Sunday, 28 December 2008

All in a day..

Christmas has come and gone with little fanfare here but I hope all readers have had a safe and happy time.

With new car and feeling a little down I decided fishing would be the thing to do. Not much happening on tv except the cricket and quite frankly that is as boring as watching paint dry at the moment. Not having wet a line in ages, I was quite adamant I would catch the first fish....and YES, I did but wait for it.... none worth keeping, they were all too small.
Here you see the 2nd biggest silver bream which was about the size of a cigarette packet. Oh well, better luck next time.

Time to move camp and head to a different spot when driving a mother cassowary and her twin chicks were walking across the road. Cassowaries are an endangered species with approx only 1500 left. Cassowaries are the third largest bird on the planet. They feed mainly on fruits and people are discouraged from feeding them as they become too familiar with humans and can rely on them for food. Cassowaries have been known to attack and have powerful legs with which they use to attack and possibly disembowel their victim. I stopped the car as the chicks kept running in front and then when attempting to pass he would run back and forth, eventually we got past, all the while momma was happily eating roadside keeping a watchful eye on the enthusiastic chicks.

Here in my own backyard every afternoon there is a visitor of a male peafowl or peacock. He wanders through my yard, minding his own business eating any insects that he finds. Every night you can here the cries of the peacock which is said to occur during mating season, I have yet to see a female pea hen. Tikky and Felix, the masters of the house were delighted when they first seen the giant bird and crouched in the grass. The peacock was non-plussed and walked straight past them, and now I think they have given up on a feast that only pussy cats dream of. I have been trying for a few weeks to get a decent photo to share with you all and so far this is as good as I can get.


Ginro said...

Thanks for the comment Nunyaa. Had a few problems myself over the past few weeks hence the lack of entries myself, lol. I hope you're feeling a little better now.

Not much fanfare for Christmas with me either, unusually. Normally I'd be shouting it in, but this year with my daughter away it was a very muted affair.

I dwelt on the meaning of Christmas, watched "A Christmas Carol" several times (always my favourite). I was going to go to Midnight Mass but without my daughter it wouldn't have felt the same, so watched it on TV instead, and the carols were very uplifting. All in all, it was actually very pleasant and enjoyable.

Crushed said...

Kep smiling, Nunyaa.

Those peacocks really are beautiful, I hope they cheer you up.

Thinking of you. x

Anonymous said...

I love reading about the Cassowaries. They remind me of an emu.(We had an Emu once)
The peacock looks beautiful.
He must be a joy to watch and listen too.
I hope he finds his peahen.
My oldest son and his girlfriend just left so my Christmas is over now.
We fished some yesterday and didn't even catch a bream. It was drizzly and cool.
Keep your head up.
Good thoughts from Georgia.

jmb said...

Hey Nunyaa. Too bad you did not catch a decent fish but you did catch these interesting photos.
I have never seen a cassowary in the wild. That must have made your day.

I don't think that peacock is seriously in danger from your cats but they might give it a go.

I hope you are feeling better after your outing.

Take care Nunyaa.

jams o donnell said...

Wow Nunyaa the peacock is a few steps up from squirrels, hedgehogs and foxes!

CherryPie said...

I hope overall you had a good time over Christmas. I am sure next year is going to be much better :-)

BTW - Those Peacocks are so very awkward, I have problems getting photos of them too ;-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I never heard of cassowaries before. Lovely description of mum and chicks' behaviour. I think that's a very good pic of the peacock.
I hope 2009 will be better for you, nunyaa. Love from Simi and me in Sicily xx

jmb said...

Back to wish you a Happy New Year Nunyaa.
May it be a better one than 2008.
Take care.

CherryPie said...

Happy New Year to you :-)

Colin Campbell said...

My son got a great picture of a Peacock when he was at the zoo recently. Our friend used to have one as a pet. I understand that they are a bit noisy.

Hope you have a great New Year. All the best for 2009 and long may your lum reek.