Everyday Moments

The word prompt from Amy at the Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: Everyday Moments

My everyday moments often involve just things that happen around my place. This is something that happens everyday here. The last photos are the main point of the everyday moment. The first ones are to set the scene.

The succulent spear has started to grow taller with an orange tinge.
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Once the flower develops, the buds open up and the flowers turn orange.
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This is the everyday moment at my place. The tiny Stingless Native Bees (Tetragonula carbonaria) come to collect the orange pollen in their pollen pouches. These bees are 4mm in size.
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You can just see the pollen on their legs. Such a out of focus photo sorry and today is quite windy so they aren’t about at the moment to get a better photo for you.
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Another Stingless Native Bee has gotten the message and flies in to join the others from the hive.
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The Black Bean Tree

Since I posted a bit about Black Beans and their pods, a few people have asked about this wonderful Australian tree.

Black Bean Castanospermum Australe is a walnut-like hardwood timber. It is a timber that ranks among the most hard-wearing with uses in furniture and in general wood turned products, walking sticks, bowls etc

The Black Bean Tree is mainly a rainforest species and where I am is on the southern most limit where the tree could be found. The tree can grow from around eight meters to twenty meters. In some rainforest conditions it has been found to be almost forty meters in height.

The one in my garden will probably get to around ten to fifteen meters.
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This year was good year for the pods. So many scattered around the ground. Luckily I don’t have livestock as the beans can be poisonous to stock.black bean story_pods_ground_named_home_august 2018

The large leaves hang from single stems. As it is very dry at the moment, the leaves are hanging down a bit more than normal.
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Here is an assortment of pods and beans. the pods can have between two and four beans.
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The pods fell from the tree a few months ago, so they are a bit weathered and twisted. I found one that hadn’t opened.
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The inside of the pods look quite comfy for a bean to sit and wait to ripen.
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In the post about the Black Bean pods I did under estimate their size. This was the biggest pod I could find that wasn’t damaged. Imagine this pod dropping from the tree. On the street Black Bean Trees in town is a warning that pods can drop so don’t park under them when it’s pod dropping season.
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This bean weighed in at 39grams. I tried to look for a bigger one that wasn’r squashed. Most beans are around this size.
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A large four bean pod weighs in at 123 grams.
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Black Bean pods hanging from a tree
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The flowers grow directly from the branch. So lovely in their yellow and orange/red hues
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Thank you to those who asked for a bit more information about the Black Bean Tree that is in my garden.

Small

The word prompt from Debbie at Twenty-four: Small

It is good to see that people are taking up Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge while she is on vacation. Thank you all.

A tiny Soft-shelled Snail
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Whats smaller than ants
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A lovely Line-blue Butterfly, about 15mm in size
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Hidden in the folds of a flower, a small Crab Spider waits for something smaller to drop by for a snack
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Stingless Native Bees having a feast on a Crocus flower
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I love finding small fungi on my place
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A flower which is a big 10mm in diameter
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Baby birds are cute especially in a small nest
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The smallest Honeyeater, a Scarlet Honeyeater
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The Eastern Spinebill

Over Winter, Eastern Spinebills come and hang around my garden. Although there isn’t many flowers one Grevillea has lovely little flowers which the Eastern Spinebills enjoy.

I think this Spinebill wants to be a Hummingbird

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Eyes open to make sure of the connection.
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Some wing flapping for adjustment.
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Keep flapping and contact.
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And just as fast………gone
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Black Beans

Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Row

Black Bean Trees, Castanospermum australe, are growing on my place. The seed pods can measure up to 100mm in length. Most have three to five beans to a pod. Yes beans in a row.

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Some pods have just a couple. The Black Beans are quite big weighing around 30 grams.
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The leaves and beans are toxic to animals and humans in the raw state. It is great to make tiny canoes from the pods and race them down the river.
Some flowers of the Black Bean Tree. Flowers in a row.
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This is June 2018

Welcome to my world in June. Not an abundance of photos this time but I do recommend getting comfortable. June was the month where my bestie sold her 103 year old farmhouse in a  Rain-forest, where a lot of bird bath and bird photos came from, and moved into her new place which is similar to my climate. It is a newish house but has a bird bath and a great bird attracting garden. So far we have identified 38 birds, some are in this post. As you can see I have been a bit busy helping move house.

