This is March 2020

Welcome to my March, a bit late I know but I had so many photos to get through it was quite daunting. I did manage to get the photos down a bit but as usual, there’s a bit of scrolling….ok a lot of scrolling but hey! What else do you have to do whilst in #Isolation or as sadly some of my lovely bloggers are, in #Lockdown. I just had to get this done so this post isn’t as cohesive as normal, I hope you won’t be disappointed.

OK my wonderful supportive friends and hopefully a few who haven’t dropped by and had a glimpse into bushboys world. Not as much to blah blah about so settle back with your usual cup of tea or coffee or if reading in the evening, perhaps it’s aperitivo time.

Maybe you would like a bit of music while you have a wander with me

As usual, let’s start in the morning where the welcome rain in the first part of March has led to some wonderful misty mornings.

fog_tree_caniaba_march 2020
I did venture to the Gibraltar Ranges to see the results of the huge fires that raged through there late last year. A big surprise was the emergence of the Tree Ferns.tree ferns_gibraltar range_named_march 2020
A bit of an adventure to Rocky Creek Dam I found these wonderful woof fungi.fungi_wood_named_rocky creek dam_march 2020
Back at my place, the rain and warm weather produced a few fungi. This little one was happy to pop up and say hello. fungi_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
At my besties place at the garbage bins I found a frog.frog_bin_named_caniaba_march 2020
and in her garden the young Green Tree Frogs seemed to appear in the garden.green tree frog_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
I am going to do a wrap up of the Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey. Here they were one morning, the little fellow just hanging casual.red necked wallaby_joey_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
Some March mornings were a bit cool. The Noisy Friarbird thought it was cool and fluffed up his “scarf”noisy friarbird_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
I have a bit of bird food left so every now and then I put a some out. “It’s breakfast!!” the King Parrots say as they swoop towards me.king parrots_flying_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A thoughtful Kookaburra.kookaburra_named_rocky creek dam_march 2020
The noise that Sulpher-crested Cockatoos make when they fly in unmistakable.sulpher crested cockatoo_flying_named_rocky creek dam_march 2020
Meanwhile, a White-face Heron was on the lookout for a snack.white faced heron_named_grafton_march 2020
The Willie Wagtails have taken over the garden and are quite vocal when I go outside.willie wagtail_close_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
“Whose flower is this” the caterpillar asked the beebee_caterpillar_zinnia_flower_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
It was lovely to see a Blue Tiger Butterfly when on a walk.blue tiger_butterfly_named_caniaba_march 2020
A Common Crow Butterfly was just hanging around the verandah for a while one morning.butterfly_common crow_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The proliferation of butterflies is amazing. I was amazed to see a Lrge Grass Yellow at my place. Not a regular visitor.,butterfly_large grass yellow_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
Lesser Wanderers are everywhere.butterfly_lesser wanderer_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
I have been waiting for the Caper White Butterflies to arrive. This is a dark form female on a Pentas flower.caper white_butterfly_dark form female_pentas__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A Male wasn’t far behind.caper white_butterfly_male_pentas_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
Caterpillars are always the result of lots of butterflies. This poor rose was a causality in my besties garden. caterpilla_rose_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
The Lemon Migrants were the main butterfly last month so it only goes to show that their caterpillars were next to show.caterpillar_butterfly_lemon migrant_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The Common Crow caterpillar is very “Hey back off” lookingcaterpillar_common crow butterfly_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
So is the hairy caterpillar who wanted to come on our picnic.caterpillar_hairy_named_rocky creek dam_march 2020
You can’t see me…..I am a stick.caterpillar_stick_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The dragonfly was ready to take off.dragonfly_garden__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
OK This is a prehistoric insect. A beetle I think.insect_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
A common Line Blue Butterfly is so tiny as it sits on a Farmers Friend flower, some may know this weed as Cobblers Pegline blue_butterfly_named_caniaba_march 2020
It is unusual to find a Line Blue Butterfly with the wings open for a long time. This is the inner wings of the butterfly above.line blue_butterfly_wings open_named_caniaba_march 2020
Meadow Argus have arrived as well.meadow argus_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
Back to prehistoric, this time a mothmoth_named_caniaba_march 2020
It was lovely to see a Scarlet Jezebel cruising around the garden. Pentas are wonderful flowers for attracting butterflies and bees.scarlet jezebel_butterfly_pentas_garden_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
As opposed to the Large Grass yellow, the Small Grass Yellow again on a Farmers Friend flower. They are the most common butterfly at my place at present.small grass yellow_butterfly_named_caniaba_march 2020
A Blue-bamded Bee was very bust buzzing around the blue Salvia flowers. He has quite a haul of pollen in his pollen baskets on his rear legs.blue banded bee_flying_salvia_flower_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020

