Birds and Flowers

I have not kept up to date with my blog. It is already half way through September and the start of Spring has gone. I too so many photos in August that I have to have a second go at putting my photos and things into writing.

Lately I have been walking along my road and as usual, my camera has been to hand. Some of the photos have been from around the neighbourhood whilst other photos have been at home. This first lot are typical of the bush in and around my place. The Fringe Wattles looked lovely this year and the spur my house is on is surrounded by the yellow of the wattles.

The small puffs of yellow encompass the whole wattle tree.

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The Native Sarsparilla also bloom at this time of year.

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They both look lovely as the Sarsparilla entwines around the Fringe Wattle

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The Paperbarks certainly flowered well this season. The air was full of the scent from the flowers which attracted all sorts of insects. How many can you see?

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Here are more insects in the flowers of the Paperbark. Mostly the insects get right down into the flower stem so only their bums are visible.

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The Coastal Rosemary flowers are quite pretty don’t you think?

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I am not sure what this little hairy leafed bush is. I called it Egg and Bacon plant but I am not sure. Can anyone help out with what this flower is please?

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I love the colours of Spring. Even the leaves can have such great shades of colour. Plus there is a bonus insect!!!

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The Double-barred Finches have been feasting on the grass seed. This one looks particularly portly at it sat high on the powerline.

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They have lovely markings. I like their blue beak.

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The Red-browed Finches were having fabulous snacks in the tall native grasses along the side of the road.

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A late comer to the last of the Bottlebrush flowers, (see the previous blog), was the Brown Honeyeater.

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The Friarbirds loved having a bath in the neighbours dam. They were diving in from a great height.

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Away in the distance I could hear the “chwit-chwit-chwit-peter-peter-peter” call of a Jacky Winter. Perched high on the dead tree, it was quite happy wagging its tail back and forth chittering away.

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Further down the road, a Little Friarbird was enjoying the last rays of the day.

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Often when I am sitting in my study, I have eyes that peer in through the door or window. This day the Female Satin Bowerbird was looking in.

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Quite often White-throated Treecreepers are spotted jumping up the trunks of trees. This is the first time I have been able to get a photo of one who took its time on its hunt for food.

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On the walk up the road I was very excited to see a couple of Grey-headed Babblers forage for insects among the dead wood and leaf litter on the property next door. I have seen them in the forest on my place but I was lucky enough to see them in the cleared land next door. I love their fluffy pants.

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The Rainbow Bee Eaters were having a splendid time zooming about the cleared paddock up the road. The many dead trees offered a great vantage point to watch for unsuspecting insects flying about.

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Every now and then, a group would gather to tell about the day and to keep a look out for flying insects. Their heads were always swivelling about as they say and chatted in the trees.

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So that’s the end of my start to Spring. I hope you have enjoyed my walk up the road.


This is my August

August. The final days of winter and the early spring flowers begin to emerge. The weather has been so nice, typical north coast days of mid twenties with cool nights. The nights are cool at my place especially as the cold breezes blow down the Gibraltar Ranges bringing quite chilly evenings and mornings. Didn’t get below zero degrees at the house this winter but there were frosts in the lower part of my property.

As usual, we have been driving around just checking out our world, discovering new things and rediscovering stuff. On one such drive-about, we came across some little Brown Quails warming in the afternoon sun by the side of a back road near Billen Cliffs

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Quail are such funny looking birds but have a certain amount of cuteness that makes you smile when you find them bustling about.

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The sun was almost set when a cacophony started heading toward us as we stopped at my besties house. The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos had come from the pine forest and up to the gums around the house to roost for the night. There were around twenty to thirty birds squawking in the trees. It was getting dark and I was surprised that I managed to get a photo.

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At my place, there has been activity among the trees as some of the eucalypts, Tallowwoods and Bloodwoods, are flowering. Most of the birds are here nearly all year round. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters can be heard chip chip chipping away during the day.

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It seems like I have a photo of an Eastern Yellow Robin in most of my blogs but they are such a lovely little bird. This time here is a rear view for a change.

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The Grey Fantails are so busy swooping around the garden.

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I was sitting in the study when a bird flew up and down the verandah. It didn’t sit still for very long (I have another entrant in “this is where the bird was a second ago” photos). The Spotted Pardalote sat still long enough for a photo through the glass door.

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The King Parrots always drop by and have a look through the door to see what I am doing!!!

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My besties bird bath has been the source of so many bird photos. The little Striated Thornbill looks like it saw me as it landed on the bird bath.

