White-headed pigeons

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge topic: Birds

I think I may have a photo or two of a bird or two I could use for this photo challenge. I took these a couple of days ago. It’s just a few so no need to get set in for a while.

A flurry of wings sounded as the large White-headed Pigeon alighted on the bird bath with a watchful gaze.
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A short while later, a young White-headed Pigeon flew in, it’s grey plumage starting to turn white.
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The parent bird was vigilant as the young one took a drink.
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Such a lovely looking bird don’t you think?
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The Daily Post word prompt: Sweet

What could be sweeter than an Eastern Yellow Robin sitting on a garden chair looking for an insect in the garden
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Perhaps a Red-browed Firetail Finch having a bath on a hot day
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Or a Variegated Wren contemplating having a dip
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Or a Grey Fantail splashing about
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Or is it a tiny Brown Thornbill enjoying a splash around

Did you have a Sweet favourite?

The Whipbird has a bath

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The letter W with 2 vowels

The Whipbird at my besties enjoy going to the bird bath. I hope you enjoy this short tale of the Whipbird having a bath

I am ready for my bath
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OK. I am going in.
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This is great.
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I really enjoyed that bath.
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I hope my feet are clean.
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Well………how do you look after your bath?
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Arches, Domes and Half Circles

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Arches, Domes and Half Circles

A varied mix of Arches, Domes and Half Circles from Toowoomba, Florence, Figueres and at my place.

The Arched light support in Toowoomba
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Half-Circle handles on the Teapots in the Ground Up Cafe Toowoomba
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The Arches in the Toowoomba City Art Gallery
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Half Circles graffiti Toowoomba
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Arches on the White Horse Hotel Toowoomba
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The Dome on the Dali Museum in Figueres
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The blue Domes on the Great Synagogue in Florence
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A Spangled Drongo wondering if the bird bath is a Half Circle or an upside down Dome
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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter I

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge I am going to take liberty with the Letter I. I could have selected some of many Insect photos or other bits of nature starting with the letter I. But no, this Fun Foto Challenge is the word In.

In the bird bath. A Eastern Yellow Robin
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In the bird bath. A Magpie
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In the bird bath. An Eastern Whipbird
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In the bird bath. Noisy Miners
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In the bird bath. A Thornbill
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In the bird bath. White-throated Treecreepers
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In the bird bath. Eastern Whipbirds sure like to splash about.
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I is also for Indignant
“Do you mind……I’m taking a bath here”
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“Hey you….yeah you with the camera. A bit of privacy please”
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For more Fun Fotos from other photographers check out the Letter I

I am also going to cheeky and slip another blog onto Dutch goes the Photos Birds

Robin takes a bath

A few days ago the weather was cool and rainy. I felt uninspired, so it was time to get about and take some photos. I walked about the verandahs at my besties place, camera in hand trying to find that photo or two that would satisfy. From the trees and shrubs in the garden I could hear birds chatting away.

Suddenly I spied a flash of yellow as it zoomed through the garden heading for the bird bath. Camera at the ready, I slowly moved along the verandah, already hearing splashing from the bird bath.

A little Eastern Yellow Robin, one of my favourite birds, was at the bird bath darting in and out of the cold water.
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Maybe I’ll go in one more time but that water looks cold.
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Brrr….that is so cold. I better shake the water off as quick as I can.
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Look how clean I am.
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Just a few more feathers to sort out and I’ll be off.
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The Yellow Robin had a lovely time in the bird bath. I hope you have enjoyed bath-time with Robin.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters O or P

Looking for the right photos for this weeks Cee’s Black and White photo challenge I thought I would use some of my favourite Australian bird photos and one reptile.

A Parrot – A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo

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Just an Osprey walking along the beach

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A parrot about to get a dunking in the bird bath

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The Python who was removed from the chook house before it could eat any of the hens

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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)


The Eastern Whipbird had a splendid time in the bird bath


My photos for the Black and White challenge A or B

Goodbye 2016….

The last photos of December 2016 are nearly all birds. The weather was still hot and the bird baths proved to be a winner with all the birds who are staying around here. The cool of the forest also helps. The birds come into the garden from the forest in the cool of the morning and in the cool of the evening.

Sometimes you just have to fully immerse to get the benefits of cool water. I think this was a female Scarlet Honeyeater diving in deep into the very popular hanging pot.


This bloke was thinking about the bird bath and whether it was worth going in.


The Brown Honeyeater contemplates his dive into the bird bath.


And in he goes. What a splash for a small bird.


