Looked out my window today to find one of our resident turtle-doves hanging out in the bath:
Soaking in the bathtub ... with a water lettuce.
I've read 14 books this month!
SAGA Volume 3 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples 5*
SAGA Volume 4 4*
SAGA volume 5 5*
BLANKY by Kealan Patrick Burke 5*
I'LL BRING YOU THE BIRDS FROM OUT OF THE SKY by Brian Hodge 5*
DEADFALL HOTEL by Steve Rasnic Tem 4*
STINGER by Robert McCammon 4*
MYSTERY WALK by Robert McCammon 5*
VIDEO NIGHT: A NOVEL OF ALIEN HORROR by Adam Cesare 4*
SEE WHAT I HAVE DONE by Sarah Schmidt 3.5*
JACKRABBIT SMILE by Joe Lansdale 4*
THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP edited by Ellen Datlow 4*
SCARY HOUSE by Sean Thomas Fisher 3*
AFTERAGE by Yvonne Navarro 4*
Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:
Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR
1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene
2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon
3. October by Michael Rowe
2018 Running Total: 48
I wasn't going to post this one, because the picture isn't nearly as good, but after spending almost 3 hours trying to identify this little bird, the results have left me a little bit giddy, and as this is never going to happen to me again, I thought I'd share.
This is the female Splendid Fairy-wren. Splendid Fairy-wrens are pretty common in parts of central Australia, but not Melbourne. Melbourne is listed as being outside their habitat by several hundred kilometres (which is why it took me 3 hours to confirm it - I was certain I was wrong), but the orange ring around her eyes makes it a solid ID. Seems we found someone a bit special - or, at least, uncommon in our area.
My husband and I occasionally hit the walking trails around Melbourne and I drive him and myself crazy trying to snap pictures of the wildlife. Taking photos of wildlife when you're near-sighted is an exercise in frustration: I need my glasses to see the birds in the trees, but can't wear them while I'm looking at the camera. The end result being I always miss the adorable, tiny birds that are flitting about, holding still only long enough for me to slide my glasses down my nose and aim the camera; before I can focus, poof!
This is the photographic equivalent of monkeys typing Shakespeare. I haven't identified the little guy yet, but I had to share. Isn't he stinking cute?