It’s not all that far

Nature Photo Challenge #14: Your haven of peace

This quite easy for me. It’s a bit a walk if I feel like a bit of exercise. The only trouble is I get side tracked when on foot. There is always something to take a photo of or a weed to be pulled out so driving in Old Smoky is the best option. Plus we could get some firewood or collect rocks for the garden.

In the lower end of my place is where Frenchmans Creek begins. All the gullies that run from the ridge where the road runs, contribute water. One of they gullies that begins in my neighbours place runs into my place, trickles over some rocks and into a waterhole. This waterhole has never run dry in the whole time I have lived here.

It’s a lovely place to sit – making sure there’s not a Bullant nest nearby or you could scare the birds. They are quite aware that something is different, as you can see.

After a while there will be a small flock turn up. I was amazed at how well this White-naped Honeyeater could hang on upside-down

The Fuscous Honeyeaters were a bit more cautious.

Yes, even Mr Whatareyoudoinghere, relaxed and really got stuck in

In a very big tree, a pair of Powerful Owls lived. It would be a good feeding spot as at night a lot of animals would have come to have a drink, not knowing their possible fate. Hearing them call in the bush at night is wonderful

The other place of peace is the Raspberry Lookout which is about a one and a half hour drive up the mountains. A picnic, walk around and feel the serenity

The modern farm

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Farm Animals

Farm animals. Gosh I have lots and always share mainly on Monday Portrait So this time I am heading down a different path to what may be the face of a modern farm.

“Yes, they chose pink for me as I am the prettiest chook in the show.”
“I don’t mind have a bit of a make-over as it’s just for a bit of fun for the kids plus it is a good promotion for the Rainbow Farm”

“I am stuck with green. Boy do the others have a good laugh!”
“Like how come you have lettuce instead of feathers? Do you lay Brussel Sprouts?”
“I’ll be glad when I get home and get a wash”

“This is madness!!!”
“You have to get me out of here!!”
“I keep seeing these weird looking chickens!!”

“I don’t see what his problem is.”
“Do you?”

OK, you talked me into it. Here’s a bit of cute to finish

Enough of that. It’s time to go…….bye

It’s my window

Ludwigs Monday Windows

I found this window a while ago and thought that it needed a bit of TLC. At least someone feels at home. Can you see who?

“It’s a great view from here. I can see the picnic tables in the park”

“Hey you! This is my window so get lost!!”

A rainbow of moods

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Mood

Discovering your mood using the way of the ancient ones.

Stand up and show everyone how you feel

It feels good to strive for what you need

Share happiness with a friend

or throw a joyous party

It’s ok to want to be alone

But peek out every now and then and say hello

The feeling that someone is always looking out for you

Feel the love

The feeling of freedom and spreading your wings

Sometimes life can be annoying

and maybe leave you feeling a bit grumpy as you remember

the calm and peace of having a bath on your own

The largest Eagle

Don’t Hold Your Breath’s Bird of the Week XI

This week let’s have a look at the Wedged-tailed Eagle, Aquila audax, the largest Eagle in Australia and the third largest Eagle in the world by wind span and length. Their wing span is 210 centimeters and up to 284 centimeters and their length is 95.5 centimeters.
Adding up all the statistics, the Wedged-tailed Eagle comes in at seventh largest as they don’t weigh as much as other worlds Eagles, with a weight between 2 to 5.8 kilograms.

Wedged-tailed Eagles have that characteristic long, wedge-shaped tail and are found all over Australia, from sea level to alpine regions in the mountains, but they prefer wooded and forested land and open country, generally avoiding rainforest and coastal heaths.

I found this Wedged-tailed Eagle scouting my road looking for a snack.

Wedge-tailed Eagles may hunt singly, in pairs or in larger groups. Working together, a group of eagles can attack and kill animals as large as adult kangaroos. This explains the scientific name of the Wedge-tailed Eagle which means ‘bold eagle’. Under ideal conditions, an eagle can lift about 50% of its body weight.

They are monogamous and pair for life. Wedge-tailed Eagle nests are usually built in the tallest trees, which makes it very important to retain healthy mature forests Australia-wide. Nests are re-used and added to over many years, and can reach 2 metres in diameter and 4 metres deep and weighing about 400 kg are known.

Wedge-tailed Eagles eat mostly carrion (roadkills and other carcasses are readily eaten), however they do include live prey in their diet

A Red-necked Wallaby killed by a vehicle and feasted on by a Wedgie.

They may be the largest fiercest bird but dare to venture too close to a Magpies nest and they get a good chasing away.


Keep an eye on your bucket

Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Bucket

A fishers bucket
perhaps bait
maybe a catch
or two

A Silver Gull
knows of fishers
knows of buckets
perhaps a snack
or two

A fishers bucket
perhaps bait
maybe a catch
or two

A fisher
knows of buckets
knows of Silver Gulls
no snack
or two

I just realised that, accidentally, I also have a #SixWordSaturday for Debbie

Red white and blue

Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge: Red, White and Blue

I was looking through folders looking for anything I might have had that was red, white and blue, other than a flag, was tempted to make something that is red, white and blue.

In the end my laziness won out. A lovely red bottlebrush flower being tasted by a Blue-faced Honeyeater from a few years ago

Something is happening in the birdbath today

Debbies Six Word Saturday

Splish splash
water sprays
a flash of feathers
a tail waggle
Splash splish

Will I or
won’t I
have another
or splish

The resident Eastern Yellow Robin loves the birdbaths around the yard. Only recently using this one