Jewel Colours

A Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography: Jewel Colours

All the jewel colours rolled into one with a Rainbow Lorikeet and a Bottlebrush
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“I show my Emerald better”
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“What about me?” said the King Parrot with the rubies and emeralds too
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The Eastern Rosella splashes the jewel colours about.
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Now they are getting a bit showy I think.
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On the forest floor

The Daily Post word prompt: Mushroom

I love finding and photographing mushrooms, toadstools and all fungi that I come across. Here is a selection of some of my finds

A lovely group of mushrooms. I wonder if there is a name for a group of Mushrooms
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The closer you get the yummier they seem
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Such tiny mushroom or perhaps these are toadstools?
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It is always a frill to find mushrooms to photograph in the forest
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They can be in clusters of mushrooms. There I just made that up.
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Sometimes so packed together there’s not mushroom…..
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Sometimes size matters. I always carry a brick when I go wandering with my camera, just in case
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Sometimes the light is just at the right place in the otherwise darkness of the forest floor.
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On the way home

The Daily Post word prompt: Atmospheric

As I drive home, winding through the countryside, I come to a hill that sends me down into the valley where I then climb again to my place. This special spot almost halfway down the hill, the trees open up to reveal my valley and the Great Dividing Range in the distance. Some days are so atmospheric, I am compelled to stop, bathe in the afternoons glow and wonder at the world spread before me.

No words just a few pictures.

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Meet Kurrie

I’d like you to meet Kurrie. Kurrie has been living at my besties place for a few weeks now. Luckily Kurries parents are always close by and are very good parents. Kurrie has survived 2 hail storms plus countless rain events as well as hot sunny days. We are enjoying Kurries company and will be sad when Kurrie finally decides it’s time to leave.

Here is a small photo story of our new friend Kurrie

Kurrie lives high in the tree tops not far from the house. Kurries place looks a bit thrown together but as I mentioned has survived the weather. You can just see one of Kurries parents on the right.
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Here is a bit of a closer look at Kurries place. We were never sure that there was anyone in the nest.
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Then one day we could hear this raucous sound and there was Kurrie.
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Kurrie spend a lot of time asking Mum and Dad for something to eat.
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I wonder what the parent is thinking.
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As Kurrie is growing, now it’s standing up and stretching.
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All the time keeping an eye out for the next snack
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Or stretching out as far as you can
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The parents are constantly bringing Kurrie food. A growing baby needs lots of nourishment.
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Here, Kurrie gets a bit of food from the parent.
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A bit about Kurrie.

Kurrie is a Pied Currawong. Currawongs live in most coastal areas of Eastern Australia. They live in the forest and have adapted to city life. I know when the weather is getting cooler in the mountains as the Currawongs come down from the mountains to hang around my place. They are around 48cm. Currawongs have a loud and distinctive call which is heard in the mornings, before roosting at night and sometimes before it rains.

Here is their call from Graeme Chapmans website
http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=101&p=349

 

 

This is October: Part Four

Of course Part Four would have to be the birds of October.

On the Queensland expedition we came across a huge flock of Cormorants and Pelicans on the edge of Somerset Dam.
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On a bit of a chilly day the Cormorants were a bit sleepy in Ballina.
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So were the Pelicans
pelicans sleeping_named_ballina_oct 2017

The Satin Bowerbird has been busy collecting his blue bits and pieces to decorate his Bower. This is the fifth year this Bower has been used in the bush at my place.
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Of course who could forget Brendan the Bush Turkey. Here he is on his mound he has built for the females to lay their eggs in. The mound is about 2 meters tall. Brendan does a great job of raking the leaves.
brendan_mound_named_binna burra_oct 2017

A Figbird sits high on a branch keeping an eye on the goings on in the garden.
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The Laughing Kookaburra was on the other side of the garden.
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This bloke is more of a smiling Kookaburra don’t you think? He likes the sitting branch which is the most popular in the garden.
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The Eastern Whipbird sends his call down the gully This is what a whip bird sounds like here
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The Pied Currawong was always around the garden.
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This branch is a favourite sitting spot in the garden.
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The Pied Currawong is sitting on the eggs in the nest at my besties place.
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The Noisy Friarbird on the famous sitting branch
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Another stand off in the Honey Gem Grevillea between the Blue-faced Honeyeaters and the Noisy Friarbird. Check out the fight here from last year
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was wondering what the fuss was all about.
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Check out my pink feet said the White Headed Pigeon.
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The King Parrot having a snack of wattle seeds.
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The Eastern Rosella high in the old Fig Tree wondering what I am doing.
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The Olive-backed Oriel took his turn in the bird bath.
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There was a Rainbow Lorikeet queue at the bird bath.
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“Hey Stan……are you in there?”
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“What do you want?”
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Well that’s the end of This is October. I hope you got through the Four Parts.

