Pink #24

My twenty-fourth photo for Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

The Camellia flower with a bonus ant photobomb
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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.

Life’s Struggles

When you are small in a big world, sometimes you have to push on, no matter what obstacles life may throw at you. Here is a tale of one such struggle. How obstacles were over come, how perseverance and strength can get you to where you want to go, even if your burden is huge.

I was watching a moths wing “walk” across the verandah. No, there wasn’t a breeze. Then I noticed the little ant when it turned around. Careful little lady.
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Don’t get too close to the space between the verandah boards.
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Oh dear. Over we go. I hope all is not lost.
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Luckily that leaf was there to get a bit more height. It’s amazing what another 5mm can do.
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Almost there.
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OK then, mind how you go.
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The little ant carried that wing to the edge of the verandah, over the edge, down the steps and disappeared under the steps.

Bravo little ant
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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.
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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 September: the other bits

Well here is the second installment of This is September. Here is an assortment of stuff but mainly nature.

First off I’d like to let you know my sad news. My elderly neighbour and good friend Geoff, the bloke who gave me this beautiful Iris, died earlier this week. I have so many plants from his wonderful garden, perhaps a future blog, that I will always have good memories especially when the plants flower and spread sunshine to my garden.
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I might as well stay on the flowers that managed to bloom despite the lack of rain. Orange Trumpet flowers hang from the shed.
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The Bromiliad flowers are most unusual
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The Pansys battled on with a watering every now and then.
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I like the lion face in this Pansy
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The Rose Geraniums flowered looking so spectacular dotted through the garden
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Most of the flowers also had other things happening too. Can you find the insect on the Westringia? Hint it’s a bee
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The butterflies liked resting on the Westringia. Not sure if this is a Grass Dart or a Skipper
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Stingless Native Bees were a buzz about the Orange Trumpet flowers.
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Other bees likes to get among the Grevilleas
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The Wisteria came out to bloom for a few weeks. Wanderer Butterflies were attracted to the flowers perfume.
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Another sign of Spring is Orchard Swallowtails in the garden.
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One of the biggest butterflies that come around the garden.
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Some moths are hard to find when they sit on the ground
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Other butterflies are rather small like this Barred Skipper who didn’t mind resting on a leaf
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Do you remember the Assassin Bug photo? Here is the full photo
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Come warmer weather, spider webs appear. The St Andrews Cross Spider didn’t quite get the “this is what a cross looks like” memo
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I din’t think he cares very much
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Insects are everywhere. Some like to see what you are doing on the computer
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Just a fly sitting on a leaf
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An ant scurried away when it saw the camera
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A Common Yellow Butterfly shows the birds how to hide among the leaves
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Some leaves look  wonderful. The colours the White Fig leaves turn merge so well
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The sunlight on the Bottlebrush leaf drew my attention. This is without the photo bombing bee
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The Bloodwood Tree nuts litter the forest floor
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On a walk we came across a Spotted Gum with interesting bark patterns and lumps. What can you see?
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The Ironbark looked like it had a claw emerging down its trunk.
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Can you see a cat?
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We saw a bear…can you?
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The Silk Tree pods are like orange velvet in the tree tops
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Sometimes the pods drop with their seeds intact
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The Agave looked lovely in the morning sun
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The Skink hung on to the bricks as it surveyed the scene on the church in Grafton
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The Joeys are now too big to fit in the pouch any more
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The Spring sunsets have been amazingsunset01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The sun is almost gone so it’s time to say see ya later.
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This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
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Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
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Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
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The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
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At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
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In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
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The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
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One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
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The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
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I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
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A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
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The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
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I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
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I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
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I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
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I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
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This is the rest of the spike
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There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
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I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
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Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
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The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
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I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
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Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
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The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
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This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
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Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
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Love the colour of these flowers.
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Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
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The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
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One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
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I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
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One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
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Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.

