One day at the bird bath – The Rainbow Lorikeets

“I wonder where everyone is? I’m sure they said to meet here this afternoon”

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“I’m glad you turned up. It’s much nicer in the bird bath with a mate.”

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“Hey! Watch out! You’re splashing a bit too much there mate. I’ve got water in my eye!”

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“Now where did he go.”

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“It’s getting a bit crowded up there. I think it might be safer to stay down here.”

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“Watch what you’re doing! That’s my space on the bird bath fella. You want a piece of me do ya?”

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“If you blokes are going to cause a ruckus, I’m off.”

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“Ok everyone settle down and let’s have a bit of a relaxing time.”

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Spring – more wonders discovered

Oh yeah, it is Spring. So much is happening, the weather is great for wandering around the north coast and there are so many things to see and do. One drive about took us to Clarrie Hall Dam at the Crams Farm end of the storage. Tweed Council have done a great job making it a great place to visit. Just the view as you drive in is spectacular.

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The water is covered in water lilies and water birds are everywhere. The Cape Waterlilies make a stunning sight as they stand tall.

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The Yellow Waterlilies are dotted here and there around the dam.

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It is so crowded that the leaves curl making it hard for the lilies to push their way skyward.

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Unfortunately, under the water’s surface is a good amount of Cabomba, an introduced plant from America, usually a fish tank escapee. At the moment it is flowering which makes a good resting spot for dragonflies.

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This flower was partly submerged and made great patterns on the water.

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In the trees, as well on the water, were many birds enjoying the late afternoon spring weather. The Brown pigeons were always wary of the bloke with the camera.

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The Darters took off when someone ventured into the water

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While the Eurasian Coots just paddled around looking for something to eat before it was dark.

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The Purple Swamp Hens were always walking about, flicking their tails and squarking in general.

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High in one tree the young Willie Wagtails were practising being big birds, flapping wings and generally making a racket.

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The adults were telling them to be quiet, I think.

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Just sitting and looking at the water was very relaxing but it was time to head home.

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When we got home, there was Badger, who had found a shady spot to lay down on the warm spring day.

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Going down to the creek there were birds staying cool among the trees and shrubs. The Emerald Dove kept moving around the tree, all the while watching where I was going.

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The Cunjivoi is flourishing.

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Scattered through the bush are little native gardenia plants with their amazing looking flowers.

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I just had to see what was inside the purple flower growing on the fence around the house.

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It wouldn’t be Spring if there weren’t birds nesting. The Fantails nest is held together with spider web.

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She sat there watching me as I watched her.

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I was waiting for the change over of the egg sitters so I could see how many eggs were in the nest. Two small lovely eggs.

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Looking up, the splashes of green and orange of the Silky Oak made wonderful abstract patterns.

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The warmer weather also had a few blow flies whizzing about. This one seemed to like the pelargonium leaves more than me.

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Late in the afternoon, near dark, the Figbirds were singing their wonderful song.

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In the front yard, the wallaby wondered if the joey was at home.

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And there he was.

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A bit of a long one but thanks for getting to the end. I have so much more, so I better get started on the next installment of my Spring.

Spring brings new life

I love Spring. Many of the birds who have left my place over winter come back to feed and to generally hang out. The past blogs have had photos of the new arrivals and perhaps the next one after this will have as well. The last adventure drive my bestie and I went on, was around the many roads in the lower Clarence River area, some which lead to dead ends and others to sights that were unexpected.

Many of the roads had old sheds and abandoned houses which supplied an idea for a future drive about, camera in hand to record some of the past buildings in the Clarence Valley. I did take a few photos on this adventure. When photographing this place, I had the interest of the local cattle as well as the residents.

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A small village, Tucabia, was one of the stop offs as a lady there has the most wonderous garden and plants (around $5 to $10) for sale. The proceeds of the weekends plant sales was donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, a vital service here on the North Coast of NSW. So far on the Saturday, when we stopped by, she had raised $800!!! She apologised for the state of the garden as she has had breast cancer surgery but it was one of the best gardens I have visited in a long time. Here are a few of the flowers.

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One of my favourite flowers are gazanias as they remind me of growing up in my Mum’s garden. The Tucabia garden had a variety of colours. Yellow

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Reds with yellow centres

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Deep maroon with dark centres. The photo doesn’t really reflect the true colour.

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And being Spring, some had tiny butterflies having a drink.

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Spring also heralds the flies. This one has a tendency to have a bite or two when it can.

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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are back in control of the garden. The constant “pweep” rings around the garden.

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But the Friarbirds often sneak in for a quick snack.

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Often almost upside down!!

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The Rainbow Lorikeets have come for the blossoms on the Ironbarks and Tallowwoods, but still find time to annoy the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.

