Lens-artists Photo Challenge #95 – All Wet
Lens-artists Photo Challenge #95 – All Wet
Debbie’s Six Word Saturday
City Sonnet’s Photo Challenge: Looking Up
Maria posted Swallows on an electricity cable with a sky blue background which prompted me to post my Welcome Swallows on an electricity cable at sunset
Which is probably better than bird butts
The Daily Word Prompt January 6: Thirst
As this drought drags on I have been putting out water for the birds (I always have had bird baths and water for birds) and animals. Since the fires have ravaged my property I have also been putting out Macropod food for the Wallabies and any other marsupial who cruises through. The food is dry so they need a water source nearby to quench their thirst.
An Olive-backed Oriel enjoys a drink
A Pied Currawong dropped by to quench his thirst
A drink and a bath was needed by a couple of Rainbow Lorikeets
The Crimson Rosellas lined up to take their turn
A King Parrot really enjoyed his drink
A Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey found the bucket of water after they had a snack
The Big Bloke, the boss of the garden, licked his lips after a drink
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: Mix
Most days at the bird baths there is usually a mix.
The White-throated Treecreeper was hoping the Yellow-faced Honeyeater and Eastern Yellow Robin would either have a drink and a bath and go
A Spangled Drongo was not impressed when the Noisy Miner came to ruin his bath
“No you go first”…..”but be my guest you go first”……”not al all you go”….and on it went…
“We were here first”……………..”No you weren’t”……….oh well, I’m off”
“Are you blokes OK?”
“You can pretend to be a statue but I know you want to plunge in”
“Oh bugger, he did jump straight in”
“Should we wait for the girls or just have a quick bath?”
“Its OK, come on in my brother, I won’t splash you”
“That’s what you said last time”
“Come on, it’s a hot day and this bird bath is lovely and cool”
“Alright I will. Just don’t splash me”
“What was that? Are you splashing?”
“Oh no I’m not, it’s just my tail trying to get a bit wetter”
“Hey watch out, you’re getting water in my face. You know I don’t like that!”
“Now you really are getting water everywhere.” “Look at it dripping off my beak!” “You can’t help yourself can you”
“Oh for Petes sake, will you just stop splashing me.” “The water is cold”
“He he he he….”
“Hey, where are you going, it was just a bit of fun wasn’t it.” “It was only water”
“I love it when my brother looks like this…..ha ha ha”
Debbies Six Word Saturday
What a month September was. A month of fear of fires, another month of not much rain, watching the dam level drop and not being able to water the garden with the last bit of water in case I needed the water in case a fire appeared. The fires were not close, over 40kms away from my place but the sky and atmosphere was choked with smoke. A few rainfalls during the month helped alleviate my concerns, topped up my water tanks so I have enough water for my household needs and I have been watering the pot plants around the verandahs and in the house with the tank water. I also use this water to put in the various bird baths around the house as well as other water containers for the animals that may pop in and need a drink.
The downside is I am watching a lot of my garden die. Some palms that provide lovely shade for my house have already lost their tops and the others are struggling. Most of the garden is Australian native plants and some, like the lilli pillis are not looking all that flash. The Wallabies and Possums are also eating some of the garden plants so I may have to put fences around gardens so the new shoots appearing now the weather is warming don’t get nibbled.
There are a few photos to get through, so maybe a cup of tea, coffee or glass of wine or beer, depending when you are reading, Sit back and I hope you enjoy a scroll through my September.
I have found a few photogenic animals on my travels. The horses have already had their post and some others have appeared already as well but I have to put this fluffy Donkey in again.
I love going past the dairy and seeing these beautiful cows.
It is never good to see one of these ants on the verandah. Their bite is quite painful for such a small insect.
I do enjoy finding a spiders web in the right light.
The start of Spring has a few butterflies appearing. The Caper White Butterflies are migratory and this one is one of the first to arrive.
Meadow Argus are enjoying the early Spring flowers on the Pittosporum.
The Stingless Native Bees certainly loved the Rocket flowers.
As did the honey bees.