My April: Full of Flowers Birds and Insects

April. An Autumn month where the hot days give way to warm days, a hint of rain and cool nights. Migratory birds stop off, some plants flower and the weather is great for getting into the garden.

My garden helpers. Well maybe not all the time but they can help out with the insect control. They are constantly digging somewhere.

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The end of March saw floods around the region and as a result, the floodwaters that entered the ocean caused the beaches to become foamy wonders. Here is a selection of the water at Sharpes Beach near Ballina.

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I love the structural shapes in cacti

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Some cacti were flowering

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Other flowers bloomed in their own showy way. The camellias were beautiful this year.

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Other flowers were just as spectacular

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The Hibiscus is one of my favourites

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The deep red of the Dahlia is stunning

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The bees are loving the Pentas.

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The fungi were everywhere in March but now just the few last fungi are popping up here and there. This is a wonderful pink fungi.

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It looks almost planetary from the top don’t you think?

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On a young eucalypt I found this amazing growth which I was informed is called Witches Broom. The ants seem to enjoy scurrying over it.

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I have had a visitor in my house since early this year. She has been moving from room to room but has moved into the laundry. She is the biggest Huntsman Spider I have ever seen. When she stretches her legs she has a 16cm span. How big is your hand?

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One day out in the garden, I dug out some old plants and also dug out a spider. At first I thought it was a Funnel Web Spider but it was a Mouse Spider. Both species of spider are quite venomous. It was too fussed about being disturbed.

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The Line Blue Butterfly stopped for a rest on the hanging pot support.

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The Eastern Yellow Robins have been zooming around the garden chasing one another. The female Robin sat on the bush just outside of the window. I think she was looking in the window.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have returned for the winter.

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The Plumed Whistling-Ducks have also come to rest for a while. I found a large flock in Waterview Heights, a outer suburb of Grafton. They were walking up and down the edge of a dam, chatting among themselves.

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The ever present Kookaburra is not far away when I am digging in the garden, either sitting in a tree or like this bloke, on a fence post.

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That was a bit of Bushboys World in April. Hope you liked stopping by.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters A or B

I love black and white photos possibly because that is all I could afford to get processed when I had my first camera.

The ant guarded his nest. This actually can be in both A (for ant) and B (for bullant)

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The Eastern Whipbird had a splendid time in the bird bath

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My photos for the Black and White challenge A or B

New and Old – Big and Small

What a mixed bag of photos I have this time. I just grabbed some photos from the end of last month that I liked which weren’t put in the previous blog. I am slowly catching up. I would like to write more but am not feeling well, just a sinus thing but my concentration isn’t that good.

At the moment, the Red-necked Wallabies are hopping through the garden and the bush, some with small Joeys and others with a protective male. This bloke kept a close eye on me as I walked around.

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One thing I have been meaning to do is put a whole lot of photos showing the symmetry in nature or just how plants have their unique way of growing. Succulents are fascinating in the many forms, shapes and colours they have. Here is just a couple I have found recently.

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The tight centre gradually spreads and becomes redder on the margins with some leaves turning almost completely red.

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The Jelly Bean Cactus has to be one of my favourites. Do you have a favourite cactus?

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This is the first flower of a Grevillea I planted last year, fascinating flowers aren’t they?

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I call this flower a Chinese Lantern. This year the plant had so many flowers, much more than any year previously. You can see the 3 different stages with the pod to the right of the flower and the next new flower about to open behind.

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Another plant who has had the best show of flowers ever is the Orange Trumpet. Yes I did plant it to grow over a shed.

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When the bush lemon tree flowered, the insect came so there was always someone buzzing around the tree, crawling over the flowers or getting inside the flowers being productive. I don’t think the Stingless Native Bees could fit much more pollen in their pollen sacks.

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Even the other bees had heaps of pollen as well.

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This ant was very careful when it moved over the flowers.

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I have never seen this fly before. A lovely orange with the reddest eyes!!!!

