We've decided to postpone our trip down to the coast... it's just too far, a 14 hour drive in horrible long-weekend traffic, to spend four days before the great trek home again. I hope it won't be too long before we can go for a reasonable amount of time.
So, I will dwell a bit longer on our short Aussie visit - and the weird and wonderful birds that abound. I photographed the white parrots above, that were hung like bits of rag around a pine tree at Cottesloe Beach, where we were looking at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. It was a surprise to see the photo zoomed in - they look like they're having such a party, with their funny, smiling beaks and their eager, greedy eyes!
I didn't get close up in any way to the bright little lorikeets (I think - the Perthians call them by another nickname, which I've forgotten, as they're a bit of a pest), so this is the vaguest impression of the flashing brightness of them as they dart through the dark Norfolk pines in great flocks, and making a huge din as they settle down for the evening.