This is May 2020

OK. This is the first go at using the editor for my monthly wrap-up. I usually write about the photos before the image and now I may have to use captions. I reckon you should know what the image is before you see it not after, especially for those who follow my blog and are a bit “wary” of my spiders and snakes. I like to put in a warning. Loading the images individually would solve this but it may be time consuming, we’ll see anyway.

May was the last of Autumn and I did get out and about as this is a lovely time of year here, not too hot and the Winters chill hasn’t fully arrived. Many flowers are blooming and some on the wane. There are the usual birds still around and haven’t departed for warming climates and the Winter birds are yet to arrive.

Maybe I should start with the misty mornings that are part of the landscape.

I bet you are wondering about Joey and how he’s been getting on, so let’s visit him and Mum first on a wet morning.

There is also another new Joey in the garden

The birds – Tiny, the King Parrot, was still around in May with his partner

A Peaceful Dove having a stretch
The Cuban Royal Palms at my Besties are flowering and the Rainbow Lorikeets a loving the flowers
The Grey Shrike Thrush has a lovely song and sings every morning in the garden. Here on the verandah rail making sure I am up and about
Sometimes Kookaburras fluff up and seem quite fat
White-throated Treecreepers are always around hopping up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark
The berries almost match the Satin Bowerbirds eye colour
His Bower is still going and looks quite well constructed. I hope the female Bowerbirds like his efforts
Sometimes you have to get into difficult positions to get a snack. A Blue-faced Honeyeater hanging on
Going for our morning walk at my Besties, there are lots of birds along the roadside vegetation. Red-backed Wrens flashing about attract my attention
The Golden Whistlers are around still and the female is often in the garden
The Eastern Yellow Robin is a frequent visitor to the garden. One of my favourite birds
The first of the Winter visitors, the Eastern Spinebill has arrived
Cheeky Eastern Rosellas are in my besties garden chatting away in the trees
Another of the birds on our walk is Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. This one is eyeing off the seeds for breakfast
The latest ones to be on the edge of the road are Double Barred Finches. These two are deep in conversation
It was a surprise to see a White-breasted Sea Eagle on the tree. He kept a wary eye on us as we walked along the road
The Magpie was having a lovely song on a tree top in Tenterfield when we were there. The Magpie Lark, or Pee Wee didn’t seem to enjoy the song as much as us

The insects are slowing down although there are still some Butterflies about. A selection from my place and my Besties

A Blue Tiger Butterfly finding a comfortable spot on the Bottlebrush flower
Scarlet Jezebels are everywhere in May
A small spiders web glistened in the sunlight
A St Andrews Cross Spider with a snack and only half of the cross completed on the web
The Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies caterpillar on the Lemon Tree. They love citrus leaves
A Common Crow having a rest
while this Common crow had found the Bottlebrush flowers. The bees didn’t like sharing and soon buzzed off the butterfly
I think this may be a Bee Fly on one of the last Zinnia flowers of May
A Butterfly playing peek-a-boo over a Frangipanni leaf in the garden

Speaking of flowers, I did manage to capture a couple of blooms in my Besties garden as there was a bit more rain at her place than at mine. I don’t have many flowers in my garden.

I have never had a Coleus flower before. An interesting flower
The Begonia has been flowering ever since I bought it home.
The Honey Gem Grevillea with rain drops that looked like diamonds

Here is the random images found while in Tenterfield, a town about 150kms from my place in the tablelands.

Love this old house. Someone actually still lives in there
No matter how hard I pushed……
Looking back at Tenterfield on the way home

Sometimes Red-necked Wallabies are quite dainty eaters

I love finding Koalas when we go for a walk. This Koala did wake up and wonder what we were doing chatting away while it was trying to sleep

The Sunset on the way home from Tenterfield was rather special. Amazing reds and oranges. This was the afternoon I captured the Raven at sunset one of my favourite photos for May

Our Moon is up so I better get going.

Hope you enjoyed a stroll through my May. Did you have a favourite image? This did take a bit longer than usual and I couldn’t jump around with the images as it was easier to do them in groups. Was the setting out ok and did it flow well enough for you? Thanks for the visit and see you again soon.