OK  for those who dislike spider, even Daddy Long Legs, there are a couple of spiders coming up. Get you scroll fingers limbered up but do have a peek through your fingers covering your eyes.

 
A Daddy Long Legs is having a snack in my kitchen, best natural pest controls.spider_daddy longlegs_web_kitchen__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
While outside, a Golden Orb Weaver seemed to just hang in the sky.spider_golden orb weaver_sky__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020

 

Spiders over.
The Hibiscus had their best flowering for years. Another Caterpillar though so too.flower_hibiscus_red_caterpillar_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The Native flowers around my garden and property are amazing. I think this is a Guinea flower with bonus water drops.flower_guinea_native_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A Native Hibiscus waits to unfurl and greet the day.flower_hibiscus_opening_named_caniaba_march 2020
A lovely Native flower with the unfortunate name of Mitre Weed.flower_mitre weed_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
Native Wisteria was sending purple flowers skywardflower_native lilac_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
This is a mouthful. A Leafy Purple Flag Wild Iris flower.
flower_native_leafy purple flag wild iris__named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
You have seen lots of the red Pentas, here is a lovely pink variety flowering in my garden.flower_pink_pentas_garden_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
The Leopard Lillies had a good flowering this year too.flower_leopard lily_garden_named_durranbah_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A Sarsaparilla flowering was lovely to see again with bonus water drops.flower_wisteria_water drops_garden_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
A Native flower with a Bee Fly.fly_flower_native_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020
This rose is called Chocolate. Such a wonderful colour.flower_rose_chocolate_garden_named_caniaba_march 2020
The sunset is quite pastel so time to get ready to go.sunset_named_caniaba_march 2020
Our wonderful Moonmoon_named_home_jackadgery_march 2020

I hope you enjoyed this quite long wander about bushboys world.

Also linked with Su’s Changing Seasons March 2020

 

Daily Diary

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Daily Diary

The past week, day by day

Day 1: the Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey in the pouch can for a bit of supplementary food in the morning
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Day 2: I went to visit my daughter. Always have to open this gate on the road between two properties at Lilydale20200326_2_blog challenge_diary_gate_lilydale
Day 3: My bestie and I went for a drive in the countryside. Found this letter box20200326_3_blog challenge_diary_letter box_clarence valley

Day 4: We went for a walk to see how much of my place has recovered from the devastating fire in December. Growing among some burnt wood a tiny Sunflower showed it’s sunny face. It was probably dropped by a bird from the seed I was putting out for the birds when the place was a charred mess and not much food for the animals and birds.
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Day 5: The Caper White Butterflies have turned up on the usual migration. I am glad they like to stop over at my place to refuel before heading off again.20200326_5_blog challenge_diary_caper white butterflies_durranbah
Day 6: I had to go to town to get my car repaired. Keeping my social distance I walked around town taking a few photos. This looks like someone had a helper in the demolition of the front fence.20200326_6_blog challenge_diary_bricks_shovel_toy_grafton
Day 7: A female Satin Bower Bird came to have a look around the verandah. The photo was taken from my chair in my office through the glass door. It has to be a stealthy, quick shot as they sense the slightest movement and fly off lickerty split.20200326_7_blog challenge_diary_bower bird_female_step_durranbah

That was seven days from the daily diary.

