This is July 2021 – Changing Seasons

Last month was the first post from Ju-Lyn at Touring My Backyard for The Changing Seasons. Ju-Lyn and I will be taking turns at hosting The Changing Seasons that Su from Zimmerbitch hosted with great results. We hope you will enjoy, as you have done in the past, and keep posting your Changing Seasons with us. Just add your link in the comments or pingback to this post for your Changing Seasons.

I have had an action packed July with my camera being able to get around the local area despite the Covid restrictions that the state of NSW is currently under. There has been a couple of “incidents” on the North Coast from people coming from Sydney Covid positive. A lot of businesses are starting to not allow customers from Sydney into their premises.

Enough of the doom and gloom, something I am not used to posting on my blog. Let’s start with an Aussie song you all should know to get you through the photos.

I thought we should start a bit bright and cheerful with some flowers.

My Bromiliads flowered with such unusual flowers

My besties Gymea Lily sent up a spear. It’s about three metres tall.

The flower is yet to open and as I haven’t been there for almost two weeks, I hope it waits until I can get there to show you the flower.

A while ago I was talking about my poor sad Peach Tree. It seems to enjoy July don’t you think?

The flowers have a lovely deep pink colour. I know a couple of people will love this colour.

The bees love the flowers too.

Just beside the Peach is a Nectarine Tree and the Stingless Native Bees are loving the blossoms of light pink petals with a rosy centre.

There has been a few Black Jezebel Butterflies in the garden too.

It’s not just the insects who love the flowers. The Brown Honeyeater enjoys snacking on Lions Tails flowers.

The Rainbow Lorikeets flock to the Honey Gem Grevillea in the morning.

Lewins Honeyeaters like to pick the centre from the Ornamental Ginger flowers

Can you count the number of King Parrots in the red Bottlebrush? I have lot of King Parrots in the garden.

This female King Parrot was watching me as I was walking in the garden.

There is always someone peeking through the window to see if I am home.

or peeking over the gutter

Or sitting in the tree where this Pied Currawong was outside of my office door.

One wonderful thing is that a Chatter (yes that’s the name for a group of Choughs) of White-winged Choughs have increased in number and often cackle away while picking their way through the garden.

Driving home a few days ago I heard the sounds of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flying overhead. I saw them start to land so jumped out of the car camera in hand. Of course they decided to fly off to a distant tree. There were a lot of Cockatoos in the flock. This is just a few as others had landed in other trees further away.

Getting out to the beach was good way to spend the day even though it was very windy.

I think that there is a system of ownership of this rock. The Crested Terns were sitting there as I walked past.

On the way back, the Cormorant had taken over

Pied Oystercatchers were combing the beach for morsels in the sand.

The Sooty Oystercatcher decided the rocks was the best place to find a snack.

A Pelican was taking a stroll along the sand.

and another Pelican enjoyed a cruise on the Clarence River

Overhead it was rather busy. A Brahminy Kite scanned the beach intent on stealing whatever the Gulls had found.

A White-bellied Sea Eagle was hovering and circling in the wind right near us looking among the rock pools where the Sooty Oystercatcher was as well.

The brown on the outer side of it’s wings is lovely

At full stretch doing a turn in the wind ready to circle back and scan once more

We were also lucky enough to see the Humpback Whales on their northerly migration even though they were not very close to the shore.

It was an amazing sight to see hundreds of Ibis heading west to the wetlands where they will spend the rest of Winter and in Spring, raise their hatchlings.

One afternoon in the grey afternoon sky, a pair of Ibis were heading to roost.

Speaking of roosting. Down at the beach there is a colony of Red-Headed Flying Foxes who were squabbling over the best places and getting ready to fly off for their nightly foraging.

While in the trees, for Becky’s July Square Trees photo challenge, I posted the avenue of Fig Trees but from one end, I commented to Becky that I should have taken a photo in the middle. Yesterday in the late afternoon I did just that – and it’s even square.

Sitting in the garden the sun reflected off something that caught my eye. It was a rather ragged spiders web which had the most amazing colours.

Only a little bit of rain for July but thee is always the opportunity for a water drop photo.

One thing I like to photograph is rusty things. The steel and the rivets plus their shadow on the Grafton Bridge.

While looking on the other side, the setting looked rather idyllic

I love clouds and these in horizontal layers with varying colours one afternoon looked wonderful.

OK folks it time for sunset and to reach the end of my July and Changing Seasons.

I hope you enjoyed a scroll though my July and enjoyed the sunset as much as the cows do.

