Stopping for a drink

I have always had bird baths place around my garden. There are big ones, shallow ones and small ones that the birds come to every day for a drink or a quick splash. I also have a number of containers on the ground and tucked into spots in the garden for the animals that may like a drink, mainly small animals. I fill containers daily in this long drought I am currently experiencing.

One such container is on the garden seat where Satin Bowerbirds like to get a drink. Yesterday I was in the kitchen and looked out of the window and to my surprise a Red-necked Wallaby was having a drink. Wallabies normally drink from the dam. I have never seen a Wallaby drink from the containers in the garden before. She must have been thirsty.

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He mate was keeping watch nearbyred-necked wallaby_male_watching_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

You may wonder about the weird colour in the photos. The smoke from the nearby bushfires is quite thick and the sunshine is quite coloured.  Shadows are muted. As you can see there eucalypt trees have dropped their leaves to try and save themselves in this  drought. The Sun certainly highlights the dead leaves. A lot of these leaves are on the road which have been raked away from buildings. The bush where I live is very dry. The only thing that will stop these fires is rain.

I am keeping safe and watchful. The Rural Fire Service is doing a great job keeping everyone safe.

Also for LMP – Photo Adventure – Animals

 

Fruit

The Friendly Friday prompt: Fruit

All sorts of fruit – from the usual fruit to the native Australian fruits to the unusual fruit.
Everyone knows this one
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Dragon Fruit190315_spiky_square_dragonfruit
The fruit of a Norfolk Island Pinebrusnswick heads norfolk is pine_fruit_named_10042011
The fruit of a Sandpaper Creek Figsandpaper creek fig fruit01_named_killen falls_dec 2014
The Cheese Tree Fruitfruit_vine_crop_named_home_june 2015
Wonderful purple fruit of a native grass Dianellapurple fruit_home_named_nov 2015
Pandanus have large heavy fruit so be careful resting under the shade of a Pandanus tree at the beach181004_blog challenge_texture_pandanas fruit_evans head
No need for a caption here either190309_spiky_square_pineapples
The distinctive blue fruit of a Quondong or Blue Fig180313_quandong fruit

The Green Tree Snakes visit

I had a week and a bit of a holiday in Tasmania. I came home to find my resident Green Tree Snake had decided to shed its skin while I was away. The Lilli Pilli in the garden is having a bit of a hard time surviving the very dry conditions which has made it quite handy for a snake to divest itself of last years skin.

Green Tree Snakes are quite harmless. A little slender snake about two meters long. Their fangs are located at the back of the mouth so you have to be partially swallowed before a Green Tree Snake can inject a venom which is harmless to humans but not so to the small prey, lizards, frogs, eggs etc. They are diurnal and have large eyes. They are not always green either. Known to be olive-green to black and the flecks of blue can make a Green Tree Snake look blue. They are mostly yellow on the throat and belly but also other pale colours as well.

The early morning sunrise also helped in the making of this blog.

The wrapping around the branches. Start at the head and peel away.green_tree_snake_skin_full_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

The belly and tail
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Aren’t the patterns in the scales lovely.green_tree_snake_skin1_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The head end showing the large eyes and lower jaw.green_tree_snake_skin_head_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The sunrise made an ordinary Green Tree Snakes skin look amazing.green_tree_snake_skin3_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

I have used an old photo of a Green Tree Snake in the featured photo.

Lines and Squares #28

Day twenty-eight of Becky’s Photo Challenge Lines and Squares

This is how a Eucalypt tree recovers after a fire has burnt the tree. The wonderful green against the blackened limbs with the new red tips of the leaves as the tree returns to its beautiful best.

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Filling the frame

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #66: Filling the Frame

So many to pick from. So a taste of birds, flowers, objects and animals

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torinia_purple yellow flower6_close_name_jan 2011

 

gun barrell_close_lismore_named_june 201

 

hippiastrum02_close_home_named_oct 2014

 

seagull01_close_ballina_named_feb 2014

 

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butcher bird_banora pint_close_named_august 2014

 

fig bird

 

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carpet snake01_home_named_jan 2014

 

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This is September 2019

What a month September was. A month of fear of fires, another month of not much rain, watching the dam level drop and not being able to water the garden with the last bit of water in case I needed the water in case a fire appeared. The fires were not close, over 40kms away from my place but the sky and atmosphere was choked with smoke. A few rainfalls during the month helped alleviate my concerns, topped up my water tanks so I have enough water for my household needs and I have been watering the pot plants around the verandahs and in the house with the tank water. I also use this water to put in the various bird baths around the house as well as other water containers for the animals that may pop in and need a drink.