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One drive took us to Ballina where a late lunch of fish and chips by the estuary near where we have a swim in summer. The tide was out and there were a number of waders way out sifting the sand for their lunch. This Masked Lapwing patrolled the area of sand in front of us, wandering up and down. It was funny to see it on the sand and not walking around the grass in the park.

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The White-faced Heron was always finding something to eat as it wandered with purpose on the sands.

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In a nearby tree, a Little Cormorant gave me a suspicious look, but still sat looking over the estuary.

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The butterflies are just starting to be a regular sight in the garden. Don’t you think that the Orange Streaked Ringlet looks rather angry? I liked the colours as it sat on one of the garden ornaments.

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One morning the sun filtered through the trees and highlighted some spider webs in the garden. I just had to stop washing up and grab my camera.

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I don’t normally have such luck with spider web photos but these two really made my day.

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One afternoon driving home along the Gwydir Highway, I spotted something out of the corner of my eye as I went over the Tindal Bridge. I was sure it was Wedged-tailed Eagles but they were sitting on the ground not far from the edge of the road. See my last blog on the Wedged-tailed Eagles if you haven’t already seen it. When they took to the sky it was a magnificent sight.

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At my place, the Red-necked Wallabies are always hanging around. This morning, the young Joey was being brave, until they sensed I was watching from the kitchen window. Some days they Joeys have a great time hopping about. A while ago this Joey was having a great time.

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“Is he still there Mum?”

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“Oh dear. I better hide so he won’t see me!”

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The Joey finally decided to sit in the warming morning sun to contemplate the day ahead.

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The Bottlebrush had so many flowers this year, it was a magnet for the birds. The Friarbirds had taken over the garden and spent a lot of time chasing the other birds from the Grevilleas and this Bottlebrush. The bees in the Bottlebrush made the garden buzz

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Guess who came in for a snack?

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The Rainbow Lorikeets certainly add a splash of colour to the garden.

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The Friarbirds look so prehistoric don’t they?

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The little Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were also chased about by the Friarbirds.

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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters didn’t care either way when the Friarbirds carried on. At the Honey Gem Grevillea, their don’t care attitude was evident in The Battle for the Grevillea

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Well the sun is going down……….

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…….and the Moon is on the rise. Thanks for reading

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Wedged-tailed Eagles having lunch

One afternoon I was driving home when I saw, on the side of the road, two shapes being very busy. Of course, I had to turn around and see what I thought I saw. Much to my delight it was two Wedged-tailed Eagles just sitting on the ground near the road, one looked like it was eating something.

The Wedged-tailed Eagles are often sighted between Ramornie and Jackadgery. Sometimes it’s all three and this time it was just two. I just started to take photos as most times they are very wary and take off even if they have some food they are eating.

This is the story of my encounter with the two Wedged-tailed Eagles who were having lunch.

I stopped the car and took a few photos after I opened the door and hid behind it to get a few photographs. The long grass on the side of the road hindered my view but I was too afraid that if I moved they would fly off.

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It looks like I have been spotted by both eagles. The younger one waiting to eat and the parent with a bit of blood on the beak.

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“It’s OK. I’ll keep an eye on this bloke while you eat.”

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The other one started to tuck in to whatever was on the menu, and while it looked like the lookout was distracted I made a move to see if I could get some better photographs.

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Oh dear, it looks like I was spotted trying to get to a better vantage point.

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Yep!!! It was a case of “Let’s get out of here”

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“Hey wait for me I’m coming too!!!”

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While the Eagles were eating, there was a pesky Magpie swooping as they ate. The Magpie didn’t like me being there so didn’t move while I was taking photos but once in the air, the Magpie resumed its attack. It was once the Wedged-tailed Eagle was in the air I could see what it was eating. Perhaps it was a Goanna that was hit by a vehicle or maybe it was a was a Water Dragon.

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Everyone was in the air, one Eagle hanging onto lunch with the Magpie still in pursuit.

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The Magpie didn’t care which Eagle it chased and this Eagle, keeping a close eye on the Magpie, wheeled around to try to see the Magpie off.

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With lunch still well gripped the Eagles flew higher and higher making it harder to get good images.

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So a quickly as it started, they were soon way up in the sky and wheeling away from where I stopped the car. One last chance for a photo and it was over.

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I have been hoping to get some photos of the local Wedged-tailed Eagles for ages and this time I was very lucky don’t you think?


