This is December 2021

December and 2021 are gone. It was a mixed bag of weather – rain and lots of it, quite hot days and even cooler nights. My garden and my besties looked fabulous. The rain made everything bloom and look so good. This made reducing the number of flower photos quite difficult.

A lot of birds have come and gone, the regulars stayed around as food is plentiful. Even a pair of Currawongs have been hanging around and have a young one. Most years they go back up into the mountains where it is a bit cooler and return in Winter. The Willie Wagtails at my besties have been busy with nesting and raising babies.

A few photos are from some trips around the area but most are from my besties and here at Durranbah.

Here is you scrolling song. I hope you enjoy Frightened Rabbit, one of my favourite groups

The old wagon up the road is still there and not quite falling apart yet

These tree fungi were the yellowist I have ever seen

Love this plant. The white edges really stand out

From my besties garden

A small native grass flower at my place

The re Frangipanni looked good with a few water drops.

I love the grass seeds along my road

Cats Whiskers must be one of my favourite flowers

A Dahlia and the sky

More native flowers along the road

My besties Brugmansia has flowered like mad this year

When we went for a walk in Casino, we found a Sausage Tree

We also found a New Zealand Christmas Bush in flower

The Bahinia has just flowered but not as good as last year

My Honeysuckle looked good among the trees along the fence line

The Blue-banded Bees love the Salvia flowers

I found Metallic Green Carpenter Bees in a shrub I had to look it up to find out what species of bee it was and found that it is endangered after the fires as their nest sites are either damaged or take years to become soft enough to burrow into and nest. They nest in Grass Tree spears and Banksia trees mainly. This one is a female. The males are fuzzy and look similar to Blue-banded Bees

Remember my Pineapple, It’s still growing and will soon be ready to harvest

The Cheese Tree fruit weren’t as abundant as last year as well

I love the purple berries of Dianella (Flax Lily) grasses. Just to photograph as I haven’t tried them but are supposed to be edible

The Olive-backed Oriels arrived in time to sample the Tuckaroo fruit

It is always a decision

The Figbird hid among the foliage snacking on the fruit as well

When I went to the Clarence River near my place to see if the water had receded below the Lilydale bridge, I found Rainbow Bee-eaters enjoying the sun.

As well as a White-faced Heron looking for his breakfast

An Australasian Pipit found something to eat on the road as I went back home

A young morphing King Parrot watched me through the window

The Rainbow Lorikeets seemed to find a snack or two in the garden

A Laughing Kookaburra had breakfast too

The Willie Wagtail babies wanted their lunch. Dad was none to impressed with their carry on

This is the same Willie Wagtail babies a week later. Don’t they grow up fast?

A Satin Bowerbird was not impressed to be spied upon whilst having a bath

but still dived in and splashed about

Well it looks like a wonderful pink sky is telling me to say goodnight

and a wonderful sunset has painted the sky with streaks of red, yellow and orange

Our Moon has risen so I better say goodnight and thanks for stopping by

As usual I always ask if you had a favourite photo.

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Share your desktop – 15 December

Clare’s Share Your Desktop

As I have been doing this year, showcasing past blog post photos, I thought the year should end with a bit of a smile and happiness. This one is from December 2016

Little Striated Thornbills after their bath

Water with black & white things

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: In or On Water

A trawler set off for the night

Getting over the river bar can be dangerous

Always on the water hunting

Sunset on the water

I went looking for something in the water and found an Eastern Yellow Robin

But I really wanted some fish. I found an old photo and thought make it black and white but then things took a life of their own. Here is a couple of Goldfish

Pick a Word – October 2021

Lost in Translation’s Pick a Word Challenge

Here are Paula’s words to try and select an appropriate image to match her words.

SKY-HIGH

GORGE

SOCIABLE

SANCTUARY

TRANSCOLOURED

How did I go? Would you have used different photos?

Lots of pots

Life in Colour October: Orange
Becky’s Square Photo Challenge: Past Squares

Like Jude, I like terracotta too. Jude asked “Can you find any terracotta?” I better get looking.

Some chimney pots on the rooves of Paris

A roof in Beaune France

A couple of rooves for #Squareroof found in Split Croatia

and lots of terracotta of the rooves of Split

Off the roof and back down to earth. My old terracotta bird bath. It had to a photo with an Eastern Yellow Robin, probably the cutest bird around my garden.

Just chillin’

and a Double-barred Finch on my the terracotta bird bath at my besties place

Some bricks found in Venice

A terracotta coloured fungi on my place

From the past

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #168: Seen Better Days
Becky’s Square Photo Challenge: Past Squares

Of course there has to be a song. This is an Australian song that was a big hit. I hope you enjoy it

First is the #PastSquare from the #RoofSquare

Onto a few things that have seen better days

An Australian made car from the 1950’s – a Holden FX

Would you ride this coach?

or go to town in this wagon?

This house is still much the same last time I drove past

Pompeii has definitely seen better days. Also from #SquareTime

This house too is still standing

The Colosseum is maintaining it’s better days appearance

The old truck that “lives” in my street

The remains of bird baths I’ve had over the years. Usually broken by possums trying to find a drink in droughts as I don’t think I have fat birds around here. This was from the #SquareUp

The feature photo is my old chook shed used in #RoofSquare

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.

Harmony in the bath

Kates Friday Fun: Harmony

Enjoy a bit of Harmony as you have a look at the selection of birds in the bird baths over the years. Click on any photo to enlarge if it takes your fantasy.