This is July 2019

Welcome to This is July 2019.

What a month it has been. Over the month the lack of rain has started to bite again. There was 10mls of rain at the start of the month and since then it has been quite warm during the day. Some days have been in the low 20’s while the nights have been in single figures. The warm days are not that unusual for my winter but the constant sunny days are. There has been rain on the coast, yesterday (1 August) there was 20mls of rain while some sporadic rain clouds drifted overhead here. My dam I use to water the garden around the house is very low. I have to decide what part of the garden I’ll give water to to try and keep plants alive. I am loathe to use the dam’s water because it is so dry and I may need that water in case a bush fire springs up nearby. There has been a few fires but they have been a fair way from here. I am glad I don’t have any animals or crops to look after as it is depressing enough as it is.

July was Becky’s #JulySquares so all of those plus others I have used in other photo challenges aren’t in here but I thought I would use the photo that had the most comments and likes as the header.

Enough of that. This has been a bit of a cropper month for photos though so I do suggest that you get a drink, perhaps a snack, settle back and scroll along.

Hey ho let’s go……………

I spent a few days down the coast visiting my mate whose wife is quite unwell. It is a lovely place and the ferry that goes across the bay is so cute. The size of the other boats docked at the marina make the ferry look so small.
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We found a secondhand shop on the way home. We didn’t buy as their prices were a bit over the top. The glassware was well displayed.glass_coloured_vase_nabiac_july 2019
Don’t look at this too long as you will probably see it move.wind_chime_nabiac_july 2019
In Lismore, a nearby town, they have a train in a park that the kids love, OK I have been on it once or twice. I was getting photos of the park and I really liked the tunnel photo.tunnel_train_heritage_park_lismore_july 2019
My bestie found a Wanderer Butterfly caught in a spiders web in the garden. After removing the web, the butterfly sat on her hand for ages before flying off.wanderer_butterfly_saved_hand_caniaba_july 2019
I wonder if this is the same Wanderer Butterfly?wanderer_butterfly_grass_caniaba_july 2019
While away down the coast, we did a bit of exploring the surrounding area. I found these flowers on a most unusual plant in the sand dunes.flower_dune_plant_harbour_beach_july 2019
Isn’t this flower and it’s hairy plant lovely? I think it is called Herb Robert.flower_herb_robert_caniaba_july 2019
My Billbergia Nutans are floweringflower_bromiliad_billbergia_nutans_home_jackadgery_july 2019
I found this flowering native shrub while out on my place cutting firewood.flower_native_wide_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Magpies found a warm place in the sun. They were warbling away as we walked down the street to where we were staying.magpies_wall_sun_nelson_bay_july 2019
Pied Currawongs are a sign of Winter as they come down from the mountains when the weather get cold up there. This one seems to be taken with the house and the verandah.pied_currawong_verandah_ball_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails at my besties like riding around on the cows next door. I think they may be collecting nesting materials from the cows.willie_wagtail_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
The Cattle Egrets love riding around on the cows too.egret)cattle_standing_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
Back at home, the King Parrots are still hanging around despite the dry conditions.king_parrot_male_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The females are quite different compared to the males.king_parrot_female_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Among the garden bushes, a little Striated Thornbill was hunting for insects.striated_thornbill_caniaba_july 2019
The Scarlet Honeyeaters are always around the garden. It is lucky I have some Eucalypts flowering so there is a food source for these wonderful little birds.scarlet_honeyeater_home_jackadgery_july 2019

