Agapanthus flower

Sunshine’s Macro Monday #23

Last Macro Monday I posted an Agapanthus buds. Todays effort is the flowers.

This is the umbels or cluster. Can you see the tiny Stingless Native Bee?20200706_blog_challenge_macro_monday_agapaanthus_flower
The flower 20200706_blog_challenge_macro_monday_agapaanthus_flower_close
A bonus flower with the Stingless Native Bee20200706_blog_challenge_macro_monday_agapaanthus_flower_bee

Blue

The prompt for the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Blue
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Blue-faced Honeyeaterblue-faced honeyeater01_home_named_oct 2014

The blues of an Australian landscape
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Blue Triangle Butterflyblue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018
A Blue-banded Bee in a Blue Ginger flower180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger

Superb Fairy Wren
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Just a blue bottle and a splash of paint
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Of course nothing is bluer than the sky190411_blog_challenge_blue_sky

In My Garden

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for Tuesday: Garden

Have a quick wander about my garden.

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Blue-banded Bees like dropping in
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When the pink Crocus flowers the Stingless Native Bees all come around
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One of the wheelbarrow gardens with Hippeastrums
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The Frangipanni flowers scent fills the air
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The Bromiliads flower too
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One of my favourite flowers – Cats Whiskers
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The Dietis look great buit trhey are taking over in places in the garden
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One of the many Hibiscus flowers
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The Agapanthus put on a show around the garden borders
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The garden is a place to relax
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Even Long-necked Tortoise stroll through heading to the dam
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Every now and then when working in the garden, I surprise a frog. The Broad-palmed Frog took a while to wake before hopping off
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Lots of Bottlebrush flowersbottlebrush flower_red_named_home_nov 2017

The Pelagoniums add colour
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There is always help in the garden
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So many Grevilleas too
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The Native Wisteria winds its way among the foliage
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Always wear gloves and shoes as you never know who you might disturb. The Mouse Spider was rather fiesty
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The Bullants let you know if you are getting too close to their nest
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Every now and then another variety of fungus appears
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The garden is a lovely place to raise a family
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The fruit trees look wonderful in Spring
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and of course the garden is home to lots and lots of birds from the smallest Honeyeater, the Scarlet Honeyeater
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to the larger birds like the Satin Bowerbirds
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This is December 2018

First of all, thanks to everyone who has been part of my life this year. I have enjoyed sharing my part of this world with you. Your comments and feedback has been quite overwhelming at times. I take photos because I enjoy the results I achieve. I have a basic Canon PowerShot SX60HS which takes great macros, amazing telephotos and does everything I could ask, except focus where I want sometimes. Even then the capture can be a photo that goes into my Arty Ones folder. Some of those are posted in a recent photo challenge – Abstract.

On to December. This month was taken up in part with Becky’s great square format photo challenge #timesquare The featured image is one of the photos from Beckys challenge. Sometime last year I made a suggestion for the challenge which I cannot remember.

I have tried to cut down the number of photos but again it may be a bit of long read, so a drink, perhaps a snack may be in order. All settled back and ready. Join me in looking at This is December 2018
Sunrise is always a good place to start
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The wind blew the grass seed headsgrass_seed_head_named_caniaba_dec 2018

One morning, the tiny Line-blue Butterflies were all over the grass area while we were having breakfast. They loved the clover flowers.
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A Blue-banded Bee made a morning ritual of visiting the Chinese Lantern flowers. I never was ready to get that photo.
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A delicate flowering plant we were told was called Herb Robert. A lovely flower and bud.
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A Mistletoe Bird was a visitor for a few daysmistletoe bird_branches_named_caniaba_dec 2018