The house is still in a rural setting.
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This is my first attempt at photographing Dandelion seed heads.
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One afternoon the sky became fierce looking. Quite an angry face looking out isn’t it?
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The early morning at my place walking through the Blady Grass. It was very dry in the previous months. Green shoots struggled to grow among the dry brown grass.
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This native plant is growing in the middle of a paddock. The Autumn saw the stalk covered in white flowers. I hope the seeds have spread and not harvested by ants.
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June is the month for the Lismore, a town nearby, Lantern Parade. I didn’t get many good parade photos. There were a number of Orchid lanterns hanging in the trees in the park where the show and fireworks took place.lantern_named_lismore_june 2018
The fireworks were quite spectacular.fireworks_named_lismore_june 2018

While my bestie was moving house, I was given some, OK a lot, of plants to look after. The Kalenchoe loved being in my sun room and has put on a wonderful display of flowers.
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Winter has also brought some other visitors into the house. I usually have native rodents come into the warmth. I have a trap to catch them and then they get taken back into the bush. This time I have had a House Mouse or two in the pantry. This little fat one, I suspect to be a pregnant female, was relocated up the road.mouse_named_home_june 2018
This is the big section of birds for the month of June

The little Silvereyes have really taken to the hanging pot bird bath and drinking place.
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The other bigger birds prefer to use this bird bath. A female or juvenile Satin Bowerbird was chatting to someone nearby.
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A Yellow-faced Honeyeater takes a drink.
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A Yellow-faced Honeyeater at my besties has claimed this branch of a tree.
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There has been quite a number of Yellow-rumped Thornbills around my garden
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A very cute looking Jackie Winter enjoyed the morning sun on the fence.
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While we were walking along a road, we came across a small flock of Variegated Fairy Wrens darting in the grass beside the road. A young one made an appearance on a nearby tree. vareigated fairy wren_young_named_caniaba_june 2018

Of course I couldn’t let a post go past without my favourite, an Eastern Yellow Robin. Sadly we had to leave Bobbin behind so maybe this one at my place will be the the new substitute. I haven’t found the right name yet. Any suggestions?
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One afternoon a small flock of Red-browed Firetails came looking for grass seeds in the front garden.
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A young Lewins Honeyeater found a great lookout atop a red flowering Eucalypt.
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The Rainbow Lorikeets came for the Eucalypt flowers too.
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A Rufous Whistler singing an early morning song
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It was lovely to have a welcome to the new place with a number of Welcome Swallows who zoom around the verandahs and sit on the fence to do their laundry.
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Another bloke who likes to sit on the fence to survey the lawn for insects is the Restless Flycatcher. They make the most amazing sound. I tried to make a video but it wasn’t the best sound quality.
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An Eastern Rosella wanted to see what we were doing in the new garden.
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At my place, a number of Noisy Miners were carrying on. They didn’t like the Kookaburra being too close to their nests.
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I thought it was going to be a cold night after finding a Kookaburra family cosying up for the night in the late evening.
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A Pacific Black Duck showing a flash of turquoise as it paddled on the creek.
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A young Straw-necked Ibis didn’t want me to take its photo as it strolled in a nearby paddock.
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This bloke didn’t seem to mind though.
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The Sacred Ibis look wonderful as they wheel about in the sky
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A Common Tern was fishing down by the estuary. Gliding along and then suddemly plumetting into the water. I didn’t see it catch a fish though.
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The Moon and a plane.
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Well the sun is almost setting. Thanks for joining me in This is June
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Hope to see you next month

Gold

The word prompt from Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Gold

The gold of a sunrise
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The gold of a Honey Gem Grevillea
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The Golden Lycras in my garden
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A Yellow-tufted Honeyeater enjoying the Honey Gem flowers
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A Golden Whistler singing in the Honey Gem Grevillea
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The golden glow at the beach in the morning
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The golden glow of a sunset
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All Time Favourites

This is a sad post. The Daily Post, where a lot of people interact with words and photos is closing. I am hoping the Daily Post can keep going. It takes a lot of work to maintain such a fantastic blog site. Please please find a way of staying. I have found lots of people who do fantastic stuff and people have found my bit of the world as well.

Welcome to the final installment of the Weekly Photo Challenge. In wishing you a fond farewell, we wanted to share our all-time favorite photos with you. We welcome you to share your favorites with us. Happy photographic trails!

I think a slideshow would be the best way to dig out some of my favourites if I can decide which ones.

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Thank you Daily Post editors and contributors, it has been fun

This is May 2018

Another wrap up of whats been happening in bushboys world in May. This month has been so dry. Many of the usual birds that are around here in May are absent. The most exciting thing is that I have two new birds that have dropped in on their migration to warmer places.

Some of the photos are from my besties place where it has been raining almost every day. There isn’t a huge amount of photos but I still recommend grabbing a drink suitable for the time of day you are scrolling through This is May 2018.

I think I’ll start with a couple of flowers. I can’t wait for some of the plants which flower in the cooler months to flower.

