This is October 2018

OK folks strap yourself in for this ride. You will need stamina, food, drinks and a possible toilet break as I have been unrelenting in snapping away with all manner of things. I was going to break the photos down into subject groups in separate posts, but I thought “What the heck, you can scroll through at your own pace.”

What better way to start the day (or post) than with a sunrise from my besties new place
sunrise_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Let’s start with things. I don’t know what to call this bunch of photos as they are different. Enough talk. Off we go!

I found these gelatinous blobs on the beach, hundreds of them. Perhaps baby jelly fish?
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When you see a land form that resembles something else
duck rock_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The planes have been showing themselves a bit in October.
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Just love these rock cliff, the colours and again, can you see a face?
rock formation_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The moss gave the tree a bit of a dress with a vine for dramatic effect.
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More moss. This time at the waters edge at the beachmoss_rocks_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The rock pool took on an ethereal mood
rock pool_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

Just the shelf at my besties place
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When I put on this lamp, I just had to take the photo. Another shelf at my besties
the shelf_light_named_caniaba_oct 2018

October saw the rain come. This dam, I use the water around the house and garden, was about one-eighth full. Seeing the water flow into the dam cured my blues.
house dam_named_oct 2018

The waterhole on my place never is dry but came very close this year. Seeing it full again made me happy. I think the birds and animals are pleased as well
waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

Waterfalls make such a soothing sound don’t you think? Even little waterfalls that help fill the waterhole.
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Of course a bit of rain and sunshine brings out the fungifungi_named_home_oct 2018

Fungi of all shapes and colours. Some big….
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…some small
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and some are ediblemushroom_named_caniaba_oct 2018

I love Grass Trees. These are at a place called Naughtons Gap. They are bigger than some of the Grass Trees on my place.
grass trees_named_naughtons gap_oct 2018
A wonderful discovery was a whole street in Grafton lined with Bottle Trees. This will be investigated as to why and how and perhaps a bushboy post about the history of the Bottle Trees in Grafton may evolve.bottle tree_named_grafton_oct 2018

The early morning dew and spiders webs. I can’t resist
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Sitting having a cup of tea with my bestie when a large Skink wandered about the garden. Wonderful markings aren’t they?
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Would you believe that this tree is called a Cheese Tree?cheese tree_fruit_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

Just an ant having a swim. He did get out eventually.
ant_swimming_dam_named_home_oct 2018

The flower and a bee. The flower is on what is called a broad leaf weed which is supposed to be undesirable in a lawn. Look at the bees pollen sacks. I don’t think the bee would be as happy if the “weed” wasn’t there. Think before you mow please.
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Just a feather
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and another
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The Forest Kingfishers have arrived. The male looked about for anything that moved in the grass or the garden.
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The colours on his back are lovely.
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This photo shows a bit more of the iridescence
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Galahs are funny birds. This bloke is sitting on the stock trough on next doors place at my besties
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It’s a bit of a way down to get a drink.
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Another arrival in Spring are the Grey Shrike Thrush. They are in the trees around the garden and sing in the morning and in the afternoons. What a delight to have in my garden.
grey shrike thush_named_home_oct 2018

The Pied Currawong didn’t mind a bit of rain.
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Doesn’t he look great. The black with the red of the Flame Treepied currawong_flame tree_named_home_oct 2018

The Fig Bird was spotted eating Mulberries
figbird_male_mulberry_named_caniaba_oct 2018

So was his mate
figbird_female_mulberry_named_caniaba_oct 2018
A Coucal Pheasant came for a visit and sat high in the Gum Tree.coucal pheasant_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Later on, I think he was checking me out through the undergrowth.
coucal pheasant_named_naughtons gap_oct 2018

Another October visitor, a Brown Honeyeater
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He soon found the bird bathbrown honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_oct 2018

The Blue-faced Honeyeaters have arrived in numbers to feast on the Honey Gem Grevillea
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The female Blue-faced Honeyeaters also drop in for a snackblue faced honeyeater_honey gem_female_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

