This is August 2018

Not a terribly exciting month for photos as I have been unwell with a cold which is not going away. I decided to do two or maybe more posts about August, one is a fairly large post which will be done soon. At least being unwell allows me time to sit at the computer to sort photos and do stuff that I put off as I have lots to do outside before the weather warms up, although this Winter had been unseasonably warm.

Let’s get started. A few mornings have been slightly foggy. One morning, the early morning fog made the bush look quite surreal.
durranbah_fog_forest_named_home_aug 2018

Some days the clouds were in shapes that made me just stop and look.
clouds_named_home_aug 2018

I am glad this Red-necked Wallaby stopped and looked before hopping across the road in front of me.
red necked wallaby_named_home_aug 2018

A day was spent at an event in town called Wings and Wheels held at the South Grafton Airfield. It was great to see the Grey Ferguson tractors lines up. This one looked like mine.
ferguson_tractor_named_grafton_aug 2018

One day out and about, we came across this most colourful and crazy garden. Lots of ideas for Cee’s Odd Ball photo challenge that’s for sure.
garden_crazy_named_alstonville_aug 2018

My bestie said it was time for the old wheelbarrow to get a succulent garden. Didn’t she do a great job? All the plants came from pots around the house and garden.
succulant_garden_wheelbarrow_named_home_august 2018

The hanging geraniums are always in flower.
geranium_flower_named_home_aug 2018

We doing things in my besties garden when we felt that someone was looking at us.
cow_peeking_named_caniaba_aug 2018

Here is the biggest Brush Turkey from a nearby town, Kyolge.
big brush turkey_named_kyogle_aug 2018

Getting home from a drive, the chook decided to detail the car, removing all sorts of insects from the front of my car.
chook_car_named_home_aug 2018

It is nesting time. I wondered what was going on with the mat on the verandah. The White-browed Treecreeper, normally hopping on vertical tree trunks, gathering nesting material.
white throated treecreeper_rug_named_home_aug 2018

A Spotted Pardalote was foraging among the vines.
spotted pardalote_named_home_aug 2018

The Welcome Swallows have been nesting in the verandah at my besties new place for years. They have started building their nests too. They are always together.
welcome swallowa_named_caniaba_aug 2018

A young King Parrot morphing from juvenile to adult
king parrot_morph_named_home_aug 2018

Checking out the tree tops, an Australian Raven, surveys the scene.
australian raven_tree top_named_home_aug 2018

A Pied Currawong found the berries on a Murraya irresistible.
currawong_berry_named_home_aug 2018

The rather prehistoric looking Noisy Friarbird love Grevilleas.
friarbird_red grevillea_named_caniaba_aug 2018

Eastern Spinebills also love Grevilleas.
eastern spinebill_honey gem grevillea_named_home_aug 2018

The blue black is lovely as a contrast to the rest of their colours. You can see why it is called a Spinebill.
eastern spinebill_red grevillea_named_home_aug 2018

The Galah just loved walking among the grass seeds snacking as he went.
galah_named_caniaba_aug 2018

I went down to the bottom part of my property to check on the waterhole. While I was there the activity of birds was quite amazing. A huge flock of Fuscous Honeyeaters were darting everywhere.
honeyeater_named_home_august 2018

One afternoon, the Moon looked so fabulous against the blue sky. I love our Moon.
moon_named_home_august 2018

Well there you go. A quick look at my month of August. Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment which will cheer me up no end.

Where

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel With Intent: Where

Where have these photos been taken?

From my desk in the office through the glass door
A chook often comes to see what I am doing
chook_named_home_nov 2017
A Noisy Friarbird looking in the door
noisy friarbird_named_home_oct 2017
The Kookaburra heard me move I think
kookaburra_named_home_oct 2017

A Brush-tailed Possum found a snack
brush tailed possum_baby_named_home_oct 2017

A tiny Spotted Pardalote investigating for insects
spotted paradalote_verandah_named_home_july 2017

The Rose Robin was tweeting away
rose robin02_home_named_july 2014

Sometimes a Huntsman Spider will find insects hovering around the computer screen
huntsman02_screen _named_home_feb 2016

This is November: The birds

November saw a number of birds who came within my camera view. Many are regular visitors.

