by the time I’d gotten into bed, it was closer to 2.30 am than anything else. DS…he’s just an Eveready battery.

    Let me just say now that these 3 days have turned out to be the HOTTEST days in the year so far. Okay…literally that’s true given that we’re only day 3 into the new year…but we are talking about temperatures in the very high 90’s to 110 Farenheit here. All 3 days!

    By the time we got to Hedgend, it was already high 80’s. Lots of water was going to be the order of the day in order to prevent ourselves from going the way of the visitors before us….

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    What is Hedgend?
    As the name suggests, it is a hedge….a maze. Fun.for.kids! Little and Big. After paying the entry fee, we headed for the maze entrance.

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    And into a world of green!

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    The people at the desk gave us a scavenger hunt list, complete with questions and told the kids that they had to find every item on the list. The items were to be found in dead-ends and along the way….so they were encouraged to go down every single windy path.


    Some of the items that caught my eye…

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    We eventually followed the kids, who made their way to this garden….

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    ….which was the way out of the maze. And at the end of this universe, there was a pavilion strategically placed so that people could take pictures of the maze.

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    The pavilion also provided additional entertainment for the kids. Check out the artwork underneath…

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    Very cleverly hidden in the painting, were about 20 items. The list was also included and the kids then spent a great deal of time looking for those items.


    Hedgend Maze also includes a mini golf paddock that no one felt energetic enough to try out.

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    By this stage, it was past 1 pm and temperatures were in the mid 90’s. The kids decided it was time for lunch.



    We’ll eat ANYTHING…..as long as it’s airconditioned

    There are a number of little townships in the Yarra Valley, some bigger than others. Given where we were staying, the one that we decided to adopt was Yarra Glen. Yarra Glen has one pub, one Chinese restaurant that doubled as a sushi shop, one supermarket, one service station, one bank, one bakery and about 4 cafes. All of which, except for the pub, Chinese restaurant and one café were shut on New Year’s Day.

    The pub was deemed too expensive for lunch, the Chinese restaurant was ruled out because it wasn’t air conditioned….so the café it was.

    Fortunately for us, the meals there were reasonably priced and decent. Around my side of the table, the consensus order was the burger…..with the lot.

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    The pesky vegetarian I travel with chose the uber delicious eggplant tart with Persian fetta.

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    The other side of the table ordered toasted sandwiches and lasagna; but it was too hot and too far for me to get up and grab pictures of the food.

    Needless to say, it was water all round…..with ice…..and air conditioning.


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  10. PrincessInOz

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    Our Home away from Home

    When deciding on where we were heading to this year, I had suggested to the other families that we head to the Yarra Valley not because of the location; but because of the accommodation.

    Our home away from Home was the Sebel Heritage Resort. It was a 4-star rated resort, had 2 x 18 hole golf courses, a restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, gym, tennis court, walks along the Yarra River….and did I mention the Mii Spa complex?

    And price-wise, it was considered reasonable for Aussie standards.

    Check in was after 2 pm….and it was already past this time by the time we finished with lunch. That swimming pool beckoned! It was really hot.

    Our room…

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    …facilities…

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    ….and freebies!

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    We headed for a swim…and I didn’t take my camera with me. In fact, I don’t think I took my camera with me to that part of the resort for the entire 3 days!


    I’ll put these pictures in here now as it is more logical to post them in the one location rather than post them in the correct time order.

    These pictures are taken from the room balcony later that evening.

    Our view to the left…

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    …and the view to the right.

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    Looking straight ahead, we have a view of trees. And at the time I took these, there were quite a few of the galahs there…making a loud noise. I was to find out that they did this twice a day at sunset…. and sunrise. Sunrise is around 5 am right now.

    Shooting the galahs? I had the wrong equipment with me! :headache:

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    That low-ish building to the right is where the restaurant is located.

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    The courtyard looks a pleasant spot to sit; except it was way to hot.

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    The main drive-way entry…

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    …and the entry.

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    There is underground parking and an elevator in the parking. All in all, we were very comfortable in the room and resort.



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  11. PrincessInOz

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    Too hot to eat!

    After the swim, everyone was still cranky, hot and tired. The kids were hungry; but none of the adults were particularly hungry after that burger platter.

    We headed back to Yarra Glen and into the pub. We had to sit OUTSIDE….everyone else had come early and there were no tables available for us inside in the airconditioning.

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    There was a surprising range of food on the menu.

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    Pity we weren’t hungry. The kids ate off the kid’s menu….food, soft drink and dessert.