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Every now and then I find a native snail-shell. Occasionally see a snail but not one of these. I still haven’t identified which species of snail it is.

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One afternoon, the Spangled Drongos came in for a bath. The bath certainly makes a spangly Spangled Drongo!!!

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On a wetland right beside the Pacific Highway, a flock of Magpie Geese stopped over on their migration to rest and recharge. It was hard to get into a good position to get some photos as the shoulder of the Highway is very narrow there and I didn’t want to walk into the farmers over grown paddock either.

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A new addition to the neighbourhood has been circling overhead. The Square-tailed Kite also has decided to make a nest in a tree across the road. I didn’t see any babies and I think I may have missed them all together..

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The late afternoon light was good for a photo shoot.

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Another new comer to my garden was the Spectacled Monarch making number bird number 89 spotted or heard on my property.

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Meanwhile, at my besties place, the Noisy Friarbird was turning itself inside out trying to get the Noisy Miner to get away from the bird bath

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So far this year…..

Some things have been found so far this year that have not been in my view before, either been too deep in the bush or rainforest only to be heard or too quick for me to capture in the lens or just plain never ever seen before. Oh yeah, happy new year hope it has been a fun and wonderous 2014 so far.

When sitting around because it’s too hot to do anything outside or just having a cuppa on the verandah where a breeze cools and a bit of reading can be done in comfort. Everyone likes to catch that breeze.

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I always have one eye on the outside, catching any movement, big and small. Even when the temperature on the verandah boards is very warm underfoot, the ants still scurry about on their most important business. Occasionally they will stop. Probably to let their little feet cool or catch their breath. Then they are off again to join the constant stream going to and fro.

This bloke seemed to stop more than the others.

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They look so golden when the light catches their tiny bodies. While the ants were trudging about, this weird blue flash kept going past me, landing on a verandah post, sort of half hopping and flying around and up and down. It finally decided to stop for enough of a millisecond for me to have a bit of a look.

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The little blue bugs shadow sort of looks like an elephant don’t you think? In the mornings, among the small forest of coastal pines plants almost 100 years ago as a wind break, there is the strange calling of Catbirds. I have never been able to find them until this year.

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While that one was preening, another was nearby having a bit of a call.

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Ever heard a Catbird call. Listen here courtesy of Birds in Backyards  http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Ailuroedus-crassirostris Later on in the day in another pine, a Wonga Pigeon was taking a breather out of the heat.

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While at the bird bath it was almost not stop action…..OK, this was over two days but when it is warm, the birds love the birdbath not only for that refreshing dip to get a bit of water in all the right spots, but to have a cool drink. The most amazing thing was in the morning, all the magpie babies came for a bath at the same time. I have never seen so many young in the one spot. One of the parents came for a brief moment. Probably realised that it was the only adult among the kids and took off so it wouldn’t be the one that the young ones chased to beg for a snack.

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It is always a family affair when the Red Browed Finches have a bath.

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I can never understand why people want to have these wonderous little birds in cages.

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I just love this photo.

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IN the other bird bath, the Eastern Yellow Robin shot daggers at the Lewins Honeyeater when it just breezed in for a drink while the Robin was about to hop in for a good bath.

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There is nothing worse than being followed inside by a March Fly. This one thought it was safe to follow me into the bathroom.

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I was surprised that a spider that small would be able to hold on long enough to be able to sink the fangs. You can see the flys biting proboscis. Come to think of it, the spider is a wrestler and has the fly in a Step Over Toe Hold.

I came across this butterfly while down visiting Mrs Flowers.

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It took me a while to work out it was a Tailed Citrus Swallowtail. It is an old butterfly and most of its tail is missing. You can just see the black and orange spots. There is usually three spots across the end of the wing. While we were there we picked some Davidson Plums.

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Which went from that to this.

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And to this.

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Just near the door the fuchsias have been blooming, such a pretty dainty flower.

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I hope I can find a lot of different and new stuff this year.

brian