One “visitor” is my chook. This photo is through the door from my office. She likes to come looking for me and knocks on the door if I don’t pay her any attention.
chook_named_home_nov 2017

Another visitor is a King Parrot. When I am outside, he comes and sits nearby whistling to get my attention and to see if I may have some spare seeds.
king parrot01_named_home_nov 2017

I did a blog about Kurrie the Pied Currawong earlier in November. Here he is with his fluffy feathers
pied currawong chick01_named_binna burra_nov 2017

And calling to the parent for some food
pied currawong chick02_named_binna burra_nov 2017

Lewins Honeyeaters are the boss of my besties garden. They love the Blue Salvia flowers
lewins honeyeater_named_binna burra_nov 2017

When I was walking around Grafton, I spied a Forest Kingfisher. Soon his mate joined him. It’s amazing the variety birds that are in town.
forest kingfisher_named_grafton_nov 2017

We wondered why the birds are skittish in my besties garden every now and then. I spied a Black-shouldered Kite on the other side of the valley.
black shouldered kite_named_binna burra_nov 2017

With an abundance of Paperbark flowers, the Little Friarbird has a great selection to chose from.
little friarbird_paperbark flowers_named_home_nov 2017

A Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was looking for a snack I think.
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_modanville_nov 2017

A Tawny Frogmouth was resting from its nocturnal hunting.
tawny frogmouth01_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The Red-browed Firetail was wondering
1. If the water was too deep
2. If the water was too cold
3. If there were too many leaves in the bird bath
red browed firetail_bird bath_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The Figbird kept a wary eye on my stalking through the garden.
figbird_named_home_nov 2017

The Eastern Yellow Robin after his bath. Bird baths are a great source for bird photos.
eastern yellow robin_birdbath_named_home_nov 2017

A seasonal visitor is the Leaden Flycatcher. The little bird hangs about for a week or so, chirping away and enjoying the garden
leaden flycatcher_named_home-nov 2017

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter K

Join in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with all the other photographers who have lots of K’s in their photos.

A King Parrot often drops in to see what’s happening on the verandah
king parrot_named_home_august 2015

Rainbow Lorikeets are here in numbers to feast on the nectar of the eucalypt blossoms
rainbow lorikeet01_named_home_aug 2016

Musk Lorikeets only drop in every now and then
musk lorikeet02_named_home_feb 2015

The Grey Goshawk frightens the chooks
grey goshawk_named_binna burra_july 2017

This Australian Kestrel was hunting for lizards in a car park
nankeen kesral_named_tweed heads_august 2015

A Fan-tailed Cuckoo kept an eye on me
fan tailed cuckoo_named_binna burra_july 2017

Had to include a Chook
chook_named_home_june 2017

and some Chickens
chickens03_named_home_nov 2014

and of course Brendan the Brush Turkey
170623_bandw challenge_headshot_brush turkey_colour

The little Forest Kingfisher is a brilliant flash of blue as he darts through the forest
forest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos love pine cones and eat them like an ice cream cone
yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo02_named_home_sept-2016

These Plumed Whistling Ducks were paddling about in a puddle in a football field
plumed whistling ducks_close_ballina_named_aug 2014

Dis someone say Duckduck looking_grafton show_named_may 2017

The birds of June

It may be Winter, but here, it is the time when birds drop in on their way north to build their strength for the next part of their journey, or stay for the winter in the warm days on the North Coast. The nights can get cold but the days are usually in the low 20’s C with the warmth of sunshine and the number of plants that flower in late Autumn and Winter makes it a good place to stop off. This is not a complete record of birds as there have been birds who I haven’t managed to get in my lens plus there has been some who have just been to fast for me to photograph. Yes I have quite a number of photos of empty branches!!!

This first gallery of photos are the birds from my place.

The White-throated Honeyeaters arrive in the morning and in the afternoon with their chirp chirp chirp as they set about diving into the birdbath or pool to have their bath.
white throated honeyeater_named_home_june 2017

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive from down south, some stay while others in the flock fly further north.
yellow faced honeyeater_named_home_june 2017

The Blue-faced Honeyeaters come and go all year depending on what food is available. The Honey Gem Grevillea has finally started to flower after a long dry hot Summer. Look at the pollen dust on his head.
blue faced honeyeater_named_home_june 2017

The little Eastern Spinebills are here with the distinctive clicking of their wings as they zip around the garden and their calls echoing in the gullies.
eastern spinebill_named_home_june 2017

You can judge their size by comparing with the Blue-faced Honeyeater and Grevillea flower above. They really stretch to reach the blossoms at times.
eastern spinebill_named_home_june 2017 (2)

Their plumage is quite pretty don’t you think?
eastern spinebill_honey gem_named_home_june 2017

