A few found objects

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #182: Interesting Objects

Some known, some obscure. All guesses considered.

Birds having a day at the beach

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Birds

Crested Terns hanging out

An Australian Pelican takes in the view

Silver Gulls take a swim

Sooty Oystercatcher takes a stroll

An Osprey paddles on the waters edge

Being bold

Today’s bloganuary prompt: What does it mean to live boldly?

Here is some small birds living boldly. What do you think?

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is the largest Eagle in Australia and the third largest in the world, with a wing span of just under 210cm or seven feet.

Smaller birds aren’t impressed when a Wedge-tailed Eagle invade their space and will swoop and dive.

Even if the Wedge-tailed Eagle has found it’s lunch, there’s no peaceful place to eat.

In Australia Pied Magpies are well know for their territorial swooping of anything from small dogs, people and even Wedge-tailed Eagles

Getting close to birds

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge January: Close Up or Macro

Left to Right top row – Willie Wagtail – Pied Butcherbird – Silver Gull
middle row – Beach Stone Curlew – Laughing Kookaburra – Grey Song Thrush
bottom – Eastern Yellow Robin

They always know when a meal is coming

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Anticipate

After lovely comments about a recent photo of the Willie Wagtails chicks anticipating a meal from their parents, I did a trawl through other birds whose chicks are always ready for a snack.

Brown Honeyeaters

Figbirds

Grey Fantails

Pied Currawong

Welcome Swallows

Your favourite photos for 2021

Lens-Artists Challenge #180 – Favorite Images of 2021
Sunday Stills: 2021 in the #Rear-view Mirror, Nothing Like the Present, The Future is Ours

Here are YOUR favourite photos from 2021 I didn’t include the photos from my Last on the Card photo challenge as it would have made this post way to big even though they were the the ones that had the most views and comments.

In 2021 bushboys world had 71,916 views, from 25,478 visitors from 125 countries, including one view from Antarctica (I suspect as I had Penguin in my tag) and I did 919 posts!!!! I am obsessed don’t you think?

In January the Last on the Card December 2020 was the most popular post with 231 views. The next popular post was a Ragtag Prompt: Mob with this photo. A group of Red-necked Wallabies, in fact all groups of Wallabies and Kangaroos is called a mob.

In February the most popular post was again Last on the Card January 2021 with 214 views. The next was my Happy Valentines Day post (91 views) which had a slideshow of roses and a sweet Rose Robin

In March the most popular post was Last on the Card February 2021 with 242 views. Next was The Green Tree Snake and the Fence which had 99 views. I saw the Green Tree Snake on the neighbours fence as I was driving home and managed a few photos before he slithered off.

Aprils most popular was again Last on the Card with 173 views. Shades of pink, the first of Jude’s Life in Colour challenges, Pink, with 143 views. Your favourite photos was these two Galahs.

Going into May the most viewed with 250 views was the Last on the Card April. The flying penguin and others, in response to Debbie’s One Word Sunday: Wind, had 108 views

In June the most popular with 225 views was Last on the Card May 2021. Next was Sheds I have known with 106 views from a Ragtag Prompt: The Old Shed. The sheds featured are mine plus there was a poem that went with the post.

Onto July and Last on the Card June had 239 views. Next in line was Getting close at home, a Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge with 110 views. I was Cee’s guest host for this challenge so lots of macro photos in the post. It was fun to be a guest host and there were many contributions for my theme. Your favourites were the biscuit tins and the tap

In August Last on the Card July 2021 had 217 views. your next favourite was No more being a wallflower, Marilyn. Inspired by Debbies Six Word Saturday prompt: No more being the wallflower, Mona. I was a bit cheeky with Debbies words for a lot of last years Six Word Saturday prompts.

I chose photos on the wall at the Grand Hyatt, Seoul South Korea

Did September surprise with the most viewed post? No again it was Last on the Card August 2021 with 171 views. My post, From the kitchen window this afternoon, had 161 views. A Ludwig’s Monday Window post

Last on the Card September fell from the rankings for the first time this year. Only 159 views. Your most surprising photo was one I was debating with myself whether I would delete it or not, so I threw it out there for your opinion. What do you think? had an astonishing 227 views and over 100 replies with everyone saying keep it!

