Novembers finds

A bit has been happening in November. First of all my new domain has been registered and I am now a .blog and just a bushboy writing from bushboy.blog

A new sign for the property so any of my Airbnb guests can find me a bit easier. Thank you to my bestie, not only a fabulous artist but a great signwriter as well. Over the next few weeks the old orange “post” will have a bit of a make over as well.

Some of the photos are repeats of subjects that have been in and around my place for the past few months. There is always room for a butterfly or two, a dragonfly and some birds who have been showing off this month. So off we go – have you got your cuppa and are ready to see what I have found in November….

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The Square-tailed Kites are still on the nest and I am anxious to see some small heads appear above the nest. Maybe the next blog will have some little Kites for you.

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It was a warm day so she was sitting on the edge of the nest with her wings out to help cool her down.

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And then see spotted me.

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The Caper White Butterflies have started to lessen in numbers but there was a flurry of butterflies earlier in the month.

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This is my favourite Caper White Butterfly photo

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I am fascinated that some butterflies like sitting on the ground. Australian Painted Ladies seem to enjoy life at ground level even if the ground is bone dry.

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I was waiting for ages to get a photo of an Australian Painted Lady with its wings open as I saw the flash of green as it was flying about. An amazing green colour isn’t it?

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I always have the little Lineblues flitting around the garden. I noticed that this one seemed different to the others. When I looked in my butterfly book, I found it was still a Lineblue but couldn’t really discover which one it is. Funnily, when I put Lineblue into a search engine for images, there were some of my own photos which didn’t help much at all.

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The Orange Grass Dart almost matched the colours of the Dietis Bicolor.

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The doors are closed but the Robber Fly seemed determined to get inside out of the heat. It was sitting on the door jamb waiting for me to go inside.

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Of course there are dragonflies about the garden especially after I have watered the plants. Their wings are wonderful to look at and the more you look, the more you see the lines and shapes.

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With this Dietis iridioides, the little Native Stingless Bees have to venture down inside  the flower to fill up their pollen sacks.

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As I sit at my desk this Copper-headed Skink is always busy doing his Skink business around the verandah. He moves so fast when he wants that it is so hard to get a photo. One day I’ll be able to show you his face….one day.

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I put the bird bath in the old dead tea tree a while ago but it’s not much of a favourite as the terracotta one. One day the King Parrots came in for a drink. Drinking at the terracotta bird bath rises the ire of the Friarbirds who have claimed the garden as their own. Their battles in the garden with the Blue-faced Honeyeaters have been epic. Have a look at this video from my You Tube Channel

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All the birds sit on the edge of the bird bath but the White-throated Treecreeper has its own unique way.

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Bird number 92 in my list of birds who I have identified (with help of others when I cannot find them) was the Brown Pigeon. Not the Brown Pigeons best side but these colours and markings that you don’t always see.

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I was wondering why the leaves and flowers of this plant were on the verandah and the plant looked a bit scrappy. One morning while I was at my desk, along came a Friarbird who started plucking leaves and flowers. The Satin Bowerbirds were also having a go a while ago too.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was enjoying the morning sun. Another photo from my desk.

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This year has been dry but the conditions have suited the Crinums. They have had 2 or 3 flower spikes so far this Spring. Such an amazing flower.

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The Lilli Pilli has also had a good flowering. The small tree was just bursting with red flowers which the Native Stingless Bees have been enjoying too. Check out the pollen sack on this bloke and wonder how it can still fly let alone gather more.

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Of course, the flowering of the Lilli Pilli has made the tiny Scarlet Honeyeaters sing. Listen to the song in this video. My apologise for some bad camera work but I had to get the song

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The Scarlet Honeyeaters also look good from the back don’t you think?

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They are lucky to be able to have almost exclusive rights to the Lilli Pilli flowers as the other honeyeaters are too big to land and eat. It certainly takes a bit of acrobatics to utilise the flowers nectar.

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It’s almost time to turn on the lights, think about dinner and wash up my cup. Have you finished you cuppa too?

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November had the Super Moon. Well it wasn’t very super at my place but still is a lovely sight in our night sky.

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Good night…..see you next time.

Birds. Bugs, Flowers and Things

I love it when I have a mixed lot of photos I have taken. This blog does contain a lot of birds and things that have been previously in past blogs but they keep doing things that are different or I just like the photo and hope you do too. There is one photo that has something different from the usual photos, can you spot it?