The downside is I am watching a lot of my garden die. Some palms that provide lovely shade for my house have already lost their tops and the others are struggling. Most of the garden is Australian native plants and some, like the lilli pillis are not looking all that flash. The Wallabies and Possums are also eating some of the garden plants so I may have to put fences around gardens so the new shoots appearing now the weather is warming don’t get nibbled.

There are a few photos to get through, so maybe a cup of tea, coffee or glass of wine or beer, depending when you are reading, Sit back and I hope you enjoy a scroll through my September.

I have found a few photogenic animals on my travels. The horses have already had their post and some others have appeared already as well but I have to put this fluffy Donkey in again.
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I love going past the dairy and seeing these beautiful cows.cow_dairy_named_kyogle_sept 2019
It is never good to see one of these ants on the verandah. Their bite is quite painful for such a small insect.ant_verandah_named_caniaba_sept 2019
I do enjoy finding a spiders web in the right light.spider_web_small_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The start of Spring has a few butterflies appearing. The Caper White Butterflies are migratory and this one is one of the first to arrive.butterfly_caper_white_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Meadow Argus are enjoying the early Spring flowers on the Pittosporum. butterfly_meadow_argus_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
The Stingless Native Bees certainly loved the Rocket flowers.bee_stingless_native_flower_rocket_named_caniaba_sept_2019
As did the honey bees.bee_flower_rocket_named_caniaba_sept_2019
Flies are pollinators as well. This one was in a nursery we went to in Byron Bay. There were lots of other insects on the flowers too.fly_insect_flower_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Saw this amazing flower but forgot to write down the name, sorry.flower_petals_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
The Cacti were in bloom as well.flower_pink_cacti_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Yes it is a bud, a very weird hairy bud. Can you guess what flower may appear from this in my besties garden?poppy_flower_bud_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The yellow Poppy enjoyed the sunshine.flower_poppy_yellow_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Here is the hairy buds flower, a red Poppy.flower_poppy_red_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Spring brings out the Begonia flowersflower_begonia_verandah_named_caniaba_sept 2019
And the Bottlebrush are starting to look fabulous at my besties but mine are having a hard time and the bushes haven’t looked like flowering yet.bottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Her Roses are looking wonderful. This one is a Double Delight just opening.flower_rose_double_delight1_named_caniaba_sept 2019
This Double Delight is open showing lovely delicate colours.flower_rose_double_delight2_named_caniaba_sept 2019
My White Fig tree is struggling a bit in the dry weather. The figs often drop their leaves at this time of year. The ground is covered in the yellow and orange leaves.leaves_white_fig_colours_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
It also likes to show its true Aussie colours of Green and Goldleaves_white_fig_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

There are lots of birds around at the moment too. The Red-browed Firetails are cruising the grass eating the seeds
red_browed_firetail_finch_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Straw-necked Ibis are also wandering about looking for grubs in the paddocks.straw-necked ibis_ named_caniaba_sept 2019
I have a few Australian Ravens who have a walk about the garden looking for snacks.australian_raven_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

We saw some Chestnut-breasted Mannikins down the road. They must have followed us home as later on I saw around 20 to 30 sitting in the fence.
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The King Parrots are enjoying the last of the seeds in the Leopard Tree.king_parrot_garden_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

The Mistletoe Bird has wonderful red colours.
mistletoe_bird_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Remember the Willie Wagtails nest that was destroyed by something a month or so ago? Well they found a safe place and have raised three chicks. Only a mother could love a baby like this.willie_wagtail_chick_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Welcome Swallows have four chicks in two nests at my besties under the verandah. They are always hungry.welcome_swallows_chicks_feeding_named_caniaba_sept_2019
Some years, Welcome Swallows have two nestings. Here comes another feather to line the nest for the next lot of babies.welcome swallow_feather_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2019

 