Awe in flying

The Photo a Week Challenge: Up In The Air
Pic and Word Challenge: Awe #224

So at ease
soaring above
watching in awe
watching with lovesquare-tailed-kite_flying_named_home_sept-2016
Sometimes alone
sometimes in threes
freed from the ground
freed from the trees
ibis_flying_named_lismore_july 2018
Large in the sky
spreading of wings
riding aloft
this one not sings
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Large is impressive
filling the sky
but small is too
this butterfly
wanderer_butterfly_flying_named_lismore_june 2019

Getting in close and green

Terri’s Sunday Stills: Up #Close and personal to #Green

A bit of variety of green, some old, some new images of getting up close and personal.
A green leaf accompanied by a Blue-triangle Butterflyblue triangle butterfly_close_named_binna burra_jan 2018
A Fan Palm leaf prior to openingfern leaf_spikes3_close_home_named_jan 2012
Wonderfully soft mossmoss_hanging01_close_named_june 2014
A bit of a King Parrot190106_blog_challenge_green_king_parrot_feathers
A Green-banded Line Blue Butterfly just sunning on the grasssmall green-banded blue_home_named_april 2013
Pine cones getting ready to growpine tree cones_binna burra_named_aug 2014 - Copy
Water drops are always fascinating water drops_leaf_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Everyone loves a smiling Green Tree Frog190327_wordless_wednesday_green_tree_frog

This is February 2020

February, a month of rain thankfully. The bush is coming back to life, the grass is growing and my garden is almost back. I will have to do a lot of pruning of the bushes and small trees where some limbs haven’t recovered from the drought.

A few minor muscle strains and sprains prevented my for doing as much as I wanted to do. This resulted in wandering around the garden chasing butterflies, walking around the place not going too far into the bush taking photos. Oh yes I did do a hard cull but still I have managed to have lots and lots of photos for February.

So settle back with you appropriate drink for your time of viewing, perhaps a snack or two is advisable and let’s get going to explore bushboys world.

As there has been moisture many mornings have had a fog or light mist. The Grass Trees on the distant hill, flower spikes at the ready in the foreground, emerging from the mist.

grass trees_fog_named_caniaba_feb 2020
A tree on the hill is usually the first to be seen.tree_mist_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The wet weather did induce a bit of cabin fever so we had to get out every now and then exploring the region. I love this old farm house. Though I should get a photo before it falls down or is demolished.old house_bentley_named_feb 2020
Meanwhile on the farm next door to my besties, the big white bull showing a bit of affection to one of the cows. He spent a bit of time licking her head and neck.bull_ cow_love_farm_named_caniaba_feb 2020
On the wall a tiny young skink patrolled in case something was available to snack on.copper headed skink_young_wall_named_caniaba_feb 2020
Undeterred, these two ants fought onants_wall_named_caniaba_feb 2020
One morning I was in the kitchen when I noticed a tiny insect walking about with the most enormous wings for an insect of this size.insect_wings_kitchen_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Satin Bowerbirds like blue things to decorate their bower where they dance in the hope of attracting a female bowerbird. I hope he isn’t trying to steal my bucket.satin bowerbird_bucket_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
While I was walking around, a female Satin Flycatcher kept and eye on mesatin flycatcher_female_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Superb Fairy Wrens are stunning little birdssuperb fairy wren_named_lismore lake_feb 2020
and Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are stunning big birdsyellow tailed black cockatoo_pine tree_named_ramornie_feb 2020
We went to Lismore Lake to see if many birds were around. The Swifts were in huge numbers swooping about and getting ready to roost in a tree. I have never seen so many Swifts.swifts_tree_named_lismore lake_feb 2020
A Black Kite was patrolling the skiesblack kite_flying_named_caniaba_feb 2020
Meanwhile a bit of an excursion to the beach wasn’t the most welcoming by a Silver Gullsilver gull_flying_beach_named_evans head_feb 2020
A Masked Lapwing Plover had a bit of a stretch on the tidal flats.masked lapwing plover_beach_named_evans head_feb 2020
I love Sand Crabs and the artistry. I think this looks like a stingray.  sand crab_balls_art_named_evans head_feb 2020
The combination of wet and warm weather has bought out a variety of fungi. Tiny brown fungi with frilly capsfungi_brown_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
White fungi with frilly capsfungi_white_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Yellow fungi with frilly capsfungi_yellow_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The hint of a lot of water going to be about is when the ants build up the entrance to the nestant nest_tall_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

