Quench

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for Monday: Quench

On a hot January day, all the blokes like to gather around and quench their thirst
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Across town, everyone is keen to have a drink
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In a quieter part of the country, just a couple of blokes have a quiet drink in a small place
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It’s bath time so….Ready, Set, Action!

The theme from Nancy this week: Ready, Set, Action

When an eastern Whipbird decides it is bath time it is all ready, set, action!
It’s bath time so I better get in there
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I may look bedraggled, but I feel great
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Oh damn……..I forgot to wash my feet
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Gracious me……not quite clean enough.
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In I go. Ready, set……..
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Ahhh. It’s really nice in here. Want to join me?
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I might just soak for a while
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Copious

The word prompt from Ragtag Daily Prompt: Copious

On a hot day, there are copious amount of Rainbow Lorikeets at the bird bath
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Sometimes it’s so crowded that just finding a spot is difficult
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The Satin Bowerbird

As I mentioned in last months This is August, I lamented the fact that the photo of the male Satin Bowerbird didn’t really do it justice. Luckily he came back when the sun was out and he shone in all his glory. Enjoy.

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The purple eye is also a treat.
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What once was a blue colour turns black at times
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This is why he is called a Satin Bowerbird
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The blue cascades down his back
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The female has her own special look
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The green may not shimmer in the light but the markings are lovely
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Here is one of the bowers on my place. This is where some fancy dancing takes place with so many bits of blue scattered about for decoration.
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My video in the garden of a young Bowerbird decorating a practice bower with a lot of song and dance

August at the Bird Bath

There has been lots of activity at the bird bath. August was very dry so the water in the bird baths at home had to be replenished often. I have three bird baths around my house. This is what has been happening at just one.

This is the view I have of the bird bath from my verandah so it makes it easier to get a few photos. The birds still notice me and often fly off.
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The King Parrots are easy to spot when they visit the bird bath.
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When competing families arrive at the same time, a bit of arguing takes place.
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Notice the look on the Yellow-faced Honeyeater on the left. They are the guardians of the bird bath and swoop in to scare other birds away. The Lewins Honeyeater was rather nonplussed at the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters presence.
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The Silvereyes quite often arrive on mass
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Looks like the White-throated Honeyeater is surrounded. One Yellow-faced Honeyeater has been in for a bath, no longer looking sleek.
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I only just caught a Buff-rumped Thornbill who flew off before I could get set for another photo.
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The Eastern Yellow Robin didn’t look pleased to have a post bath photo taken.
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A typical stance of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater. The Eastern Yellow Robin didn’t care much while a White-throated Treecreeper waits his turn.
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A Grey Fantail gets ready to get into the bird bath.
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As usual, a White-throated Honeyeater waits out of sight when a gang of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive at the bird bath.
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I love the way the Treecreepers sit on the edge of the bird bath. He seems taken a back at the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters attitude.
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Peace at last and time for a bath. Look at those feet, made for scaling vertical surfaces.
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The White-throated Honeyeaters often arrive in numbers too.
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How embarrassing seeing me like this the Eastern Yellow Robins seems to say as a flock of Silvereyes arrive.
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A Scarlet Honeyeater watches on as the Silvereyes take a drink
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The Red-browed Firetail Finch and Silvereye discuss their day while hanging around the bird bath.
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The Eastern Spinebill was not sure about having a Yellow-faced Honeyeater at the bird bath.
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The Noisy Friarbird isn’t the most handsome visitor to the bird bath
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Pied Currawongs drop in from time to time. They have a disgusting habit of vomiting food pellets into the water before drinking necessitating in water changes.
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The Female or Juvenile Satin Bowerbird love the bird bath.
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They make a huge splash when the plop into the water.
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The Male Satin Bowerbird is wonderful. The camera doesn’t quite catch the sheen and colour shifts from black to blue
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The Rainbow Lorikeets are the most colourful visitors to the bird bath.
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I hoped you enjoyed your visit to the bird bath. Did you have a favourite bird at the bird bath?

The Scene at the Bird Bath

The word prompt from Frank: Scene

Most days at the bird bath many birds come and go, sharing the wonderful resource of water. I have lots of dishes and bird baths around my place as the weather is warm (for a Winter) and it is very dry. There hasn’t been any rain for quite a while and bushfires are all around but none are threatening my place, yet.

Today, at one bird bath, I heard the sounds of King Parrots approaching, but I wasn’t expecting such a scene.

It started quietly enough, just having a bit of a drink.
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Another dropped in for a drink too.
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It was still going well. You drink, I drink, all is good.
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And then the scene started. “I don’t like you and what you do when you get here!!!”
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“What do you mean scarlet face???”
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“Oh there you go.” “Getting in the drinking water again!!!”
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“So what, I can do what I want!!!” “What are you going to do about it?”
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“Just take off buddy, you’re not wanted around this bird bath.”
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And with that, the scene was peaceful again.
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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in July

Some easy words, so Paula says, for this months Pick a Word. How would you go?

Canicular
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Splash
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Feathered
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Marine
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Scenic
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The Wildlife Camera

The Daily Post word prompt: Unlikely

This looks like a good place to set up the wildlife camera with its infra-red sensors to catch the action at the bird bath, or so I thought. It would unlikely that anything could go wrong and I would have a fine gallery of birds at the bird bath.

I didn’t count on the wisteria leaves on the arbor where I fastened the camera to be uncooperative.

Nicely positioned. Unlikely to miss anything. What? The wind has blown up.
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Oh dear. Now it’s getting worse.
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This is ridiculous. You can hardly even see the bird bath.
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But wait. Here are some White-headed Pigeons
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A Magpie has landed
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The late afternoon sun on the Galah is perfect
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So it wasn’t unlikely after all