55 thoughts on “This is May 2020

  1. Is a St. Andrews Cross spider the same as a Golden Orb spider? Their webs look the same. Bushboy, these photos are thrilling. Such great shots of such an amazing arrary of wildlife. I see a bit of blue beneath the nest of the bower bird. I’ve read that they are attracted to blue and make a display of blue objects to attract their mate. Were there more items in the display? What country has more interesting animals than Australia? None I’ve seen. Love the joey. Well, who doesn’t? Thanks for all the work you put into this post.

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    1. Thank you Judy πŸ™‚ Different spiders No gold for the St Andrews Cross and the Golden Orb Weavers web is much more messy. Yes the Satin Bowerbird has lots of blue to decorate the Bower. I didn’t include the collection this time. Maybe for Junes wrap-up I’ll pop the blue in. Joey is getting bigger and soon I won’t be able to pick him out from the rest. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚


  2. beautiful images!! the new Joey is adorable πŸ˜€ and I scrolled past the bugs quickly lol πŸ˜€
    is it getting very cold in winter there?

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      1. that’s early summer temperatures here πŸ™‚
        oh, loved the butterflies!! πŸ™‚ there is a lime tree close to my balcony and many butterflies are attracted to its sweet scent in July, some of them are gracious enough to land on my hands sometimes πŸ˜€ they are dainty creatures…
        can you easily get close to the koalas and kangaroos to take a picture? what amazing flora and fauna you have πŸ™‚

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      2. How lucky to have butterflies on your hands πŸ˜€ I can get sort of close to the Wallabies but Koalas are quite high in trees. I am quite lucky to live where I live πŸ˜€


  3. Great set of photos and everything looked fine on my laptop. The spider looks a lot like our Hawaiian garden spider which makes a similar web with the x-shaped stabilimentum. And that’s one tired-looking koala!

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    1. Oh yes that Koala had a busy night I think πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ it’s interesting the same differences in nature around the world πŸ˜€ thanks for your comment Graham πŸ˜€

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  4. Your May photos are all so lovely, Brian. The page look was great too. Admittedly viewing on my phone so suspect it would look even nicer on my computer.
    I know how hard it is to take those bird photos. However, my favourites are the landscapes this month. Plus the spider.

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  5. Glorious May. Loved it . . .

    I am guessing you used captions in places as the font was a different size?

    I noticed yesterday there are some clever ways of moving all the blocks once they are all in, and also have begun to play around with the patterns rather than blocks. Going to take a lot of getting used to though.

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    1. Yes I just wanted to get it done. I just used captions as it was the only way when adding gallery photos without lots of experiments. I moved blocks earlier so knew about that. I used the old way of loading the photos and selected them as I wanted to a point.
      Thanks for your lovely comment Becky ❀

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      1. I have been sticking to the old way of loading too as discovered if you load them directly and then change your mind they disappear from the library for ages!
        Have you had a look at patterns yet?

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      2. Experimented yesterday for a few late June posts and was pleasantly surprised. Think by the end of July I might like the new editor!! If only though they had set up online training, so painful having to discover everything

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      3. I know but their videos and short articles are not the same as the courses they used to run for groups of bloggers. I enjoyed those with the daily catch up and lesson plan, somehow a list of stuff isn’t the same

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  6. All so very pretty! It was an exciting journey till the end with no creepy surprises πŸ˜ƒ The pictures look extra crisp n vibrant – not sure if it’s the summer light or the new editor effect!

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  7. Yes. It flowed. A capture of coolness! A nice collection. I am always partial to Joey, and now a new one? 😍. I loved the peek-a-boo butterfly. And the caterpillar on the leaf, not so much, but only because caterpillars love my citrus trees too. My favorite today is the kookaburra because now the song is in my head and I WILL be singing it all day. Enjoy your weekend.

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  8. Thought you did a great job, Brian. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ My favourite was probably the butterfly in the bottle brush plant. Haven’t tried the new editor yet, but my pages still look slightly different. There’s no avoiding WordPress ‘improvements’.

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