This is April 2018

You will be pleased to know that this month I have been picky in choosing what to put on my April post. This is not a marathon so maybe you won’t need a drink and a snack to get to the end.

Let’s get going then.

It’s just a leaf I found.  I just love the colours.
leaf_named_binna burra_april 2018

There is a whole ecosystem on this fungi
fungi_ground_named_binna burra_april 2018

Down the hill from from the above fungi, a whole miniature forest was growing.
fungi_below_named_binna burra_april 2018

I love the sunsets and these grass seed heads.
grass seeds_sunset_named_binna burra_april 2018

More grass seed heads against the late afternoon sky. The camera knows how to lie as these aren’t very big.
grass seed_tree_sunset_named_binna burra_april 2018

One of my favourite garden flowers – Cats Whiskers
cats whiskers_named_binna burra_april 2018

I don’t know the name of this flower. We call it The Pink Thing. Bees love disappearing inside of the bell or where the flower joins the stalk.
pink trumpet flowert_named_binna burra_april 2018

The small flowers of the Bangalow Palm are waiting to burst out. The outer casing had fallen off early in the morning and the palm was full of buzzing bees.
bangalow palm flower buds_named_home_april 2018

Trying to get some bee photos I didn’t realise I have taken photos of little Dwarf Eastern Tree Frogs. I don’t know if they were hunting bees or other insects
bangalow palm flower buds_frog02_named_home_april 2018

I only found these two but I am sure there were many more among the hanging stalks.
bangalow palm flower buds_frog01_named_home_april 2018

The snail was having a good time exploring the leaf
snail_soft shell_named_binna burra_april 2018

I found an interesting looking Shield Insect walking along the electric fence tape.
beetle_named_binna burra_april 2018

The Caterpillar was quite disturbed at my presence as you can see the red warning bits shooting out. It certainly made short work of the small bush lemon tree’s leaves.
caterpillart_named_binna burra_april 2018

Just a bee getting some nectare and pollen from the Singapore Daisy flower.
bee_singapore daisy_named_binna burra_april 2018

In the Fan Palm, I saw a black shape.  Now I am sure I will be careful around the palm with Paper Wasps setting up a nest.
paper wasps_palm_named_home_april 2018

I think this is a Lemon Migrant Butterfly among the purple flowers.
lemon migrant butterflyy_named_binna burra_april 2018

I have lots of photos of Brown Ringlets but none taken from the underside. It was almost like a mother of pearl shining in the sunlight.
brown ringle_undert_named_binna burra_april 2018

The Orange Palm Dart flitted around the Pentas flowers.
orange palm dart01_named_home_april 2018

There is always someone who pokes their tongue out when a photo is being taken.
orange palm dart02_named_home_april 2018

I seemed to have an obsession in April with spiders webs. The sun glowing gave the web a golden sheen.
spiders web_gold_named_binna burra_april 2018

This web was damaged by the rain leaving little gems of water on the web.
spiders web_messy_named_binna burra_april 2018

Some webs were so traditional looking. The tiny spider sat waiting for someone to get snared.
spiders web_named_binna burra_april 2018

This is a first for me. An Eastern Curlew was walking about the Gulls and Terns.
eastern curlew_named_ballina_april 2018

Some Pelicans had a snooze while others got on with the washing.
pelicans_sandbar_named_ballina_april 2018

This bloke was a bit late but glided in to try and find a spot on the sand bar.
pelican_flying_named_ballina_april 2018

A Lewins Honeyeater was scanning the Fan Palm for something to eat.
lewins honeyeater_palm_named_home_april 2018

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters loved the bird bath on a warm Autumn day.
yellow faced honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_april 2018

After their bird bath, a couple of Red-browed Firetail Finches sat about doing their laundry.
red browed firetail finchs_named_binna burra_april 2018

This Red-browed Firetail Finch showed his firetail
red browed firetail finch_bird bath_binna burra_april 2018

A couple of Buff-rumped Thornbills contemplated going into the water
buff rumped thornbills_named_binna burra_april 2018

I am sure the Spangled Drongo was ignoring me.
spangled drongo_look back_named_binna burra_april 2018

I have been looking for Royal Spoonbills to photograph for ages. I spied a couple in a flooded park in the middle of Ballina. Not in a wetland as I expected but in town with cars whizzing by. A couple of people wondered what I was doing as they went past.
royal spoonbill_wading_named_ballina_april 2018

Don’t my orange eyebrows give me a certain something.
royal spoonbill_close_named_ballina_april 2018

I couldn’t not have a post without a photo of everyones favourite Northern Yellow Robin, our little regular garden visitor, Bobbin.
northern yellow robin_tree_named_binna burra_april 2018

Thanks for stopping by. Did you have a favourite or two?