There seems to be lots of small birds around at the moment. The Double-barred Finches were happy to hop around the grass eating grass seeds.
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A new bird for me, a Black-faced Woodswallow at my besties placeblack_faced_woodswallow_garden_caniaba_july 2019
Some of my grevilleas are bravely trying to flower despite the lack of water. The wonderful bird attracting Honey Gem which usually has an abundance of flowers has a few straggly flowers that the Lewins Honeyeaters have found.grevillea_lewins_honeyeater_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Yes, I am looking at you Satin Bower Bird. Taken while sitting in my office through the door. The camera is always on the desk.satin_bowerbird_male_looking_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The female Satin Bower Bird was also curious to see what I was going.bowerbird_female_verandah_home_jackadgery_july 2019
While down in the lower part of my place there is a wide grassed gully which I drive along to find suitable fallen timber for firewood. Often when I arrive there is a flurry of activity from White-winged Choughs or these birds, Grey-crowned Babblers. A small group walk along the gully flicking over leaves, bark and small rocks to find insects to eat. They have a constant chatter as they do and there is one bird who is the lookout who will let everyone know that danger lurks. As I approached, they flew into the trees so I just sat and waited until they resumed normal business.grey_crowned_babblers_three_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Here you can see their grey crowngrey_crowned_babbler_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
If the piece of wood is too hard to kick over, you have to get down and get your beak in to get your snack.grey_crowned_babbler_digging_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Back at home, the White-throated Honeyeaters love this little hanging pot which I fill with water for the birds. If I am outside and the pot is empty, one of these birds will sit near me and let me know.white_chinned_honeyeater2_hanging_pot_july 2019
I love the olive colour on their back and wings.white_chinned_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters also come to drink and bathe here.yellow_faced_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
After a bust day at the grevilleas, a Lewins Honeyeater enjoys a drink and a dunk.lewins_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
“Hello….is anyone using this bird bath?”
A White-throated Treecreeper looks over the edge of the bowl. This is a replacement for my wonderful terracotta bird bath which doesn’t attract as many visitors as the terracotta one.white_throated_treecreeper_bird_bath_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Welcome Swallows are starting to nest at my besties under the verandah as they have for years.welcome_swallow_caniaba_july 2019
Busy collecting nesting material, it’s time to line the mud nest with feathers, probably from the Cattle Egrets on the farm next door.welcome_swallow_feather_nest_caniaba_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails are nesting too. Unfortunately the next day after I took this photo the whole nest was gone. We looked around the garden, under and nearby, but there wasn’t even a sign of the nest. The Wagtails were distraught in the morning. willie_wagtail_nest_build_caniaba_july 2019
Time to look up and see who has been flying over head. This is a collection of the Raptors. A White-bellied Sea Eagle was cruising around Harbour Beach at Port Stephens.sea_eagle_flying_port_stephens_july 2019
The Black Kite is a regular at the Lismore Waste Facility. We go there usually on a Saturday as their Revolve Shop has some great bargains from items recovered from the waste collections.  black_kite_flying_lismore_tip_july 2019
A very brave Magpie was making sure the Wedged-tailed Eagle wasn’t hanging around near their nests. It harassed the Eagle until it flew higher than the magpie could. wedged_tailed_eagle_magpie_flying_caniaba_july 2019
I love seeing the Wedged-tailed Eagles soar overhead.wedged_tailed_eagle_flying_caniaba_july 2019

No I wasn’t in the Sahara. At Harbour Beach the sand dunes are enormous and there is a Camel ride operator. We were there late in the afternoon and this was the last tour of the day coming back in.
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Well the sun is on the way down so I better say see ya.sunset_red_caniaba_july 2019
On the road from my place to the river the setting sun gave the road a redder hue than the normal red gravel on the roads surface.sunset_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019
I had to get a close up as the sun started to disappear behind the mountainssunset_close_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019

Well that’s all from me for July. I hate to end on a sad note but Chicken, the last of my chooks, died last month. Chicken came to me from my friend who lived down the road, the same one who gave my the beautiful Iris. When he had to go into care, he asked me to look after his chooks and Chicken is the last one. She was quite old and had been ill for a while and I used to take her with me when I went to my besties and also to my daughters. Since the start of the cold weather at night, I would pop her into her travelling crate and she would sit inside with me near the fire.

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Also linked with Su’s Changing Seasons

 

This is May 2019

Here we are to have a look at my May. I didn’t take many photos to add to this post that I haven’t already shared in some of the photo challenges I contributed to in May. Again the rainfall at my place was very sparse but some of the Australian Native plants had some flowers which received a water from the dwindling water supply in my dam. I have been trying to ensure that most plants in the garden survive by a bit of water every couple of days, hoping I can harden them off for Winter. The weather has been quite warm during the day – mid twenties and the nights were in the low teens so I think some plants may be a bit confused with warm Autumn days.

I don’t think you will need supplies to have a scroll through This is May 2019

Let’s get hopping
I don’t seem to take many photos of Kangaroos, so when some were in a nearby paddock when I was out, I just had to grab a photo. This male was quite wary of my and I made sure I didn’t venture too close as he may have thought I was a threat to his female and joey
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The She Oaks or Casurinas with the seed pods and hanging leaves caught my eye as I was walking on my place.she_oak_forest_nuts_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
A small shower of rain and the mosses and lichens appearedmoss_lichen_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
My besties place had so much rain it didn’t seem fair. It did make for some great photo opportunities. The water drops like jewels on the spiders web one morning.spiders_web_water_drops_named_caniaba_may 2019
One afternoon the sunset lit up everything. The Bottlebrush flowers just seem to glowflower_bottlebrush_red_sunset_named_caniaba_may 2019