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Early in the morning, the Spangled Drongos have a bite to eat before the others are around.

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During the drive around I spotted a bunch of birds cruising along a small stream. The Swan was the slowest to escape my camera.

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But the most exciting part of the drive was spotting a Brolga in a wetland near Tucabia. The first photos I have taken of a Brolga.

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He was way off in the distance and, of course, took off after a while of me stalking trying to get closer.

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I hope to go down to the wetlands again, perhaps this weekend. I hope there are Brolgas still around. I hope you liked this bit of my world.

Flowers bugs and birds

The many wanderings around the north coast of NSW has taken me to many places, seen many things and of course taken many photos. The last wandering took in the warm days of Spring. The flowers are blooming and many of the birds are coming back to the gardens.

The Calendulas are looking great in the garden.

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The Gerberas just stand out in the sunshine.

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Lemon trees are full of buds. It’s hard to imagine that this little flower will turn into a lemon.

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All through the garden the nasturtiums are a riot of colour, brilliant reds and oranges.

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I thought it would be good to look deep inside to see what they look like. The patterns and shapes are quite different.

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The wisteria trailing over the arbour with the hanging blooms added a splash of mauve to the garden.

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Lots of native flowers are looking good this year as well. The Egg and Bacon plants tiny flowers, only about 5 to 8mm across, are very showy.

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With the onset of warm weather the insects are always present around the house and garden. This Crane Fly was hovering around and finally resting on a leaf.

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The baby geckos are also on the move at night. This little bloke lives in the laundry.

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The King Parrots send waves of reds and greens through the garden as the fly about the trees and bushes.

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Whereas the Rainbow Lorikeets provide a constant chatter.

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The old broken pot has made a great birdbath. The Wattlebird is a bit shy when bathing.

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But doesn’t seem to mind sharing with the Spangled Drongo.

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At Lismore Lake the birds are busy. The late afternoon has birds flying and singing everywhere. The Egrets stalk around the water plants, probably looking for an unsuspecting frog or fish.

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The Superb Fairy Wrens were flitting about the shrubs.

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I wondered why that little bloke was so intent of capturing my attention. A bit of an investigation found these two.

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Back at home, the Scarlet Honeyeater kept a wary eye on me as he had a feed on the Bottlebrush flower.

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A convenient post let the Eastern Whipbird call his mate.

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The sunsets are quite spectacular this time of year, it must be time to go.

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The candles are lit so time to settle down for a bit relaxing after a busy day wandering about. Good night.

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Some things new – Some things discovered

Last weekend my bestie and I went for a walk around my place as well as a bit of a drive to see what we could discover. A walk up the road in the morning was so nice. Listening to the birds in the bush, seeing them fly between the patches of bush and trying to get a photo or two certainly occupied the morning.

The property at the end of the road have dragged the old truck from one property to their front gate. It looked like a painting of a rural scene.

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We found a She-oak that I have never seen before along a track. It felt so soft to the touch unlike the She-oaks that are everywhere. It just cascaded to the ground and was much lighter in colour.

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There seems to be a lot of air fern growing on dead wood as well as on trees.

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As the weather is warming up, lots of insects are on the move, especially the Bull Ants.

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It seemed a bit dangerous to get down to photograph this tiny yellow flower with the Bull Ants prowling about the leaf litter.

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The birds seemed to like sitting on the dead branches of the trees along the road. This little Robin just sat for a while before hearing a call and swooping away.

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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike tried to look like the branch it clung onto.

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On the drive we came across a couple of Spoonbills sitting on a Bottlebrush. They didn’t seem to care until I got closer, then they the became restless.

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Overhead a Whistling Kite rode the air currents at speed. I didn’t think I actually got the photo but ended up with two plus a couple of photos of blue sky.

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We went for a walk to the rock pool on my place. On the way, I found a Satin Bowerbird’s bower that was covered in blue items from all around the neighbourhood. There can’t be too many blue pegs left in the neighbourhood as well as bottle tops! I think this bloke has a hoarder issue.

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This pool hasn’t dried out, even in the big drys that have happened since I have been living here. This is one of my favourite spots on the place, lovely and cool on hot days. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater came down for a drink while we were having a cup of tea.

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Although it pretended to be shy at first.

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I saw a flash of red and then a tiny Scarlet Honeyeater dropped in for a drink as well.

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Besides Water Striders, the only other thing in the water was a frog. It splashed into the water and was gone. After a while she came out and sat on the ponds edge. I have heard them, but this is the first time I have seen an Eastern Stony Creek Frog.

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So the She-oak and a photo of a Spoonbill and the frog were the new discoveries. I wonder what new discoveries I’ll find this weekend. I will take my wildlife camera as well and maybe set it up to see who come to my besties bird bath.