This is April 2022

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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53 thoughts on “This is April 2022

  1. I’m so glad I don’t have to pick a favourite shot here, Brian. Your bird photos are always a treat (the most artistic one is surely the play with light and shadow but I adore the black swans and the silvereye is a favourite of mine). Your insects are stunning, the dragonflies are great and you captured that black skimmer wonderfully shot but that fat-bottomed bee zooming in and looking like a small fighter plane is wonderful).

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  2. Can you bottle up some of that rain and send it my way? We are in the middle of a severe drought as we enter wildfire season, and that’s not good at all.

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  3. Your April isn’t much different than ours here in Washington State, except ours was much colder, Brian! Love all the bird photos (esp the magpie geese) and that moon!! I’ll be linking to this post with Sunday Stills Sunday 7am PDT.

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    1. Thanks Terri, I will be going back on a more sunny day to try and get some better photos of the Magpie Geese. I will have to wait and see what todays Sunday Stills is now 🙂 🙂

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  4. You are so lucky to have so much bird life visit you and you catch beautiful images of them all. I love the atmospheric early morning shot. Sadly the Noisy Miners have chased all other small birds away from our garden.

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    1. Thank you. I am certainly glad the Noisy Miners they don’t come here. I don’t have enough cleared areas for them but they are across the road. 🙂

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      1. They have been over there for years. I don’t think I have ever seen any here. The place up the road has Indian Mynah’s but they don’t come here either

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  5. I love all your birds. They are beautiful — jewels. But I’m really overwhelmed to see butterflies. We haven’t had any here for years. Changing weather, loss of the special bushes that make flowers they need to eat. It is wonderful to see yours and heartening the at least they haven’t completely disappeared.

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  6. Such a lot of water sloshing around there, Brian. The colours are so bright though.
    I see you have the pink salvia too. I’ve got a few different ones but the pink one is definitely the favourite.
    What is the little yellow honeyeater? Helmeted?
    Looks fabulous, Brian. How are flood communities coping now?

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    1. I am trying to grow a lovely blue Salvia at the moment. The little one is a Brown Honeyeater. The Lower Clarence is getting on OK but the Richmond – Woodburn, Broadwater, Evans Head and especially Lismore are not coping very well at all. There is a lack of supplies, hardly any businesses reopening as the shops and equipment is still destroyed. Everyone is trying their best but the mental anguish is the hardest especially when the houses are just shells or mould affected. It is devastating Tracy 😥

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      1. That is so terrible for the upper north coast people. They must feel completely abandoned.
        I might have mentioned this before but several years ago I planted a blue salvia, salvia uliginosa, bog sage. Despite its name it grows well in dry conditions. It flowers early, before the pink one, but perhaps yours flower all year, Brian?

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  7. Such a great collection, and it was neat to see you traveled to Grafton. I guess I was thinking it might be more of a city. Tough that the rain has not been too cooperative with a drying out.

    I loved the yellow bird on the yellow flower and how its expression says; “Have you noticed? I am matching.” In fact you often capture expressive birds. The only photo that I admit I was hoping there was going to be a second one, was the black swans. They were so close to making a heart for you.

    Always a pleasure Brian. Donna

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    1. Thank you Donna 🙂 Grafton is my closest city where I shop and get stuff. I waited for the Black Swans to make a heart and they were so close. That was the closest they got. 🙂 🙂

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