A mixture of many things

So much has happened since my last blog. I am no longer employed and have time to try to sort out my photos and other stuff. I am not able to do all that much as my hips are hurting a bit especially when I bend down. It’s quite amazing to discover how clumsy I am, I seem to drop so many things which leads me into decision-making. Do I leave whatever I have dropped there or do I really need to pick it up!!!

Enough of that and onto some of the wonders in nature I have come across as well as other things that I have thought was a bit special and hope you do too.

The succulent that is growing among the rocks in the garden, possibly dropped there and started to make a home for itself, has flowered. So many tiny flowers that only were around for a couple of weeks but added a drop of colour in the garden.

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The Grevillea, Yamba Gold is flowering for the first time. The rains in July were a life saver for the garden which had a flush of life.

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I gave the nectarine tree a severe trimming and this year it has been covered in blossoms.

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The bees have been visiting the tree. The buzzing, as I walked about, was very loud.

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The Stingless Native Bees have also discovered the tree.

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Both bees decided to visit the same flower at the same time. It looks like a face off doesn’t it?

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I love finding a Praying Mantis slowly swaying as it makes its way around the garden. Just after this photo, it decided to jump onto the camera and wander about. The photos of the Praying Mantis on the lens didn’t come out as good as I thought they would.

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One evening in July, it was rather warm so I had windows open and in flew a fly. The fly just buzzed around me while I was trying to do stuff!!!

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We had a few days away and while we were sitting outside enjoying the late afternoon and the sunset, this cloud caught my eye. I immediately thought it was Micky Mouse. What do you think?

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All of a sudden there was a loud flapping of wings and the Brush Turkeys headed to their roost high in the Norfolk Island Pine.

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The Eastern Spinebill hung around the garden all through the dry period and took over ownership of my favourite Honey Gem Grevillea. They did allow the Silvereyes to enjoy the flowers as well. The Silvereyes dropped in on their way north as they usually do in July.

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The Silvereyes stayed around for a week or so before going on their way. Such a pretty little bird.

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Late one afternoon the light was just amazing. It changed the whole colour of the Honey Gem making the greens so vivid.

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There was a bit of competition at my besties bird bath. The birds have a bit of a bath or a drink.

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Early one morning the Little Wattlebird Olive-backed Oriole (thanks for the ID @carolprobets ) wondered if the water was too cold to have a bath.

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I went onto the verandah and there was a flurry of activity as around 20 Red-browed Finches flew out of a patch of long grass where they were feeding on the seed heads. Some flew into the trees whereas others just popped onto the garden edges to watch what I was doing.

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The palm frond made a good perch to wait until I went away so they could continue with their seed eating.

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The Wrens make a splash of colour as the hop about the garden looking for things to eat.

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Down at the beach I am always on the look out for birds of prey in the sky. This time the White-bellied Sea Eagle Brahminy Kite (thanks for the ID @carolprobets )soared high in the sky, occasionally dropping lower to investigate a possible meal.

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The unseasonal rainfall and warm weather produced so many fungi. The tiny orange fungi were all through the leaf litter.

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These dimpled fungi pushed their way out of the soil in the morning sun.

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I found this silver looking fungi under the tank stand. The red centre looked a lot redder than the photo shows.

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These larger orange fungi were scattered in small clear patches throughout the bush.

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Now come the tale of woe. During the few days I spent away enjoying myself at the resort in Kingscliffe, mayhem was happening at home. I came home to find that all of my chooks had been killed by a dog or perhaps two. I was devastated. There were four dead chooks in the chook house, a few piles of feathers in the bush and one pile of feathers on the road about 60 meters from the chook yard. When I saw those feathers on the road as I drove home, I had a sinking feeling. Speaking to some neighbours, I found out that three properties had some of their chooks killed as well. Apparently there had been a stray dog spotted around the neighbourhood.

Here is my rooster who was giving me the stink-eye for disturbing the foraging among the food scraps I just threw down. The six brown hens had only been here for about three weeks. These were the first hens I had ever purchased and they were just settling into the chook yard routine. One hen had just started to lay as well.

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Sorry to end on such a sad note. I love my chooks and now I am sure the dog has gone, I’ll have to get some more chooks.


June had something new as well as old

The rain finally came in June. The big dam, which leaks, almost filled which is lovely to see even though it only lasts a few weeks before it’s a puddle again. The frogs certainly liked the water and there were a number of different types of frogs calling.

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The frogs were also on this little dam which is more of a wetland than a functioning dam. The animals drink from here as well as some birds. Dragonflies were flitting about on both dams.