Remember the post about the Post where the Noisy Friar Bird was chased away by the Spangled Drongo. Here Rainbow Lorikeets get a serve from the Friar Bird. A bit of a peck to the head.
rainbow lorikeets_noisy friar bird_honey gem_grevillea_fight_named_home_oct 2018

The Rainbow Lorikeets were a bit bemused by all the carry on.
rainbow lorikeets_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

A female Satin Bowerbird enjoyed the nectar in the Yamba Sunshine Grevillea.
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But like everyone else, the Honey Gem Grevillea is the best place to get a meal.satin bower bird_female_honey gem_named_home_oct 2018

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters seem to have a constant scowl on their faces.
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I think this Yellow-faced Honeyeater spotted me and my camerayellow faced honeyeater_named_home_oct 2018
The gravity defying White-throated Treecreeper taken from the comfort of the chair in my officewhite throated treecreeper_named_home_oct 2018

They are lovely as they hop up and down the trees looking for something to eat.
white throated treecreeper_garden_named_home_oct 2018

Another photo from my office chair. I call this one, “I can see what you are doing” is what the King Parrot is saying.
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A young King Parrot morphing into a maleking parrot_young_named_home_oct 2018

Getting a good Eastern Rosella photo quest continues
eastern rosella_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Out for a drive, we spotted a smallish bird run across the road and into a paddock. A new bird has been seen, an Australasian Pipit.
australaisin pipit_named_caniaba_oct 2018

On another adventure drive, we spotted flashes of green zooming across the road. A flock of Rainbow Bee Eaters were hanging about. This is a breeding pair
rainbow bee eaters_rambaldini rd_naughtons gap_named_oct 2018

Aren’t the males colours amazing?
rainbow bee eater_close_rambaldini rd_naughtons gap_named_oct 2018

You may wonder why we are back at a couple of young King Parrots. I thought it was lovely to have them sitting on a hanging pot under the verandah, until I spotted what they were doing
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Yes, these “lovely” young birds had eaten half of the succulents in the pot. All around the pot, the succulent trailed over the edge. Can you see the bit trailing over the edge now. This hanging pot is no longer hanging where pesky King Parrots can get at it.
succulent_hanging pot_named_home_oct 2018

Water drops and new growth
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I love the colour of this Succulent. Was tempted to pinch a leaf or twosucculent_named_caniaba_oct 2018

I love the colours in this photo of a Hanging Violet with red in the background
violet_behind_named_caniaba_oct 2018

A lovely Native Geranium growing in the “lawn” Another reason not to mow
native geranium_named_caniaba_oct 2018
Pansies, pansies, pansiespansies1_named_caniaba_oct 2018
and more Pansiespansies2_named_caniaba_oct 2018
This year the Silky Oaks flowering was spectacularsilky oak_grevilea_named_caniaba_oct 2018

A flower of a Succulent
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The Budlea flower spike wonderful and smells delightful
budlea_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Some of the Roses looked a treat this year
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A pink Bottlebrush flowerbottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The native water lillies on my dam. Water Snowflake
water lilies_dam_named_home_oct 2018

The rain knocked a lot of the flowers off the Flame Tree. The little cups filled with water
flame tree_flowers_named_home_oct 2018

Some native flowers that grow on my place. This yellow beauty is Dogwood
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I think this native flower is a Hairy Guinea Flowerflower_native_yellow_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

I have been encouraging a lot of Egg and Bacon plant to grow on one part of my property. It’s spikey habit is good for protecting small birds when it is in a fairly dense thicket
egg and bacon_plant_named_home_oct 2018
Plus the flowers are lovely. You can see the sharp points in the leavesegg and bacon_flower_named_home_oct 2018

A small pink Grevillea.
grevillea_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

My besties flower beds are looking great
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and yet more flowersflowers_pink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
This flower has caused great excitement for me. This is the first time I have seen a Hakea Florulenta on my property.hakea florulenta_stem_named_home_oct 2018

Aren’t the tiny flowers delightful?
hakea florulenta_flower_named_home_oct 2018

The early morning fog gives a sense of wonder to start the day
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Of course when it rains, you also find rainbows. This one had a faint double above.rainbow_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Well, the sun is setting and you have reached the end. Well done for sticking around to get to the end and thanks for having a look at my October 2018
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Did you have a favourite photo?

