Thursdays Special: Over

Over. What is over? As Paula said, in proposing this photo challenge, “over the moon” with a fabulous photo. You have to go to Lost in Translation to see Paulas photo and other entries to the challenge. Also to hear one of my all time favourite Rolling Stones songs, Moonlight Mile.

What is “Over” for me? Well I just finished my latest blog “The birds of June” so this is my take on Over

A very pretty Spotted Pardalote was sitting on this branch.
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was sitting among these leaves.
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The Eastern Spinebill was drinking the nectar from the Honey Gem Grevillea just a second before.
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The Green Catbird said “this photo shoot is over. I have my pecan nut and am going….see ya”.
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The Spotted Pardalote said “I have some where else to be….I’m over this photo stuff”.
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Now this blog is over

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The birds of June

It may be Winter, but here, it is the time when birds drop in on their way north to build their strength for the next part of their journey, or stay for the winter in the warm days on the North Coast. The nights can get cold but the days are usually in the low 20’s C with the warmth of sunshine and the number of plants that flower in late Autumn and Winter makes it a good place to stop off. This is not a complete record of birds as there have been birds who I haven’t managed to get in my lens plus there has been some who have just been to fast for me to photograph. Yes I have quite a number of photos of empty branches!!!

This first gallery of photos are the birds from my place.

The White-throated Honeyeaters arrive in the morning and in the afternoon with their chirp chirp chirp as they set about diving into the birdbath or pool to have their bath.
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive from down south, some stay while others in the flock fly further north.
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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters come and go all year depending on what food is available. The Honey Gem Grevillea has finally started to flower after a long dry hot Summer. Look at the pollen dust on his head.
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The little Eastern Spinebills are here with the distinctive clicking of their wings as they zip around the garden and their calls echoing in the gullies.
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You can judge their size by comparing with the Blue-faced Honeyeater and Grevillea flower above. They really stretch to reach the blossoms at times.
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Their plumage is quite pretty don’t you think?
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I don’t include many photos of the female Golden Whistler but this one is so cute. They are around the place all year round with their repetitive call which can sound like a squeaky wheel, at times up to twenty single notes.
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They also like to land on the side of trees and have a look around.eastern yellow robin_named_home_june 2017

As do the White-throated Treecreepers who just hop up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark. They have a similar call to the Yellow Robins but not as persistent.
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They also like to defy gravity as the give the trees a very thorough checking over.
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The tiny Red-backed Fairy Wrens like to explore the lower parts of the forest eating grass seeds and insects foraging among the grass stalks. The Jenny Wren has good camouflage.  wren_named_home_june 2017

The Silvereyes are migrants who stop for a few weeks to gather their strength for their next leg of their journey north.
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They are another of the tiny birds around here.
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The Red-browed Firetails are another constant visitor to the bush as they move about in small flocks looking for grass seeds. This is a young one as the red brow isn’t as prominent as the adults.
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The tiny Striated Thornbills are always around the garden and in the gullies around the house.
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They love the birdbath.
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Someone who I haven’t seen for quite a while has turned up this month and has been around the garden early in the morning and in the gullies during the day. The Spotted Pardalote digs a tunnel in the side of the gully to make it’s nest. They are so pretty aren’t they?
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I think this one saw me as I snuck along the verandah for a better photo.
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They can be quite vocal too.
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The sounds of Kookaburras signal the start and end of every day. There are about three families that live in the bush around the house and sometimes the cacophony of up to five or six Kookaburras can be quite deafening.
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After I took this photo I noticed that there was another two sitting nearby in separate trees. All of a sudden they all flew off into the forest disappearing among the trees.
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This next gallery are from my besties place.

The Lewins Honeyeater is the boss of my besties garden. They swoop on most other birds that dares to come into the garden. The Lewins at my place aren’t as bossy.
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Can you spot the Varied Triller?
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The Grey Fantails are always doing their acrobatic flying around the place catching insects on the wing. A very serious looking bird.
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The Golden Whistler is always around the garden and nearby rainforest singing its lovely song.
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My besties place is surrounded by rainforest so she has more doves and pigeons than I do at my place. The White-headed Pigeon has a deep sounding whoomp whoomp call. They also fly about in large flocks.
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The Brown Pigeon didn’t want its photo taken.
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There is always up to ten bar-shouldered Doves foraging on the ground in the garden looking for pecans that have fallen from the tree.
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The Whipbirds also enjoy foraging among the leaves for pecans.
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While high in the trees the Figbirds look for seeds as well as pecans. This female Figbird found the seeds of an Umbrella Tree.
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The male Figbird was more interested in pecans.
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The Green Catbird is also interested in pecans. Not long after this photo was taken, so was the pecan.
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Another recipient of the fallen pecans is the large Brush Turkey. His strong beak breaks open the pecans and often leaves small pieces behind for the other birds to eat. This one we call Brendan who has taken over the garden and has a mound nest almost one meter tall in the front garden. One day I’ll try to get a photo of Brendan and his mound.
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The most exciting discovery was finding a Regent Bowerbird just on the edge of the garden late one afternoon. I only managed to get a couple of bad photos but had to share in my excitement.
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We went to Byron Bay one day to shop as we haven’t been for ages and Winter is a good time as the number of tourists is halved at least. The Golden Pendas are in flower and the Rainbow Lorikeets were having a great time screeching at each other.
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And of course there are always chooks foraging around both our gardens.
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That is a snapshot of some of the birds around here in June. My June photo round-up probably won’t have any birds this year. Hopefully I’ll get to that by next week.

