Walking

The Weekly Prompt from Sue for the photo challenge: Walking

Yes walking. There is always someone walking about isn’t there?

A White-faced Heron takes a walk among the Mangroves
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A Black-necked Stork walks in the wetland looking for a snack
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Having a stroll along the beach, an Osprey without a care in the world
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Frustration

The word prompt from Sheryl: Frustration

What is frustration?
Frustration is………..

Trying to have your lunch when friends drop over
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Trying to have a drink when someone comes along who is argumentative
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Your Mum washing your face in public
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Getting that fabulous photo of a bird and all you end up with is a branch170630_blog challenge_over_branch01

Featured Photo: Missed again

One day at the seed bowl

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pairs

There used to live in my street a number of people, who have since moved on, who used to put out bird seed mainly for the parrots. Since then I have a pair of King Parrots who come to the trees around the house and whistle. I don’t like to feed the birds but I have a bowl of seed I put out every now and then for this pair of King Parrots.

They are a couple and it is thought that they mate for life, that is why there is nearly always a pair of King Parrots in my garden.

He always lets her eat first when they arrive on the verandah together. Keeping a wary eye on me.
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Then they swap around and she keeps her eye on me while he eats.190110_blog_challenge_pairs_king_parrots1

Birds

Welcome back Bren with a theme for the Photo for the Week Challenge: Birds

Instead of having a bird overload I decided just to play with a photo to make things a bit different than my usual stock standard bird photo.

There is a road we drive along where we take in the scenery and hope there will be something special along the way. One particular drive, around a bend something colourful flashed in front of the car and landed on a barbed wire fence just beside car. It was a couple of Rainbow Bee-eaters. Beautiful little birds.

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Threesome at the bird bath

The word prompt for Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Three
A Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill and a Red-browed Firetail
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Red-browed Firetail and a couple of Silvereyes
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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and a White-browed Treecreeper190106_blog_challenge_three_bird_bath3

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and a White-throated Honeyeater
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A Scarlet Honeyeater and Silvereyes having a drinksilvereyes_scarlet honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018
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Red-browed Firetails
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Weekly Prompts – Green

The word prompt from Sue is Green

A bit of green from my part of the world

Sometimes everything is so green
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A patch of green among a circle of red
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Here’s that blasted grasshopper again
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I love the green among the other colours in the King Parrots feathers
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The Green Tree Snake looking for something to eat
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OH….those eyes
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Emerald Doves certainly make the place look bright
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Green just shoots out from the pine tree
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Praying Mantis are always on the look out for anything that may be delicious
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I miss the Green Catbirds that live at my besties old place
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The Brown Honeyeaters – A Spring Story

During Spring, the Brown Honeyeater decided that a Lilli Pilli in a pot near the verandah at my besties house was a great place to build a nest. It gave me an opportunity to have a sneak peek into the life of Brown Honeyeaters.

Sitting on the verandah, having a cup of tea, we noticed a small bird flying in and out of the Lilli Pilli tree in a pot near the verandah. I had to go and see what was going on. I found the start of the nest construction. They must have been doing it for a few days before we saw the goings on. Both the female and the male were building the nest.
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A few days later the nest was taking shape.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction2
All manner of vegetation –  grass, bark, lichen and spiders web was used. 181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction3

This is the location of the nest.
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Looks like I was spotted!
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Off she goes to gather more materials.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction5_flying
Every now and then she would wiggle about in the nest to get the shape right.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction6_testing
She was in there for a long time this day. I think she was laying an egg.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction7_egg_laying

Yes! I was right, an egg is in the nest. It is so small. Probably about a thumb nail size.
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A few days later another egg appeared.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_egg_two

It didn’t take long for some chicks to make an appearance. I missed out getting any photos when they were small pink chicks. A rather nasty storm was coming so my bestie dragged the pot onto the verandah. Luckily she did as the wind blew hard, the rain poured down and there was a bit of hail.
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Now comes the hard work for the parents. Both the female and the male were constantly flying back and forth with food for their babies.
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Ooops….looks like I was spotted again.
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Chick one gets a morsel.
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and then chick two.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_feeding2
Part of being a parent is cleaning up after your children. This is the removal of what I call a poo sac. This keeps the nest clean and stops insects, mainly ants, getting into the nest.
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They are getting bigger. When I approached, they would flatten themselves against the sides of the nest.
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After a busy day looking after the chicks, it’s good to have a bath and relax.
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Unfortunately I missed out on the chicks leaving the nest. It didn’t take long from eggs to flying little birds.

I think I am lucky to be part of the Brown Honeyeaters life. They have all gone from my besties garden now. Off on their migratory path to a new place for Summer and I hope they come back next year. We are going to leave the nest in place to see what may happen.