Goodbye 2016….

The last photos of December 2016 are nearly all birds. The weather was still hot and the bird baths proved to be a winner with all the birds who are staying around here. The cool of the forest also helps. The birds come into the garden from the forest in the cool of the morning and in the cool of the evening.

Sometimes you just have to fully immerse to get the benefits of cool water. I think this was a female Scarlet Honeyeater diving in deep into the very popular hanging pot.

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This bloke was thinking about the bird bath and whether it was worth going in.

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The Brown Honeyeater contemplates his dive into the bird bath.

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And in he goes. What a splash for a small bird.

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Not to be outdone, the tiny Striated Thornbill took the plunge and created a big splash.

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The group shot of the Striated Thornbills after their bath. One of my cutest photos ever don’t you think?

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On a hot day everyone arrives to get a drink. It’s heads down, bums up for the Rainbow Lorikeets.

rainbow-lorikeets_bird-bath-bums_named_home_dec-2016

The Rainbow Lorikeets are a noisy lot, always having something to say, even if a mate lands on your branch.

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The Grey-crowned Babbler seems to defy gravity as it hopped up the Tallowwood.

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Once the Grey-crowned Babblers found a good spot to get a feed, the project started. There is always someone ready to give a hand.

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They almost have a large piece of bark ripped from the tree.

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Every morning I am woken to the beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler. As I walked around the garden watering those plants who were in need the most, the Whistler seemed to follow me.

rufous-whistler_named_home_dec-2016

I bought a Hydrangea last year and have kept it in a pot on the verandah. In December I was rewarded with a beautiful pink flower. You can just see the flower of a White Hydrangea which I bought this year with flowers already on the small bush.

hydranga_pink_named_home_dec-2016

That is the last of 2016. Now to start to sort the first photos of 2017. Happy New Year everyone.

Birds and Flowers

I have not kept up to date with my blog. It is already half way through September and the start of Spring has gone. I too so many photos in August that I have to have a second go at putting my photos and things into writing.

Lately I have been walking along my road and as usual, my camera has been to hand. Some of the photos have been from around the neighbourhood whilst other photos have been at home. This first lot are typical of the bush in and around my place. The Fringe Wattles looked lovely this year and the spur my house is on is surrounded by the yellow of the wattles.

The small puffs of yellow encompass the whole wattle tree.

fringe-wattle_named_home_aug-2016

The Native Sarsparilla also bloom at this time of year.

wisteria-native_named_home_aug-2016

They both look lovely as the Sarsparilla entwines around the Fringe Wattle

wisteria-native_wattle_named_home_aug-2016

The Paperbarks certainly flowered well this season. The air was full of the scent from the flowers which attracted all sorts of insects. How many can you see?

paperbark-flower01_named_home_aug-2016

Here are more insects in the flowers of the Paperbark. Mostly the insects get right down into the flower stem so only their bums are visible.

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The Coastal Rosemary flowers are quite pretty don’t you think?

coastal-rosemary_named_home_aug-2016

I am not sure what this little hairy leafed bush is. I called it Egg and Bacon plant but I am not sure. Can anyone help out with what this flower is please?

egg-and-bacon-plant_named_home_aug-2016

I love the colours of Spring. Even the leaves can have such great shades of colour. Plus there is a bonus insect!!!

new-leaf_named_home_aug-2016

The Double-barred Finches have been feasting on the grass seed. This one looks particularly portly at it sat high on the powerline.

double-barred-finch_named_home_aug-2016

They have lovely markings. I like their blue beak.