    The adults settled on the antipasto platter, which was meant to be large enough to be shared between 2 – 4 adults. We also decided to supplement the platter with a plate of dips.

    The platter…..

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    And the dips were delicious.

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    Hard to believe…but for tonight, this was more than ample for the 5 non-hungry adults! Particularly when we all eyed off the jelly cups that came with the kid’s menu. So, we asked and got one for all of us.

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    With dinner done, the cranky, tired and hot adults called it a day!



    princess::upsidedow
     
  12. skier_pete

    skier_pete New Member

    Man, I knew there was a heat wave / drought going on there - but that's just ridiculous! Your poor dog! I guess you shouldn't have left him tied outside overnight. ;)
     
  13. stephielela

    stephielela New Member

    Love your mini TR! I'm sorry the heat made everyone cranky, I find that to be true more often than not! In your opinion, what is the best time to visit "down under"? Is that heat unusual for this time of year? I've always wanted to visit Australia but it will be a while before I am ready to take DS on that long of a plane ride :rotfl:
     
  14. skiingfast

    skiingfast <font color=teal>Has had no bacon<br><font color=b

    I had, and still have some catching up to do.

    But first, is the sea view room at DLH HK more expensive or less than a park view? Most sounds desirerable.
     
  15. zanzibar138

    zanzibar138 New Member

    We've stayed at that hotel! Just for one night for our anniversary one year. But it's only half an hour from us. It was lovely! On a separate occasion we took my parents there for high tea, and can highly recommend that too :thumbsup2

    We actually didn't notice the heat wave that much, but I'm from Perth so I like the heat :rotfl: And we basically stayed inside with the air con on all day (though we were renovating our kitchen). I'm sure if we were outside trying to do stuff we would have known about it!
     
  16. usnuzuloose

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    Very nice room. Beds look so comfy. So did your DS find everything on the list? Food looks yu mmy. You have so many places to visit that are very interesting. But you survived the heat.
     
  17. PrincessInOz

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    :rotfl2:


    (Just don't report me to the RSPCA!)



    Best time to visit 'down under' depends on where you want to go. For Victoria and Tasmania, I think March/April is the best time. It's autumn and the weather is warm without being hot.
    For Western Australia, springtime is best...to catch the wildflowers in bloom.

    For Queensland and the Northern Territory, I think May/June is pretty good, after the wet season. This is the best time...dry but with everything lush and full of water and wildlife...lots to see.

    NSW is generally good all year round.



    The seaview room is more expensive than a garden view. The park view rooms are on the higher floors and are more like CL rooms. I didn't even ask about them....yet. My mother reminded me about them; so next time I speak to them, I'll find out. :thumbsup2


    We. were. outside. :headache:

    We didn't find one item on the list. The kids looked for over 20 minutes for that last item. By this time, all the adults decided to point out something that remotely looked like it and call it quits! :laughing:
     
  18. PrincessInOz

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    OT - A Mini Victorian Getaway &#8211; Day 2 morning


    Over dinner last night, the adults had a quick discussion about the plan for Day 2. Temperatures were forecasted to hit mid-100&#8217;s today and we debated the sanity of heading anywhere. Another check of the weather forecast indicated that Day 3 was not going to be much better weather-wise; so we decided that an early start would be wise&#8230;particularly given where we had planned to head to.

    The other discussion point was what to do for breakfast. One of the families on this mini getaway was on a pretty tight budget. We had discovered that the rooms were equipped with kettle and toaster.

    So, we opted to buy food to eat in our rooms instead of heading out for breakfast. Easier said than done&#8230;particularly on New Year&#8217;s Day in a country town. The supermarket was shut and out of desperation, we headed to the service station where we managed to get a small box of cereal, milk, bread and that Aussie staple of vegemite.

    Why am I telling you this? Because there is no food porn for breakfast on Day 2.


    Healesville Sanctuary

    Zoos Victoria consists of 3 zoos and all 3 provide a different zoo experience:
    • There is the Melbourne Zoo, which is the really traditional zoo and is located about 2 km out of the city center.
    • The second zoo is Werribee Open Range Zoo. The zoo holds African animals and you can have the safari experience here if you want. The zoo is located about 20 minutes outside of the CBD.
    • The third zoo is Healesville Sanctuary, an hour out of town. This facility provides you with experiences of the Australiana kind.