After the demise of the terracotta bird bath, a tempory replacement was found. A Rainbow Lorikeet looks unsure.
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Since the hatching of the Brown Honeyeaters, they have stayed around the garden. This is one of their favourite sitting places in the morning.
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Luckily one of the Grevilleas is flowering for them.
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I love it when you can see our Moon during the day.
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Many people call Dandelions weeds. The flowers add a great splash of colour in the garden.
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The Bees love the flowers too. Look at how much pollen has been gathered into the bees pollen sacs.
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I think it is wonderful.
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A Pumpkin display at the markets. So many varieties to choose from.
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This van belongs to one of the market stall holders at The Channon markets. I would love this van.
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Now Summer is here and it is hot and dry, the birds have to share the bird bath.willie wagtail_brown honeyeaters__bird bath_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Coming in for a landing
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“I made it safely….so what are you looking at?”
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The Brown Honeyeaters. An adult and one of the young ones. Always look up to your elders.brown honeyeaters_adult_child_bird bath_named_caniaba_dec 2018

This is my bird bath the Magpie Lark (or better known as Pee Wee) is telling everyone.
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A spot of grub hunting has paid off.
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The Cape Chestnut Tree at The Channon Market was in full bloom.
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Now for a couple of native flowers I found at my daughters place. I looked in my books to try and identify so I could tell you their names, but wasn’t successful. I will have to ask an ecologist who said I could send him photos and he would try to tell me their names. Isn’t this one pretty?
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Like the above flower, most native flowers are quite small. The one above was about 10 to 15mm from petal tip to petal tip. This little flower is about 5mmsflower_pink_small_native_named_coaldale_dec 2018

Another tiny flower with an amazing structure
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Such a delicate ball of even smaller flowers. Each ball is around 10-15mm in diameter.
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The Stingless Native Bees just love the native flowers. The flower seems huge compared to the beebee_stingless_native_flower_named_coaldale_dec 2018
The start of Summer. The Frangipanni flowers around the garden are stating to emerge.frangipanni_pink_named_home_dec 2018

I love the soft pink and yellow of this Frangipanni flower which has a heavenly fragrance.
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The pinks and yellows of this one are much more stronger.
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The Pink Frangipanni is stunning.
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This Poinciana tree I see on the way home was the best I have seen.
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The tiny flowers of one of the Tea Trees I have in my garden is waiting for the bees.flower_tea tree_garden_named_home_dec 2018
This year, my Agapanthus flowers were the best flowering ever. All through the garden was spots of white and blueflower_agapanthus_garden_named_home_dec 2018
One of the blues.flower_agapanthus_blue_garden_named_home_dec 2018

The tree Begonia decided to have another flowering this December.
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I have a number of Datura Erecta plants around the garden. The berries looked lovely one morning. I think they may be poisonous as nothing seem to eat them.
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If anyone would, it would be a Fig Bird, seen here keeping an eye on me as I walked about.
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The King Parrots are starting to want some food as a couple of people who fed them in the street have since moved on. I give them a small amount of wild bird mix occasionally. Actually I hadn’t been home for a couple of days and this bloke came to the verandah and whistled to get my attention
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A migratory visitor to my place are Leaden Flycatchers, This female was scouting the verandah for a snack. Yes a photo taken while I was inside at my desk.
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One afternoon as I drove through the front gates, a Forest Kingfisher swooped in front of me and sat in the tree, almost like a welcome home.forest_kingfisher_tree_named_home_dec 2018
The Australian Air force is saying goodbye to the fleet of Orions. One of the planes is going to an Air Museum at Evans Head. It flew into Lismore. This was taken from my besties backyard.
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The old swimming pool, which is now a frog pond of sorts, is host to so many water insects and frogs. One of the frog species in the pool is the Perons Tree Frog. I think this may be one just emerging from tadpole to frog.
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I am unsure who these beastly looking gang are. Hopefully are dragonflies.
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Christmas is always a wonderful time in December. I wasn’t in a Christmas mood this year. My bestie had some decorations at her place. An op-shop angel and some lights looked great.
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An Australian Lilli Pilli tree in the corner with some little lights mad the room look bright.
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The Full Moon, just before Christmas Day was big and bright.
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One of the photo challenges was Abstract – see the opening words – I didn’t include this Moon photo as I thought it was rather special and needed to be in my monthly wrap-up post.
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I didn’t have my tripod so just had to have a go hand held. At least one turned out OK lol
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Summer arrives and the plants start to thrive so along come the Grasshoppers to have a snack. This one likes Basil….or used to.
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Another little Grasshopper from my daughters place. Her garden hasn’t been attacked yet.
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The Ponytail Palm has so many flowers, the bees don’t know where to begin. I walked outside and the buzzing was quite loud I looked up and the flower spikes were full of bees.
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The Blue-banded bee I couldn’t get in the Chinese Lantern Flower didn’t escape my attention as it buzzed about the Basil flowers.
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The Hover Fly loved the garden too
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The Palm Trees, the water and the ripples
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Late afternoon looking from my besties verandah across the paddocksscene_trees_subdued_named_caniaba_dec 2018