I don’t include many photos of the female Golden Whistler but this one is so cute. They are around the place all year round with their repetitive call which can sound like a squeaky wheel, at times up to twenty single notes.
eastern yellow robin_named_home_june2017
They also like to land on the side of trees and have a look around.eastern yellow robin_named_home_june 2017

As do the White-throated Treecreepers who just hop up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark. They have a similar call to the Yellow Robins but not as persistent.
white throated treecreeper_named_home_june 2017

They also like to defy gravity as the give the trees a very thorough checking over.
white treecreeper_hanging_named_home_june 2017
The tiny Red-backed Fairy Wrens like to explore the lower parts of the forest eating grass seeds and insects foraging among the grass stalks. The Jenny Wren has good camouflage.  wren_named_home_june 2017

The Silvereyes are migrants who stop for a few weeks to gather their strength for their next leg of their journey north.
silvereye01_named_home_june 2017

They are another of the tiny birds around here.
silvereye02_pink bloodwood nuts_named_home_june 2017

The Red-browed Firetails are another constant visitor to the bush as they move about in small flocks looking for grass seeds. This is a young one as the red brow isn’t as prominent as the adults.
red browed finch01_named_home_june 2017

The tiny Striated Thornbills are always around the garden and in the gullies around the house.
striated thornbill01_named_home 2017

They love the birdbath.
striated thornbill02_named_home_june 2017

Someone who I haven’t seen for quite a while has turned up this month and has been around the garden early in the morning and in the gullies during the day. The Spotted Pardalote digs a tunnel in the side of the gully to make it’s nest. They are so pretty aren’t they?
spotted pardelote02_named_home_june 2017

I think this one saw me as I snuck along the verandah for a better photo.
spotted pardelote01_named_home_june 2017

They can be quite vocal too.
spotted pardalote_named_home_june 2017

The sounds of Kookaburras signal the start and end of every day. There are about three families that live in the bush around the house and sometimes the cacophony of up to five or six Kookaburras can be quite deafening.
kookaburras02_named_home_june 2017

After I took this photo I noticed that there was another two sitting nearby in separate trees. All of a sudden they all flew off into the forest disappearing among the trees.
kookaburras01_named_home_june 2017

This next gallery are from my besties place.

The Lewins Honeyeater is the boss of my besties garden. They swoop on most other birds that dares to come into the garden. The Lewins at my place aren’t as bossy.
lewins honeyeater_named_binna burra_june 2017

Can you spot the Varied Triller?
varied triller_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Grey Fantails are always doing their acrobatic flying around the place catching insects on the wing. A very serious looking bird.
grey fantail_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Golden Whistler is always around the garden and nearby rainforest singing its lovely song.
golden whistler_named_binna burra_june 2017

My besties place is surrounded by rainforest so she has more doves and pigeons than I do at my place. The White-headed Pigeon has a deep sounding whoomp whoomp call. They also fly about in large flocks.
white headed pigeon_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Brown Pigeon didn’t want its photo taken.
brown pigeon_named_binna burra_june 2017

There is always up to ten bar-shouldered Doves foraging on the ground in the garden looking for pecans that have fallen from the tree.
bar shouldered dove_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Whipbirds also enjoy foraging among the leaves for pecans.
whipbird_pecan_named_binna burra_june 2017

While high in the trees the Figbirds look for seeds as well as pecans. This female Figbird found the seeds of an Umbrella Tree.
fig bird_female_named_binna burra_june 2017

The male Figbird was more interested in pecans.
figbird_male_named_home_june 2017

The Green Catbird is also interested in pecans. Not long after this photo was taken, so was the pecan.
catbird_pecan_named_binna burra_june 2017

Another recipient of the fallen pecans is the large Brush Turkey. His strong beak breaks open the pecans and often leaves small pieces behind for the other birds to eat. This one we call Brendan who has taken over the garden and has a mound nest almost one meter tall in the front garden. One day I’ll try to get a photo of Brendan and his mound.
brush turkey_named_binna burra_june 2017

The most exciting discovery was finding a Regent Bowerbird just on the edge of the garden late one afternoon. I only managed to get a couple of bad photos but had to share in my excitement.
regent bowerbird_named_binna burra_june 2017

We went to Byron Bay one day to shop as we haven’t been for ages and Winter is a good time as the number of tourists is halved at least. The Golden Pendas are in flower and the Rainbow Lorikeets were having a great time screeching at each other.
rainbow lorikeet_named_home_june 2017

And of course there are always chooks foraging around both our gardens.
chook_named_home_june 2017

That is a snapshot of some of the birds around here in June. My June photo round-up probably won’t have any birds this year. Hopefully I’ll get to that by next week.