This is February

Oh dear, another month of photos that is too big. I think I should do a week at a time. I haven’t included the photos from the other posts, just a couple I think. It was a weird month. The days were the usual February hot to very hot days with the rain finally appearing at the end of February.

Perhaps, as usual, a cup of tea or a drink of choice, get comfy and I hope you get to the end without nodding off.

This time I am starting off with insects so those who have an aversion to spiders, moths or flies get your scrolling finger ready to zip past some fantastic photos lol
I found a tiny hairy caterpillar who looked so unusual. Yes I did get a bit close with the lens and the centre section did get a bit squashed by the lens
caterpillar_named_binna burra_feb 2018

I surprised a small spider. She ran out to defend her egg nest
spider_nest_named_home_feb 2018

Even a hornet has to have a drink on a hot day
hornet_drink_named_home_feb 2018

One of the more unusual grasshoppers I have at my place
grasshopper_named_home-feb 2018

These flies like to bite. The bit of the proboscis that is hanging down has a spike sheathed inside. The other dagger like thing is the antennae. The angle makes them look fierce.
fly_named_binna burra_feb 2018

You can see why the fly is angry all the time and wants to bite. A bit of baldness can make anyone cross.
fly_head_named_binna burra_feb 2018

With all the places in the garden to hatch out, these cicadas chose the same leaf
cicada_double_named_home_feb 2018

The Line Blue Butterflies had a monopoly in some parts of the garden. This tiny one found a quiet place to sit for a while
line blue butterfly_named_binna burra_feb 2018

A moth, we call a tiger moth, really loved the scent of the Murraya flowers
moth_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Looking at a Crow Eggfly Butterfly who was looking at me
butterfly_named_binna burra_feb 2018

This Dragonfly has been in a mud puddle I think
dragonfly_orange_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Such a dainty tiny Dragonfly
dragonfly_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The fig tree has so many figs which the birds love
fig_named_home_feb 2018

Isn’t this Wood Fungus lovely
wood fungus_named_binna burra_feb 2018

An old fashioned Hibiscus flower. This is one of the smallest Hibiscus flowers in the garden.
hibiscus flower_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The Leopard Lillies liked the hot weather
leopard lily flower_named_home_feb 2018

So did the Ginger flowers
ginger flower_named_home_feb 2018

The Lilli Pilli bush doesn’t flower that much but when it does isn’t it spectacular?
lili pilli flower_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Onto Animals which includes a couple of Python photos so snake phobes get ready to whizz past some really beautiful photos

As it was hot, the Carpet Python came out from the roof space and stretched along the rafter. It must have been quite warm so close to the corrugated iron
carpet snake_named_binna burra_feb 2018

When the weather was a bit cooler, the Python managed to knot up into a smallish ball. This is about 2 meters of snake all rolled up
carpet snake_curled_named_binna burra_feb 2018

When it was a too hot, the Python decided that Charlies little pond was a cool place to be. Charlie didn’t care and swam about the snake while the snake ignored Charlie thankfully.
snake and fish_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Charlie also had another unwelcome visitor. How ugly are Cane Toads?
cane toad_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Enough of ugly, here is some cute. Early one morning, a couple of Yellow-footed Antechinus were hopping around the verandah
antechinus_named_home_feb 2018

When I went into the shed, I disturbed some Lesser Long-eared Bats. Aren’t their little feet lovely?
lesser long eared bat_named_binna burra_feb 2018

We are now in the bird zone so those who have been rushing past the previous photos can relax now

A great way to spend part of a hot day is in one of the many bird baths scattered around the place. A Grey Fantail contemplating a plunge
grey fantail_bird bath_named_binna burra_feb 2018