The Restless Flycatchers like to patrol the fence lines in the morning.satin_flycatcher_fence_named_caniaba_sept 2019
As the season was so bad I felt sorry for the birds and put a container of food out every now and then. The Currawongs tended to dominate but one morning a small flock of Satin Bowerbirds turned up. I have never seen so many bower birds together. These are females and juveniles. The male sat by and kept watch from a nearby branch.satin_bowerbirds_verandah_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
A lot of the birds at my place are not hanging around the house as there isn’t much food in the garden. Normally the grevilleas are full of flowers but a lack of rain has seen a reduced number of grevillea flowers. There are a lot of birds down the lower part of my property at the waterhole. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater and a White-throated Honeyeater enjoy a drink together.waterhole_drinking_yellow_faced_honeyeater_white_throated_honeyeater_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
The little Striated Honeyeater just jumped straight into the bird bath.striated_thornbill_bird_bath_diving_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Whereas the White-throated Honeyeater just dived straight in.white-throated honeyeater_bird_bath_diving_named_caniaba_sept 2019
This is the first time I have seen a Little Friarbird and a Noisy Friarbird together.friarbirds_noisy_little_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
A female Olive-backed Oriel came to the bird bath for the first time at my besties.olive-backed oriel_female_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Male shows why they are Olive-backed Oriels.olive-backed oriel_back_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
He doesn’t look to pleased to see me with my camera does he?olive-backed oriel_looking_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Everyone like the Australian Raven skipping down the hill last month. How about a Silver Gull dancing? gull_dance_named_brunswick_heads_sept 2019
AS I said, the sky was been choked with smoke from the fires. I couldn’t quite capture the red sun at sunset one afternoonsun_red_named_jackadgery_sept 2019
Other sunsets were quite orange.sunset_red_named_caniaba_sept 2019
or a blaze of yellow!sunset_fires_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The smoke mixed with cloud made for some interesting shapes and spooky atmosphere.sunset_fires_orange_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Well here we are at the end. The grass seed heads made a lovely part of the afternoons walk. When I looked at the photo on the computer screen, there was, I think, a Grasshopper winging away for the night.sunsegrass_seeds_insect_named_caniaba_sept 2019

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my September.

Also a contribution to Su’s The Changing Seasons

 

Cute and cuddly Koalas

The Ragtag Thursday Prompt: Scratch
Also Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Hands

Everyone loves a Koala. They are so adorable, cute and ever so cuddly so the marketing tells you. On the weekend a Koala was in the tree in my besties garden. She has a number of trees that Koalas love for their food and a place to sleep. Koalas sleep for around nineteen hours a day!!!

This is the Koala. High in the tree and a bit hard to spot.
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A sleepy eye was on me as I walked about beneath the tree.191003_blog_challenge_scratch_koala2
So you want to cuddle a Koala? Maybe find one who has had a pedicure. Their claws are quite long and sharp. The trees are quite marked with scratches where a Koala ambles up to find a snack or a place to rest for the day.191003_blog_challenge_scratch_koala3_claws

Here is a bit about Koalas I wrote years ago
https://bushboy.blog/2013/10/12/koalas/

Lines and Squares #1

This months Square photo challenge from Becky – Lines and Squares

Here’s how you join in;

  • Create your line square post, and include a pingback to one of Beckys daily square posts
  • You can also add a link to your post in the comments on my post
  • To make it easy for others to find you and to generate interest across the web do include this month’s tag lines&squares
  • Preferably post daily but you can also post all 31 in one go at the end of the month, or if it is easier join us weekly.
  • You can even drop in occasionally with squares if you are away or really busy,
  • It would also be fabulous if you are able to allocate some time to visit the square galleries. I am aiming for three galleries this month.

There is though only ONE challenge rule;

your main photograph must be square in shape!

I’ll commence with a bit of nature

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As I have done for the past Square photo challenges, I am going to try and put a bit of music with my posts that relate in some way to Becky’s Square Photo Challenge

Can you see the link?

 

Stone

Franks Tuesday Photo Challenge: Stone

I looked about the folders for the usual stone photos but you know what…………as a predominately nature photographer I just had to use these

The Beach Stone Curlews are nocturnal birds. I walked by and woke them up
beach stone curlews01_macleay island_named_may 2016
I was given the eyebeach stone curlew_close_macleay island_named_april 2016

I disturbed this Eastern Stone Frog
eastern stoney creek frog_named_binna burra_may 2018