 

Two of Anything

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Couples, Twins, Two of Anything

I love my nature photos so I looked for a some bird photos for this challenge.

White-throated Honeyeaters at the little pot birdbath
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Two Whipbirds on the Wisteria
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Two Seagulls at the beach
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Two Terns with their windswept “hair”
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Teddy Bears, Dolls Toys

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Teddy Bears Dolls Toys had me thinking what is the most interesting here.

The girls have left home but every Christmas I get out the Christmas toys who take their place guarding the box of Christmas presents.
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Many people may know that I also have an elephant collection (see my blog) So it is only fitting that Humphrey gets involved in Christmas as well
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Black & White Sunday: Headshot

Paula has picked Headshot for this photo challenge.

Meet Brendan, the Brush Turkey who loves to eat Pecans. He comes into the yard and is not afraid of people but will make sure you don’t get too close.
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I thought you would also like to see what Brendan looks like in colour.
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Vision

The Thursday Photo Challenge from Lost in Translation is Vision

Today, I took a walk on my property mainly to pull out weeds but as usual had my camera with me, just in case. When walking about you have to have vision as so many things happen or can be seen. Here is a snapshot of what I saw today just a few meters from my house.

I love finding things as I walk. Isn’t this small blue rock unusual?
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Always keep an eye out when you walk about as there are a few things that can bite or sting in the Australian bush.
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Isn’t the little garden on the old log just magical?
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A few twitters in the garden and there was the Silvereye sitting among the branches.
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A flash of yellow caught my eye as it flew past and the Golden Whistler landed on a branch nearby.
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A jump among the leaves caught my attention and the little Broad Palmed Frog was looking at me as well.
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I hope you enjoyed a quick walkabout with me.

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Music

The theme for Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge is Music

What a difficult challenge as I have had music in my life ever since I was born. There was always music playing in the house, whether it was vinyl records or my Mother playing piano. This has been the source of my inspiration as I have been playing guitar since I was about 12 or 13 I think with my best mate Greg, since passed. All through school with the mates in the music class, Steven and Martin playing when we could. Yep Rock ‘n’ Roll of course!! Then with my best mate Michael we would play all the time. Nowadays I just pick up one of guitars and as I live in the bush, can turn it up and belt out a tune or two, mainly Rolling Stones songs.

Here is my first electric guitar and the last one I bought.
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The person I have had in my life since I was four, David, an artist, drew this poster for me when we were still in school. I found it a few years ago, had it framed and it now sits on my loungeroom wall with pride.
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I took these photos a few moments ago but have a wealth of music to choose from. I have almost nine hundred CD’s and hundreds of vinyl records plus music book and magazines so I had to limit myself as you can well understand.

Rock on

Transient

The Daily Post Challenge: Transient – Drifters, nomads, and even the state of impermanence.

What is more transient in nature than a delicate spiders web bejeweled with the mornings dew nestled in the grass, only to disappear with the first rays of the winter sun warming the earth.

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Lights

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Lights

Here are my lights

The tripod light in the hotel in Orange – the town in Australia not the colour or the fruit.
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The neon sign from the Queensland Art Gallery. I don’t know who the artist was.
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The lights on the tables in the Victoria Tea Room in Sydney
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The beautiful Art Deco light in a hotel in Genoa
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Focus

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Focus

One of my favourite things is to have some photos not quite in focus or have an element that has a sharp edge whilst the rest of the photo has a soft focus.

I found the shadows on the leaf of the Birds-nest Fern interesting. What can you see?
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The reeds contrast with the tannin waters and leaves of the pond
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Looking through the window of the abandoned building – leaves, sky and can you see the machine?
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Just a leaf on the verandah
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The Raven with its head on backwards while the other Raven laughs at his friends antics.
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Which one is your favourite?

An old joke I found on Focus

Twin sisters in St. Luke’s Nursing Home were turning one hundred years old. The editor of the local newspaper told a photographer to get over there and take pictures of the two 100 year old twins.

One of the twins was hard of hearing and the other could hear quite well.

Once the photographer arrived he asked the sisters to sit on the sofa. The deaf sister said to her twin, “WHAT DID HE SAY?”

“WE GOTTA SIT OVER THERE ON THE SOFA!”, said the other.

“Now get a little closer together,” said the cameraman.

Again, “WHAT DID HE SAY?”

“HE SAYS SQUEEZE TOGETHER A LITTLE.” So they wiggled up close to each other.

“Just hold on for a bit longer, I’ve got to focus a little,” said the photographer.

Yet again, “WHAT DID HE SAY?”

“HE SAYS HE’S GONNA FOCUS!”

With a big grin the deaf twin shouted out, “OH MY GOD – BOTH OF US?”