A Variegated Fairy Wren checking out the mosaic bird bath
vareigated fairy wren_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The little Thornbill jumped straight in, splashing about
thornbill_bird bath_named_binna burra_feb 2018

A Red-browed Firetail Finch just dunked under to cool off
red browed finch_named_binna burra_feb 2018

A Jenny Wren looked on from the safety of the bushes
fairy wren_named_home_feb 2018

A Spangled Drongo was looking for some grubs in the Poinciana tree after his dip in the bird bath
spangled drongo_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The Eastern Yellow Robin took his usual lookout on the garden chair to scan the garden for dinner
eastern yellow robin_chair_named_binna burra_feb 2018

We wondered who was making a mess on the car doors early in the morning. I finally was able to catch the culprit – a Green Catbird
catbird_car_named-binna burra_feb 2018

This White-headed Pigeon was on lookout at the bird bath while its young one had a drink of water
white headed pigeon_named_binna burra_feb 2018

One morning there was a terrible sound in the garden. There were Ravens calling and flying about. I finally spotted a Channel-billed Cuckoo young who was being raised by the Ravens
channel billed cuckoo_named_home_feb 2018

The birds were all calling out, making a real noise in the garden. I finally spotted the culprit who set them off. A Pacific Baza was sitting in a tree. Nearby another two were calling as well. They bought their young one to check out the garden.
pacific baza_named_binna burra_feb 2018

When I go outside I always look up as often a Wedged-tailed Eagle or two will be wheeling about looking for an unsuspecting snack
wedged tailed eagle_binna burra_named_feb 2018

I think I was lucky to have everything just right to capture this spiders web. The Primrose flowers add a splash of colour
spider web_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The door latch from the Cathedral in Grafton. It doesn’t look very worn so I don’t think it is the original but looked quite good enough to photograph
door handle_grafton cathedral_named_grafton_feb 2018

I loved the lighting in the loungeroom one night
the room_named_binna burra_feb 2018

Thanks for your staying power. Enjoy a sunset
sunset_named_binna burra_feb 2018

The Caterpillar Train

A while ago Lisa at DailyMusings (I think) had some hairy caterpillars, their real name is Ochrogaster lunifer or Processional Caterpillar, in one of her posts. Thanks to Becky at It caught my eye in Portugal for letting me know it was her post. Here is it here  I commented how my girls liked to make the caterpillar train go into a circle. Well, yesterday, driving home, on the road outside of my place, a caterpillar train was crossing the road. I had to stop to make sure they got across the road safely, albeit with a slight detour.

The caterpillar train stretched around three meters across the road
the caterpillar train010_named_home_feb 2018

The leader seemed to know where to go.
the caterpillar train012_named_home_feb 2018

They march nose to tail. Wouldn’t the one in front tickle your nose?
the caterpillar train011_named_home_feb 2018

“Somehow” the leader “wanted” to join in the train somewhere
the caterpillar train09_named_home_feb 2018

You aren’t allowed to push in the train.
the caterpillar train08_named_home_feb 2018

Once you are out, it is hard to get back in.
the caterpillar train07_named_home_feb 2018

Soon the train was in a bit of a circle with knots of caterpillars forming
the caterpillar train06_named_home_feb 2018

They do try to find some semblance of order
the caterpillar train05_named_home_feb 2018

Soon the circle became broken with a knot of caterpillars at the front
the caterpillar train04_named_home_feb 2018

I am sure they were trying to elect a new leader
the caterpillar train03_named_home_feb 2018

They are really hairy aren’t they?
the caterpillar train02_named_home_feb 2018

Election over, the leader decided to get the caterpillar train back on track to find a Fringe Wattle, their favourite food on my place.
the caterpillar train01_named_home_feb 2018

NOTE: Do not touch these caterpillars as they can cause a skin rash that can last a while.

