The size of nature

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Size Comparison of Objects

Well you know what’s coming next don’t you?

This is your warning as requested

But don’t be a chicken

It’s only a photo

Have a look

Go on

Look

More new things

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday: New

Isn’t it funny that some word prompts seem to align. As I have already posted a few new things before, I dug around for a few more.

As usual a song to get you through this post and maybe onto your next one

A new morning, good to see the sunrise

New growth on a Eucalypt

New growth pushing through the soil

A new plants pods on my place. A Leafless Globe Pea

The Lolly Bush is an old plant in the bush at my place but this seed head is a new sight for me.

New Welcome Swallow mouths wanting a feed as Mum flies in

Seeking Warmth

The prompt from Terri for the Sunday Stills: Seeking #Warmth

We all seek warmth in our own way
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Some have a way to catch those rayswattlebird1_sunning_binna burra_march 2013
It’s blissful with the sun warming your backred necked wallaby_named_home_oct 2017
When the chill of the afternoon strikes you need family to huddle togetherkookaburras_named_lilydale_june 2018
Or have a little brother to keep you warmsuperb fairy wren_chicks_lismore lake_named_oct 2014

New life

The word prompt for Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: New

Here is new life. The featured photo is a Red-necked Wallaby joey hanging around at the front of my place.
The three Welcome Swallow chicks crammed into their nest of grass and mud.
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Grey Fantail chicks snoozing in the Spring sun.
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The Brown Honeyeater chicks waiting for an adult to appear with food.
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Fairy Wren chicks huddled together taking in the afternoon sun on a chilly day
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The Brown Honeyeaters – A Spring Story

During Spring, the Brown Honeyeater decided that a Lilli Pilli in a pot near the verandah at my besties house was a great place to build a nest. It gave me an opportunity to have a sneak peek into the life of Brown Honeyeaters.

Sitting on the verandah, having a cup of tea, we noticed a small bird flying in and out of the Lilli Pilli tree in a pot near the verandah. I had to go and see what was going on. I found the start of the nest construction. They must have been doing it for a few days before we saw the goings on. Both the female and the male were building the nest.
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A few days later the nest was taking shape.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction2
All manner of vegetation –  grass, bark, lichen and spiders web was used. 181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction3

This is the location of the nest.
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Looks like I was spotted!
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Off she goes to gather more materials.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction5_flying
Every now and then she would wiggle about in the nest to get the shape right.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction6_testing
She was in there for a long time this day. I think she was laying an egg.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction7_egg_laying

Yes! I was right, an egg is in the nest. It is so small. Probably about a thumb nail size.
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A few days later another egg appeared.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_egg_two

It didn’t take long for some chicks to make an appearance. I missed out getting any photos when they were small pink chicks. A rather nasty storm was coming so my bestie dragged the pot onto the verandah. Luckily she did as the wind blew hard, the rain poured down and there was a bit of hail.
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Now comes the hard work for the parents. Both the female and the male were constantly flying back and forth with food for their babies.
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Ooops….looks like I was spotted again.
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Chick one gets a morsel.
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and then chick two.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_feeding2
Part of being a parent is cleaning up after your children. This is the removal of what I call a poo sac. This keeps the nest clean and stops insects, mainly ants, getting into the nest.
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They are getting bigger. When I approached, they would flatten themselves against the sides of the nest.
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After a busy day looking after the chicks, it’s good to have a bath and relax.
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Unfortunately I missed out on the chicks leaving the nest. It didn’t take long from eggs to flying little birds.

I think I am lucky to be part of the Brown Honeyeaters life. They have all gone from my besties garden now. Off on their migratory path to a new place for Summer and I hope they come back next year. We are going to leave the nest in place to see what may happen.