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The Red-browed Finches were having fabulous snacks in the tall native grasses along the side of the road.

red-browed-firetail-finch_named_home_aug-2016

A late comer to the last of the Bottlebrush flowers, (see the previous blog), was the Brown Honeyeater.

brown-honeyeater_named_home_aug-2016

The Friarbirds loved having a bath in the neighbours dam. They were diving in from a great height.

blue-faced-honeyeater_bath_named_home_aug-2016

Away in the distance I could hear the “chwit-chwit-chwit-peter-peter-peter” call of a Jacky Winter. Perched high on the dead tree, it was quite happy wagging its tail back and forth chittering away.

jacky-winter_named_home_aug-2016

Further down the road, a Little Friarbird was enjoying the last rays of the day.

little-friarbird_named_home_aug-2016

Often when I am sitting in my study, I have eyes that peer in through the door or window. This day the Female Satin Bowerbird was looking in.

satin-bowerbird_female_named_home_aug-2016

Quite often White-throated Treecreepers are spotted jumping up the trunks of trees. This is the first time I have been able to get a photo of one who took its time on its hunt for food.

white-throated-tree-creeper_named_home_aug-2016

On the walk up the road I was very excited to see a couple of Grey-headed Babblers forage for insects among the dead wood and leaf litter on the property next door. I have seen them in the forest on my place but I was lucky enough to see them in the cleared land next door. I love their fluffy pants.

grey-crowned-babbler_named_home_aug-2016

The Rainbow Bee Eaters were having a splendid time zooming about the cleared paddock up the road. The many dead trees offered a great vantage point to watch for unsuspecting insects flying about.

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Every now and then, a group would gather to tell about the day and to keep a look out for flying insects. Their heads were always swivelling about as they say and chatted in the trees.

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So that’s the end of my start to Spring. I hope you have enjoyed my walk up the road.

Birds and butterflies and perhaps a snail

I really enjoy sitting down and writing. Something I haven’t done a lot of lately so this little bit of writing includes a lot of photos. I was intending to do a series of birdbath photos. Instead here is a selection of the two birdbaths, my besties birdbath and the small hanging pot that I found some of the birds at my place love to visit.

First off is the birdbath that has been a regular feature in a lot of my blogs. I still remember the first time I saw a Noisy Friarbird. They are so prehistoric looking. I tell visitors that they are Australia’s only vulture. Naughty aren’t I? Their songs are one of the most distinctive as they call in the bush. I love seeing them when two Noisy Friarbirds sing in unison, both doing the same movements as well.

friarbird_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

The little Eastern Yellow Robin must have had a hot tail as he sat with his tail in the water for quite some time.

eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

The White-browed Scrubwren was far more interested in what the other scrubwrens were doing underneath the birdbath.

white browed scrubwren_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

“Oh for goodness sake, tidy yourself up!” The Spangled Drongos having a lovely time at the birdbath.

spangled drongos__bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

I wonder what the Little Wattlebird was giving the Drongo the stink eye about?

spangled drongo_wattlebird_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

Here is the little hanging pot. One day the hole in the bottom was blocked with some leaves and dirt. It filled with water after the rain and I heard some birds having a good time, drinking and having a splash about. I sealed the bottom and now keep it filled with water. The small birds, especially the honeyeaters, are the ones who use it the most.

bird bath_small_named_home_march 2016

The White-throated Honeyeaters are regular users. They are here every afternoon to have a drink or a bit of a splash in the water.

white-throated honeyeaters_bird bath_named_home_march 2016

One has a bath while the others keep a look out.

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The Brown Honeyeater caught with his tongue out after taking a drink.

brown honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_march 2016

The Lewins Honeyeaters are in the garden most of the day. This one came for a drink in the middle of a rather warm March day.

lewins honeyeater_named_home_march 2016

Another tongue out shot. This time of a White-throated Honeyeater.

white throated honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_march 2016

You can see why I need to keep the water up to the birdbath. The Lewins certainly enjoy a good splash.

lewins honeyeater_bird bath_splash_named_home_march 2016

The White-throated Honeyeaters are a bit more refined in their bathing habits.

white throated honeyeater_bird bath_splash_named_home_march 2016

I love seeing the little Thornbills in the garden. They always seem to have something to investigate.

thornbill_named_binna burra_march 2016

The Whipbirds are always hiding behind something or rustling about in the garden under the bushes.

eastern whipbird_named_binna burra_march 2016

Enough of the birds. I also love Dragonflies. We were doing some bush regen down at the spring, when this Dragonfly took an interest in what we were doing. Yes, that is one of the lantana bushes he is sitting on that got pulled out.