NOTE: No caterpillars were harmed in this photo shoot

Creature

The Daily Post word prompt: Creature

Some creatures like to eat leaves
hawk moth caterpillar_named_home_march 2013

Some are quite fierce
mouse spider_front_named_home_april 2017

Others float on the breeze
170519_blog challenge_movement_orchard butterflies03

some like to look weird
fly_named_home_march 2017

Others look at you too
170315_dragonfly blog_peekaboo

But creatures are creatures no matter what they do

Build

The Tuesday Photo Challenge word prompt from Frank: Build has elicited some great entries. Well worth a visit to Dutch goes the Photo

As is my usual want, here are some builds from nature. I have posted bird nests over the past few weeks so I thought I would put some insect builds
The caterpillar builds it’s cocoon from sticks woven with silk thread.
caterpillar_cocoon_home_named_jan 2014

I still don’t know whose nest this is. I have the piece of wood on my verandah waiting to see if anyone emerges. Isn’t it a fabulous build?
insect nest_named_home_august 2017

The Bull Ants build a large mound and if anyone comes near, out they come to defend their nest.
bullants1_nest_home_jan 2013

The spiders web is a fascinating build. This one I found on the ground, complete with dew drops sparkling like jewels, before the suns warmth melted it away
170622_blog challenge_transient_spiders web

 

This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
leaf_named_home_august 2017

Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
pool_afternoon_named_home_august 2017

Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
white winged chough_named_home_august 2017

The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
currawong_named_home_august 2017

At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
peaceful dove_named_home_august 2017

In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
yellow faced honeyeaters_named_home_august 2017

The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
brown honeyeater_named_home_august 2017

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_modanville_august 2017

One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
satin bower bird female_named_home_august 2017

The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
satin bower bird_female_named_home_august 2017

I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
king parrot01_named_home_august 2017

A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
restless flycatcher_named_home_august 2017

The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
superb fairy wren_named_modanville_august 2017

The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
variegated fairy wren_named_binna burra_august 2017

I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
caterpillar_cyclamen_named_home_august 2017

I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
insect nest_named_home_august 2017

I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
common jezabel_close_named_home_august 2017

I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
grass flower spike_spider_named_home_august 2017

This is the rest of the spike
grass flower spike_named_home_august 2017

There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
native flower_yellow_named_home_august 2017

I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
native flower_yellow_buttercup_named_home_august 2017

Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
native flower_yellow hairy leaves_named_home_august 2017

The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
egg and bacon flower_named_home_august 2017

I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
native wisteria01_named_home_august 2017

Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
native flower_purple_named_home_august 2017

The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
grevillea_red_bee_named_home_august 2017

This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
grevillea_yellow daze_named_home_august 2017

Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
flower_pink_named_binna burra_august 2017

Love the colour of these flowers.
pink flower_named_binna burra_august 2017

Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
pansey_yellow_named_binna burra_august 2017

The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
pansey purple_named_binna burra_august 2017

One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
sunset01_named_binna burra_august 2017

I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
sunset_close_named_binna burra_august 2017

One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
sunset_changed_named_binna burra_august 2017

Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.

This is July

At last I am able to sit down and write this blog. I have a chest infection which made my concentration levels drop and a lack of interest in doing anything. Looking at the screen made my eyes sore as well. July was interesting as the days became more like Summer than Winter. There hasn’t been much rain so the garden is suffering. Most of the flowers are from elsewhere, some of the birds are from around here and there is a bit of what is that photo. There is a bit of excitement but that will come later. There are quite a number of photos so perhaps a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you drink while sitting have a look at my July.

This is the view from Raspberry Lookout in the Gibraltar Ranges, about 70kms from my place, which is somewhere to the left of the photo a few gullies over.
raspberry lookout_named_gibralter ranges_july 2017
I thought I’d start with the bugs I found. A moth isn’t really a bug but an insect but this beauty had to go in somewhere.moth_named_binna burra_july 2017

We found a caterpillar munching a plant. Look at how much it has eaten for such a small sized caterpillar.
caterpillar_named_binna burra_july 2017

The winter flowering stone fruits are alive with bees.
bee_peach blossom_named_binna burra_july 2017

I was enjoying a cuppa on the verandah when this bloke came buzzing around. I like the confusion of fly and shadow.
fly_named_home_july 2017

At the Raspberry Lookout I found a log. Not just an ordinary log but one that had a lichen that made it look so green.
green log_named_raspberry lookout_july 2017

