Know your animals

John’s Cellpic Sunday

When growing up, one of the earliest things learnt was the names of animals and where they lived. Quite often there were all manner of puzzles and toys to learn from.

I am not sure what farm these are on but I am glad it’s not next door…….except for the Elephant. I’d offer to babysit the Elephant if needed. There was a bit of a mix up somewhere in the production line.

This is April 2023

It was a mixed bag for April. The start of the month was rather wet and then it became hot and dry again and the last few days have been drizzly. All this made for good time to be in the garden. I planted some cuttings and re-potted other cuttings for Spring. The wet Autumn has meant not much mowing was done but when I had the chance off I went for almost three hour rides around the place.

I had Taiwanese guests for one night this month and they were so nice. He spoke English and she, only a small amount so we did a bit of sign language chat. I also have a sore heel which is fine in the mornings but aches when I stop doing stuff so other than sitting around in the afternoons.

I have posted a bit of what I found in other posts this month so they aren’t replicated here. These are all new.

Here is your scrolling April song. A Aotearoa New Zealand band with some Aussies into the mix

Now that has woken you, here’s a sunrise trying to break through the clouds and fog

Sometimes if I am having breakfast in the sunroom I can feel someone watching me. I guess Tiny wouldn’t mind a bit of seed for breakfast as well

A few mornings ago a Crimson Rosella and his mate dropped into the garden for a few minutes

I went to do a bit of tidying up in this garden. When I crawled in under the Grevillea I found a Satin Bowerbirds bower, the courtship area where the male dances and sings. If the female reckons he’s good enough, they’ll head off and make a nest in a tree nearby.

This bird was sitting on the branch in silhouette and hard to identify so I was trying to get a photo. I did get a couple which are dark like this one.

I was down at the Clarence River in town getting some random photos like this jetty when I get photo-bombed by an Australian Raven.

He thought it was so funny

At least I was able to get a few photos eventually.

Standing on the jetty I noticed some bubbles coming to the surface and suddenly there was lots. I have no idea what was under the water. The river is a murky brown unfortunately.

Not like the water in my dam at times when the Cape Water Lilies flourish

Often in my photo of butterflies and bees, occasionally birds, who feed on the Pentas flowers you just get to see a flower. Here is as much of the bush as I can get into a photo. To the left is a Bi-colour Dietes which has just finished flowering. On the left is a Lomandra, a Fan Palm trunk in the shadows and below Walking Iris

I didn’t notice until too late that the Camilla sasanqua had flowered. This is the last flower

The rain early in the month had some fungi appearing

These were almost side by side. The above was bigger than in the photo. I couldn’t get it all in whereas the one below was a easy macro

The toadstool as it was in the morning. By the next day the cap had fully opened

I posted an Orange Lions Tail Hibiscus on Friday. This is another look at the flower so you can see why it’s called Lions Tail.

A different tail, an Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly

This is called find the Grasshopper. The green leaves are a Native Violet that just appeared in the garden

On afternoon’s sunset tinged the clouds in tangerine

When it was a bit wet outside, Perons Tree Frogs liked to hang out on the verandah, competing with the Geckos for the insects attracted to the house lights. This is from inside look at their feet and pads hanging only the glass.

From the outside. A rough skin with small green spots. Those feet are big.

There were a few nice moon events over the month. A lot of nights there was cloud cover. When Our Moon shone it was quite bright.

I enjoy mixing Eucalypt leaves and branches against a full moon.

One night the halo around the moon was very bright throwing rainbow colours through the clouds for a moment until the clouds swallowed the moons light

I hope you enjoyed a roam through my April. As always did you have a favourite?
Also for Cees FOTD

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5 Minutes Ago – 30 April

Hammads Weekend Sky #98

The sunrise is trying hard to make a mark among the gloom of heavy cloud this morning

The clouds to the north held a bit of sun but the sun wasn’t high enough to reach the trees

A while later I went out to see if the sun had changed the sky. It was much the same just a bit bluer in patches. Looking straight up over my house was this! I see so many thing in that shape. What about you?