dragonfly01_red_named_march 2016

After a bit more zooming around, I realised that he was doing something other than watching what we were doing. At least it reminded us to have a break and a snack.

dragonfly01_snack_named_march 2016

Speaking of snacks. There was a loud buzzing and upon investigating, there was the fly caught in the web and a Daddy Long Legs getting ready to wrap the fly up for his dinner. Fly wrap anybody?

spider_fly_crop_named_binna burra_march 2016

I don’t think it is fair to be called common but the butterfly world has many “common” butterflies. This Common Crow was very obliging to have its photo taken.

common crow butterfly_named_lismore_march 2016

The Pentas are a great flowering shrub for butterflies.

butterfly02_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

Butterflies are so delicate as they stand on flowers to gather nectar.

butterfly01_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

Getting your proboscis right in there seems to be the way to go.

butterfly_pentas_named_binna burra_march 2016

The Orchard Butterflies were in the garden a lot in march. These two were having a good time fluttering around the garden.

orchard butterflies02_home_named_march 2016

Quite often their dance became quite close and eventually there was a lot of blurred photos as they mated. As this isn’t one of “those” blogs I haven’t included the very blurry photos, mainly as they were very blurry

orchard butterflies01_home_crop_small_named_march 2016

Aren’t they beautiful big butterflies?

orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Oh. That’s right. I did mention a snail didn’t I. One evening I went into the bathroom and saw something high up on the wall. The soft-shelled native snail was very shy and seemed to sense when I was close trying to get a photo and went into it’s shell. At least I know what was making holes in the leaves of the plant in the bathroom.

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I am glad you have gotten to the end of one of the longest blogs I have done. Did you enjoy the journey? What was your favourite photo?

May marches on

May has certainly flown by. There has been much to do as the season marches on. So far this month there has been a change in the weather, from warm to cool to some cold nights. The rain came with a huge deluge bringing about some minor flooding around the place. The Autumn seems to herald new birds and a change in the guard of who owns what tree or bush. Soon the cold weather in the mountains will send the Currawongs down to my place and also the Satin Bowerbirds will arrive to chatter among the branches, building bowers, decorating with all sorts of bits of blue and to dance for their females.

The change in the colour of the leaves always lets us know that the cooler weather is on its way.

autumn colours_named_home-may 2015

I drove over to Newbold Crossing to see how much the Clarence River had risen. This is what around 130,000 megalitres looks like at 6 meters. The next day the river had risen to 10.4 meters!!

lilydale_grafton flood_named_may 2015

Some paddocks had water on them for days after but the ducks didn’t seem to mind.

pacific black duck_south grafton_grafton flood_may 2015

In some parts of the valley it was standing room only. Every fence post was occupied.

egrets_south grafton_grafton flood_named_may 2015

One morning I saw a hornet buzzing around the garden and just land on the leaf and walk about for a bit. I wondered what it was doing.

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Then it went around the leaf.

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It was then I found out what it was doing…just getting a drink!

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The dragonfly was rather shy.

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I am going to have to rename my bird bath by the looks of it. Even butterflies like to get a drink every now and then.

small green-banded blue_named_home_april 2015

There has been some flowers showing their colours this May as well. I found this flower growing on the side of the road.

lilydale_weed yellow  flower_named_may 2015

Whereas this little flower, a murrdannia-graminea, was growing in the bush at my place

murrdannia graminea_named_home_april 2015

While on the road to Newbold Crossing to see how high the water had risen in the Clarence, I came across all these little birds, Black-fronted Plovers, running along the road and then flying off only to land on the road behind my car. They were so fast I couldn’t get a good photo. Plus it was late in the afternoon.

black-fronted plover_lilydale_named_may 2015

The branches had many birds coming to find their last snacks for the day or find a roost for the night. The Crested Pigeon just flew in and sat.

lilydale_top knot pigeon_named_may 2015

The magpies were having a great time swooping around chasing each other and then stopping to survey the scene before whizzing off again.

lilydale_magpies_named_may 2015

In the garden, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have taken ownership of the Honey Gem.

yellow-faced honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

They do have to share at times with the Brown Honeyeaters.

brown honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

The Bottlebrush around the back is also a favourite spot.