Can you see the face on this old tree stump. The big cut mark on the left is where the timber cutters used to put a board to stand on to cut the tree down with an axe. The “graffiti” isn’t all that old though.
tree face_named_raspberry lookout_july 2017

My  bestie found this fantastic leaf.
coloured leaf_named_binna burra_july 2017

One day the clouds just decided to look rather special. Something to do with a hot day, cold upper air or whatever.
170712_blog challenge_clouds_feather

“What are you looking at?”
cow_looking_named_ulmarra_july 2017

I call this photo “The Electric Fish”. I would love to tell you how I took the photo but have no idea. The leaves and flowers were in the bottom of the bowl and the spots on the surface are fish food.
170711_electric fish

Late one evening when going for a walk, I saw the red and green leaves glowing in the afternoon sun.
vine_named_binna burra_july 2017

A neighbours place glowed in that afternoon sun. This plant is called Firesticks.
firesticks_named_binna burra_july 2017

I have never looked at a Dandelion flower. Isn’t it beautiful.
dandelion flower_named_binna burra_july 2017

In a garden in Grafton the rest of the garden was bare and a few of the flowers were doing their last gasp but this Gazania stood out among the rest.
gazinia_named_grafton_july 2017

A fragrant Rose. I love Roses.
pink rose_named_binna burra_july 2017

The Grevillea flower shone in the early morning sun.
grevillea flower_named_home_july 2017

Some birds come back every year to spend Winter here or perhaps just drop in for a snack and rest on their migratory route to further warming climes. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters stay around and nest. The mornings and evenings are filled with their calls.
blue faced honmeyeater_honey gem_named_home_july 2017

The Silvereyes flock through, some keep going but some hang around for a while eating and building their strength for the next part of their journey.
silvereye_honey gem_named_home_july 2017
The Figbirds are after the fruiting trees in the rainforest gullies. This Figbird seemed to have an interest in a Eucalypt nut.
figbird_snack_named_binna burra_july 2017

The Lewins Honeyeater found a tasty morsel in the bark of the tree.
lewins honeyeater_snack_named_binna burra_july 2017

It doesn’t look like it was that appealing does it?
lewins honeyeater_tongue_named_binna burra_july 2017

A White-throated Honeyeater, a bowl and a garden bench. There are a number of places where birds can get a drink in my garden.
white throated honeyeater_seat_named_home_july 2017

Going to my besties one day, I came across a flock of Brolgas in a farmers field beside the highway. This is only the second time I have seen Brolgas and to see around twenty was wonderful.
brolgas_named_ulmarra_july 2017

Some birds will do anything not to have their photo taken. The Eurasian Coot did a great dive.
eurasian coot_named_grafton_july 2017

Have you ever been so angry that you just had to shout at a tree?
yellow faced honeyeater_palm_named_home_july 2017

I hadn’t noticed the rich orange around the eye of a White-throated Tree Creeper before. Since the blog was published, Carol Probets who often lets me know what’s what informed me that this is a Red-browed Tree Creeper. See Carols blog at Lyreades
white throated tree creeper_named_raspberry lookout_july 2017

The Welcome Swallow was ignoring me as he sat on the old bridge watching the workings building the new one.
welcome swallow_named_grafton_july 2017

The Spotted Pardalote had a ritual of checking out the verandah every morning for snacks.
spotted paradalote_verandah_named_home_july 2017

The Grey Shrike-Thrush have set up home at my besties.
grey shrike thrush_named_binna burra july 2017

Adorable looking birds aren’t they?
grey shrike thrush_close_named_binna burra july 2017

The Grey Fantail was a bit puffed up in the cool afternoon breeze.
grey fantail_named_binna burra_july 2017

Another regular Winter visitor to my place are the Noisy Friarbirds. Their calls resound through the forest all day long. These two were having an in depth conversation.
friarbirds_named_home_july 2017

Every now and then a large flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos descend on the pine trees to feed and then take off to find a place to roost.
yellow tailed black cockatoo_named_binna burra_july 2017

The lovely little Rose Robins are occasional visitors. So cute as the bounce in the garden looking for snacks.
rose robin_named_home_july 2017

This is excitement number one. First time I have seen a Grey Goshawk. It was high in the trees at my besties place.
grey goshawk_named_binna burra_july 2017

Excitement number two. The first time I have seen a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. It was so happy to sit on a post and pose for a minute or two at my besties place.
fan tailed cuckoo_named_binna burra_july 2017

This was the sunset in some of the photos mentioned before. So it must be time to go.
sunset rip_named_binaa burra_july 2017

Thank you for stopping by. Drop me a note if you found something that interested you.

