The Dawn Chorus & Dogs
The dawn chorus started in earnest this morning at the Island well before the sun snuck over the horizon. The cacophony of sound woke the dear dogs who both insisted that it was time to go for their morning walk, despite the fact that the sky still bled pink across the ocean. I donned my trusty walking shoes (a little worn but still up for the task) and we set out for a brisk stroll.
I may have been resentful at being pulled from the downy couch, but the dogs have probably got the right idea. The air was cool, the atmosphere peaceful and the ground even a little damp from the early morning dew. Blissful.
Summer has been hot and now in early autumn there's still a serious water shortage on the island. The ground's dusty and tinder-dry and the wildlife are all fighting for food and water. It was lovely to be out and about with the dogs before the heat of the day hit.
The Island was the home of Sir George Grey who purchased it in 1862 when he was Governor. Sir George was an enthusiastic collector of plants and exotic animals and is the reason the Island has a large resident population of wallabies today. The dogs and I often catch sight of grazing wallabies on our early morning or late evening walks. There is nothing more disconcerting than hearing the thump-thump-thump of a large swampie hopping by!
There is a historical day being held today at the Mansion House, the residence of Sir George Grey. I expect there will be a large influx of people coming in by ferry to enjoy high tea on the verandah of the house. I might even wander over from our Bay to take a look.
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