It’s bath time so….Ready, Set, Action!

The theme from Nancy this week: Ready, Set, Action

When an eastern Whipbird decides it is bath time it is all ready, set, action!
It’s bath time so I better get in there
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I may look bedraggled, but I feel great
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Oh damn……..I forgot to wash my feet
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Well in I go again180921_blog challenge_whip bird_bird bath04

Gracious me……not quite clean enough.
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In I go. Ready, set……..
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Ahhh. It’s really nice in here. Want to join me?
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I might just soak for a while
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Trees in black and white

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Trees

I had a bit of a hard time deciding on trees for Cees photo challenge. I have just found a few that may be of interest.

This is one of the tallest Ironbark Trees in my street. I haven’t measured the tree but estimate it to be around 30meters tall. The front of my place has some big Ironbark trees like this one which was one of the attractions when I bought Durranbah.
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Along the road a towards the river is some forest gums. When they shed their bark, the timber underneath is a bright orange colour. They really stand out in the forest.180921_blog challenge_blackandwhite_trees_forest gums_orange

 

Here is a close up of one of the trees.180921_blog challenge_blackandwhite_trees_forest gums_orange_close

This is looking down towards the back of my place from the house
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In the gullies that run through my place are many Grass Trees. The one in front is about 100 years old. The one at the back is a youngster which was probably a small bunch on the ground when I bought Durranbah around 30 years ago.
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Durranbah is the name I gave this place. It means small jumping ants in Aboriginal language.

Copious

The word prompt from Ragtag Daily Prompt: Copious

On a hot day, there are copious amount of Rainbow Lorikeets at the bird bath
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Sometimes it’s so crowded that just finding a spot is difficult
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Vibrant Colours

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours

Some Australian birds definitely have vibrant colours. Which bird do you think has the vibrancy over the others?

A Rainbow Lorikeet having a snack on a Golden Penda
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A King Parrot
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A Golden Whistler
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A Scarlet Honeyeater and a red Bottlebrush flower
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A Forest Kingfisher
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CFFC

The Welcome Swallows

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Small is Beautiful

Yesterday, while sitting on the verandah at my besties, we heard those unmistakable sounds. The Welcome Swallows chit chatting away. The male Welcome Swallow keeping a look out from the rafters.
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The female Welcome Swallow keeping an eye on me as she flew onto the nest made of mud.180917_blog challenge_small_is_beautiful_welcome swallow02

Yes, she did have something in her mouth.
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Seconds later, a pink head and yellow beak appeared asking for food.
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Just like humans, trying to settle an always hungry baby Welcome Swallow can test your patience.
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Meanwhile on the nest next door, this little bloke was content waiting for a parent to return.
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Pink #17

My seventeenth photo for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

The pink Frangipanni flower and a red shield bug. The next photo was a very blurry shield bug on my camera lens
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If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.

Pink #14

My fourteenth photo for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

The lovely Pink Euodia flower with a Scarlet Honeyeater enjoying the nectar
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If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.

Orange

It may seem I have an obsession with colours over the past month. The Tuesday word prompt from Ragtag Daily Prompt: Orange

There are many an orange fungi
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I love the burst of colour when the Orange Hippeastrums appear in my garden.
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The Orange Trumpet flower looks lovely as it is draped over the old shed.
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The favourite Grevillea, Honey Gem, of the birds, insects and me.
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Another star of the garden
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The Leopard Lily adds a splash of colour to my garden.
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I can’t remember where I found this or what the name of flower is, just a great bit of orange.
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I said there was more orange fungi. These tiny ones pop up through the grass around the garden after some good rain.
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The Dragonfly has a hint of orange
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Just had to include a bird. The Rainbow Lorikeet has such a vivid orange chest.
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A small Orange Palm Dart Butterfly
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Fishing on the River – A Cormorants Tale

Down by the Clarence River in Grafton, a Great Cormorant spent a bit of time with a fish. Here is the Cormorants Tale of fishing in the afternoon.

One afternoon, a head popped out of the water. Yes!!! I have a fish.
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It is a rather big fish, I hope I can eat it.
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I wish it would stop wriggling about.
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oops….almost dropped it
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Phew, managed to get it back again.
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Ahhh…………this is the way to get a fish down, head first here we go.
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Perhaps a bit of a dunking will help the fish slide down my neck.
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Bloody hell Janice, it’s my fish, now go away. I’m not sharing!
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Peace at last. Now to get it in the right position.
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Watch this folks……a bit of flip and catch
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Bugger the fish is sideways again.
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Ah well, perhaps it will go down after all.
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With all of that, the Great Cormorant decided to fly further upstream to enjoy his snack. Did the fish get eaten? I suspect so.