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As usual, we do our drives around the north coast and one day, as we were heading west out of Casino we came across this Long-necked Tortoise in the middle of the road with cars and trucks speeding by. A quick rescue mission unfolded and it was taken to the dam up a side road not far from where we picked it up.

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At my besties one of the old farm sheds, this one was a piggery, we have created a studio space for art exhibitions and rent the Lady Shed for workshops by all manner of people. We love rearranging and decorating the Lady Shed with all sorts of things found or created

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I love this owl!!!

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Quite often when pillows or things are moved there are skinks that scurry away. This day it was a bit cold and some of the skinks were a bit too cold to move too fast.

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Spiders are also disturbed as we do a bit of a cleaning and moving stuff around when there is someone else going to use the Lady Shed Studio. I have lost my spider ID book so I can’t tell you what is this one.

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There is a lovely cane light shade in the Lady Shed Studio. We always check to ensure that no one has decided that the light shade would make quite a nice house. Most times a spider or two is moved on or a mud daubers nest is removed. This time a little micro bat with only a face a mother could love had taken up residence. Luckily it had gone the next day before the workshop has started. I think it may be a Lesser Long-eared Bat.

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In the insulation, just under the corrugated iron, lives a Carpet Snake. It is a lovely warm place for a snake to spend winter. This Carpet Snake has been living in the Lady Shed Studio for ages and sometimes can cause a bit of angst among the workshop participants.

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One afternoon I was driving home from work when I spied a Black-necked Stork patrolling after the rains had replenished a wetland. When he saw me he just casually walked away.

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On the drive west of Casino in a place called Piora, we came across a little watercourse that had a couple of Spoonbills, some ducks and a Heron. The Spoonbill was the only one who didn’t move off when the car stopped.

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As it has been very dry at my place with only occasional showers and 2 days of good rainfalls. The normally abundance of birds has deserted the garden and surrounding bush. The Lewins Honeyeater has stayed waiting for the blossoms to appear. The rain bought out the Honey Gem flowers.

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The Satin Bowerbirds have also stayed around as they steal snacks from the chook yard. They also have a been stealing all manner of blue things from the surrounding properties.

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The number of Satin Bowerbirds usually increases when it gets a bit cold in the Gibraltar Ranges. This day when I took these photos the trees were full of the mad chattering of Satin Bowerbirds.

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I did a bit of a bush walk one day. Just near the dam in the first photo there has been a bower for a number of years. The blue objects were strewn in all directions from the bower up to 2 metres away.

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So many blue objects. I have no idea whose place they get the blue bottle tops from as I don’t have any and my recycling is always in a sealed wool bale sack. I do think the strips of blue are from a disintegrating tarp in my building materials area.

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The bird bath is always kept with water in it for the birds. Actually I have three places where the birds can get a drink and a wash. This one is one of the favourites. You can always hear the constant call of Eastern Yellow Robins in the bush and they come to the garden for an insect snack or head to the bird bath.

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The little Striated Thornbills are regular bird bath regulars. They only stay for a quick wash and drink before they are off.

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One day I heard a call I didn’t recognise at the bird bath. At first I didn’t see anyone but then a head popped up whilst the bird was clinging to the edge of the bird bath with its tail in the water. Just then, another bird flew in a sat on the edge. The big feet gave it away. This was the first time I had seen the White-throated Treecreepers in the bird bath.

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At my besties there are always Eastern Whipbirds calling and foraging in the garden. This one was muttering to itself while it turned over leaves and small rocks hoping for a bite to eat.

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Of course there a the little Eastern Yellow Robins in her garden as well. They are such a cute little bird don’t you think?

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Hello May

Hello May. May has come and gone. We went back to Macleay Island again and I have another new bird that I have photographed. I do get excited when I find something new.

This collection of photos has some birds, mainly that I have put here before, that I have found in a comical situation. OK situations that I find comical and hope you do too.

There is also a photo of a moth just to warn those people who have a phobia about moths. I should have put that warning in the last blog too. There aren’t any spiders or snakes this time.

This poor old Blue Tiger Butterfly was sitting on a leaf catching a bit of sunshine, probably the last sunshine he had. See the hole in the right wing? And the rest of the wings are a bit shabby and colour bleached.

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Here is the moth. An Emperor Gum Moth, one of the largest moths that are around here. Its wingspan is around 150mm. I thought it was a Micro Bat when it flew past me.