Last on the Card again rose to the top with 165 views. Not surprisingly the Monday Portrait 1 November had 131 views and loads of comments with the word cute appearing many times.

We are at the end of 2021 so lets see what December bought. No surprises again the support for my Last on the Card is so encouraging, perhaps I should continue into 2022. What do you think? With 184 views, Last on the Card November 2021 was the top post.

The next top post was a bit of a sad post as it was for my good friend Cee whose sister passed. Her sister loved Daisies so my post was all Daisies for Cee’s sister

This is December 2021

December and 2021 are gone. It was a mixed bag of weather – rain and lots of it, quite hot days and even cooler nights. My garden and my besties looked fabulous. The rain made everything bloom and look so good. This made reducing the number of flower photos quite difficult.

A lot of birds have come and gone, the regulars stayed around as food is plentiful. Even a pair of Currawongs have been hanging around and have a young one. Most years they go back up into the mountains where it is a bit cooler and return in Winter. The Willie Wagtails at my besties have been busy with nesting and raising babies.

A few photos are from some trips around the area but most are from my besties and here at Durranbah.

Here is you scrolling song. I hope you enjoy Frightened Rabbit, one of my favourite groups

The old wagon up the road is still there and not quite falling apart yet

These tree fungi were the yellowist I have ever seen

Love this plant. The white edges really stand out

From my besties garden

A small native grass flower at my place

The re Frangipanni looked good with a few water drops.

I love the grass seeds along my road

Cats Whiskers must be one of my favourite flowers

A Dahlia and the sky

More native flowers along the road

My besties Brugmansia has flowered like mad this year

When we went for a walk in Casino, we found a Sausage Tree

We also found a New Zealand Christmas Bush in flower

The Bahinia has just flowered but not as good as last year

My Honeysuckle looked good among the trees along the fence line

The Blue-banded Bees love the Salvia flowers

I found Metallic Green Carpenter Bees in a shrub I had to look it up to find out what species of bee it was and found that it is endangered after the fires as their nest sites are either damaged or take years to become soft enough to burrow into and nest. They nest in Grass Tree spears and Banksia trees mainly. This one is a female. The males are fuzzy and look similar to Blue-banded Bees

Remember my Pineapple, It’s still growing and will soon be ready to harvest

The Cheese Tree fruit weren’t as abundant as last year as well

I love the purple berries of Dianella (Flax Lily) grasses. Just to photograph as I haven’t tried them but are supposed to be edible

The Olive-backed Oriels arrived in time to sample the Tuckaroo fruit

It is always a decision

The Figbird hid among the foliage snacking on the fruit as well

When I went to the Clarence River near my place to see if the water had receded below the Lilydale bridge, I found Rainbow Bee-eaters enjoying the sun.

As well as a White-faced Heron looking for his breakfast

An Australasian Pipit found something to eat on the road as I went back home

A young morphing King Parrot watched me through the window

The Rainbow Lorikeets seemed to find a snack or two in the garden

A Laughing Kookaburra had breakfast too

The Willie Wagtail babies wanted their lunch. Dad was none to impressed with their carry on

This is the same Willie Wagtail babies a week later. Don’t they grow up fast?

A Satin Bowerbird was not impressed to be spied upon whilst having a bath

but still dived in and splashed about

Well it looks like a wonderful pink sky is telling me to say goodnight

and a wonderful sunset has painted the sky with streaks of red, yellow and orange

Our Moon has risen so I better say goodnight and thanks for stopping by

As usual I always ask if you had a favourite photo.

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A twosome of black and whites

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: 2 Different things or the number 2

A Spangled Drongo and a Noisy Miner

A Square-tailed Kite and a Noisy Friarbird

White-throated Honeyeaters and a bird bath

An indignant statue and a Gull

Black Jezebel Butterfly and Lantana flower