GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS

17th June, 2019 – Maribyrnong Wetlands pond – PACIFIC BLACK DUCK (Anas superciliosa)

Actually, I lie.

There is no good news (on the computer front).

The Apple Technician came to my home on Thursday and spent ages going through my new iMac desktop computer – settings, preferences and operating system.  He also checked how large I was uploading my images and daily use (activity monitor).  He said my usage was miniscule compared to most internet users,  and in the last month, since buying the desktop on the 3rd May, could in no way account for the large internet usage  (and also compared to my normal usage in recent years on the old 2012 Mac Pro laptop).

The technician was brilliant and even set up my spare 2T drive as an auto back-up for me (as the proper Apple Time Machine back-up drive I bought some years ago wasn’t recognised by my new computer).

No wonder I couldn’t set up the Apple Time Machine myself – it would seem it was no longer compatible with my new iMac.

A SAD, BUT FREQUENT SIGHT, IN OUR WATERWAYS THESE DAYS

He suggested I ring my Internet Service provider (again!!!!) – Telstra – and ask if someone else was logging into my IP address (to account for the way I was losing my limited internet allowance).  I rang Telstra that night and they insisted I was the only person using that IP address and the connection and WiFi was ‘just fine‘ from their end.  Same answer as when I rang them a couple of times before.

The Apple Technician did untick ‘advertising’ and another ‘preference’ as I don’t use them, but left all the other settings exactly as I had aligned with my old 2012 Laptop (for the most).

LOOKS LIKE A YOUNG GREY TEAL (very much like a female Chestnut Teal but has a paler neck).

So……… I’ll just have to wait until my current internet plan finishes on the 30th August, 2019 and buy a new, much larger one.  All you working folk with wages/salaries may think this is the obvious choice, but when you live on a frugal pension as I do, any increase in regular monthly bills is frowned upon.

With no resolution in sight, I’ll just have to restrict my online time for the next 10 weeks or so.   It will be interesting to view the data usage for this long post tomorrow morning when I log in to my Service Provider’s website and check out ‘internet data usage’ on my account.  Hope it didn’t wipe out the next fortnight’s date allowance.

I saw a White-plumed Honeyeater ((Lichenostomus penicillatus) on my Japanese Maple tree on Thursday afternoon, but with my cameras tucked safely up in their soft pouch storage bags awaiting the Apple technician’s arrival, I could do nothing but admire this rarely seen honeyeater in my area.  

Apparently, they’re quite common, but I’ve only seen one once before near my local nature reserve and once down at Jawbone Conservation Reserve in the bayside suburb of Williamstown.

Since most of next week is going to be dry and sunny, time to do some maintenance in my Balcony Potted Garden perhaps.   I’m pleased to say we’ve had lots of rain in Melbourne for the start of Winter – just hope the farmers got some out in the country.

I ended up catching a bus down to the Maribyrnong wetlands pond (also known as Edgewater Wetlands or Bunyap Park) last Monday (instead of the local pond near Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve behind my apartment building).

It was such a beautiful Winter day.

I took lots of photos of the bird life, although with the bright sun bouncing off the soft fluffy cloud cover, I couldn’t see much through the view finder, much less the LCD screen on the back of the camera(s)..  About 85% of myshots were blurred, heads or feet chopped off etc.

Of course some of those ducks swim very fast and constantly diving down to the pond floor searching for some tasty morsel to satisfy their appetite, so like the Fairy-wrens who fly around my balcony garden, you’ve got to be quick thinking and focused to catch them within the frame.

Didn’t stop me trying to photograph the birds – I figure if I took enough photos last Monday, there was sure to be a few ‘keepers’ through sheer good luck 😀

NOTE:  I was also misinformed when I bought my computer.  AppleCare, (for which I paid 3 years support), DO NOT SEND OUT technicians to your home for software issues, only hardware issues.  All software issues are dealt with over the phone or in-store.  I must have sounded pretty desperate on the phone for AppleCare to send a technician out to my home for my issues which have been keeping me frustrated and at times, verging on taking the $@%#& iMac back to the store for a full refund  😀   I’m exaggerating of course, my old Mac Pro laptop, with it’s slowed speed (since updating the software over Easter which made it seriously ill), would send me insane well before the new, fast-as-lightning iMac desktop (with ‘hiccups’). 

BTW the construction site opposite my building is abysmally slow with all the rain we’ve had.  It’s a real eyesore looking out my lounge window, but I guess it does make for jobs and income for the locals, so I just have to be patient (until it ends).  As I walked down my steep road from the bus stop on the main road, I couldn’t help staring at its ugly mess which spoils my view from my desk located in front of the windows of my lounge room.

 

THIS TIME LAST YEAR

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Is it only a year ago, I was still doing long nature walks and outdoor photography?

Life is impermanent and the most important thing is to accept, adapt and move on with the next stage of one’s life when things change.

Images of the Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa) made at the Maribyrnong Wetlands  pond.