It’s a long tail

Bird Weekly Photo Challenge #52: Birds With Long Tail Feathers

Thanks for filling in for Lisa. Yes a daunting task but you have done quite well. Just love your birds. The Caspian Tern and Glossy Starling are my favourites. Here’s a few from my part of Australia.

Pheasant Coucal

Spangled Drongo

King Parrot

Willie Wagtail

Grey Fantail

Grey-crowned Babbler

Restless Flycatcher

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Rainbow Bee Eaters

Whites of the sky

Life in Colour for June: White or Silver

So far I have shown some white flowers, white fungi and some bits of silver. Now let see what whites I have that may not be all white but predominantly white which should fit the bill.

White-headed Pigeon

White-throated Honeyeater

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Silver Gull

Caper White Butterfly

Cabbage White Butterfly

Pied Butcherbird

Magpie Geese

Sacred Ibis and Royal Spoonbill

Sacred Ibis

Australian Gull Butterfly

Spots, stripes or freckles

The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge: Birds With Stripes, Spots or Freckles

Grey-crowned Babbler

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

Little Wattlebird

Striated Thornbill

Superb Fairy Wren

Square-tailed Kite

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

Musk Lorikeet

White-throated Honeyeaters

Lewins Honeyeater

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

Bar-shouldered Dove

Peaceful Dove

Green Catbird

Female Satin Bowerbird

Bush Stone Curlew

Double-barred Finch

Spotted Pardalote

The two of us

The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge: More Than One Bird Species In a Photo

I have a good variety of twos or more so lets go with one of my favourite songs as you scroll through the birds. To see the larger image of your choice, click on the photo

Blue-faced Honeyeater and Noisy Friarbird face off in the Honey Gem Grevillea

Pied Oystercatcher, a Little Tern and Crested Terns

Eastern Curlew and Silver Gulls

Silver Gull flying, a Darter in the water and an Australian Pelican on the water

A Red-browed Firetail Finch contemplating the bird bath with a Superb Fairy Wren

A White-throated Honeyeater wondered what the two Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were bickering about at the bird bath

“You go in” “No, you go in” The stand-off at the bird bath between a Yellow-faced Honeyeater and a Lewins Honeyeater

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater wondered why the White-throated Treecreeper looked so stand offish.

Assuming the ownership pose, the Yellow-faced Honeyeater tried to intimidate the Eastern Spinebill at the bird bath

The Silvereyes thought the Eastern Yellow Robin looked funny after his bath all fluffed up and disheveled

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets seem to travel together but there is always a squawking match at the bird bath

But when it’s time to have a few crumbs, a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet and Rainbow Lorikeet settle down

Meanwhile back at the bird bath, a Bar-shouldered Dove hangs out with a couple of White-throated Honeyeaters

A couple of White-throated Honeyeaters stretching right down to get a drink from the bird bath while a Scarlet Honeyeater watches on bemused.

There was lots of splashing when the White-naped Honeyeater and Brown Honeyeater were in the bird bath

A Red-browed Firetail Finch and a Silvereye discuss the day over a few drinks

The Spangled Drongo asked “Is the Little Wattlebird still looking at me?” while trying to avoid the glaring look.

A Noisy Friarbird and a Spangled Drongo had a disagreement over whose post it was to sit on. The full story with many more photos is here

After learning how to do the stink eye from the Little Wattlebird, a Spangled Drongo practised on a Noisy Miner who didn’t really give a toss

The Silver Gull had to choose where to land very carefully as the Australian Pelican was waiting while the Gulls mate was telling the Pelican to shut your mouth buddy

The Pied Cormorant looked nonchalant as a Sooty Oystercatcher strolled on by

The Noisy Friarbird didn’t like the Square-tailed Kite flying near his nest

A Magpie Lark or Pee Wee was giving an Australian Magpie a hard time although not as dangerous as the above action

Another smaller bird, Willie Wagtails also gave the Australian Magpie a hard time as they had young in the nest.

One of our favourite Australian Brush Turkeys, Brendan, photo-bombed the Bar-shouldered Doves photo shoot

I don’t think the Rainbow Lorikeet knew that a Musk Lorikeet was about to give him a good dunking

A Sacred Ibis stood guard while a Royal Spoonbill grabbed a nap

A Sooty Oystercatcher and White-faced Heron enjoyed a day at the beach.

This is May 2021

I wonder where May went. I seem to have spent a bit of time at home doing a bit of gardening, trying to get on with shed projects and doing things at my besties place. We went for drives every weekend to various places enjoying the wonderful Autumn weather we have here on the North Coast. Every day was in the low to mid 20’sC and mostly sunny.

Your May song to listen to as you scroll having a look at what my May was like in photos. There is another song break further along as well.

It’s Autumn and some trees are starting to colour, mainly exotic trees such as this Maple in the sunset

Nature likes to reclaim its place. A fig making itself at home among the brick work.

One day the little fig might grow to be like this wonderful specimen growing in Grafton, Aren’t the roots shapes wonderful?

The Fig tree had a face

Speaking of shapes, this fence and hedge in Grafton have always made me wonder about the skill of the hedger.

While on the walkabout in Grafton I went around the back of a church and found the old bell which used to be in the bell tower on the ground. I love the mossy green and patina.

The moss on another church in Grafton gave the bricks a bit of character.

As did the moss and lichen on the church roof

I love the green colour on this old trunk

A bit of fun I found in a town called Mallanganee on the way to Tenterfield

A bit about the following photos in song

The old building is a museum to George Woolnough and the world of a saddler. Unfortunately it was shut when I was there.

