Connections

The word prompt from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Connections
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Small

The word prompt from Debbie at Twenty-four: Small

It is good to see that people are taking up Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge while she is on vacation. Thank you all.

A tiny Soft-shelled Snail
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Whats smaller than ants
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A lovely Line-blue Butterfly, about 15mm in size
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Hidden in the folds of a flower, a small Crab Spider waits for something smaller to drop by for a snack
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Stingless Native Bees having a feast on a Crocus flower
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I love finding small fungi on my place
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A flower which is a big 10mm in diameter
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Baby birds are cute especially in a small nest
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The smallest Honeyeater, a Scarlet Honeyeater
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This is November: The Insects

The next part of This is November. I often find a few insects here and there. Some stay for the hello and can I take your photo, some just say g’day and off they go. These are the ones who stayed around…….

A couple of ants having a disagreement. I took this photo in the morning. The next morning, they were still there. If I touched anywhere near them, their antennae waved about furiously.
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I have lots of Native Stingless Bees in my garden when there are yummy flowers about. This bloke has filled his pollen sacs from the Day Lily and is off back to the hive.
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The Gardenia flowers sent their scent into the house from the garden. No wonder the bees like it.
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The Crinum flower hosted many many Native Stingless Bees
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I found this beetle with a yellow love heart on its side wandering about a bush full of flowers when I was walking about in town.
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I love this beetle. The vine it is eating is a new vigorous introduced weed on my place.
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I love the bee trying to hide from me on the Paperbark flower.
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Cats Whiskers is a fabulous flower which the bees also love.
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“Let’s see if there is any more pollen in here”
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A Common Crow Butterfly was having a rest from the heat of the day.
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I have a series of Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies. Wonderful large butterflies
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The last of Spring

There has been so much going on this Spring, especially since I put the bird bath up, that I haven’t had time to keep up with everything. I have been on an adventure nearly every weekend, plus spotting things around here, so there has been a lot of photos to sort. Here is the last few days of Spring, mainly things around the Clarence Valley.

The Gardenias have flowered despite not having much water and some quite hot days. Their scent drifts into the house every now and then.

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One drive took us to Brooms Head where it was such a lovely day, albeit quite windy but still warm. The Gazanias were out.

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The difference in the petal colour of the plants was quite striking.

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Pig Face covered the dunes in places. Wonder why it’s called Pig Face?

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The Hibiscus also flowered in the garden. The pink one was a bit later than the red Hibiscus.

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All the Grevilleas flowered well this Spring. The colours on this one went from the yellow to pink whereas the other flowers were predominantly one colour, either the yellow or a russety pink.

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Almost all of the orange Hippiastrums flowered and look lovely as the pop up around the garden.

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I love the red Hippiastrums. I love getting inside them and seeing their different “bits”

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The other “bits” of the red Hippiastrum.

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The red Hippiastrums seem to attract the little native bees.

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And attract them they did! The flowers were almost too full of bees sometimes.

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The Bottlebrushs had ants all through them.

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While this lily had bugs walking around. They were quite camera-shy.

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The first of the young birds to appear were the Blue-faced Honeyeaters

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While the King Parrots followed me around the garden, whistling to get my attention it seemed.

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Once they saw me looking, they liked to pose for photos and look quite cheeky.

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At Brooms Head, the Rainbow Bee Eaters were zooming around the streets, stopping occasionally on the power lines.

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On the way home, just near Ulmarra, we saw the Black-necked Storks stalking around the Clarence River flood shutes. Getting out of the car, the heat of the day was terrible, especially after being cool at Brooms Head beach.

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The pair just walked away from me. They are lovely big birds.

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At home, after the Lorikeets had gone up into the eucalypts to feed, the Satin Bowerbird took advantage of the bird bath.

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That’s the end of Spring, so now onto Summer. I wonder where this weekends adventure will take me.

Some things new – Some things discovered

Last weekend my bestie and I went for a walk around my place as well as a bit of a drive to see what we could discover. A walk up the road in the morning was so nice. Listening to the birds in the bush, seeing them fly between the patches of bush and trying to get a photo or two certainly occupied the morning.

The property at the end of the road have dragged the old truck from one property to their front gate. It looked like a painting of a rural scene.

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We found a She-oak that I have never seen before along a track. It felt so soft to the touch unlike the She-oaks that are everywhere. It just cascaded to the ground and was much lighter in colour.

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There seems to be a lot of air fern growing on dead wood as well as on trees.

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As the weather is warming up, lots of insects are on the move, especially the Bull Ants.

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It seemed a bit dangerous to get down to photograph this tiny yellow flower with the Bull Ants prowling about the leaf litter.

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The birds seemed to like sitting on the dead branches of the trees along the road. This little Robin just sat for a while before hearing a call and swooping away.

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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike tried to look like the branch it clung onto.