Birds, Bugs and Flowers

I have been meaning to do the last lot of photos for December. Being on holidays makes it hard to sit and do useful things. I haven’t really gone anywhere. Just doing the usual day trips around the north coast of NSW, trying to avoid the places where the tourists are massed and clogging the roads. Managed to get caught in a 7km traffic jam because I didn’t check Live traffic before I left home. A useful website when driving around here in the school holidays.

The title doesn’t really tell you everything that is in this blog but there are birds, bugs and flowers. I suppose I should warn some of my more squeamish readers that this blog may contain spiders and moths. Yes someone doesn’t enjoy my moth photos.

The Ibis is the garbage scavenger quickly replacing the Seagull. I looked up one fine day and there, high above me, wheeling around on the air currents were some Ibis. They looked so graceful.

ibis_lismore_named_dec 2015

It was a hot day and the young Magpie Lark or Pee Wee as we called them as kids, was in the trees occasionally squawking but mainly panting – that’s if birds pant.

magpie lark_named_home_dec 2015

The heat of the day also brings some visitors to the verandah into the cool. The hanging plants make a good resting place for this King Parrot. King Parrots are regular visitors.

king parrot_named_home_dec 2015

Walking around Lismore Heights, we stopped at the lookout where there were heaps of Copperheaded Skinks. Mostly small ones that were quite fast who ran away when I got too close.

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I love coming across caterpillars. I have no idea what this one is and am feeling too lazy to get the books out. They are always ready to have their photo taken.

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There has been a hatching of Cabbage White butterflies. There were quite a few flitting about the garden. I am not sure of the name of the flower this butterfly was enjoying.

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Bugs. I really need a bug book as there are so many in the gardens and places I go to. I just call these types of insects shield bugs. It was quite intent on sucking on the stem of the plant and didn’t mind me taking a few photos.

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Whereas this bloke was quite busy trotting about the vege garden. As you can see it wasn’t a very big bug.

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The tiny moth just settled on the door frame, keeping dry from a passing shower. I love how hairy some moths can be. This one looks like it even has feathers on its back.

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Bees. I love trying to get good photos of bees as you would know. I wonder how many bee photos I have?

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As I was doing a bit of a tidy up in the garden, I came to the Crinum and was removing some of the debris that had gathered in the leaf stalks. I was also looking for spiders as well because they love to make a home in there. This time it wasn’t a spider I found but a cricket. It tried to wiggle its way deeper into the stem. This was the first photo before it made itself smaller.

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One evening I got into the shower and this girl was in there as well. I gently moved her out of the shower as I don’t think she would find hot water beneficial. She decided that the mirror was a good place to sit. Maybe she was reflecting on her day.

huntsman spider_mirror_named_home_dec 2015

I have developed an obsession in photographing Dragonflies. I didn’t realise there were so many different colours in dragonflies. This one almost looks like the stick it is sitting on.

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Some dragonflies are quite orange. They seem to hold their wings out to the side when they are resting.

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And then there are the red dragonflies that I have been trying to get a photo of for quite a while. The red is almost fluorescent. The red dragonflies hold their wings to the front.

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Dragonflies can also be a bit hairy.

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Of course any blog of mine would be complete without a fungi appearing somewhere.

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It looks like we are up to the flowers. I have had a fascination with photographing flowers since I got my first SLR camera. The small geranium flowers all seem quite different if you look carefully.

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The ball of flowers that make up the Pentas flowers looks so striking even when you get right into the flower and see the individuals that make up the whole ball.

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Flowers grow in all sorts of shapes and patterns. I didn’t notice the structure of this flower until I looked from directly above. What a lovely circle of flowers.

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These marigolds have so many subtle shades of orange that changes when viewed in sunlight. In the shade they seem to darken with lighter highlights.