The December sun is almost set.
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Goodbye December and 2018.sunset_orange_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Thanks for being a part of my world. I hope to see you again in 2019.

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This is December

This is just the one big photo blog. I hope you have time to scroll through. It started rather small at the start of December and just seemed to grow as stuff happened. I have included some of the skies that may have been in Beckys Square Sky photo challenge or missed out. I really enjoyed Beckys #SquareSky challenge. Perhaps you may need a pot of tea to get to the end!

Lets go. I love skinks and how they just move about on brick walls.
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Come Summer and the Dragonflies are flitting about the garden.
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I couldn’t find this Dragonfly at first when it disappeared into the garden.
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Summer in Australia with the deafening cacophony of cicadas. When the tree you were in many years ago has gone, make do with anything to get out of your shell.
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Brown Ringlets have wonderful “eyes” on their wings.
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I was visited by an Assassin Bug who did a bit of fluff cleaning for me.
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Mud Daubers make wonderful clay pots to raise their young. They lay an egg in the clay pot, they go about gathering spiders which they comatose for the grub to eat when it hatches.
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I have been watching this one build a cone shape on the architrave of the office door.
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Some mornings the chicken wire fence has lots of spider webs in the mesh.
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What a fabulous green the grasshopper has which contrasts with the yellow of the Deities flower.
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I love the Line Blue Butterflys antennae
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The Bromiliad flower with a bonus spider shell.
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The Stingless Native Bees loved the Day Lily flower.
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After the rain, the Crocus flowered much to the delight of the Stingless Native Bees
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They certainly have a laconic way of flying don’y they?
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The red Dahlia is one of my favourite flowers.
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The Tree Begonias supplied a splash of red in the garden too.
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It was a great year for the Agapanthus flowers.
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A tiny native flower with a fluffy centre.
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Another lovely flower I was given from my friend Geoff.
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A very pretty Rose in a friends garden.
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I think this flower is an Egg and Bacon plant flower.
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The Hibiscus flowers welcomed the rain  in December.
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A field of Daisys on the side of the road.
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The Curry Bush had a great flowering last year as well
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The storm season arrived a bit late last year but when it came, it was spectacular.
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This sky was incredible
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And again
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I love capturing the suns rays.
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The palm leaf had shiny spots of water which glistened in the sunlight.
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People must have thought I was mad walking around trying to get the sun in the right spot.
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This sunset was amazing. The colours changed every minute.
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It’s hard getting a sunrise photo when you live in a forest.
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The Spangled Drongo was wondering what I was doing interrupting bath time.
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It isn’t often I see a Peaceful Dove at the bird bath.
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When White Ibis flocks glide overhead it is just magnificent.
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A female Figbird or a young Figbird just getting his red mask.
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One day he will look like his dad.
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Check out the pants on the Channel-bill Cuckoo
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They have a very serious looking bill don’t they?
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Rainbow Lorikeets are quite raucous as they nibble about on the Lemon Scented Tea Tree.
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I am so glad the Forest Kingfisher has returned this Summer to forage around the house.
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An activities box outside of a Cafe in Toowoomba.
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The Moon was just wonderful with the coloured rings on a cloudy night.
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If pupils were white it could look like an eye.
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Some people have said this photo has a Japanese feel about it. What do you think?
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Thanks for dropping by

Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and Flowers

Another hot day has made me think it will be better being inside rather than the baking sun out there. At the moment there is thunder rumbling about. But that happened last night and didn’t result in rain. I hope this lot will as it is dry as anything here.

