More bird silhouettes

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #62: Silhouettes

I know I have probably done more than enough of my bird silhouettes posts.
They are a passion that I haven’t done for a while so maybe posting a few of them will be inspiration to do some more. It is quite time consuming as I hand “colour” the edges almost each pixel at a time to get the desired black and white silhouette effect. I was selling framed photos at the markets when we had a stall as time permitted and they sold well.

Hope you enjoy these birds.
A Spangled Drongo

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A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoosilhouette-blog_yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo
A Golden Whistler – This one took a lot of timesilhouette_blog_whistler
A Rainbow Bee Eatersilhouette_blog_rainbow-bee-eater
A Red Wattlebird – This one took the most time to get it the way I wantedsilhouette-blog_wattlebird

The featured photo is a Pied Cormorant

Reflections at the waterhole

The August Photo a day Challenge from Maria at CitySonnet for the 29th: Reflections

When life gets you down
head down to the waterhole
A place where life gathers
A place where the day dissolves
Find yourself a rock
even though the water
is diminishing with drought
Sit
wait
listen to the bush
Hear the sounds of life
immerse yourself in life
The bush is never quiet
the buzzing of insects
the crunch of leaves
as animals and lizards
move about
The smell of the dry bush
the sounds of plants dying
dropping leaves and branches
surviving
waiting
The Rains will come
one day.
So for now
sit and reflect
your heart will not
be heavy for long
Cry if you want
let the bush
wash over
Sit and listen on
the rock by the waterhole.
Here they come
finding a place to be
a small puddle
of life
reflecting.

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Being there

Another multiple photo challenge

Amanda’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Remote
Terri’s Sunday Stills: The Essence of #Zen
Ragtag Daily Prompt Monday: Serene

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Friendly Friday

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Bits of yellow in my day

The Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy: Yellow

The other day I went into the bush on my place to cut some firewood. The current state of my place is dry and dead looking. I did a bit of a drive around and went to see how the waterhole is holding up. It was the saddest I have ever seen it. This is a waterhole that has never dried up since I have lived here. Normally the water is up to the rocks in the foreground.

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While I was there looking in dismay, suddenly the air was filled with bird calls and a small flock of Fucous Honeyeaters came down to get a drink and have a bath

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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and White-throated Honeyeaters also arrived. Many other small birds were darting about as well.190816_blog_challenge_yellow_yellow-faced_honeyeater

 

Meanwhile I still had a job to do so it was back into the forest and cut firewood. Once I got back home, the next task was to split the wood so it would fit into the fire. Always be careful when splitting wood as you never know what may be still inside. One blow from the block splitter and the timber split and dropped from the chopping block onto the ground. I noticed a bit of movement in one of the pieces of wood. The telltale yellow legs of a Centipede. They can give a nasty bite so it is best to let them get on with their business. 190816_blog_challenge_yellow_centipede

As this was going to go into the fire at some stage, I moved the piece of wood away from the woodpile so the Centipede could find somewhere else to live.

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I hope the water is warm

Now in the middle of Winter, here the weather is unseasonably warm, around 20 to 25C. I could go on about the conditions at my place but this is not about me. It is a short story of some of the action in my garden.

As it is quite warm for this time of year, I have lots of watering points around the garden for the birds and animals that enjoy coming around the garden and house in seek of water and perhaps a snack.

This is the tale of a Lewins Honeyeater. Lewins Honeyeaters are around here almost all year round so I guess they like my garden. The flowers are not as many as in previous winters but perhaps enough to keep some birds here.

This then is what happened earlier this month
Hmmm….that looks inviting
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I guess I should just dive right in
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In I golewins honeyeater_bath_birdbath3_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
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I better get out quick
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That was a lovely quick diplewins honeyeater_bath_birdbath6_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
I wonder should I go in againlewins honeyeater_bath_birdbath7_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #58: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

The wagon from years ago
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New little Grey Fantail chicksfantail young02_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
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The wonderful blue of a Superb Fairy Wrenblue wren04_grafton_changed_named_jan 2014

 

and if you want it a bit heavier