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What would summer be without the scent of a Frangipani? I can almost smell them when I see the photos, can’t you?

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Buddha has a nice shady spot to sit. I like to visit him often for a chat.

budda_named_binna burra_dec 2015

Well that is the last of the 2015 photos. I hope you have enjoyed being with me as I made some lovely discoveries over the 2015. Here is the year in review that WordPress build – http://bushboy54.com/2015/12/31/2015-in-review/

Thanks for the positive comments and support and I hope I can let you see what will be in my world in 2016.

Some birds, some insects and some flowers

It seems like ages since I had time to sit down  and look through the photos I have taken over the past few weeks. Some of these are from the end of February as I decided to just do the butterflies. I took a lot of butterfly photos in February and since then, have even taken more. I was asked about taking butterfly photos and had to say that out of twenty or so photos, there is usually only a couple that are ok.

This blog hasn’t any butterflies but has some other insects that I came across when walking around the garden or other people’s gardens. I was getting buzzed by this black insect. It wouldn’t go away but finally tuckered itself out and sat on a leaf.

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I also spend a bit of time chasing bees around gardens. Coming in for a landing with rear legs full of pollen.

bee_binna burra_named_feb 2015

It took a bit of wrangling to get the caterpillar a bit angry to expose his red antennae while holding the camera in one hand and keeping the spikes on the bush lemon at bay as well.

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Always have a close look inside of flowers. You never know who you may find!

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I love these little orchid flowers. They grow on long stalks and this year have been flowering all the time.

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The tiny Native Wisteria flowers are so perfect as they gradually open along the stem giving a blush of colour throughout the garden.

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One of the old cottage style Hibiscus flowers. One of the original plants over thirty years old in my besties garden.

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I found hundreds of small flowers growing on the breakwall at Ballina.

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The Pink Bloodwoods were covered in blossoms, with bees buzzing about making a bit of a racket.

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I was walking through the bush at my place when I came across a small shrub covered in white flowers. I haven’t seen this plant in flower before. It is quite pretty isn’t it?

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Here are the flowers up close. Can anyone tell me the name of the shrub please?

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I love the Tiger Lillies when they bloom, adding a splash of colour through the garden.

tiger lily_named_home_feb 2015

While we endured six months of no rain towards the end of last year, my favourite Honey Gem Grevillea suffered with the lack of water and still hasn’t flowered as strongly as it has in the past. Luckily the Pink Euodia has stepped up for the birds with bunches of flowers covering it, attracting so many birds. The Rainbow Lorikeets did their usual antics, hanging upside down to get a snack.

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The Little Friarbirds kept an eye on the lorikeets when they popped in for lunch.

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This is the first time I have seen the Scaly-breasted Lorikeets at my place. They only stayed for a couple of days.

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The Musk Lorikeets returned to feast on the Euodias bounty.

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They are so striking with their red heads, cheeks and beak

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I really love the smallest of Australia’s Honeyeaters, the Scarlett Honeyeater. They can sit on top of the blossoms and not even bend the boughs at all.

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They look so lovely among the pink flowersscarlett honeyeater02_named_home_feb 2015

They really are like “tiny red jewels” among the foliage around the garden.

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One rainy day, I heard some disgruntled squawks and found some less that appreciative Rainbow Lorikeets sitting in the rain.

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As always, the Kookaburra kept an eye out for any small creature or insect to wander across the grass. I was going to say lawn but that would be stretching the truth a long way.

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The Galahs in the reserve behind the beach at Ballina found the Casuarina nuts irresistible.

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Down at the water’s edge, a Seagull looked wistfully out to sea.

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The Seagull kept an eye on us in case we had some chips.

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Some birds have shown their funny side. I wonder if this is why this one is called a Drongo.

spangled drongo_named_binna burra_feb 2015

The Wedged-tailed Eagle is the biggest bird. I spotted one down by the side of the road ripping into a Wallaby road kill while it’s mate and the young one sat in a nearby tree. I didn’t notice them until one glided off the branch and into the forest leaving the young one. It sat there for a while until it too flew off. Such magnificent birds.

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Well it’s time to kick back and relax. If anyone knows the names of any of the flowers or insects in this blog, please let me know. Thanks

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