Last day of Spring

It’s the last day of Spring. It has been a Spring of change. Days of hot and dry. Days where some rain has fallen, just a few drops and others where there has been a bit of run-off to add a bit of water to the dams. The early Spring blogs have been full of new life. A lot of things have happened and I have seen lots of new things around here and when out and about. Here is my last day of Spring. Hope you had a great Spring too.

Some days it was great just to lie down and relax.

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I just love it when I find something new, like this butterfly, an Australian Gull I think.

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Another view of the butterfly that had me captivated as it flitted about the flowers on the dam,

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The drink container made the perfect background for a spider photo. I took me about three goes to get the photo as it kept jumping onto the camera. It is so tiny.

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Another new bug to get my attention was this Bee Fly.

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Even in the heat of the day, dragonflies were buzzing around the garden, occasionally taking time for a breather, even if it is right on top of a Grevillea.

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I couldn’t go past this waterlily with its subtle shade of pink.

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There has been a couple of Spangled Drongo’s hanging around at the moment. This bloke had just dropped in for a splash in the bird bath.

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He always waited for the Rainbow Lorikeets to finish so he wouldn’t be nagged by them.

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“I wonder what those lorikeets have been doing in here?”

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They have a nest in a rather open part of a Spotted Gum near the house. They certainly know how to tie a nest onto a branch even if the nest is a bit scrappy looking.

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Remember the photos of the Fantail nest and the young. Here is the surviving baby following the parents around the place.

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It has been a good year for the wallabies. Many of the females have a joey in the pouch. This one was just outside the kitchen this morning.

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Well Spring has gone and now to have my Summer adventures.

Little birds and flowers

What have I found over the past couple of weeks? The rooster has been doing what roosters do and the hen has been doing what hens do – sometimes. Yes, the Big Red Rooster (remember him) and the hens have produced a small but cute batch of chicks. The Fantail eggs (from the last blog) have hatched and two little chicks are doing well. But first, I have found some beautiful flowers.

This flower I have since found out can be rather weedy in its habit. The red and green together really caught my eye.

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The Pelargoniums are flowering with their unusual petals and lovely colours.

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Orange flowers stand out and this one was trying to attract insects.

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The yellow colours around the garden add a splash among the greenery.

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But the reds are very striking and this flower is most unusual.

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The Lewins Honeyeaters are always zooming around the garden making sure that everyone behaves or sitting and watching.

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The White-browed Scrub Wrens are always foraging among the leaf litter in the garden. They look quite small when they pop up onto the deck.

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The chickens hatched out a week ago. I came home to the sounds of a very proud hen cluck clucking ready to show me how clever she was hatching out these little fluff balls.

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The little red chick was always in or around the food bowl.

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I hope it is a hen as I haven’t had any red hens for ages.

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One of the yellow chicks seemed to be very interested in what I was doing.

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The Fantails nest has been all go with both eggs hatching and two hungry mouths to feed.

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Every now and then, they would curl up together and have a nap.

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They always seem to know when one of the parents is around with food.

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There is always something to catch around the garden.

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Which is delivered quickly to the babies.

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Afterwards there is time to have a bit of a stretch.

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When it gets a bit cooler in the evening, one of the parents comes for a sit to keep them warm.

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It’s good just to sit and contemplate their future.

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I think the time spent sitting on eggs and keeping chicks warm may have seemed a bit boring.

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Aren’t the whiskers around the beak amazing. I didn’t know that they had those did you?

That’s all from flowers and baby birds. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of new lives in my life.

The last of Spring

There has been so much going on this Spring, especially since I put the bird bath up, that I haven’t had time to keep up with everything. I have been on an adventure nearly every weekend, plus spotting things around here, so there has been a lot of photos to sort. Here is the last few days of Spring, mainly things around the Clarence Valley.

The Gardenias have flowered despite not having much water and some quite hot days. Their scent drifts into the house every now and then.

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One drive took us to Brooms Head where it was such a lovely day, albeit quite windy but still warm. The Gazanias were out.

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The difference in the petal colour of the plants was quite striking.

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Pig Face covered the dunes in places. Wonder why it’s called Pig Face?

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The Hibiscus also flowered in the garden. The pink one was a bit later than the red Hibiscus.

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All the Grevilleas flowered well this Spring. The colours on this one went from the yellow to pink whereas the other flowers were predominantly one colour, either the yellow or a russety pink.

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Almost all of the orange Hippiastrums flowered and look lovely as the pop up around the garden.

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I love the red Hippiastrums. I love getting inside them and seeing their different “bits”

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The other “bits” of the red Hippiastrum.

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The red Hippiastrums seem to attract the little native bees.

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And attract them they did! The flowers were almost too full of bees sometimes.

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The Bottlebrushs had ants all through them.

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While this lily had bugs walking around. They were quite camera-shy.

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The first of the young birds to appear were the Blue-faced Honeyeaters

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While the King Parrots followed me around the garden, whistling to get my attention it seemed.

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Once they saw me looking, they liked to pose for photos and look quite cheeky.

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At Brooms Head, the Rainbow Bee Eaters were zooming around the streets, stopping occasionally on the power lines.

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On the way home, just near Ulmarra, we saw the Black-necked Storks stalking around the Clarence River flood shutes. Getting out of the car, the heat of the day was terrible, especially after being cool at Brooms Head beach.

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The pair just walked away from me. They are lovely big birds.

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At home, after the Lorikeets had gone up into the eucalypts to feed, the Satin Bowerbird took advantage of the bird bath.

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That’s the end of Spring, so now onto Summer. I wonder where this weekends adventure will take me.

One day at the bird bath – the new comers

The bird bath has been the domain of the Rainbow Lorikeets as you may have read in the last blog. Today the Rainbow Lorikeets were under siege by some new comers, Musk Lorikeets. This is the first time I have seen them here. The Rainbow Lorikeets didn’t take their presence at the bird bath very well this morning. This is how the morning went…..

“Isn’t this bird bath great.” “Yeah we can just enjoy ourselves without being pestered by anyone else.”

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“Who was that?” “I am sure I heard someone…….I heard someone fluttering”

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“Ok buddy.” “Where are you?”

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“Here I come.” “Watch out below”

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“Hey you!” “Feather head….Look out!”

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“This is going to be a close one!”

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“Whoo hoo” “Splash down”

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“Now everyone is going to want to be in the bird bath”

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“Hey you!” “Get out of here!”

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“You get him Karl”

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“Isn’t this good now those blokes have gone?”

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“It certainly is isn’t it?” “Hey fellas” “Fellas….” “Where is everyone?”

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