Peter Allens shoes and maracas in the window

You may have read about the mouse plague in Australia. I don’t have a lot but catch between one and seven a night. I made this one to put in the pantry when I am away as I don’t want to come home to mice in the other traps. It works OK and have caught a few. This was the test run photo.

I managed to catch one in the shed. they go up the “ramp” to the peanut butter, the swing top tidy flips them into the water in the bottom.

Enough of the gruesome. The Lilli Pilli trees have flowered and the fruits are setting.

Some flowering Eucalypts are having their last go before Winter

The Nodding Violets have been flowering non stop all year.

This is the Grevillea that is a rescue plant which flowered for the first time this year. I posted a close up of the flower for Cee’s FOTD a week or so ago.

One day trip was to Shannon Creek Dam. There is a short, 1.5km, walk where the senses were suddenly assailed by a sweet honey smell. A few small trees covered in tiny white flowers were amazing to see.

I did a bit of a drive around the lower Clarence Valley mainly to find a few birds and other things for the various photo challenges. In a town, Maclean, I came across some gardens with some lovely Autumn flowers like this Tibouchina Perhaps it is purple enough for Judes Life in Colour

I was going to put this one in as well but I didn’t think it purple enough

The Banksias have almost finished flowering for the year. Here is the one on the right almost gone and the one under the yellow flower has opened its little mouth like seed pods.

There are many Australian flowers that are tubular with long protruding styles arranged in cylindrical spikes like the Banksia above and this Bottlebrush which the Eastern Spinebills find quite delicious. (Photographed from my verandah)

One morning, the Bar-shouldered Doves had a meeting at the water bowl to discuss what to do for the day.

The pigeons practiced social distancing on the church roof in Grafton.

I was quite pleased to discover that the Magpie Geese hadn’t left the small wetland in Grafton to migrate north for the Winter

Just off the Highway near Grafton I saw a Black Swan. I stopped the car and walked back only to be given the stink-eye. He wasn’t pleased to see me as I was to see him.

The Brown Honeyeater was looking about for a snack

In Tenterfield about five Eastern Rosellas landed in the pine trees in the afternoon. Perhaps they roost there at night. I was being ignored by this one.

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters were the dominant birds in the garden chasing the other Honeyeaters out until the Blue-faced Honeyeaters turned up a few days ago.

I went to a Landcare site in Tyndale. I was at the official opening of the site with the other organisations who sponsored or supplied labour about twelve years ago and wanted to see how the work had progressed. Unfortunately the ground was quite boggy so I didn’t get to walk around but did hear a White-headed Pigeon in the tree above me.

At Lawrence I stopped at a wetland where there were a few birds resting except the White-faced Heron who was wandering about looking for dinner.

One afternoon on my way home, I made a detour through Waterview Heights and was surprised to see the small dam still had a large flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks, many of whom were sleeping but a few were on guard duty

Most of the month the songs of the Golden Whistlers could be heard. A curious female Golden Whistler watched as I was in the garden.

Another installment of “Why I can’t have nice things” The King Parrots don’t mind coming onto the verandah and having a snack on the plants in the hanging pots.

Nearly every morning an Eastern Yellow Robin lands in the tree in the garden and inspects the garden for something to eat. This photograph is from my office while sitting in the chair at the computer.

Usually in May lovely little Rose Robins visit my garden. This year I could hear them but didn’t see them except this young one or a female who sat long enough for me to grab a quick photo.

I guess you are a bit weary, so lets head off into the sunset.

This photo was taken about thirty minutes after the one above. Another Purple for Jude?

I almost forgot about the Blood Moon. Managed to get a few OK photos though.

Thanks for getting to the end. Did you have a favourite photo? See you next month.

Also for Su’s The Changing Seasons May 2021
Cee’s FOTD
Life in Colour May: Purple

Which is which

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Male vs Female

A few favourites

The Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge: Favourites

Like Sue, I have tens of thousands of photos to choose from which makes picking a favourite very difficult Here’s is a random selection and mix of various subjects.

Some are blue and some are green

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #149: Cool Colours – Blue and Green

Let’s start with some blues

and now for a few greens

The G birds are here

The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge – Birds Beginning With “G” in The Title

Last weeks post I used all of the colour birds, the Greys and the Greens, so this week is just the G birds. Not as many as last week (phew I hear you say) just a few.

I have some not so good photos as I was sneaking through the wetland and bits of water plants, reeds etc were in the way, so lets start with those.

Magpie Geese

Australasian Grebe – first the adult and then the young chicks

A Glossy Black Cockatoo

A Galah

Silver Gulls

Hello

Birds of colour

The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge: Birds With Colour In Their Name

The Greys: Grey Fantail – Grey Goshawk – Grey-shrike Cuckoo Thrush – Grey Crowned Babbler

The Blacks: Black-necked Stork – Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike – Black Kite – Pacific Black Ducks – Black Swan – Black-shouldered Kite – Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

The Honeyeaters: Blue-faced Honeyeater – Yellow-faced Honeyeater – Brown Honeyeater – White-throated Honeyeater – White-cheeked Honeyeater – Yellow Tufted Honeyeater – Scarlet Honeyeater

The Reds: Red-backed fairy Wren – Red-browed Firetail Finch – Crimson Rosella – Rose Robin

The Whites: White-faced Heron – White-headed Pigeon – White-throated Treecreeper – White-winged Chough – White-bellied Sea Eagles

The Greens: Green Catbird – Emerald Dove

Gold and Silver: Silver Gull – Silvereye – European Goldfinch – Golden Cisticola – Golden Whistler

Others: Pink-eared Duck – Chestnut-breasted Mannikin – Purple Swamphen – Azure Kingfisher – Rainbow Lorikeet – Rainbow Bee-eaters

Everyone’s favourite – Eastern Yellow Robin