May was the last huge flowering of the lovely red Hibiscus in the garden
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The sunset, a leaden sky and a red flowering gum.
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The tiny Stingless Native Bees loved the Echinacea flowers. Look how full her pollen sacs are!
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The little Grass Dart Butterfly was almost hidden among the flowers
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The Eggfly Butterflies love the Zinnias
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As did the beesbee_zinnia_named_caniaba_may 2019
Water drops on leaves is a must photo opportunityleaf_water_drops_rain_named_caniaba_may 2019
One foggy morning, the old shed on the property next door looked quite spookyshed_old_fog_morning_named_caniaba_may 2019
While walking about my place, I heard just one slight screech and the sound of crunching. I finally saw the Glossy Black Cockatoos in the She Oak enjoying a snack of seeds high up in the tree.glossy_black_cockatoo_she_oak_eating_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
While further down the track, the Bowerbirds have made a new Bower decorated with blue stuff from all around the neighbourhood. Perhaps a blue peg of mine has gone missing but the rest of the treasures I don’t know where they came from.bower_blue_satin_bowerbird_named_home_jackadgery_may 2019
Every afternoon at my besties, there is a fly over of Cattle Egrets and Ibis as they head off to roostcattle_egrets_flying_sunset_named_caniaba_may 2019
Most days the Wedged-tailed Eagles are riding the currents high in the skywedged_tailed_eagle_flying_named_caniaba_may 2019
A great first for me was finding a small flock of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins as we drove down a lane near my besties. They certainly had a good selection of seeds to choose from.chestnut-breasted mannikin_named_caniaba_may 2019

Bare trees and sunset is another must try and get a photo opportunity.
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Speaking of sunsets, May had so many wonderful sunsets I had to whittle down the pile into just a few. The red tinged grey clouds looked wonderfulclouds_red_grey_named_caniaba_may 2019
Some sunsets were orangeclouds_lumpy_sunset_orange_yellow_named_caniaba_may 2019

Some sunsets had could formations I have never seen before. They were like lumps hanging below the other clouds
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A grass seed and subset, who could resistgrass_seed_sunset_red_named_caniaba_may 2019
Sunset…….bare trees………the black and red won me over.sunset_red_bare_tree_named_caniaba_may 2019

OK here we are at the end. See I told you it was a short month compared to the mammoth efforts you ave gone through in previous months.
Thanks for taking time to have a look at my world.
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This is September 2018

Well I have had a big September. So much is happening probably because it is Spring, although the temperatures haven’t changed much as Winter was warm. There are the birds that come here, flowers are blooming and the tadpoles are hatching. I have written some posts this month and have included some of those photos but not all as this is a large post.

Yes, get a cuppa, wine, beer and some snacks and off we go

There has been a bit of teasing by the clouds. Promising rain but either not delivering or just a few drops. I have had some good falls but no run-off to put water into the dams. The water tanks are full which is good. 59mls has kept the garden happy as well as supplementary watering from the dwindling dam.
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I have put the flowers in early this post. Walking among the Mangroves stalking a White-faced Heron, I came across some Hibiscus flowers. There wasn’t a Hibiscus bush nearby so maybe had left a trail to find their way out.
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My besties Gymea Lily has flowered. This flower is about two meters plus in the air.
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Here is the whole photo. The plant is the strappy leaved one.
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This year has been a fabulous year for Grevilleas. The first flowering of this Grevillea in my garden.grevillea_flower_named_home_sept 2018

So many succulents are flowering too. This succulent is in a hanging pot on my verandah.
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I have these flowers in my garden but not in mass like a garden in Grafton.
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My Begonias are flowering well this year too.
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The Iris that is a reminder of my mate who passed on last September. This was one of his plants.
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The hanging Pelagoniums are a constant flower on my verandah.
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I love this flower display on a stall at the Farmers Market in Lismore.
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Flame Trees are spectacular when they flower. My poor struggling tree has started to flower even though it hasn’t had enough water.
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I have garden borders of Dietes. They look great when they are in flower but they are spreading to places I don’t want them to go. Pity the Wallabies don’t eat them.
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Bromiliads are flowering too. Some flowers are so wonderful aren’t they?
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Banksias are a sight when they flower
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Back to the Farmers Market. I spotted this bloke carrying a large dog. I have no idea why as the dog has a lead.
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The Beetroot looked lovely
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The old truck of the vegetable farmer is a great vantage point to see when people drop food.
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Ah…look, an unattended fishers bucket.
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Damn……I was spotted
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I love Gulls as they fly along the shore
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The wooden walk bridge over the estuary so you can walk to the beach.
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The White-faced Heron stalking crabs in the Mangroves
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Out to sea I spotted something breaking the water. I was hoping for a Whale and got a Dolphin.
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In the mist a ghost ship appeared
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The power company has been inspecting the power poles by helicopter. I think the pole at the front of my place will get replaced as they circled around for a while looking at the pole.
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I guess the party is over. Found this on the track to the beach.,
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The butterflies are starting to appear as well. The Line-blue Butterfly was rather shy.
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The old swimming pool is a great place for the dragonflies. A bit of action is going on watched by a Bleating Tree Frog Tadpole.
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There is quite a number of tadpoles who like to snack on the algae.
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Thee are calves in a lot of the paddocks. Who could resist a little white calf?
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The property next door is a miniature goat farm. On a walk a while ago I saw they had some little kids so next walk I took my camera. When I was at the fence I couldn’t see all of the little goats. And then I saw these two.goats_kids_named_scribbly gum goat farm_jackadgery_sept 2018
Another young animal. This foal was camera shy but I managed to get one photo.foal_named_lismore_sept 2018
Why fly when you can get a lift.cattle egret_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have found an easy way of getting nesting material. When I have been walking on my place, I often come across nests that have fallen from the trees. Not only has the Yellow-faced Honeyeater been gathering material but the White-throated Treecreeper from last months post is also getting in on the act.yellow faced honeyeater_nest_material_named_home_sept 2018