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On the drive we came across a couple of Spoonbills sitting on a Bottlebrush. They didn’t seem to care until I got closer, then they the became restless.

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Overhead a Whistling Kite rode the air currents at speed. I didn’t think I actually got the photo but ended up with two plus a couple of photos of blue sky.

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We went for a walk to the rock pool on my place. On the way, I found a Satin Bowerbird’s bower that was covered in blue items from all around the neighbourhood. There can’t be too many blue pegs left in the neighbourhood as well as bottle tops! I think this bloke has a hoarder issue.

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This pool hasn’t dried out, even in the big drys that have happened since I have been living here. This is one of my favourite spots on the place, lovely and cool on hot days. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater came down for a drink while we were having a cup of tea.

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Although it pretended to be shy at first.

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I saw a flash of red and then a tiny Scarlet Honeyeater dropped in for a drink as well.

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Besides Water Striders, the only other thing in the water was a frog. It splashed into the water and was gone. After a while she came out and sat on the ponds edge. I have heard them, but this is the first time I have seen an Eastern Stony Creek Frog.

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So the She-oak and a photo of a Spoonbill and the frog were the new discoveries. I wonder what new discoveries I’ll find this weekend. I will take my wildlife camera as well and maybe set it up to see who come to my besties bird bath.

Wandering on the Weekend

Most weekends I can be found roaming around with my camera whether around my property or somewhere on the north coast of New South Wales. There is nearly always something that I see that needs to be photographed as I wander around the bush or in my besties garden. Her garden has so many interesting things happening. The huge variety of birds and insects plus the flowers has me out there whenever I get the chance. There is sometimes a chance to happen upon a bit of sex as well…..

On the way, I cross a causeway which on the occasion has a bird or something that makes me stop and, hopefully, I am able to get a photo. Last time there was a Long Necked Tortoise on a rock that is known locally as Turtle Rock. You will see why…

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The hipeastrums are in flower at the moment, the orange ones are quite lovely

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The variety of flowers and colours are fantastic…some are in the garden…

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Some are in pots…..

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But the colours sometimes just burst out…

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While we were sitting outside, doing a bit of chook watching, two of her chooks disappeared recently – I suspect an eagle as the Wedgetailed Eagles often ride the currents in the valley, I spied so many things around the yard. Anyway everyone should do a bit of chook watching in their life as chooks are quite comical as the go about their busy lives with their fluffy pants…

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She spotted Mr Tawny Frogmouth keeping a close eye on us from a shrub close to where we were sitting

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Looking around, I found Mrs Tawny Frogmouth sitting on the nest. Nest is an exaggeration of the word as it is just a pile of twigs stacked in its precarious location

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And as for the Magpies nest….a rather ramshackle affair. Notice the embarrassed lift off…didn’t want her face on the internet…

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Something was fluttering about us so I decided to see what it was. Of course as soon as I got close off it went again so I had to make do with the Lacewing hidden among the greenery of the garden

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The ant was doing everything it could to not get photographed but walking into the wall soon stopped him

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Luckily the butterfly, a Common Ringlet, was quite content to sit around

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Did I say there was a possibility of a bit of outdoor sex…..

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Some weird bug was walking around flicking its orange antenna

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Inside of a pretty yellow flower, I found someone looking back at me

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The bird bath has its usual Scrub Wren splashing about or just sitting to cool down its little butt

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I heard a knocking in the trees above. Looking up I saw a Fig Bird

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But he wasn’t doing the knocking….it was his mate with something in her beak

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We wondered what she had. A bit of a walk over the other side of the hill the answer was quite obvious why the Fig Birds were hanging around

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The best way to finish of a great day of discovery

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I hope everyone’s weekends are as fabulous as mine….wandering about making great discoveries with my  bestie

Insects: These are ants

Ants. They are everywhere. If you are standing somewhere….look down and almost certainly there will be ants.

I have a good many here…..the small black ants who walk all over you at a rapid rate and bite an annoying bite….blimey, I bet they say…..if we pull this one off, we’ll be eating like kings for months.

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Yep….these little blokes. Sometimes In wish they would save themselves the trouble and I would like to be able to go outside and not have to do the “get off ant” stamp!!

But really they aren’t the ones I have to keep a watch out for….even the meat ants are quite tame.

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They are nothing when you come across the bullants……..you can stop and look at the mound of gravel and twigs and perhaps one or two will emerge.

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Quite often after that some one will decide that you are too close and ask you to leave.

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Those sure can sting and leave a fair-sized welt but the little ones are the ones who sting like hot coals or red-hot needles being stuck into your skin……and the stinging lasts for a while afterwards. One isn’t too bad but a lot of stings is rather painful.

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Look out……..here they come…….

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Some of my favourites are the ones who glimmer like gold…..who just wander around the verandah….sometimes just meandering about, occasionally stopping for a drink…

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But most of the time, there’s too much that needs doing so it a quick sprint…..and a see ya later…

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