Back roads and the beach

I enjoy travelling on the back roads where you can discover all sorts of things, plus it’s a great way to find where “that road” goes, which often is a surprise. Some roads are dead ends, some are gravel and some lead to the beach, so lets see what I found recently. The last time I went to the beach everyone enjoyed that day. Seat belts on and off we go.

One of the main things you have to do is take notice of the road safety signs, even if it does mean you have to be aware of Koalas on bikes.

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One photo I wanted to take was one of cattle and Cattle Egrets. Luckily it was a rainy day so there were some cattle just resting with egrets hanging around. Just love the one which poked its head up.

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At one stop, a cow decided to come over and check out what I was doing, mooing very loudly, until I pointed the camera at her.

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There are always flowers. These are quite spectacular.

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A lone Zinnia looking quite beautiful.

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On the track through the dunes where a Dunecare group planted a lot of plants, which have stabilised the dunes, was a Marengo which have the most fantastic leaves, The wind was blowing so the full leaf was hard to capture so a close-up was just as good.

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Once down on the sand, trying to stay out of the sand blasting, I noticed that there was a Pelican floating around on the current.

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The Pelican was soon joined by lots of seagulls

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And then there were Terns speeding along the breakwall, flying up high and then dropping out of the sky into the water as well.

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The Terns seemed to go ever so high into the sky

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Before plunging into the water. I just couldn’t time it right to get the entry but have lots of photos of splashes.

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Next a flock of Cormorants arrived to help to herd the fish into the shallow water.

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And everyone took advantage of the Cormorants fishing skills.

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In this photo, I think the Tern is a Little Tern in the bottom right.

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So after a while the Pelican wasn’t alone.

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On the drive home, the Moon looked very surreal.

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Thanks for taking the drive with me along the back roads in the rain and down to the beach.

February has been interesting

As usual I have been out and about finding stuff and having stuff find me. There has been some nice moments as well as some that were a bit on the reptilian side. The world still is an amazing place with wonders that has colour from the sky above to the little creatures who live among us. If you love being alive to experience stuff then come with me to the things I find that sometimes take my breath away or make me sit and watch with amazement.

Let’s begin with a wonderous morning sky. Not a barrage of colour, just light bright sky with the most amazing clouds.

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This time I am going to get the photos that could frighten some people out-of-the-way early. So if you are scared of reptile have a quick scroll now. I love Goannas, except when the eat my chooks eggs!!  When I can I catch them and move them up the road to eat someone elses eggs ha ha ha. This one was a bit big – around 2 meters and the cat treed him.

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You can see how they manage to climb a tree so quickly.

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But they have interesting faces.

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OK You can stop scrolling here if that was too much for you delicate constitutions.

The dam at the top of the road often has some interesting visitors. The other day two different species of Heron were stalking the edges, a White Faced Heron…

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And a Pacific Heron

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While a Pacific Baza watched from a nearby tree, probably eyeing off the chooks

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The large bits of the world are always easy to see and find but it’s often the small that take my eye. Some bugs just wander into my world, wander about for a while then off they go on important bug business. Remember that Shield Bug

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This time the dragonfly flitting about was a brilliant red not like the last one who was more a yellow colour

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While the Cassia are in flower the bees buzz about. This bloke was given a pat on the back for a flower visit.

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And as always there are butterflies…The Speckled Line Blue was playing catch with another. It was fun to watch one hide until discovered by the other and then they just spiralled into the air until one zipped away and hid.

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And the Northern Ringlet – I think – has great spot “eyes” to keep predators at bay.

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As butterflies enjoy flowers, so do I, the colours and shapes are a source of great photos.

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And again this time a yellow explosion from the ground

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Have you ever looked closely at a Hydrangea flower

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Silk Tree flowers have great colour and form but do look a bit messy as they don’t last long.

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Well the sun is going down once again, February has had a bit of variety hasn’t it?

