My April: Full of Flowers Birds and Insects

April. An Autumn month where the hot days give way to warm days, a hint of rain and cool nights. Migratory birds stop off, some plants flower and the weather is great for getting into the garden.

My garden helpers. Well maybe not all the time but they can help out with the insect control. They are constantly digging somewhere.

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The end of March saw floods around the region and as a result, the floodwaters that entered the ocean caused the beaches to become foamy wonders. Here is a selection of the water at Sharpes Beach near Ballina.

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I love the structural shapes in cacti

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Some cacti were flowering

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Other flowers bloomed in their own showy way. The camellias were beautiful this year.

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Other flowers were just as spectacular

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The Hibiscus is one of my favourites

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The deep red of the Dahlia is stunning

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The bees are loving the Pentas.

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The fungi were everywhere in March but now just the few last fungi are popping up here and there. This is a wonderful pink fungi.

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It looks almost planetary from the top don’t you think?

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On a young eucalypt I found this amazing growth which I was informed is called Witches Broom. The ants seem to enjoy scurrying over it.

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I have had a visitor in my house since early this year. She has been moving from room to room but has moved into the laundry. She is the biggest Huntsman Spider I have ever seen. When she stretches her legs she has a 16cm span. How big is your hand?

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One day out in the garden, I dug out some old plants and also dug out a spider. At first I thought it was a Funnel Web Spider but it was a Mouse Spider. Both species of spider are quite venomous. It was too fussed about being disturbed.

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The Line Blue Butterfly stopped for a rest on the hanging pot support.

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The Eastern Yellow Robins have been zooming around the garden chasing one another. The female Robin sat on the bush just outside of the window. I think she was looking in the window.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have returned for the winter.

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The Plumed Whistling-Ducks have also come to rest for a while. I found a large flock in Waterview Heights, a outer suburb of Grafton. They were walking up and down the edge of a dam, chatting among themselves.

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The ever present Kookaburra is not far away when I am digging in the garden, either sitting in a tree or like this bloke, on a fence post.

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That was a bit of Bushboys World in April. Hope you liked stopping by.

New and Old – Big and Small

What a mixed bag of photos I have this time. I just grabbed some photos from the end of last month that I liked which weren’t put in the previous blog. I am slowly catching up. I would like to write more but am not feeling well, just a sinus thing but my concentration isn’t that good.

At the moment, the Red-necked Wallabies are hopping through the garden and the bush, some with small Joeys and others with a protective male. This bloke kept a close eye on me as I walked around.

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One thing I have been meaning to do is put a whole lot of photos showing the symmetry in nature or just how plants have their unique way of growing. Succulents are fascinating in the many forms, shapes and colours they have. Here is just a couple I have found recently.

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The tight centre gradually spreads and becomes redder on the margins with some leaves turning almost completely red.

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The Jelly Bean Cactus has to be one of my favourites. Do you have a favourite cactus?

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This is the first flower of a Grevillea I planted last year, fascinating flowers aren’t they?

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I call this flower a Chinese Lantern. This year the plant had so many flowers, much more than any year previously. You can see the 3 different stages with the pod to the right of the flower and the next new flower about to open behind.

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Another plant who has had the best show of flowers ever is the Orange Trumpet. Yes I did plant it to grow over a shed.

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When the bush lemon tree flowered, the insect came so there was always someone buzzing around the tree, crawling over the flowers or getting inside the flowers being productive. I don’t think the Stingless Native Bees could fit much more pollen in their pollen sacks.

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Even the other bees had heaps of pollen as well.

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This ant was very careful when it moved over the flowers.

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I have never seen this fly before. A lovely orange with the reddest eyes!!!!

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Every now and then I find a native snail-shell. Occasionally see a snail but not one of these. I still haven’t identified which species of snail it is.

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One afternoon, the Spangled Drongos came in for a bath. The bath certainly makes a spangly Spangled Drongo!!!

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On a wetland right beside the Pacific Highway, a flock of Magpie Geese stopped over on their migration to rest and recharge. It was hard to get into a good position to get some photos as the shoulder of the Highway is very narrow there and I didn’t want to walk into the farmers over grown paddock either.

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A new addition to the neighbourhood has been circling overhead. The Square-tailed Kite also has decided to make a nest in a tree across the road. I didn’t see any babies and I think I may have missed them all together..

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The late afternoon light was good for a photo shoot.

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Another new comer to my garden was the Spectacled Monarch making number bird number 89 spotted or heard on my property.

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Meanwhile, at my besties place, the Noisy Friarbird was turning itself inside out trying to get the Noisy Miner to get away from the bird bath

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The year so far

So far this year I have found some allusive birds, some bees doing what bees do, lovely flowers, insects, a new bird that was very accommodating to be photographed and a photo or two that viewer discretion is advised.

Yes, this blog does contain images of sexual behaviour. Consenting sex I may add. The sexual activity did occur over quite a while although use of the word activity may be a stretch of the imagination. Most of the time both partners didn’t engage in much activity at all!!!

So it may be best if I start with “those” images. That way your titillation can be catered for straight away and you wont be scrolling through and perhaps missing other images that can perhaps be stimulating. The moths decided that near the back door, on the verandah was a good place to procreate.

How did I know that there was something mothy happening. Perhaps the next image is more explanatory.

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They were indeed attached, chosing a cactus to add that extra bit of spice to the act perhaps.

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I had a hard time trying to get a good photo of this insect. It was on a mission and kept marching along the leaf, which thankfully was a large leaf.

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The bes were having a real buzzy time around the garden. There were plenty of flowers to choose.

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The Blue-banded Bees love the Blue Ginger flowers even if you have to really scrunch up to get at the flowers goodness.

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The Camelias were quite striking this year. As an added bonus, can you count the little Stingless Bees on the flower? One little bloke has even got a water drop drink!!!

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I love this cacti flower. It is just a balloon like structure and when it opens there is nothing inside. The colour is lovely don’t you think?

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The Blue Ginger flower. Now you can see why the bees love visiting.

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The little Violet flowers love the cool and the shade. Plenty of water sees the plant send up lots of flower shoots to add small splashes of colour around the garden.

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High up in the Bangalow Palm, the Lewins Honeyeater contemplated his vast bounty of seeds.

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While the White-headed Pigeon observed hoping for some lunch after a quick dip and drink at the birdbath.

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The Bar-shouldered Dove walked around looking for a tasty morsel amongst the leaf litter. He looks spectacular with those red legs.

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The allusive Green Catbird. They can be heard throughout the forest in the mornings and late afternoons but here, they are quite shy and hop along the branches, never sitting still for long.

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A drink and a bath at the little hanging birdbath is a family affair for the White-throated Honeyeaters

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I love this photo. The antique wrought iron garden chair is a lovely resting place for the Eastern Yellow Robin, a constant visitor to the garden.

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Now for something new. We went to Macleay Island in Moreton Bay. The island is home to lots of Beach Stone Curlews. These pair were having a sleep at the back of the house, opening an eye to see what I was doing. This is the first time I have seen Beach Stone Curlews so it was rather exciting.

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After a while one decided to get up and walk a little way into the bush.

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I don’t think that he was impressed at being woken. During the night, they were calling with their mournful call. Actually it seemed like all night they were calling. No wonder they didn’t like being disturbed.

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Well, that’s what I have found, refound and photographed so far this year. I was excited photographing the Curlews and the Green Catbird. I hope you have enjoyed my images.