Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter I

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge I am going to take liberty with the Letter I. I could have selected some of many Insect photos or other bits of nature starting with the letter I. But no, this Fun Foto Challenge is the word In.

In the bird bath. A Eastern Yellow Robin
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In the bird bath. A Magpie
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In the bird bath. An Eastern Whipbird
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In the bird bath. Noisy Miners
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In the bird bath. A Thornbill
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In the bird bath. White-throated Treecreepers
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In the bird bath. Eastern Whipbirds sure like to splash about.
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I is also for Indignant
“Do you mind……I’m taking a bath here”
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“Hey you….yeah you with the camera. A bit of privacy please”
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For more Fun Fotos from other photographers check out the Letter I

I am also going to cheeky and slip another blog onto Dutch goes the Photos Birds

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bird – The Gull

When Frank proposed the topic of Bird I said I was only going to do one but I had to add another. This is the photo that came to mind from Franks Gull prompt photo.

The Gull in Venice
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There are more Bird photos here

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bird

What a photo challenge from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo. Bird. I am going to be good and stick to the topic of Bird. Yes just one bird photo. This is the last bird I photographed. I decided to do this so I didn’t wade through thousands of photos of birds.

This is a Green Catbird
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Have a listen to why they are called Catbirds here

Enjoy all the other birds from around the world at Dutch goes the Photo

Black & White Sunday: Shapes

I have many bird photos. One photo was a bird against the sky and was silhouette like. This led me to take some of my colour bird photos, convert to black and white. From there the process was to draw around the outlines in black, fill the bits that weren’t black enough and the white was recoloured whiter.

I hope you enjoy the Shapes slideshow of my Bird Silhouettes

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Thank you Paula for a great theme for Black & White Sunday

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Back of Birds

The photo challenge from Cee is Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Back of Things  What do I have the most photos of….yep you guessed it – birds. I did have to stop myself. I didn’t realise how many backs of birds I have!  Here is my selection of the backs of birds for the challenge.

The Wonga Pigeon had enough of me so it was “off I go”
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A Catbird sat high in the tree not caring that I wanted a photo or two.
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A Blue-faced Honeyeater looking for a new blossom to get a bit of nectar.
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Just an Osprey talking a casual stroll along the beach
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The wonderful Emerald Dove.
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Scarlet Honeyeaters are so small and acrobatic when snacking on a Lilli Pilli.
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

This time instead of one letter E, Cee want 2 E’s in the word for the photos.

I think that Wedged-tailed Eagles have enough E’s

Sitting high in the eucalypt tree, the Wedged-tailed Eagle kept an eye on me.
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Soaring high in the sky, circling on the air currents, ever higher.
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It is not often Wedged-tailed Eagles are seen on the ground. Here, these two have their lunch. They didn’t enjoy my company and took off not long after this photo was taken.
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Once in the air, I could see the Water Dragon was lunch. The Magpie wasn’t keen to have Wedged-tailed Eagles in its territory.
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Driving down my road one day I disturbed a Wedged-tailed Eagle. With a wing span of 2.3 metres, it took a while to get going
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Have a look at some other great “EE” photos over at Cees Photography

Doves

The letter D. Four letter word. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Best stick to one word Dove ‘cos I love photographing birds.

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The Common Bronzewing Dove talking a stroll down my road.
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A Peaceful Dove having a nap
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A brightly coloured Emerald Dove hanging around at the bird bath.
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CFFC

Grevilleas in my garden

This blog was inspired by Rebel Guy and Rebel Girl’s Twenty Minutes in the Garden.

I took a walk around as the Grevilleas are flowering at the moment. I looked for the plant tags on some of the older ones that have been in the garden for ages as I couldn’t remember all their names. I have quite a number of Grevilleas now as the birds and bees love the nectar in the flowers.
This is my favourite Grevillea in the garden, the Honey Gem. The flowers can almost drip with nectar. The birds just love the flowers. See an old post One Day at the Grevilleagrevillea_honey gem01_named_home_august 2017

Moonlight is a new Grevillea and this is the first flower
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I think this Grevillea is called Pink Ice
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Poor Jingle Bells. The lack of rain and my forgetfulness in watering has its flowers almost spent. Hopefully after a couple of weeks of watering there may be new flowers.
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Lemon Daze is another new plant I was given in exchange for some work at the same time as Jingle Bells. Still only small it has tiny flowers compared to other Grevillea in the garden.
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Honey Barbara is a rescue plant from a nursery. It was pot bound and didn’t look very healthy. I bit of love and now the Grevillea has a number of flowers and is almost as tall as me.
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See how the flowers form on Honey Barbara.
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I can’t remember the name of this Grevillea. Another plant that needed some TLC. The first flowers are just about to burst forth. It has about 4 flower spikes waiting to open from their hairy shelter.
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The Yamba Sunshine has great yellow flowers that the birds and insects enjoy.
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The bees just love it.
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A very old original Grevillea. A lot of the cultivars have this as their root stock as it is very hardy. Planted on the very edge of the garden it survives on rainfall.
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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are a constant visitor to have a snack.
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This is what happens when the birds fight over the Grevillea

In this video, The Friarbird is far more vocal and the Blue-faced Honeyeater is nonplussed

The last video was shot last year at the end of August so you see the same old battles for control of the garden are on going.

This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
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Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
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Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
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The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
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At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
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In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
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The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
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One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
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The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
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I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
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A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
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The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
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I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
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I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
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I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
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I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
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This is the rest of the spike
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There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
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I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
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Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
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The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
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I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
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Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
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The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
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This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
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Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
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Love the colour of these flowers.
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Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
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The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
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One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
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I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
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One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
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Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.