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This year the Cordyline Rubras flowers were spectacular. I have never seen so many flower spikes. There were lots of bees buzzing around. Can you spot one?

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Here is a close up of a flower spike.

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On the ferry going to Macleay Island, one of the Morton Bay islands, the ferry was followed by a White-bellied Sea Eagle for a long part of the journey. At one stage it swooped off to the other side of the ferry but didn’t catch anything.

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The Curlews are back. I am not sure what they were on but I have not seen such a wide eyed expression.

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Here is the photograph first for me. The Pale-headed Rosella. They were having a lovely time in the Grevillea on the property next door to where we stayed on the island.

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They have lovely markings don’t they? The red splosh under the tail is eye catching.

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Back home, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have claimed the sparse flowered Honey Gem Grevillea. The dry weather has reduced the number of flowers of what is usually a shrub laden with flowers. This is what it looked like a while ago

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater are very bossy in the garden at the moment. Taking up vantage points around the garden to chase of anyone who thinks they might get at the flowers. The Eastern Spinebills are the one who seem to be picked on the most.

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The Blue-faced Honeyeater has a black chin. I hadn’t noticed how extensive it was before. I have gone through the previous photos and none have shown the honeyeaters chin before.

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Hi on the tree, the Eastern Rosella was just hanging out. It seemed to see me with the camera and just posed for quite a while.

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Look at me, don’t I look splendid?

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After a while it was a case of “See my butt!!” and away it flew.

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I love getting photos of Eastern Whipbirds. They never sit still long enough to get good photos. I took this photo as it was just about to take off.

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The bird bath is always a place to get some birds. The White-throated Honeyeaters swapped from the small hanging pot to the bigger bird bath.

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Although it doesn’t look like the water was to this ones liking. Don’t honeyeaters have long tongues?

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I love it at this time of year. There is always someone new in the garden. The little Rose Robins are so cute.

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Driving home one afternoon, I spied a Wedged Tailed Eagle feasting on a bit of road kill. Despite getting into my best sneaky mode, the eagle flew into a nearby tree to wait for me to go so it could continue dinner.

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Well it’s night time and the moon is beaming down. Goodnight.

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The year so far

So far this year I have found some allusive birds, some bees doing what bees do, lovely flowers, insects, a new bird that was very accommodating to be photographed and a photo or two that viewer discretion is advised.

Yes, this blog does contain images of sexual behaviour. Consenting sex I may add. The sexual activity did occur over quite a while although use of the word activity may be a stretch of the imagination. Most of the time both partners didn’t engage in much activity at all!!!

So it may be best if I start with “those” images. That way your titillation can be catered for straight away and you wont be scrolling through and perhaps missing other images that can perhaps be stimulating. The moths decided that near the back door, on the verandah was a good place to procreate.

How did I know that there was something mothy happening. Perhaps the next image is more explanatory.

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They were indeed attached, chosing a cactus to add that extra bit of spice to the act perhaps.

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I had a hard time trying to get a good photo of this insect. It was on a mission and kept marching along the leaf, which thankfully was a large leaf.

bug_lismore_crop_named_april 2016

The bes were having a real buzzy time around the garden. There were plenty of flowers to choose.

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The Blue-banded Bees love the Blue Ginger flowers even if you have to really scrunch up to get at the flowers goodness.

bee_binna burra_crop_named_april 2016

The Camelias were quite striking this year. As an added bonus, can you count the little Stingless Bees on the flower? One little bloke has even got a water drop drink!!!

camillia_binna burra_named_april 2016

I love this cacti flower. It is just a balloon like structure and when it opens there is nothing inside. The colour is lovely don’t you think?

cactus flower_binna burra_named_april 2016

The Blue Ginger flower. Now you can see why the bees love visiting.

blue ginger flower_binna burra_named_april 2016

The little Violet flowers love the cool and the shade. Plenty of water sees the plant send up lots of flower shoots to add small splashes of colour around the garden.

violet_binna burra_named_april 2016

High up in the Bangalow Palm, the Lewins Honeyeater contemplated his vast bounty of seeds.

lewins honeyeater_binna burra_named_april 2016

While the White-headed Pigeon observed hoping for some lunch after a quick dip and drink at the birdbath.

white headed pigeon_binna burra_named_april 2016

The Bar-shouldered Dove walked around looking for a tasty morsel amongst the leaf litter. He looks spectacular with those red legs.

bar shouldered dove_binna burra_named_april 2016

The allusive Green Catbird. They can be heard throughout the forest in the mornings and late afternoons but here, they are quite shy and hop along the branches, never sitting still for long.