“Hello…….is anyone home”
bullant_nest_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Ponytail Palm flowers have the bees all a buzz and little beetles also like to get among the flowersbee_insect_ponytail palm_flower_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Cassia flowers attracted all sorts of beesbee_cassia_flower_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
In the dying moments of floral decay the Carpenter Bees still came looking for the last drops of nectar and pollenbee_carpenter_cassia_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The little Stngless native Bees found the Crepe Myrtle flowers irresistible crepe myrtle_flowers_stingless native bee_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The bush had many buds ready to burst forth.flower_crepe myrtle_bud_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The ants also visited the floral displayflower_crepe myrtle_ant_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Water drops and roses. I did resist posting lots morerose_red_flower_water drops_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020

The Pennisetum Purple Fountain Grass flowered adding colour to the garden.
pennisetum_purple fountain grass_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Hibiscus flowering in February was magnificent. Not seen here for quite a few years.hibiscus_pink_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The miniature red Hibiscus looked wonderful adding bright spots of red in the garden.hibiscus_red_minature_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
This Hibiscus has never looked so good. The colours are amazing.flower_hibiscus_orange_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020

A wax leaf Begonia flowered all the time
begoina_wax_flower_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Cats Whiskers in my garden came back to life. I thought they had died during the drought as I didn’t have enough water for all of the garden. The few waterings did keep them going though. cats whiskers_flower_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Cats Whiskers at my besties are much better.flower_cats whiskers_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
A red Eucalypt with the flowers and budseucalypt_red_flowers_nuts_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The Bauhinia with a lots of flowers is a treat to look upon from the sunroom.flower_bauhinia_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
So many tiny native flowers have emerged. This little Blue Trumpet appeared from the ashesflower_blue trumpet_native_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The native Dianellas flowers are a splash of purple and yellow in the garden. Also known as a Flax-lilyflower_dianella_garden_named_caniaba_feb 2020

Another native flower I haven’t seen before also came out of the ashes.
flower_mitre weed_durranbah_native_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The Pandorea vine struggled to flower after the drought.pandorea flowers_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Ever so small and delicate about 10mm across this native flower seemed to be everywhere in February.white_flower_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The was a butterfly explosion everywhere once the rain came. All around the garden in February (and is still happening) hosts of yellow butterflies have been around the garden. They are all around the Cassia bush. One day I counted around fifty butterflies and that was just in the front garden. I think they are Lemon Migrants. This is definitely a Yellow Migrant of the Pentas flower. lemon migrant_butterfly_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
The butterflies love the Pentas flowers. Orchard Swallowtails drop in every now and then.butterfly_orchard swallowtail_pentas_flower_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
Another little native flower that has appeared in the garden. I didn’t notice the Crab Spider until I was getting the photos ready for this post. The flower is about 15 to 20mm so how tiny is the spider!spider_crab_flower_native_small_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
A Water Strider making his way across the dam.watr strider_pool_garden_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
While the Dragnflies hovered about, some resting on branches on the edge of the damdragonfly_blue_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
or finding small twigs to restdragonfly_green_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
I don’t know who or what was in the dam. I just saw the ripples and bubbles. It could have been a Long-necked Tortoise.water_bubble_dam_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
On the house dam, a float holds the foot valve for the pump out of the muddy bottom of the damfloat_ball_dam_reflection_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
More reflections. This time the boats in the marina at Evans Headreflection_boats_water_named_evans head_feb 2020
Water drops on the leaf. One of my favourite subjects to capture.water drops_leaf_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2020
It’s getting late. The afternoon clouds are building so a storm looked in the offing clouds_named_caniaba_feb 2020
The moon made a dramatic entrance when full one eveningfull moon_tree_cloud_named_caniaba_feb 2020

So there was My February. Thanks for hanging in to the end.

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons February 2020