Quench

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for Monday: Quench

On a hot January day, all the blokes like to gather around and quench their thirst
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Across town, everyone is keen to have a drink
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In a quieter part of the country, just a couple of blokes have a quiet drink in a small place
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This Is My Post

This is a tale of a fence post, a Spangled Drongo and a Noisy Friarbird  –  as told by the Spangled Drongo.

What started out as a normal day, you know, a bit of flying about, some singing with my mates and looking for insects and other snacks around the place.
I always drop onto this fence post nearly every day. It’s a great perch to see if any insects or bugs are moving about in the garden or on the grass.

As you can see, This is My Post.
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A mate was flying past and he said “Hey, can I come for a visit to your post”spangled drongo_my post2_named_home_oct 2018
Sure, but I don’t really like anyone sitting up here on my post.spangled drongo_my post3_named_home_oct 2018

Oh, that’s OK. I’ll just hang on this side if that’s alright with you.
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And then, out of the blue, this big ugly bloke decides to sit on MY post. Oi, you. Get off my post
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Yeah. Right. get down there. This is my post.
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Suddenly, he looks at me and of all things, he pokes his tongue out.
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Well, that’s not on. You better get off now.
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Oh I see. You want to make a bit of a do about sitting on my post do you?
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Cop that buddy. Just get away.
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No you don’t. You can’t get back on there. This is my post.
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OK you. I don’t want to sit on the ground. I am a bird who likes to sit on posts.
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Well I am really afraid buddy. This is MY post
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I better be off then. I don’t want to sit on the ground and argue with you and your stupid post. I’m going, see ya.
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I’ve had enough of hanging around here. I going as well. I will be back later and sit there. Because, This is My Post
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Serendipity

The Ragtag Tuesday prompt: Serendipity

I have been in the right place at the right time with my camera a couple of times.
This instance, it was late afternoon and I was looking for a good place to watch the sunset at my besties old place. I looked up and there was a Regent Bowerbird unmistakable with its vivid colours. A managed a couple of quick photos before it flew off back into the rainforest. Disappointed with the quality of the photo but elated never-the-less.
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This bit of serendipity was one of extreme joy. The right place and right time was sitting on my verandah having a cup of coffee. There in the Tea Tree sat a bird that is Critically Endangered, a Regent Honeyeater. The estimated know population is between 800 and 2000 birds. I was so happy to see this young male at my place for a few minutes
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Time for Lunch

Sometimes it always seems that someone’s hungry. A never ending trip out into the paddocks among the cows trying to find a suitable meal for the young ones.
Now out of the nest, learning to fly, they wait on the roof beams of the deck for an adult to bring a snack.

“It seems like ages since they were here with food,” they sat patiently waiting.
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“Look”. “Here comes Dad with some food”
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“Blimey dad, how far down my neck to you have to go!”
“Hey, I’m here too you know”
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“I guess I’ll get a bit to eat next time.”
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“Hey, it’s Mum this time. Just play it cool and I’ll get my food”
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“Oh dear, I missed out again”
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Look at that face of disappointment.Do you think that is was fair that someone missed out on food?

The Waterhole

The word prompt from Amanda at Life Amazing: Pools or Ponds

I have been meaning to post a bit about my property for a while. One day it will be whole post. For the moment, thanks to Amanda, here is a bit about the waterhole or pool on my place. It always has water and I have never seen it dry. I went for a bit of a bush walk a few weeks ago, before the rains came, just to see how the environment and and birds and animals had been coping with a lack of rain.

This is how the waterhole or pool looks when there has been a bit of rain.
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This is what I found. A small pool behind some gravel and leaves.
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To my surprise, the waterhole was filled with the sounds of birds. This is the only water source down this part of my place so the birds were there in numbers. A tiny Scarlet Honeyeater makes the waterhole look big.
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A White-throated Honeyeater enjoyed a drink.181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_white throated honeyeater
A yellow-faced Honeyeater was joined by some Fuscous Honeyeaters. There were so many Fuscous Honeyeaters that I couldn’t count them.181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_yellow faced honeyeater_fuscous honeyeaters

This is a small amount of the birds that were there. The air was filled with bird song. A lovely way to spend the afternoon, sitting and watching until the mosquitoes sent me on the track back home.

Scarlet

The word prompt from CitySonnet: Scarlet

I could use a photo of a Scarlet Honeyeater (search my blog for a photo of a Scarlet Honeyeater) but no, this time it’s a Robin
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OK I did cheat the name of the Robin is a Rose Robin but oh so lovely in my garden

Up in the Tree

The word prompt from the Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: Look up

Out for a walk I saw a sudden bright flash in the sky. Trying to find whatever it was, I Looked up high into the grand Ironbark tree at the entrance to my place. There do you see the little bird?
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It is a Rainbow Bee-eater taking in the sights from high among the leaves.
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The photos don’t show what a lovely little bird the Rainbow Bee-eater is so I put a better photo in the header