I love the purple colour
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The last hibiscus flowerhibiscus_named_home_may 2018

Just a mud puddle with a bit of the sun and sky
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This is the shell of a Frasers Banded Snail. One of the advantages of following scientists on Twitter is that if I can’t ID anything, there is always someone to ask. Bronwen Scott gave me the name of the snail. Bronwen is at Snailseyeview
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Another view of the Frasers Banded Snail shellfrasers banded snail shell_under_named_binna burra_may 2018

When the cooler weather arrives, quite often so do some of the marsupial mice from out of the forest looking for somewhere warm to nest. I have a live trap where I can trap, ID and release back into the forest.
This is a view into the trap with a House Mouse, not an Antechinus as I first thought, who has been enjoying a bit of peanut butter. ID help from Dr Dave and Dale Nimmo
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Here is the little bloke ready to hop off and find another place to spend Winter other than my pantry
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Another new discovery at my besties was this Eastern Stoney Creek Frog. The ID on the frog was also from a Twitter. The wonderful Jodi Rowley
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Here’s a bit of orange fungi growing on the side of a tree glowing in the afternoon sun
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This fungi was so soft and really did feel like velvet. Also an added bit of Lichen as well as some Moss. Yes it was a wet habitat.fungi_lichen_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here is the usual warning for those who have an aversion to spiders. Try to have a peek as the Golden Orb Weaver is a rather beautiful spider.

Lets break in gently with a tiny but lovely web glowing in the morning suns golden glow. Not an Orb Weavers web as this spider is tiny
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Here she is, a Golden Orb Weaver looking lovely against the blue Autumn sky.
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The markings underneath are so wonderful. She is not quite 75mm long.
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This is why she is a Golden Orb Weaver. She is attending to her larder dangling on the golden threads of her rather messy webgolden orb weaver_web_named_home_may 2018

A rainy day in Ballina. A Willie Wagtail found a place to try and stay dry during a downpour
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Only a few bits of green grass when this photo was taken of a Willie Wagtail hunting for a snack.willie wagtail_named_home_may 2018

The Eastern Spinebills have arrived. A few will hang around over winter as long as the Grevilleas have flowers.
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A small flock of Silvereyes have taken up residence as well
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Not sure who this Silvereye is yelling at while at he bird bath
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On a drive I spotted a group of Ibis resting and preening. Among the group were a couple of Spoonbills having a rest.
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It was disturbing to see 4WD wheel tracks on a section of South Ballina Beach which is a no go zone as the birds rest and nest on that part of the beach.
A Sooty Oystercatcher and a Little Tern in the wheel tracks, with some Crested Terns in the background
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A Little Tern resting on the beachlittle tern_named_south ballina beach_may 2018
Sometimes you have to wait for your turn in the bird bath. A White-throated Treecreeper hangs about waiting for a Lewins Honeyeater to finish his bath.white throated treecreeper_lewins honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_may 2018
Ahhh……that’s better. I love how the White-throated Treecreepers sit in the bird bath, the totally opposite to all the other birds.white throated treecreeper_bird bath_named_home_may 2018

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters are on their migration too. Some of the flock will stay here over winter. They are the bullies of the bird bath and chase the other birds away.
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The Northern Yellow Robins are always around the forest . This bloke and his family are hanging around my garden
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My bestie has sold her place. Here is one of the last photos of Bobbin, the Northern Yellow Robin who lives at her place on the garden chair where he loves to survey the garden for something to eat. Bobbin is such a cutie isn’t he?
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An Emerald Dove found a good drinking spot in the garden. A stem of a Bangalow Palm filled with rain water.
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Here is the first of the new birds at my place. This is a Striated Pardalote
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The other new bird is a tiny Varied Sittella. A small flock dropped in one day for a drink, rest and a bite to eat before continuing on their way north. Another little cute bird.varied sittella_named_home_may 2018
The butterflies are becoming scarce as the weather gets colder. I have been lucky enough to get some photos of the inside wings as well as the usually more colourful outer wings. This butterfly is a Yellow or Common Albatross showing the inside wingscommon albatross_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018
The outer wings are a lovely yellow with a brown edging.common albatross_named_binna burra_may 2018
A Zebra Blue or Plumbago Blue Butterfly. You can see the blue on the inside.zebra blue_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018
The outer wings have a lovely marbling and striking pattern.zebra blue_side_named_binna burra_may 2018

The inside wings of the Common Jezabel are rather dull compared to the outer wings.
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Here is a Common Jezabel sitting high upon a flower stalk on a sunny day.
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I hope you have enjoyed a scroll through my May.