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So young but exploring in safety from very close to Mum
April was another wet month but not as wet as March. The ground around the house is still soggy thanks to rain last night. Thankfully a few days of little or no rain made it possible to mow the jungle around the house but it is still too wet to get the chainsaw out to cut firewood for Winter.
I have lots of logs to choose from nearby that have been the fallen trees after the fire. They are nicely seasoned now and will make good burning timber once I can get to them.
Here is your April music to scroll through the photos. I think you will enjoy this one. I haven’t heard it before so a new one for me too.
Here’s an appropriate car so jump in and let’s get going.
Tiny wants me to get off the computer and hand out some seeds for his breakfast.
Another photo from my office. This time through the door of a Satin Bowerbird.
Lots of birds have been making Durranbah a place to rest, eat and have a bit of a song. Golden Whistlers songs fill the bush. This is a female Golden Whistler
The little Brown Honeyeaters like to sip from Pentas flowers
Especially in the early morning
It was good to see a group of Grey-crowned Babblers in my garden
They like to rip apart the Stringybark trees looking for insects or walk about on the ground flicking over leaves and bits of bark.
Another visitor is a number of
Sometimes they look quite serious
A little Silvereye was digging around in some leaves that were bound with web. I kept watching and it found lunch
Always have to include my favourite in the garden, an Eastern Yellow Robin
I heard that the Magpie Geese had arrived at a wetland near Casino, about 100kms north of my place. There is a wetland near Grafton where they spend their Winter so I went to see if they had arrived. I found an Australian Raven silhouetted in a tree on a grey day.
There were a flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks
and a large group of Magpie Geese
They kept on flying in. It looks lie a sequential shot but it is actually three Magpie Geese
In another piece of still inundated farmland in South Grafton, a Pacific Heron is getting lots to eat. I drive past this place when I go to town. This morning I went in early and was able to get a few photos of the birds who I have seen there in the past few times heading into town.
I was so pleased to see a pair of Comb-crested Jacanas foraging among the reeds
There were a number of Black Swans foraging as well
Soon she was joined by her mate
OK back at home there have been a few butterflies but not as many as I would have tough. Probably because of the rain. I was happy to see a Wanderer
The strange looking Leafwing Butterfly was heading past and stopped for a photo
There were a few Black Jezebels in the garden. This one stayed for a while on the Bottlebrush flowers.
This is what the Black Jezebels look like with their wings folded.
This is the inside view. They are like this because when they fly it is similar to a strobe effect to confuse predators.
One of my favourite bees, a Teddy Bear Bee zooms in on a Pentas flower
While my other favourite, a Blue-banded Bee enjoys a Salvia flower
Over at the dam the frogs aren’t as vocal but the dragonflies are in abundance. A Black-headed Skimmer found a twig to rest upon.
A Red Skimmer decided a reed was the place of choice
It took a lot of photos to get a dragonfly zipping around the dam.
The Cape Waterlilies are in bloom this Autumn
I have a couple of Golden Corn plants and this year they have flowered
The Pink Trumpet bushes have had one of the best flowering. Looks like I need to water them a lot more to get lots of flowers like this. The bushes have hundreds of flowers
It is always lovely to see native flowers pop up
I was sitting at the computer when this bloke decided to walk around my desk
Well, Our Moon is up, so I better get going. I hope you enjoyed a look at what I found in April. As always I would like to know your favourite photo or photos.
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How could I not join in
At the Pearly Gates
St. Peter stood at the Pearly Gates, waiting for the incoming. He saw Jesus walking by and caught his attention. "Jesus, could you mind the gate while I go do an errand?"
"Sure," replied Jesus. "What do I have to do?"
"Just find out about the people who arrive. Ask about their background, their family, and their lives. Then decide if they deserve entry into Heaven."
"Sounds easy enough. Okay."
So Jesus waited at the gates while St. Peter went off on his errand.
The first person to approach the gates was a wrinkled old man. Jesus summoned him to the examination table and sat across from him. Jesus peered at the old man and asked, "What was it you did for a living?"
The old man replied, "I was a carpenter."
Jesus remembered his own earthly existence and leaned forward. "Did you have any family?" he asked.
"Yes, I had a son, but I lost him."
Jesus leaned forward some more. "You lost your Son? Can you tell me about him?"
"Well, he had holes in his hands and feet."
Jesus leaned forward even more, and whispered, " ... Father?"
The old man leaned forward and whispered, " ... Pinocchio?"
Cows and cars
A man’s car stalled on a country road one morning. When the man got out to fix it, a cow came along and stopped beside him. “Your trouble is probably in the carburettor,” said the cow.
Startled, the man jumped back and ran down the road until he met a farmer. The amazed man told the farmer his story.
“Was it a large red cow with a brown spot over the right eye?” asked the farmer. “Yes, yes,” the man replied.
“Oh! I wouldn’t listen to Bessie,” said the farmer. “She doesn’t know a thing about cars.”
Who’s the boss
A retiring farmer in preparation for selling his land, needed to rid his farm of animals. So he went to every house in his town.
To the houses where the man is the boss, he gave a horse. To the houses where the woman is the boss, a chicken was given.
He got toward the end of the street and saw a couple outside gardening. “Who’s the boss around here?” he asked.
“I am.” said the man.
“I have a black horse and a brown horse,” the farmer said, “which one would you like?”
The man thought for a minute and said, “The black one.”
“No, no, no, get the brown one.” the man’s wife said.
“Here’s your chicken.” said the farmer.
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Figbird eating a Fig
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