This was a dry month, following a dry August, a month of wanting rain to fill water tanks and dams which are so low – not enough to water gardens for the next few months. Last night the first good rainfall happened, 17mls in a storm which has made today a smiling day. The garden is happy. With a growth of grass around my house the Red-necked Wallabies have returned to graze which is a lovely sight to see.
I was quite amazed at the amount of flowers in the garden which bought in the birds. The butterflies are yet to arrive in numbers, there are a few small ones here and every now and then a bigger butterfly flits through the garden.
As you will see the warm weather has bought out many animals including a few reptiles. So let’s get into what I found in September.
One of my favourite September songs for you to scroll to
I put together the photos and thought that I would start with a sunrise. I don’t see much coloured sky living in the bush but sometimes the colours get above the trees. After looking back I now realise that this is really a sunset. Oh well the pastel colours above the blazing reds and oranges looked great.
Here is a lone butterfly photo drinking from a Lavender flower.
My bestie has started a new garden bed and is slowly adding soil, mulch, compost and plants. The Poppies are the best flowering for a while.
Remember last month when I was able to photograph the Gymea Lily that was still in bud? Well the flower was still around when I finally was able to get there after Covid lock downs. The flower is just starting to fade.
This is the first flowering of the Pink Trumpet Tree, an Australian rainforest tree, and now the tree is covered in flowers after a bit of a false start in August.
The Bottlebrush are also having the best flowering for years.
I thought that I had lost the Champagne Pink Bottlebrush but it was just slow to flower.
I love the grass seed heads and flowers, so do the bees.
and the Galahs do as well
The Blue-faced Honeyeaters have taken over the garden making sure that no one else gets into the various grevillea flowers. Always keeping watch as you have a snack, even upside down.
The Paperbark trees are flowering as well much to the delight of the Scarlet Honeyeaters.
The Satin Bowerbird was always in the garden as he set up the bower to attract the females. He didn’t scare off easily much to the vocal displeasure of the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.
Here is the contents of his bower. This is the fifth bower he has constructed in the garden carting most of his treasures from place to place. This site is one of the same places he used last year. What can you see?
Here’s a closer look. I have no idea where he collects his treasures from as none of the contents are from my place, except the snail shells possibly. I don’t know whose blue feathers they are either.
I love the Spangled Drongos shape outlined against the morning sky.
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters mad a nest just outside of the sun room. The nest was well concealed and I had to wait until the babies were out of the nest to have a look at them.
There is always someone looking in the office window to see if I have any snacks. This is a female King Parrot and is Tiny’s mate.
and this is Tiny trying to get my attention.
We went for a drive and on the way home we stopped off at a wetland towards my besties place. In one part of the wetland, two Black-necked Storks were standing around. Here is a back and front photo of them, possibly a male and female.
On the other side some Australian Pelicans were settling down for the night.
Over the month sometimes the sky looked rather spectacular. I love clouds. These were at my place
These were at my besties
With the warm sunshine starting, the Water Dragons were around sunning themselves.
I had to chase this Goanna from the front of the house. I think he wanted to come inside.
A Carpet Snake was sunning himself on the warm gravel of the driveway until I came outside and he headed off. I think he spent most of the winter in the roof space of my house as I heard shuffling every now and then.
OK I know how much some of you have just sped by the reptiles so here is a bit of cute. A Red-necked Wallaby Joey just hanging in the garden, warming in the morning sun.
Even if you think you are a big boy, Mum always knows you need a good wash. Despite some protests, the face washing went on for a while.
One day we went to Ballina just to get out of the house after the Covid seven day lock down had finished. By the afternoon the sky looked ominous and the seas were quite rough.
It must have been a bumper season and the pink marshmallows are stacked and ready
OK it’s time to head off into the sunset. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found a favourite or two.
Also for the Changing Seasons which I am co-hosting with Ju-Lyn. Here is Ju-Lyn’s Changing Seasons