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And make a show of fancy eating techniques.

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The Eastern Spinebills have also set up home in the garden this Autumn.

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They too don’t mind how they get a snack

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The Golden Whistlers have introduced new sounds into the garden.

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They also add a splash of colour to the garden.

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But best of all was the sighting of a new bird into the garden. Another flash of yellow was the give-a-way as the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater dropped into the Honey Gem for a quick snack before going on its way again.

yellow-tufted honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

That’s a good start for May but there has been lots more going on. Hope you can stop by for the next “installment” of May.

January….some excitement so far…

Yes. There has been some excitement around my place so far this month. Just sitting on the verandah having a cuppa one morning, the usual bird song od Spangled Drongos, Friarbirds, Fig Birds, Kookaburras and Ravens, just to name a few, changed. There were a few small birds whizzing around the bush near the house as well as a couple of birds who were a bit bigger. But more of the birds later.

The flowers in the garden have had a bit of a lift with some rain at the start of the month. Prior to that I was feeling like the bad parent, having not much water in the dam to do a full garden watering, so I was having to select which plants I think could survive the dry a bit better than others. My best bird attractor, the Honey Gem Grevillea, hasn’t the flowers it normally has but still has bought a few birds in to the garden.

Other plants have stepped up and have made sure the butterflies have somewhere to visit. The Speckled Line-blue enjoyed a rest on the Hibiscus

butterfly_crop_named_home_jan 2015

While the Lemon Migrant seemed to prefer the red flowers

lemon migrant_named_home_jan 2015

The Cassia has been quite spectacular this year with its drooping bunches of flowers seemingly cascading from the branches attracting bees. The buzzing of the bees made it sound like the Cassia was covered with bees but there was only a handful of big fat bees.

bee native_crop_named_home_jan 2015

In the bush and around the garden, a little native plant has appeared. I have seen a few before but the dry then the rain seemed to make them grow in many spots in the garden as well as in the bush. The little yellow flower is about 5 to 8mms.

yellow native flower_named_home_jan 2015

The Duranta has bunches of flowers which are followed by small orange berries. The variegated leaves are a favourite of the Satin Bowerbirds. Some small birds like to drink from the small purple flowers as well.

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The Mistletoe Bird was hopping around the Duranta looking for bits of nesting materials as well as examining the flowers.

mistletoe bird_female_named_home_jan 2015

When it got a bit too hot, we went down to the river for a soak. On the way back home we came across a Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike peeking out from behind a Bottlebrush

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On the road a group of birds scattered as the car approached. The group of Rainbow Bee-eaters flew about the trees, occasionally resting long enough to get a few quick photos in the fading light.

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You can see why the are Rainbow Bee-eaters!

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Meanwhile, back at home, the Scarlet Honeyeater was hanging on as best she could to get a snack.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have been here for a while now since I first saw one a couple of years ago. I love their yellow faces.

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The Restless Flycatchers also have made a home here in Summer. They were one of the first birds that came here when I first started to live in the bush.

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The Rufous Whistler is singing in the bush, but on this day also dropped in to the garden for a visit.

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OK. Remember at the start I said I had some exciting things happening. One of the new birds I have seen this year has been the Fuscous Honeyeater. I always get excited when a new bird appears. Of course the found the Honey Gem.

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The Brown Honeyeater discovered another Grevillea in another part of the garden. This is also a favourite of the Scarlet Honeyeaters as the bigger birds don’t drop in for some nectar here very often. This is the first time the Brown Honeyeater has been seen at my place as well.

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Well I have to fly…

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….but not before the most exciting news of all. One quite rare visitor to my place has been a Regent Honeyeater. When something like this happens a lot of people like to know so it is always good to let the folk at Birdlife Aust know when you come across something special.

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Many thanks to Twitter mates @DOCTOR_Dave and @caroproberts for their help in identifying the birds and butterflies I had trouble identifying as well as everyone else who also helped.

I hope I get some more new birds at my place in 2015 to add to the 88 I have already discovered.

See ya