A few weeks back I was very privileged to be allowed into the Wildlife ARC‘s Flying Fox rehabilitation centre.

Wildlife ARC were formed in 1987 after a public meeting addressing the problems native animals were facing due to the development expansions here on the Central Coast. Wildlife ARC is run by a very dedicated band of volunteers.

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At any time there will be any number of Flying Foxes in care for any number of reasons! Some animals are in permanent care as they are unable to be released back into the wild, like this old Girl with only one eye…

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Some are recovering from wounds, some are being treated for a common fungal growth on their wings and some just drop in for a feed and to hang out with their mates!

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The day I visited was a beautiful sunny winters day – now I for one always think of Flying Foxes as nocturnal creatures – which they are but they are surprisingly active during the day as well. It was very interesting to watch them move around the enclosure, they are very inquisitive animals and they loved moving into the patches of sunlight for grooming – of which there was a lot happening!

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Apparently wings take a great deal of care! It is just amazing when you see them up close how complex their wings are and how very fragile as well!

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I honestly could have stayed and photographed these fascinating creatures all day long, but alas other duties were calling, but here are some more images of these wonderful animals…

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I am already looking forward to my next visit to the Wildlife ARC Flying Foxes, hopefully around the time the babies arrive! Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who showed me around and who do such a magnificent job caring for and rehabilitating these wonderful animals. I fi can urge all my Friends and followers, head over to the Wildlife ARC page and see how you too can help – everything counts.

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S.

My son Ash, who is just about to turn 6 (in a few weeks) competed in his first major gymnastics competition last weekend.

To say I was nervous, well that would be an understatement!

But he handled it like a pro!! With a fantastically supportive coach and a great team-mate he performed at his best and in a field of 20 kids up to 7 years old, Ash came 10th overall which is a brilliant result, and what is even better is that on parallel bars he came 3rd! I really could not be prouder of my little guy, so if you will bare with me for a bit, I will share some images from the day….

Ash started his comp on parallel bars

Then moved onto high bar

Next was floor

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Followed by pommel horse (you can see in the 3rd picture just how small he is compared to the equipment!)

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Next was the rings

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Lastly he competed on vault, but unfortunately from the grandstand my view of the vault run was severely blocked, so no great pictures from vault.

But I do have a picture of a very proud coach and his two awesome little gymnasts…

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The boys both earned enough points to receive red ribbons and qualify for the state championship comp in a few months time.

Let me just savour my proud mummy moment for a few more days and then I’ll let you all see what else I have been photographing.

S.