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.
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.
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
Reds with yellow centres
Deep maroon with dark centres. The photo doesn’t really reflect the true colour.
And being Spring, some had tiny butterflies having a drink.
Spring also heralds the flies. This one has a tendency to have a bite or two when it can.
The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are back in control of the garden. The constant “pweep” rings around the garden.
But the Friarbirds often sneak in for a quick snack.
Often almost upside down!!
The Rainbow Lorikeets have come for the blossoms on the Ironbarks and Tallowwoods, but still find time to annoy the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.
Early in the morning, the Spangled Drongos have a bite to eat before the others are around.
During the drive around I spotted a bunch of birds cruising along a small stream. The Swan was the slowest to escape my camera.
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.
He was way off in the distance and, of course, took off after a while of me stalking trying to get closer.
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.