Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Simply Neutrals Tuesday No. 35 Water Birds

Every single day
there is something different happening
on our wetland at the bottom of our garden
where we live on the far south east coast of Australia
today I'm sharing some magnificent natural bird beauty

This image helps to give you an idea of the size
of the wetland to the left of the picture
the lake is more to the right! 

  If you look closely you may be able to see
a group of 3 rare Spoonbills
in the middle on the edge of the wetland!
So just to give you a bit of info about these birds you may wish
to read this little description:

Similar in build to a grey heron though slightly smaller, the spoonbill’s plumage is completely white except in the breeding season when adults show a small patch of yellowish feathers on their chest.  In the summer mature birds also have a rather fetching, shaggy crest at the back of their head. But by far their most noticeable feature is the one for which they are named – that enormous, spatula-like bill.  Spoonbills generally feed in flocks, swinging their heads from side to side through shallow pools of water.  This is where the remarkable bill comes into its own: held slightly open it is packed full of sensors that detect minute vibrations and, once located, unlucky beetles, crustaceans, worms, small fish – even tadpoles and frogs – stand no chance of escape.

Apparently they spend much of their time sleeping
as can be evidenced in this photo below.


In fact, this one slept the whole time whilst
the other two did the hunting!


This must be the perfect feeding ground for these
magnificent birds - the crystal clear water
reflects their perfect images! 


I have to admit it is rather special to be able to stand
on our deck and view these birds
sweeping their bills from side to side as they feed
on all the little critters! 

To finish I'm sharing a tag which I painted, stamped an image
on to tissue paper and then covered with washi tape.
It's resting on some of my eco-dyed paper
ready to be popped into the post!


Don't forget to hop on over to Wen's blog (link above)
to view more simply neutrals!
I'm sure you will find something to inspire you there!

Thanks always friends of looking and leaving
comments! Thank you so much!

xox Suzy


  1. This heavenly place and the peaceful beautiful spoonbill’s plumages photos are unique! Thank you very much for these impressions and I am absolutely in love with your wonderful tag. You are an amazing artist!
    Have a great week downunder Suzy!
    from Austria

  2. Beautiful, Suzy! How lovely that you take time to enjoy the beauty around you, the reflect it in your artworks. Your tag has such a natural feel to it.
    Sending much love your way,
    Jesse XX

  3. How wonderful to have your wetlands on your property. Just beautiful and your photos are fantastic. I love the reflections in the water.

    Have a beautiful day dear Suzy ~FlowerLady

  4. Suzy!! What a magical place to live! How wonderful to be able to stand on your porch and view such amazing creatures- and that water! oh my! I have never seen such clear reflections!
    I could not be happier for you to have found such an amazing place to settle, even though the move was difficult.
    Thank you so much for sharing these photos, they are beautiful and offer us a glimpse into your beautiful world!
    hugs and love,Jackie

  5. How amazing! It's so exciting to see a beautiful bird like this and so rare. One of my very favorite birds here in Florida is the Roseate Spoonbill. They are so unusual! WOW!

  6. Oh Suzy, it is really a dream there, such beautiful birds, really special, to see, for me- and your photos are gorgeous, dearest friend.
    And of course I totally love your tag,with the lovely image and the pressed flower- stunning, sweet lovely friend.
    Hugs from Dorthe - xoxoxo

  7. Susi said it wonderfully, this is truly a heavenly place! Dearest, you live in such a beautiful area! How wonderful to have this at your doorstep, wow... I find the wildlife of Australia so interesting. It's in many ways so different from where I live.
    Your tag is gorgeous sweetie and that eco dyed paper, oh my gosh wow!! I would love to try this as well. I had been searching for some youtube videos and tutorials on the subject. Are these Eucalyptus leafs Suzy? You have such a stunning result from it, what process did you do?
    Big hugs and love, wishing you a wonderful week!

  8. You are a person blessed to live in a place like this. Enjoy and keep creating beautiful things

  9. Hello Dear Suzy
    Wonderful place!!!!
    At the same time in France: http://matinlumineux.blogspot.fr/2018/02/un-jour-de-neige-pour-finir-le-mois.html
    Hugs and kisses

  10. It is wonderful to see the beautiful photographs you take of the paradise you live in, those birds, gosh, they are quite amazing.
    What can I say about the tag, it is lovely, the colours, the pressed flower, the layers, all come together to make another little masterpiece. xx

  11. What a beautiful place to live. And a lovely tag.

  12. I've never seen spoonbills & have to say they're pretty interesting looking birds. Do they stay in your area or are they passing through?

  13. Hello Suzy~ How simply elegant those birds are. Yes, what a treat it must be to stand and watch them 'in action!' Thank you for sharing your beautiful landscape~
    I love your tag! It is a soft and beautiful array of textures and neutrals. Perfect for Wen's party. Your work is amazing! Again, thanks for sharing. Hugs, karen o

  14. How amazing!
    Your tag is so great,
    and i like the photos from the landscape with this nice birds.


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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