Pick a Word – April 2023

Thursdays Special: Pick a Word April 2023

Paula’s words this month are the usual bit of thinking needed. Here are the words and my interpretations

Street art in Lismore

One of the cows at sunset series

The Bay of Fires in Tasmania

Looking south from Emerald Beach. I guess I could have used the foreground for crag too

These are the tools of a First Nations person. A smooth river stone that has been chipped into a sharp edge using the other stone. You can see all the bits that have been flaked off making the hand axe. The stone axe fits perfectly in my hand and would have been easy to use.
I saw a show on TV where heavy things, made from rock usually, were left behind as they were heavy to carry around. This was more for seed milling grinding stones than for an axe. I wonder if they became annoying while on walkabout and were discarded and never found by anyone else until they were found on my place.

This is my favourite and one of the first photo challenges I followed. Have you thought about playing along? You can just post one word as Paulas title suggests Pick a Word, you don’t have to do all five.

From behind

Lens-Artists Challenge #247: Backlit

I guess we should start at dawn overlooking the boats on the bay

Kookaburras are always ready to herald in the morning

Spider webs with droplets of dew are gone not long after sunrise

Grass seed heads can look so good with the sun through them

So do flowers. An Orange Trumpet flower with a glinting water drop

Stained glass windows are always best viewed backlit. This is in a church in Avignon

Late afternoon is when the lights come on

The lamp on the shelf sends its glow into the room

The sun is setting so it’s time to wrap up

Rockmaster, a Percher and maybe a Flutterer

Denzils Nature Photo Challenge #10: Dragonflies

Welcome to my world of Dragonflies and some Damselflies. Be prepared for an overload. I have had a go doing an identification and naming them but some I’m not one hundred percent sure

This was a very compliant Damselfly, could be a Sapphire Rockmaster. Let me take a good number of photos

Dragonflies come in many colours. A lot of the time the females are yellow

They are so hard to photograph flying

A Scarlet Percher just perching I guess

Possibly an Australian Duskhawker

A Graphic Flutterer

I thought I only had one type of Damselfly but doing this exercise I possibly have three different Damselflies. This is a Common Bluetail

Damselflies seem far more dainty than Dragonflies as this Swamp Bluet shows

Now for the XXX rated section. If displays of raw animal….eeerrrr insect sexuality. I have seen a few posts with this sort of content so I reckon it’s ok for me to post intimate photos.

If you think you may be offended stop here please have a think and if you still want to bail out, go right ahead. It’s not as though they are spiders or snakes, just a couple of Dragonflies gettin’ it on.

Everyone else please continue………

Dragonflies can do it anywhere – with anything handy at the time

This is a favourite position

How do I tell visitors that Blue Skimmer Dragonflies are having sex on their car aerial

Not once but two different times

This is the I’m too tired position

I guess there’s only two positions. I doubt totally upside-down would work. I have never seen it.

In case you’re wondering, Damselflies do it too……once this female works out what she has to do

The third largest bird in Australia

Debbies Six Word Saturday

Yes, the Australian Pelican. Who would have thought. I didn’t know, perhaps one of the long legged birds, maybe the Brolga.

“They may not be as tall as the emu or the cassowary, but they’re still considered to be one of the heaviest flying birds in the world, weighing up to 13kg.”

Why do Pelicans always like to sit on light poles over bridges?
Because they can I reckon. When they open their mouths so wide, you don’t feel like arguing.

“Often a pelican will crane its neck with it mouth agape, scaring off invaders”

Despite their size, Pelicans are strong graceful fliers.
“every decade or so, some Pelicans leave their coastal sanctuaries for the small, inland lakes of the harsh Aussie outback, which experts argue is for breeding and feeding purposes.”
I don’t know why these “experts” are arguing, of course its’ for breeding and as for feeding, maybe a change from a constant seafood diet.

I reckon they are so lovely and that look always gets you in.

Nearly always gracefully beautiful.

Well, gotta go now. Nice of you to drop by.