Did you have a favourite photo? See you next month for This is August 2021 and Ju-Lyn will be hosting The Changing Seasons

66 thoughts on “This is July 2021 – Changing Seasons

    1. Thank you Natalie. A smile is lovely. I am happy you enjoyed my photos. Thanks for the visit and my your August be filled with wonder πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  1. July is beautiful on the mid north coast, Brian. I loved all the shots. No 1 for cheekiness were the King Parrots, no. 1 for sheer beauty were the butterfly and the sunset, no. 1 for noisiness were the black cockatoos and the flying foxes, and no. 1 for drama was the silhouetted cow.
    Turns out I did know that song, Brian. I was relieved to see the photo of your besties gymea lily after that.

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    1. Thanks Tracy. Your favourites are so spot on. Yes all is well, no need to worry. I hope the Gymea Lily flower is open when I get up there in a few days. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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        1. The fleet of caravans has been non-stop on the highway each time I go to town. Most of the Victorians have already migrated north. The OS visitors will be almost none as there were always a lot of Japanese in town

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    1. Thanks ever so much Lani. I use a tracking function on my camera and set it to high speed continuous which take eight frames a second I think. I do try to have a bit of variety but always have a nature focus. Thanks for having some favourites and dropping by πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  2. I was caught up with the music video – I know the song but have never watched the video. I found it so fascinating: the blurring of reality.

    So many beautiful images – lovely that you captured so many despite the tight restrictions. My favourite has to be the Flying Foxes – I have a soft spot for these lovely critters.

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    1. Thank you Ju-Lyn. It is a great video isn’t it? The restriction up here aren’t that tight mainly have to sign in everywhere and wear a mask but free to travel around the “bubble”
      Glad you had a favourite too πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  3. Exciting and beautiful wildlife, Brian! Thank you for a splendid ride through! Love your king parrots and the flying foxes – but I love all your critters and flowers. Wishing you a lovely August.

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    1. So happy you enjoyed a scroll through my world Ann-Christine. Glad you have favourites. It looks like being a very Winter August. Hope your Summer August will be filled with warmth and sunshine πŸ€—β€


      1. As the heat is going down and autumn arrives, I guess there will be more time for blogging. I have lost the real joy of it right now though. Hope to get it back.
        Your world is always fascinating, Brian.

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        1. I am pleased you sensed it. β™₯ I was almost prepared to stop blogging – and maybe I will. At least most of it. I am so tired of mankind. Not all the lovely people I know, but mankind on the whole.

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  4. I totally love your parrots and of course, the cockatoos. Everything, really. Sunsets and flowers and birds and beaches. it was almost like a vacation — and considering we have barely left the premises here, it’s nice to get away, even if it’s just a visual treat. Thanks again!

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  5. Great pics again Auncle B, love em all. 7 visible King parrots in the tree i reckon. Top shot of cheaky peaking over the gutter and that King parrot is nicely framed by that window frame. πŸ‘

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  6. Nope, I don’t have one favourite- because I love them ALL!!! πŸ˜€ And I can’t get over the fact that you saw a Humpback whale! I loooove whales and have never seen them in the wild. Lucky you! Love all your beautiful feathered visitors that are peeking in on you to check if you’re okay, the lorikeet are so cheerful! And Yes! to the pink peach flowers! πŸ˜‰ Your nature photography is just wonderful Brian, only being there would be better. Have a fab new week ahead! ❀

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    1. Thank you ever so much Sarah πŸ™‚ The Humpback migration is from July to September along the coast here. I want to go in a whale watching boat soon. Yes I am so very lucky to have such lovely feathered visitors. One day it would be so good for you to pop over and see the wonderful nature around my place Sarah πŸ™‚ A week ahead of lockdown so I have to stay home with all my natural friends, lucky me. Enjoy your week too πŸ€—πŸ’•

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      1. Oh, a whale watching tour sounds wonderful! Don’t forget your camera. πŸ˜‰
        I’d love to visit Australia one day! You have such beautiful flora and fauna!
        Hope your lockdown will soon be over again! Will keep my fingers crossed! Take care!

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        1. It looks like the lockdown will end on the weekend. Not sure if the whale watching will recommence though. I always have my camera with me πŸ™‚ Thanks for your kind words and thoughts Sarah ❀

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        2. That’s good news! And will keep my fingers crossed for the whale watching tour!! (For very selfish reasons obviously because I want to see your pics! πŸ˜‰ )

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  7. Wow, those are some gorgeous pictures, Brian. It’s hard to pick a favorite. The web is magnificent as was the expression on the chatter, and where else in the world could you have a Pied Currawong sitting outside your office door. My offices never looked so beautifully decorated. πŸ™‚

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