Not to be outdone, the tiny Striated Thornbill took the plunge and created a big splash.


The group shot of the Striated Thornbills after their bath. One of my cutest photos ever don’t you think?


On a hot day everyone arrives to get a drink. It’s heads down, bums up for the Rainbow Lorikeets.


The Rainbow Lorikeets are a noisy lot, always having something to say, even if a mate lands on your branch.


The Grey-crowned Babbler seems to defy gravity as it hopped up the Tallowwood.


Once the Grey-crowned Babblers found a good spot to get a feed, the project started. There is always someone ready to give a hand.


They almost have a large piece of bark ripped from the tree.


Every morning I am woken to the beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler. As I walked around the garden watering those plants who were in need the most, the Whistler seemed to follow me.


I bought a Hydrangea last year and have kept it in a pot on the verandah. In December I was rewarded with a beautiful pink flower. You can just see the flower of a White Hydrangea which I bought this year with flowers already on the small bush.


That is the last of 2016. Now to start to sort the first photos of 2017. Happy New Year everyone.

Here is December so far

December has been quite warm to hot and I wish it would rain. The birds are coming into the garden for the watering places I have set out for them. The garden is getting drier but most of the plants are hanging on.

The Red-necked Wallabies are hanging around the house. Some have taken to the cool under the house or in the shade offered by the house and sheds.This bloke just hopped into the garden and lay down for a rest.


The Pink Lilli Pilli had a fantastic flowering this year, and the insects and birds made the most of what was on offer. The bees were buzzing around and sampling the Lilli Pillis wares.


I never get tired of watching Blue-banded Bees scrunch into the Blue Ginger flowers so their blue bums are on show.


When the Crocus flower, the Stingless Native Bees come flying in the early morning when the flowers first open for the day. How much more pollen can a bee fit into its pollen sac?


First off, I must apologise for the poor photo of this Planthopper. It was in the kitchen late one night and I have never seen one at my place before. It wouldn’t sit still enough to get a good photo. The black with stunning orange spots and those eyes!!!!


On a hot day the Australian Painted Lady came onto the verandah. The colours are far more prominent than the other Australian Painted Lady butterflies I have found.


The hanging pot bird bath, the subject of so many bird photos, also hosts insects as well as birds looking for a drink.


Yes it is hot. The little White-throated Honeyeater does look he needs a drink doesn’t he?


“Well George, do you come here often?”


On a hot day, everyone has to share. The Scarlet Honeyeater and White-throated Honeyeater both enjoyed a drink.


The female Scarlet Honeyeater thought it was a good time for a bath. A quick dunk in and out.


Meanwhile at the other bird bath, the King Parrot enjoyed the bird bath to himself.


At my besties bird bath, the birds who arrive in the afternoon for a quick bath and drink are different to the ones at my place, although the Eastern Yellow Robins are at my place too.


A very fluffy Eastern Yellow Robin after a number of dives into the water.


A view from the back shows the yellow feathers aren’t just on the chest of the Eastern Yellow Robin.


The Eastern Whipbirds always look at their legs and feet when they get out of the water!!! Remember this blog


The Red-browed Finches come to the bird bath in a large flock. Some have better eyebrows than others lol


The Superb Fairy Wrens arrive at the same time as the Finches. They are such delightful birds.


The males are so different to the females. I like the Jenny’s eye make-up.


It’s the same with the Scarlet Honeyeaters. The females are so different.


I think this one may be a juvenile male just starting to get his scarlet colours.


Soon he will be as striking as this Scarlet Honeyeater male.


Meanwhile, from high atop the gum tree, a Peaceful Dove watched what was going on in and around the chook yard.


My poor Flame Tree gave it its best shot this year. The dry resulted in sparse flowers but the Little Friarbird still enjoyed what was on offer.


The Satin Flycatcher likes to visit as you saw in my last blog. Here is his lady who was peeping out from the bushes.


For the first time a gang of Grey-crowned Babblers came into the garden and had a quick snack in the fig tree. They are normally in the forest away from the house and in the semi-open country under the power lines. It was lovely to see them forage around the garden with their constant chatter..


The last full moon, my bestie and I were lucky to be home to see the Moon Flower bloom. In the afternoon she said that the bud looked like it was ready to open so late that night we went into the garden to see this amazing flower.


We used torch light to get the photos.


The Moon Flower is so alien looking when you look deep inside the bloom.


Thanks for stopping by and looking at what I have found this December. I love taking photos and sharing.

See you next year

Brian x