Dinner Time – a story from a while ago

A Re-blog of a post from 2017 which I though of when I saw the Photo a Week Challenge: Tasty Treat

It was late in the afternoon when I heard a Kookaburra ruckus. The usual cackling but also the sound of a young Kookaburra trying to make the adult sounds. It became a raspy sound of a young bird making demands of its parents. Here is a short photo story of the Kookaburras at dinner time.

“Hey Mum, What’s Dad doing down there?”


Just then Dad flew up into the tree with a stick. No its not, it is a Stick Insect.


A bit of adjusting to make sure  the Stick Insect didn’t fall again as it did once before.


“Here you go young one……catch”


“Thanks Dad. This looks like a good dinner.”


“I’m not sure if I should let go. What should I do?”


“OK. Here goes. Down the hatch!”


Dad basks in the glow of the afternoon sun, another lesson and dinner over for the evening.


PS I did feel sorry for the Stick Insect as there aren’t as many around as there were years ago. This series of photos were taken from my veranda. Do you see birds feeding around your place?

Smallest one around here

Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Smallest

I am always showing all those weird and wonderful creatures from around here. Some of the spiders I have posted I must admit have been rather on the large side. So without the usual warning great big space so those who can’t can. This is a Jewel Spider. More after you have sen this wonderful beauty

The above is a Female and is about 12mm long – half inchish The Males grow to a whopping 5mm – quarter inchish.

“You don’t have to worry about this arachnoid, they are harmless. Although many specialists think their toxicity is uncertain, this spider is considered to be too small to cause human illness. They are not very aggressive (they rarely bite) and their venom glands are only normally used to subdue prey (Atkinson 2011). If you are bitten by this spider, you will probably feel temporary reactions like redness, swelling, or itching can sometimes be experienced on the bite area. Overall, these spiders when disturbed, will try to escape by clambering upside-down along their support threads to nearby shelter (Framenau 2014)..” https://www.integratesustainability.com.au/2019/12/12/meet-the-australian-spider-with-a-thing-for-christmas-the-christmas-spider-austracantha-minax/

Hop onto the website – it is a very interesting very small spider

Once upon a wire

Becky’s Square Photo Challenge #SquareUp
The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge: Birds on a Wire or a Fence
Ragtag Daily Prompt Sunday: Adieu

Yes I have joined with the ranks of those who have doubled up. The first is my Square for Becky and the rest a random number of photos and yes to all who have asked, I will name the birds perhaps in the captions.

The song for the prompts way back to the 60’s, there’s even a harpsichord! How hippy is that?

Welcome Swallows up on the wire admiring the hot orange sky

Here are the rest of the flock

Welcome Swallow gathering nesting material
A fluffy bum of an Eastern Yellow Robin also getting a nest ready
Red-browed Firetail Finch
Chestnut-breasted Mannikin not really as grumpy as it looks
Restless Flycatcher on the look out
Sometimes Eastern Rosellas just like to chill
If you are going to check out a market, find a good spot
Pick the odd one out. No it’s not a Magpie Lark on Steroids, it’s just a Magpie.
My “arty” photo of a Magpie on a post. Handheld. Full focus. Possibly wrong setting. Heat haze
A Double Barred Finch. I don’t know, a look of disdain?
A cheerful little Jacky Winter

Not only do we say adieu to our daily squares for January, #SquareUp, but also to a Ragtag Prompter Christine who has supplied some challenging prompts. Adieu Christine, see around the posts