Flies are pollinators as well. This one was in a nursery we went to in Byron Bay. There were lots of other insects on the flowers too.
Saw this amazing flower but forgot to write down the name, sorry.
The Cacti were in bloom as well.
Yes it is a bud, a very weird hairy bud. Can you guess what flower may appear from this in my besties garden?
The yellow Poppy enjoyed the sunshine.
Here is the hairy buds flower, a red Poppy.
Spring brings out the Begonia flowers
And the Bottlebrush are starting to look fabulous at my besties but mine are having a hard time and the bushes haven’t looked like flowering yet.
Her Roses are looking wonderful. This one is a Double Delight just opening.
This Double Delight is open showing lovely delicate colours.
My White Fig tree is struggling a bit in the dry weather. The figs often drop their leaves at this time of year. The ground is covered in the yellow and orange leaves.
It also likes to show its true Aussie colours of Green and Gold
There are lots of birds around at the moment too. The Red-browed Firetails are cruising the grass eating the seeds
The Straw-necked Ibis are also wandering about looking for grubs in the paddocks.
I have a few Australian Ravens who have a walk about the garden looking for snacks.
We saw some Chestnut-breasted Mannikins down the road. They must have followed us home as later on I saw around 20 to 30 sitting in the fence.
The King Parrots are enjoying the last of the seeds in the Leopard Tree.
The Mistletoe Bird has wonderful red colours.
Remember the Willie Wagtails nest that was destroyed by something a month or so ago? Well they found a safe place and have raised three chicks. Only a mother could love a baby like this.
The Welcome Swallows have four chicks in two nests at my besties under the verandah. They are always hungry.
Some years, Welcome Swallows have two nestings. Here comes another feather to line the nest for the next lot of babies.
The Restless Flycatchers like to patrol the fence lines in the morning.
As the season was so bad I felt sorry for the birds and put a container of food out every now and then. The Currawongs tended to dominate but one morning a small flock of Satin Bowerbirds turned up. I have never seen so many bower birds together. These are females and juveniles. The male sat by and kept watch from a nearby branch.
A lot of the birds at my place are not hanging around the house as there isn’t much food in the garden. Normally the grevilleas are full of flowers but a lack of rain has seen a reduced number of grevillea flowers. There are a lot of birds down the lower part of my property at the waterhole. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater and a White-throated Honeyeater enjoy a drink together.
The little Striated Honeyeater just jumped straight into the bird bath.
Whereas the White-throated Honeyeater just dived straight in.
This is the first time I have seen a Little Friarbird and a Noisy Friarbird together.
A female Olive-backed Oriel came to the bird bath for the first time at my besties.
The Male shows why they are Olive-backed Oriels.
He doesn’t look to pleased to see me with my camera does he?
Everyone like the Australian Raven skipping down the hill last month. How about a Silver Gull dancing?
AS I said, the sky was been choked with smoke from the fires. I couldn’t quite capture the red sun at sunset one afternoon
Other sunsets were quite orange.
or a blaze of yellow!
The smoke mixed with cloud made for some interesting shapes and spooky atmosphere.
Well here we are at the end. The grass seed heads made a lovely part of the afternoons walk. When I looked at the photo on the computer screen, there was, I think, a Grasshopper winging away for the night.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my September.
Also a contribution to Su’s The Changing Seasons
Now in the middle of Winter, here the weather is unseasonably warm, around 20 to 25C. I could go on about the conditions at my place but this is not about me. It is a short story of some of the action in my garden.
As it is quite warm for this time of year, I have lots of watering points around the garden for the birds and animals that enjoy coming around the garden and house in seek of water and perhaps a snack.
This is the tale of a Lewins Honeyeater. Lewins Honeyeaters are around here almost all year round so I guess they like my garden. The flowers are not as many as in previous winters but perhaps enough to keep some birds here.
This then is what happened earlier this month
Hmmm….that looks inviting
I guess I should just dive right in
In I go
Wow that water is bracing
I better get out quick
That was a lovely quick dip
I wonder should I go in again
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