They were quite quick to get some nesting material and get back again. I found this lovely little nest in a Paperbark just outside of the sun room. They used some air fern to help bind the nest.
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Remember the post about the Welcome Swallows. Well the babies are starting to learn to fly but still like to get back in the nest for a feeding.welcome swallow_young_three_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2018
Spring also heralds Magpie swooping season. Not many people don’t get a swoop or two. Even a Wedge-tailed Eagle was getting the Magpie treatment.wedged tailed eagle_magpie_named_lismore_sept 2018

A farm near my besties has Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. I hope they don’t come to her place. They are quite destructive and squawk quite loudly when they get into a bunch.
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Little Friarbirds are timid but enjoy the nectar of the Honey Gem Grevillea in my garden.little friarbird_honey gem_named_home_sept 2018

 

King Parrots  have set up their breeding pairs. This couple have taken up residence in the garden.king parrots_named_home_sept 2018

I had to include the Satin Bowerbird. Such a spectacular bird to have in the garden.
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Here is the Great Cormorant who caught a fish from the Clarence River in Grafton. Scroll back a few posts and see the story if you like.great cormorant07_fish_clarence river_named_grafton_sept 2018
The Intermediate Egret has to have the longest neck I have ever seen.intermediate egret_named_caniaba_sept 2018
I think the horse may be in for a surprise!ibis_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018

A small flock of Galahs are hanging around the farms near my besties. They sometimes come to her place to get a drink of water.
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The Figbird didn’t know I was under the tree.figbird_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
Spring brings the Blue-faced Honeyeaters back to my place.blue faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2018
My arty Pelican photopelican_reflection_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
The best arrival has been the Grey Shrike Thrush. Their lovely song fills the garden in the morning and afternoon. They too are nesting. I have them “knocking” on the windows in search for spiders webs and any insect who happens to be around the windows. It’s a constant tap tap tap most of the day.grey shrike thrush_named_home_sept 2018

Thanks for taking the time to wade through my rather large This is September post. If you would like to know more or have a comment, please leave me a note in the comments.

Back roads and the beach

I enjoy travelling on the back roads where you can discover all sorts of things, plus it’s a great way to find where “that road” goes, which often is a surprise. Some roads are dead ends, some are gravel and some lead to the beach, so lets see what I found recently. The last time I went to the beach everyone enjoyed that day. Seat belts on and off we go.

One of the main things you have to do is take notice of the road safety signs, even if it does mean you have to be aware of Koalas on bikes.

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One photo I wanted to take was one of cattle and Cattle Egrets. Luckily it was a rainy day so there were some cattle just resting with egrets hanging around. Just love the one which poked its head up.

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At one stop, a cow decided to come over and check out what I was doing, mooing very loudly, until I pointed the camera at her.

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There are always flowers. These are quite spectacular.

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A lone Zinnia looking quite beautiful.

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On the track through the dunes where a Dunecare group planted a lot of plants, which have stabilised the dunes, was a Marengo which have the most fantastic leaves, The wind was blowing so the full leaf was hard to capture so a close-up was just as good.

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Once down on the sand, trying to stay out of the sand blasting, I noticed that there was a Pelican floating around on the current.

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The Pelican was soon joined by lots of seagulls

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And then there were Terns speeding along the breakwall, flying up high and then dropping out of the sky into the water as well.

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The Terns seemed to go ever so high into the sky

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Before plunging into the water. I just couldn’t time it right to get the entry but have lots of photos of splashes.

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Next a flock of Cormorants arrived to help to herd the fish into the shallow water.

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And everyone took advantage of the Cormorants fishing skills.

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In this photo, I think the Tern is a Little Tern in the bottom right.

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So after a while the Pelican wasn’t alone.

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On the drive home, the Moon looked very surreal.

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Thanks for taking the drive with me along the back roads in the rain and down to the beach.