This is October: Part Three

Part Three is some of the flowers in my world in October

I thought I would segue with some Native Stingless Bees who absolutely love Hippeastrums. This season was fabulous for Hippeastrums.
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This is a Hippeastrum my neighbour Geoff gave me. Have a look at my blog Geoffs Garden
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He also gave me there brilliant orange Hippeastrums.
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The Nasturtiums enjoyed a bit of rain.
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Some of the red flowers were hard to get the colour right. Their mauve insides looked lovely
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The Azaleas flowered well this year too.
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The Gerbera flowered well too
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I am sure this flower was looking back at me.
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A new Bromiliad flowered showing its pink and blues.
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The Blue Ginger was waiting to burst forth.
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Celosia flowers are hard to photograph to show their brilliance
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Same with red Celosia
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Love the veins and purple flower
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The White Hydrangea with its blue “buttons”
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Grafton, the city near my place is the Jacaranda City. This is the road to my place.
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The many little flowers of the Lomandra
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When a Lolly Bush is in flower you follow the scent of lollies to find the flowers.
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The Brilliant yellow of a water plant in my dam
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Now for some native flowers that are around my place. Most of these flowers are smaller than your little finger nail
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The Silky Oak flowers in the morning sun.
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Native Frangipanni flowers in a pot near my front door. In the evening the scent of the flowers is heavenly.
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Back to the tiny Native Flowers.
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I love these tiny purple/blue star shaped flowers.
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Some of the flowers are a bit hairy.
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This native flower is so tiny.
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Another star shaped purple flower
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A Mistletoe in the afternoon sun.
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Only Part Four to go….ready?

This is October: Part Two

Part Two will be the animals, reptile, amphibians and insects I came across in October

I put out a bowl with water for animals that come around the house for drinks when the weather is warm. I found a frog in the bowl which needed to be rescued. I think it is a Common Eastern Froglet.
frog_named_home_oct 2017

One morning we looked on the verandah and there was a Carpet Snake skin hanging from the rafter. It was over 2 meters long.
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Isn’t the skin beautiful?
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Brush-tailed Possums are coming into the shed. I surprised this one who has a mosquito on its nose.
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I set the live trap as the Brush-tailed Possums are getting into the roof cavity. I heard a crash on the verandah and saw a mother Possum with a baby on her back so I set the trap off. I can’t believe I actually gave the piece of apple to the baby.
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A Red-necked Wallaby enjoying the morning sun in front of the house.
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When you are small and still in the pouch, you have to do some investigating when ever you can.
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It was hard to find the grasshopper amongst the leaves.
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The Bull Ants know when you are about. Time for a quick photo as they Bull Ants poured out from the nest, running away before they ran up my legs.
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These lovely ant enjoyed walking about the plants looking for whatever ants look for.
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The Wolf Spider and the Millipede inside escaping the rain.
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Further up the wall a Huntsman observed the carry on below.
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Looking among a timber stack, I disturbed a Huntsman Spider having a rest.
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Look at the mouth of this butterfly.
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The inside wings of a Ringed Xenica. The first time I have seen a Ringed Xenica on my place.
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The outer wings of the Ringed Xenica are far more showy
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The Native Stingless Bees get right inside of the Dietes to get the nectar or pollen.
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This fly may look quite pretty but boy can they bite.
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Just resting on a leaf before buzzing off to buzz around the house or just annoy people.
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A dragonfly enjoying the sunshine.
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Some dragonflies being “friendly”
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Ready for Part Three?

This is October: Part One

I have so many things I have found and want to share that to have in one blog would have been too much for anyone to wade through. I guess it is Spring that brings so many things to life and into my camera lens. I hope you can stand a rush of blogs with a bit of my world.

The first part is the miscellaneous stuff, a bit of this, a bit of that with some nature thrown in.

We went on an expedition to South-East Queensland. In the town of Esk we found a timber mill. I wonder how long the shed has been there?
timber mill_named_esk_oct 2017

In the Newrybar Produce store, high in the roof, it looks like no one has used a cobweb broom since the shed was built. They draw straws to see who changes the light bulb I reckon.
light_webs_named_newrybar_oct 2017

The outdoor table has just the right amount of rust.
rust_table_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The shelf has some interesting bits and pieces hasn’t it?
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It may be Spring but the trees are dropping leaves. Eucalypts drop leaves when it gets hot to conserve energy. Here are a few leaves with such wonderful colours.
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A bit of rain and some warm weather has teased a couple of wood fungi out.
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The rain has also bought the mosses to life. This little mound of moss appeared in the middle of a track.
moss_named_home_oct 2017

There was a small hollow where a branch had fallen from a tree. I couldn’t see into the hollow to see if anything was in there, so I held my camera up and look what I found. A little world within a world. I was hoping for an insect but it looks like no one was home.
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The ferns are coming up all over the place.
fern curl_named_home_oct 2017

That’s it for Part One………..are you ready for Part Two?