The weather over winter and early spring has been dry with some hot days and some windy days. Since 1 August to end of October there only a couple of days where there was good rainfall, but only 14 days of rain over 3 months. Some of the flowering plants have enjoyed the dry. This year the bottlebrushes and paperbarks have had the best flowering ever.

One of the things I like to photograph is when I can see faces in things. These are a couple I have seen lately. Can you see the faces too? The first on was taken at the beach during a walk after a North Coast Landcare get together.

Can you see a dog?

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Sometimes the faces can seem rather scary. I had a feeling that someone was watching me.

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The Red-necked Wallabies have had a bumper Joey season this year, so it may indicate that the grass in the paddocks will soon turn green and there will be a good summer. These two were eating beside the veranda where there are patches of feed. The Joey may be too big for the pouch but still likes to get a drink from Mum.

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One plant that has had a fabulous flowering this year has been the Native Frangipanni. The birds and insects are always around the tree in the early morning and late evening.

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My besties garden always has flowers as the rainfall there is much better than at my place. I love the way that this flower seems to explode towards you.

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The colours of this small flower are stunning adding a splash of colour throughout the garden.

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My hanging pot of bromeliads have never had so many of these striking red flowers. I counted six flowers around the hanging pot. Yes that is a bird’s nest I found on the ground and was placed in the pot.

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I wanted a few flowers around and planted some Alyssum seeds and they all came up giving cascades of white flowers from the many pots they were planted in. There were bees and this Hover Fly (I think) buzzing around. What a golden coloured fly!!!

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Other visitors to the Alyssum flowers were small butterflies. I managed to get a photo of the Ochre Butterfly before is zoomed off to another flower in the garden.

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You can see how dry the ground was when I took a photo of a Meadow Argus. They prefer to land on the ground. The underside of their wings seem fluffy and dull…..

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….but the inside wings are very colourful.

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In late October the Caper White Butterflies started to fly through my place on their migration to SE Queensland. They have been constantly been in the garden since then. The Pentas is a great butterfly attracting bush.

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While walking around Grafton we spied some bee activity around a large Camphor Laurel. I am glad they were too busy to notice me trying to get some photos. When we went back a couple of weeks later there weren’t many bees around at all. Sadly I suspect the Council may have sprayed the nest.

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The coming of warm days brings out the insects. There are a good number of varieties of flys at the moment. This brown fly spent some time walking around the rim of the jug on the window sill.

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While this insect preferred the window to walk about.

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The garden also has its share of insects and bugs. I love the colours on this beetle, don’t you?.

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The Dragonflies are swooping around the garden and the dams. This is the blue variety. I  think will do a blog just on Dragonflies as I have some other varieties.

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I just had to include another White-throated Honeyeater and the hanging watering come small bird birdbath pot. He looks to be saying “Ok mate, where’s my water!!!”

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On the walk along the beach I spotted some birds sitting on some rock off the shore. The Pied Cormorants were doing their washing.

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Here is bird number 91 I have identified on my place. (I say “I” but has been a team effort from lots of people in my network.) The Common Bronzewing was just strolling along but I managed to get a not very good photo.

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Back at the beach walk, on the way down to the beach through the dune I saw a New Holland Honeyeater gathering material for the nest.I’m sure the spider didn’t mind a bit of web taken.

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Isn’t it funny how birds can have their heads looking back. The Brown Pigeon was certainly keeping an eye on me.

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Amongst the vegetation, chit chatting away the Eastern Whipbird foraged for insects. Their distinctive whip crack call (from You Tube by Linda Hansbauer) many people know but when they are on the ground bustling about the have an insane cackle going on.

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The most elusive bird at my besties is the Green Catbird and I am always excited when I find a Catbird amongst the foliage.

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In Spring, the Figbirds arrive at my place. Late one afternoon I found this pair cosying up for the night among the branches of the fig tree.

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Of course you have seen lots of Blue-faced Honeyeaters on the Honey Gem Grevillea in my previous blogs but the way they can have a snack upside down always fascinates me.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is contemplating the first flower on a Grevillea I planted a few years ago. I will have to try to find out the name of this Grevillea.

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The Tawny Frogmouth (or it may be a Marbled Frogmouth) has the most basic of nests. Just a few twigs thrown onto a flattish spot in a tree. This bird hatched two babies.

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Late in the evening, a walk along the shore at Ballina saw many pelicans coming in to roost. First stopping on the light post to make sure the fishermen weren’t cleaning their catch. It’s almost time to go….

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…..the moon is up casting a glow so I must be off. See you next time.

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