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Thanks for the visit….see you next time

brian

Feet washing is such a chore

We all wash ourselves differently and some take more care with other “bits and pieces” than other body parts. I found it seems that some birds also have a bit of a fetish in making sure that they are rather clean all over……..and that includes the feet. Some people may wash standing on one leg, foot hooked over the other leg and scrub clean and other balance precariously on one leg balancing as the other foot get a good clean. But do you examine your feet to ensure that they are really clean.

You may remember the after bird bath routine the Wattlebird took. In case you can’t have a look here.

One of the Eastern Whipbirds best efforts in the bird bath was splashing about which probably doesn’t help to make sure your feet are clean.

Following is a look at how an Eastern Whipbird enjoys a bird bath. One day, a Whipbird flew down from the trees to take a bath. This is his story……

Today looks like a great day to take a bath. The other birds seem to have gone so it’s my turn.

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Hmmm, the water looks good and refreshing and no one is watching.

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I really think my feet need a good wash.

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I better get in the bird bath again and have a good wash, especially my feet.

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Blimey, they still look a bit off.

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Maybe this time they’ll be OK. A good shake before I get in the bird bath again.

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Well that was good but I think there is still a bit of someones’ left overs between my toes.

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Strewth!!  Look at that.  This feet washing is so hard.

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I dont care any more.

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I am going to ignore the fact the you have been watching the whole painful episode of how hard it is to wash your feet!.

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So….How do you wash your feet?

More wandering on the weekend

The weekend always brings new discoveries, sights and other things that have been seen before but still can evoke a bit of wonder. There are always birds, insects and animals that I happen upon and yes, as someone asked recently, I do often chase bugs and butterflies to get a photo. This weekend was no exception but I am lucky with the birds as they come to me. Well not to me actually but my besties most wonderful bird bath. We were chatting in the morning with a cuppa where we worked out what birds that drop in have been seen in the bird bath and which ones haven’t had their photo taken. The main ones were, not surprisingly, the raptors – Wedgetailed Eagles, Pacific Baza and the other kites and falcons that whizz through too quickly to identify.

So onto the things that managed to wander into my gaze and camera lens. The start was on Friday evening with a wonderful sunset that was filled with different colours.

I first saw a small piece of red that was one of the reddest reds I have seen.

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The yellows were quite lovely too.

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Saturday morning was filled with many butterflies flitting around the garden. Orchard Butterflies and Azures (possibly) were too fast as were some Awls and Skippers but the Lemon Migrant, I think, stopped for a bit of nectar.

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I didn’t manage to get the wings down to identify properly so a guess at Lemon Migrant will have to do, until someone lets me know what species of butterfly it is.

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As well as butterflies there was a wasp buzzing about so a quick photo was in order, then run ha ha ha

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Of course the dragonfly was just waiting to get its photo taken.

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With all this going on,  a couple of folk were dropping into the bird bath.

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I can’t help but post a couple of more Eastern Yellow Robins as they are so cute and very bright as they chitter chatter around the garden.

This one is “You keep a look out….I’m going in!”

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Even when a bit damp, the Eastern Yellow Robin manages to look resplendent.

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This is the first time that the Noisy Friarbird has dropped in for a quick dip.

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What do you look like when you shake the water from your head?

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The Eastern Rosella was waiting in the trees nearby.

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But finally had its turn which didn’t last long as a Noisy Minor decided that it was his bath time.

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On the way to give PJ his breakfast, a Grey Fantail was doing some post hopping, a quick dart into the air to catch a flying insect or two and back down.

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This time without that serious looking face

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And one more because it is such a happy little bird that always brings a smile at its acrobatics. Ready for take off…

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In another part of the garden, a Green Tree Snake was checking out the garden mulch for any tiny bug that happened upon its path.

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They certainly have big eyes.

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OH, thats right I mentioned PJ didn’t I. PJ is a horse and we finally found out why Mini was putting on weight. At feed time, Mini trots down after everyone is gone to see if there are any gumnuts that PJ has dropped and not yet found. Say hi to Mini and PJ.

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Well that’s about all I discovered last weekend although I am keeping a few photos of the Eastern Whipbird for later. Here’s another look at that fabulous sunset.

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brian