catbird_binna burra_named_april 2016

A drink and a bath at the little hanging birdbath is a family affair for the White-throated Honeyeaters

white throated honeyeaters_named_home_april 2016

I love this photo. The antique wrought iron garden chair is a lovely resting place for the Eastern Yellow Robin, a constant visitor to the garden.

yellow robin_binna burra_named_april 2016

Now for something new. We went to Macleay Island in Moreton Bay. The island is home to lots of Beach Stone Curlews. These pair were having a sleep at the back of the house, opening an eye to see what I was doing. This is the first time I have seen Beach Stone Curlews so it was rather exciting.

beach stone curlew_two_macleay island_named_april 2016

After a while one decided to get up and walk a little way into the bush.

beach stone curlew_macleay island_named_april 2016

I don’t think that he was impressed at being woken. During the night, they were calling with their mournful call. Actually it seemed like all night they were calling. No wonder they didn’t like being disturbed.

beach stone curlew_close_macleay island_named_april 2016

Well, that’s what I have found, refound and photographed so far this year. I was excited photographing the Curlews and the Green Catbird. I hope you have enjoyed my images.


Birds and butterflies and perhaps a snail

I really enjoy sitting down and writing. Something I haven’t done a lot of lately so this little bit of writing includes a lot of photos. I was intending to do a series of birdbath photos. Instead here is a selection of the two birdbaths, my besties birdbath and the small hanging pot that I found some of the birds at my place love to visit.

First off is the birdbath that has been a regular feature in a lot of my blogs. I still remember the first time I saw a Noisy Friarbird. They are so prehistoric looking. I tell visitors that they are Australia’s only vulture. Naughty aren’t I? Their songs are one of the most distinctive as they call in the bush. I love seeing them when two Noisy Friarbirds sing in unison, both doing the same movements as well.

friarbird_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

The little Eastern Yellow Robin must have had a hot tail as he sat with his tail in the water for quite some time.

eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

The White-browed Scrubwren was far more interested in what the other scrubwrens were doing underneath the birdbath.

white browed scrubwren_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

“Oh for goodness sake, tidy yourself up!” The Spangled Drongos having a lovely time at the birdbath.

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I wonder what the Little Wattlebird was giving the Drongo the stink eye about?

spangled drongo_wattlebird_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

Here is the little hanging pot. One day the hole in the bottom was blocked with some leaves and dirt. It filled with water after the rain and I heard some birds having a good time, drinking and having a splash about. I sealed the bottom and now keep it filled with water. The small birds, especially the honeyeaters, are the ones who use it the most.

bird bath_small_named_home_march 2016

The White-throated Honeyeaters are regular users. They are here every afternoon to have a drink or a bit of a splash in the water.

white-throated honeyeaters_bird bath_named_home_march 2016

One has a bath while the others keep a look out.

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The Brown Honeyeater caught with his tongue out after taking a drink.

brown honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_march 2016

The Lewins Honeyeaters are in the garden most of the day. This one came for a drink in the middle of a rather warm March day.

lewins honeyeater_named_home_march 2016

Another tongue out shot. This time of a White-throated Honeyeater.

white throated honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_march 2016

You can see why I need to keep the water up to the birdbath. The Lewins certainly enjoy a good splash.

lewins honeyeater_bird bath_splash_named_home_march 2016

The White-throated Honeyeaters are a bit more refined in their bathing habits.

white throated honeyeater_bird bath_splash_named_home_march 2016

I love seeing the little Thornbills in the garden. They always seem to have something to investigate.

thornbill_named_binna burra_march 2016

The Whipbirds are always hiding behind something or rustling about in the garden under the bushes.

eastern whipbird_named_binna burra_march 2016

Enough of the birds. I also love Dragonflies. We were doing some bush regen down at the spring, when this Dragonfly took an interest in what we were doing. Yes, that is one of the lantana bushes he is sitting on that got pulled out.

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After a bit more zooming around, I realised that he was doing something other than watching what we were doing. At least it reminded us to have a break and a snack.

dragonfly01_snack_named_march 2016

Speaking of snacks. There was a loud buzzing and upon investigating, there was the fly caught in the web and a Daddy Long Legs getting ready to wrap the fly up for his dinner. Fly wrap anybody?

spider_fly_crop_named_binna burra_march 2016

I don’t think it is fair to be called common but the butterfly world has many “common” butterflies. This Common Crow was very obliging to have its photo taken.

common crow butterfly_named_lismore_march 2016

The Pentas are a great flowering shrub for butterflies.

butterfly02_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

Butterflies are so delicate as they stand on flowers to gather nectar.

butterfly01_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

Getting your proboscis right in there seems to be the way to go.

butterfly_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

The Orchard Butterflies were in the garden a lot in march. These two were having a good time fluttering around the garden.