    Our excursion for the morning was Healesville Sanctuary.
    Specifically for Skier_Pete&#8230;if you are looking for a guaranteed close encounter with Australian animals, check out the website and look at the Wild Encounters at this zoo. There is an offering for Magic Moments, which will give you 10 minutes up close and personal with an Aussie animal. They cost $10 per person for the 10 minutes and you can do as many of these as you like.



    We got to the Sanctuary at about 9.20 am. It was already hot and humid; just bearably so. The sanctuary is not a big zoo, so there is really only &#8216;snack&#8217; bar facilities there. We hadn&#8217;t planned on eating here&#8230;but you might want to bear that in mind, should you decide to visit. It does have enough water fountains around the zoo; so bring a bottle and just fill up along the way.

    There is a creek that runs through the park..

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    ..with one big circuit to cover.

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    And it really is bush setting that you are walking in.

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    You might find wild galahs in the trees.

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    There are trees on the property that are old.

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    And you might find signs around the place with a distinctively aboriginal theme.

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    I have a heap of pictures of the animals and have culled them down as best I can. But this morning&#8217;s update may go for a couple of posts.



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  19. PrincessInOz

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    The Rat Pack

    I’ve coined this collection of animals ‘The Rat Pack’. It all started with a Koala that the Lasters thought looked more like a rat than anything else.

    Why don’t I just let the pictures of the animals do the talking, rather than filling in with canned creamed corn jokes?

    This is the Koala bear.

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    Usually, you’d expect them to be sleeping. But I guess I was lucky enough to be there when this particular one had an itch on the bahookie.

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    Back to sleeping…

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    There was another koala….doing what they do best.

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    Did you notice that it looked a bit wet? Here’s how the park keeps them cool on days like this.

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    One of the rangers was doing a show and tell with the Echidna.

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    Notice that the face has been retracted right in? That’s for protecting the more vulnerable part of the echidna…the spines on the bahookie are the biggest and sharpest! Puts a whole new spin on ‘pointy end’, doesn’t it?

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    I have seen echidnas in their native environment; and there also is an echidna at the Melbourne Zoo. Somehow, the ones in the zoo seem so much more active than in the wild.

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    Kangaroos are kept in an enclosure that you walk into.

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    They know to leave us alone; providing we stay off the grass.

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    The Emu and I had a difficult connection today….I kept missing them looking at me.

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    I had to go back for this shot just before we left! I guess it was so hot by this stage that the emu had decided that low and slow was the way to go.

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    The Platypus poses an extremely difficult subject to shoot for me. The enclosure is practically in total darkness and it swims extremely fast. These were the best I could do.

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    The Quokka was also in another enclosure totally in the dark. I was lucky with this shot…this one was up high, closer to the night light and as soon as I snapped it, the quokka jumped down and started to run along the ground.

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    Which only leaves the Dingo, or Warrigul.

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    I was fascinated by this dog tree.

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    I missed the Tasmanian Devil and the Wombat...it really was too hot and they were located on the other side of the circuit. By this time, we'd all had enough!


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  20. PrincessInOz

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    If it slithers, don’t touch it!

    The sanctuary has a couple of displays for reptiles.

    The goanna or lizard was having a nice old time in the heat. Really, really active!

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    I have a thing for tongues….

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    Particularly forked tongues!

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    The sanctuary has just opened a new enclosure for snakes and the like. So these are all indoor, dangerous and behind glass. Should you come across any of these in the wild, stay well clear!

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  21. PrincessInOz

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    Birds of a Feather

    A lot of today’s pictures are birds. I wish I had taken more note of the bird varieties and have been staring at my pictures trying to remember the names of birds. I did take note…but of course can’t remember a single thing!

    So, my apologies for not being able to provide info on some of the birds…what more can I say other than….bird brain strikes????

    Most of the birds were caged or in aviaries. A fair few of the bird species were on the endangered list and the sanctuary is running a breeding program to build up the numbers.


    Ibis…pretty much had free-range of the park.

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    This was one of the Lorikeets. I even think it might be the Scaly-breasted lorikeet. Any Aussies lurking that knows for sure?

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    From the Finch family…

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    Pretty yellow bellied bird…

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    …another pretty bird.

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    Guardian of the Ga’hoole…Tyto Alba

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    And the Frogmouth.

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    Watch out for the pelicans!

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    Kookaburra

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    This is the female Lyrebird…

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    The male was hiding behind bushes…

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    …but that distinctive tail was showing!

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    Why have I stated that a lot of today’s pictures are birds? Well…that’s because one of the attractions in the sanctuary is the Spirits of the Sky show.


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