I guess you have been wondering where April went. So did I. I have been sorting and culling but still you will be quite weary by the time you get to the end. I suggest stretching, having a walk around, grabbing a drink and a snack and settle in for a long post.
I guess now everyone is awake, I should start with a sunrise at my besties
Most mornings, the Straw-necked Ibis leave their roost and head off to their feeding ground
Some Ibis like to investigate the paddocks on the farm next door
Every morning after a bit of rain the day before or overnight I always check the rain gauge. At my besties place I usually have to work out how many frogs it rained overnight
Her place has at the moment had a fantastic hatching of Green Tree Frogs. They are everywhere so we have to check before we move, pick up or do anything in the garden or on the verandahs. Even sitting down to have a cuppa you have to check the cushions lest you sit on a frog or two.
A Blue-faced Honeyeater was investigating the trees for insects.
On a walk, a Golden-headed Cisticola was singing it’s little heart out.
Back at my place, the Golden Whistlers calls were echoing in the bush. This female was quite attentive while hunting in the garden.
More signs of life returning to the burnt bush. There are reddish dots throughout the bush of new growth of some plants.
A new flower has emerged. I still haven’t identified the species as yet. The flower is about 10mm in size.
Another new unidentified flower. Again quite small.
The Snake Beans at my besties have been quite prolific in April. The flower is quite lovely as well.
One of the Grevillea flowers at my place.
This is a Leafy Purple Flag Wild Iris flower These can be between 25 and 50mm. The Hover Flies found the flowers about the same time I did.
A Teddy Bear Bee had scrunched into the Blue Ginger flower while a Stingless Native Bee waited its turn.
Here is a Teddy Bear Bee getting a bit of nectar from a Pentas flower.
The Blue-banded Bees love the blue Salvia flowers
OK I’m done as the Teddy Bear Bee flies off.
There has been quite a lot of Yellow Meadow Butterflies who seemed to take up the proliferation from the Lemon Migrants who were the copious butterfly of March.
I think this is a Leafwing Butterfly
The Line-blue Butterflies were quite occupied in early April
It’s always lovely to find a Blue Tiger Butterfly when out walking.
I was surprised to find a Blue Triangle Butterfly in my besties Zinnia patch
A Common Crow also found the Zinnias. The Feature Photo is the pupa of a Common Crow ButterflyAs did a Scarlet Jezebel
A Painted Lady Butterfly enjoyed a stop off at my Pentas flowers
Of course the bees found the Zinnia flowers too
“Last time I let you read the Karma Sutra!”
Dragonflies were buzzing around the dams looking for that special someone
I seemed to have quite a number of Lady Beetles around the place in April.
Walking through the bush suddenly a flurry of white dots took off from the grass. These tiny moths were quite unusual.
Other Dragonflies enjoyed the sun.
OK it’s Spider time. These are small and quite harmless
Here is the Jewel Spiders again. I think this was a Monday Macro
On the dam there was an explosion of Water Beetles. Hundreds were in a large group.
I am sure the Black-necked Stork would have scooped up lots in one gulp. This one was on a wetland close to town. There were quite a number of birds but the water was a bit away from the road so getting photos was difficult.
A White-faced Heron was also stalking the shallows.
Up the road from my place, some White-bellied Sea Eagles have set up a nest and have hatched one Eaglet.
It must be starting to get cold in the mountains as a couple of Pied Currawongs have arrived at my place. The Currawongs come down from the mountains every Winter.
A Splendid Fairy Wren was chatting away in the bushes when we were out walking.
A Lewins Honeyeater was deciding whether to jump in the bird bath or just look pretty among the flowers.
Tiny the King Parrot came to the door wanting to know if today was the day I would pop a bit of seed out for him and his partner
The Joey was getting an idea of having breakfast with his Mum
He is getting bigger and zooms around the garden
In the afternoon the sun makes a fern in a hanging pot plant quite luminous. I had to get in among the leaves.
Well it’s time for the Straw-necked Ibis to head back to the roost as the sun sets
Our Moon looked a treat in April don’t you think?
Thanks for stopping by and enduring another marathon post. I hope you enjoyed exploring bushboys world. Let me know if you had a favourite photo.