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Quite often their dance became quite close and eventually there was a lot of blurred photos as they mated. As this isn’t one of “those” blogs I haven’t included the very blurry photos, mainly as they were very blurry

orchard butterflies01_home_crop_small_named_march 2016

Aren’t they beautiful big butterflies?

orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Oh. That’s right. I did mention a snail didn’t I. One evening I went into the bathroom and saw something high up on the wall. The soft-shelled native snail was very shy and seemed to sense when I was close trying to get a photo and went into it’s shell. At least I know what was making holes in the leaves of the plant in the bathroom.

snail_soft shelled_crop_named_home_march 2013

I am glad you have gotten to the end of one of the longest blogs I have done. Did you enjoy the journey? What was your favourite photo?


Wanderings in early 2016

I have been so slack in getting things together of late. Many bits of life have been taking my time plus a bit of laziness on my behalf have put my photos way back in the order of life. The photos here are from last month and are just a quick selection of all sorts of things. Also, I have been a slack on identifying some of the insects mainly that I have come across, so if you have the skills that can help, let me know what I have found please.

One thing that I find fascinating is finding other objects in inanimate stuff that I discover. Let’s start with some tree roots that were on the side of the road at Buccarumbi which was a “lets see what’s down this road” destination on a wandering drive around the Clarence Valley.

I saw a duck…what about you?

tree root_duck_buccarumbi_named_feb 2016

Can you see the elephant?

tree root_elephant_buccarumbi_named_feb 2016

This building was the General Store or Post Office many many years ago. I haven’t found out exactly But I am sure I’ll let you know one day. A blog I have been wanting to do, after I have taken more photos, is the old building around where I live…..one day, one day.

old store_buccarumbi_named_feb 2016

Sometimes a joey doesn’t really want to grow up. This young Red-necked Wallaby is too big to want “pouch time” but the mother was quite patient and stood there for quite some time.

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Speaking of patient mothers, the Butcher Bird had come down to the bird bath to show the young one where to get a drink on a hot day. Young Butcher Birds are all “mum….mum…..mum….where are you…..mum…..mum!!! Quite incessant!!

butcher bird_young_home_named_feb 2016

We spent a weekend at the Ballina Beach Resort which was just a mini holiday away from all the life that surrounded us at the time. Just outside of our room was this little Water Dragon. One day it will grow into its tail.

water dragon_young01_ballina_named_feb 2016

The little one certainly kept an eye on me.

water dragon_young_ballina_named_feb 2016

The thing about living in an organic house is getting used to whoever decides to pop in for a while. Sometimes they even like a bit of screen time.

huntsman02_screen _named_home_feb 2016

Once outside there are always butterflies flitting around the garden, either mine or my besties. This Common Pencilled Blue butterfly was at her place. Thanks to @joylibbylib for letting me know🙂

butterfly01_binna burra_named_feb 2016

There are aways Common Ringlets in the garden somewhere. They sit still long enough to be photographed.

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The bees have been busy as the late Summer and Autumn flowers are bursting forth adding brilliant colour to the gardens.

bee_binna burra_crop_named_feb 2016

The dragonflies are quite content to zoom around the garden, occasionally stopping for a bit to survey the scene or catch their breath. I am never sure which!

dragonfly01_binna burra_named_feb 2016

Ever wondered what Dragonflies do when it rains?

dragonfly_rain_binna burra_named_feb 2016

We went to Emerald Beach for another mini holiday. Walking to the headland I spied a small spot of purple. There it was a Purple Fringed Lily. So small but so perfect.

fringe lily_emerald beach_named_feb 2016

Thanks for taking the time to have a look at some of my discoveries in February. Now to start on March.


Birds, Bugs and Flowers

I have been meaning to do the last lot of photos for December. Being on holidays makes it hard to sit and do useful things. I haven’t really gone anywhere. Just doing the usual day trips around the north coast of NSW, trying to avoid the places where the tourists are massed and clogging the roads. Managed to get caught in a 7km traffic jam because I didn’t check Live traffic before I left home. A useful website when driving around here in the school holidays.