This is the third year of lower than average rainfall. There has been enough to keep the water tanks topped up but the dams are either empty or very low. The main dam I use for watering the house gardens is about one third full so it is rationing the water to the plants in pots first and then the new plantings (planted in the hope of rain).

From there I feel like the bad parent and water the plants that look like they need water more and the others are left to fend for themselves. Most are OK and I have only lost one or two plants although they may surprise and send out shoots when the rains come.

I am always putting water into the bird baths which is appreciated by the birds who come to my garden for a drink. The hanging pot is usually a favourite for the small birds. Once when I was watering the plants, a White-throated Honeyeater sat in a branch near the hanging pot and almost seemed to say “How about you top up the hanging pot so we can get a drink.” After putting some water into the pot, about 4 or 5 of its mates went to the pot for a drink.

Sometimes a bigger bird will also like to have a drink like this Little Friarbird.

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The hanging pot is the best place to get a drink. The female Scarlet Honeyeaters are regular visitors.

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The male Scarlet Honeyeaters seem to get on when there’s a drink involved.

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This young one waited until everyone else had gone before venturing in for a drink.

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Another place to get a drink is an old wheelbarrow which collects water from the car port roof when it rains. Some of the birds love it as it is in shade in the afternoon. You may have seen previous photos of the Spangled Drongos and Friarbirds over there.  This time the Lewins Honyeater and the White-throated Honeyeater had a bit of a squabble about who should drink and bathe in the wheelbarrow bird bath.

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In early December the lovely Satin Flycatchers drop in for a few days.

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The Square-tailed Kites are often harassed by the nearby nesting Friarbirds when they take off from their nest to go and get food for the young ones. I haven’t been able to see the young ones yet but both parents have been busting getting food and coming back to the nest. This Friarbird got very up close and personal.

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But eventually the Kite wheeled around and headed off on its mission.

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Soon it was circling around getting higher and higher showing its wonderful wing feathers.

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Meanwhile, back at my besties bird bath the normally sleek looking Red-browed Finch was looking rather ruffled.

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The sounds of Summer in Australia are the Cicadas. There are Cicada shells on most tree trunks or posts and like this one, under the leaf of a Frangipanni.

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The Dragonflies are constantly  zipping about the garden. This dragonfly seemed to really like the stick and sat there for quite a while.

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Everyday there is the buzz of the Blue-banded Bees as the source out the meager flower offerings in the garden.

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A new visitor to the garden at the end of November was the Common Albatross Butterfly. There was only 1 or 2, nowhere as many as the Caper Whites.

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I have fallen in love with photographing the Caper White Butterflies as they feed on the Pentas. Knowing they will soon be gone, I have been getting some nice photographs while I can.

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In this close-up, you can almost see the scales on the wings.

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I saw a Painted lady on the road as I walked down the drive to the house and suddenly she flew up and disappeared. It took a while to find where she had taken refuge in the rough bark of the Red Ironbark.

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Even butterflies have to do it. These little Lineblue Butterflies even flew about the garden locked together.

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Perhaps because it has been so dry, the Agapanthus bloomed so well this year. Spots of blues and whites are dotting the garden.

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The Frangipannis are just starting to bloom so  this year I am going to take notice of the colours I have planted in the garden.

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The shed down the back has these frosted glass casement window I bought when I first moved onto the bush block. They were used in the first shed/house I built and now are in another shed that is underway. As I walked about the garden, it seemed as though someone was watching me. I saw this “face” in the window.

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Remember the last blog. I said I was going to try and get a photo of the verandah skinks face. Well he sat long enough in the morning sunshine for me to get a photo. Always try to deliver lol.

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