The title doesn’t really tell you everything that is in this blog but there are birds, bugs and flowers. I suppose I should warn some of my more squeamish readers that this blog may contain spiders and moths. Yes someone doesn’t enjoy my moth photos.

The Ibis is the garbage scavenger quickly replacing the Seagull. I looked up one fine day and there, high above me, wheeling around on the air currents were some Ibis. They looked so graceful.

ibis_lismore_named_dec 2015

It was a hot day and the young Magpie Lark or Pee Wee as we called them as kids, was in the trees occasionally squawking but mainly panting – that’s if birds pant.

magpie lark_named_home_dec 2015

The heat of the day also brings some visitors to the verandah into the cool. The hanging plants make a good resting place for this King Parrot. King Parrots are regular visitors.

king parrot_named_home_dec 2015

Walking around Lismore Heights, we stopped at the lookout where there were heaps of Copperheaded Skinks. Mostly small ones that were quite fast who ran away when I got too close.

skink_named_lismore_dec 2015

I love coming across caterpillars. I have no idea what this one is and am feeling too lazy to get the books out. They are always ready to have their photo taken.

caterpillar_named_lismore_dec 2015

There has been a hatching of Cabbage White butterflies. There were quite a few flitting about the garden. I am not sure of the name of the flower this butterfly was enjoying.

butterfly_named_lismore_dec 2015

Bugs. I really need a bug book as there are so many in the gardens and places I go to. I just call these types of insects shield bugs. It was quite intent on sucking on the stem of the plant and didn’t mind me taking a few photos.

sheild bug_named_lismore_dec 2015

Whereas this bloke was quite busy trotting about the vege garden. As you can see it wasn’t a very big bug.

bug_named_lismore_dec 2015

The tiny moth just settled on the door frame, keeping dry from a passing shower. I love how hairy some moths can be. This one looks like it even has feathers on its back.

moth_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Bees. I love trying to get good photos of bees as you would know. I wonder how many bee photos I have?

bee_named_lismore_dec 2015

As I was doing a bit of a tidy up in the garden, I came to the Crinum and was removing some of the debris that had gathered in the leaf stalks. I was also looking for spiders as well because they love to make a home in there. This time it wasn’t a spider I found but a cricket. It tried to wiggle its way deeper into the stem. This was the first photo before it made itself smaller.

cricket_named_home_dec 2015

One evening I got into the shower and this girl was in there as well. I gently moved her out of the shower as I don’t think she would find hot water beneficial. She decided that the mirror was a good place to sit. Maybe she was reflecting on her day.

huntsman spider_mirror_named_home_dec 2015

I have developed an obsession in photographing Dragonflies. I didn’t realise there were so many different colours in dragonflies. This one almost looks like the stick it is sitting on.

dragonfly01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Some dragonflies are quite orange. They seem to hold their wings out to the side when they are resting.

dragonfly_named_binna burrra_dec 2015

And then there are the red dragonflies that I have been trying to get a photo of for quite a while. The red is almost fluorescent. The red dragonflies hold their wings to the front.

dragonfly02_named_lismore_dec 2015

Dragonflies can also be a bit hairy.

dragonfly01_named_lismore_dec 2015

Of course any blog of mine would be complete without a fungi appearing somewhere.

fungi_named_binna burra_dec 2015

It looks like we are up to the flowers. I have had a fascination with photographing flowers since I got my first SLR camera. The small geranium flowers all seem quite different if you look carefully.

geranium_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The ball of flowers that make up the Pentas flowers looks so striking even when you get right into the flower and see the individuals that make up the whole ball.

pentas_named_binna burra_dec 2015

Flowers grow in all sorts of shapes and patterns. I didn’t notice the structure of this flower until I looked from directly above. What a lovely circle of flowers.

flowers_named_lismore_dec 2015

These marigolds have so many subtle shades of orange that changes when viewed in sunlight. In the shade they seem to darken with lighter highlights.

flower_binna burra_named_dec 2015

What would summer be without the scent of a Frangipani? I can almost smell them when I see the photos, can’t you?

frangapanni_lismore_named_dec 2015

Buddha has a nice shady spot to sit. I like to visit him often for a chat.

budda_named_binna burra_dec 2015

Well that is the last of the 2015 photos. I hope you have enjoyed being with me as I made some lovely discoveries over the 2015. Here is the year in review that WordPress build – https://bushboy54.com/2015/12/31/2015-in-review/

Thanks for the positive comments and support and I hope I can let you see what will be in my world in 2016.


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