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.

Crabbing on the Brunswick River

The tale of a White-faced Heron

The afternoon drew on and as I was feeling a bit peckish, I decided to walk among the Mangrove roots and see if any tasty morsels appeared. Being a White-faced Heron, the roots of the Mangroves didn’t phase me, my long legs and well spread toes made the task quite easy. You may wonder why I call these things sticking out of the mud on the shore line roots. Well this species of Mangrove has pneumatophores, a specialised root-like structures which stick up out of the soil like straws for breathing which are also covered in pores called lenticels. So lets go crabbing on the Brunswick River.

I strolled casually keeping an eye out for a snack.
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Sometimes the Mangrove roots make you step a bit higher.
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Oh look, there something was moving among the roots, I am sure. I better hurry
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What!! I am sure it was over there
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I was right. A tasty snack of crab.
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Now just to position the crab in the right place.
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Bugger………it’s got a hold of my bill.
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Maybe if I can move this crab up a bit.
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There. Now it has let go I can perhaps get it just so.
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Crab? What crab? I don’t have a crab
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Well I must be off now. Thanks for dropping by.white faced heron11_crab_brunswick river_brunswick heads_sept 2018

You can read more about mangroves here

Crab Art

Everyone who goes to the beach will have seen the small balls laid out on the sand. I find them a wonderful expression of nature. None are the same although some are more elaborate than others. When we went for a walk along Emerald Beach on the Mid-north Coast of NSW, with all the other people who take advantage of a leash free area on the beach where the dogs can run free, I noticed that the small balls on the beach didn’t have any footprints in them. Perhaps there is a bit of respect for the creators of what I like to call Crab Art.

First of all have a close look at the sand balls. They do look rather random don’t they?

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They are a seemingly bunch of sand balls scattered on the beach

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But some have a shape and form

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Can you see the little roads?

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This one has a certain cartoon effect I feel. Can you see the face?

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This is one of my favourites. Almost a butterfly?

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From another angle you can see the little hole where the crabs “home” is.

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You really should meet one of the Crab Artists. They are about the size of a finger tip. What fabulous blue eyes.

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Do you think the crabs create art on the beach?

Birds, bugs and things in April

As you know I love to get about when I can, discovering new things or rediscovering stuff. I love living in a bio-diverse region where the trip to the mountains or to the coast always sends a surprise encounter. Over the month so far I have seen so many wonderful things this world has, sometimes it may just be something that I saw that I found to be wonderous whereas others have just walked by probably thinking what the hell is that bloke doing with that camera.

So…..this wander through my days I hope fills you with a bit of love for our nature and environment in which we inhabit as it does for me.

I do find butterflies amazing creatures, as you probably have noticed as a lot of my blogs seem to have a butterfly or two. This small butterfly, about 17mm in size, has been whizzing around my besties garden and mine as well –  a Small Green-banded Blue butterfly.

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I was wading through the water at Taylor Lagoon when all bout there were dragonflies zipping here, zipping there on their mission to do…..waht do dragonflies do when they zip about like that. Well after a while some settled on the sticks poking out of the water. Their irridecence was amazing to see. Unfortunately the dragonfly isn’t quite in focus but I love the effect of the water, don’t you?

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This dragonfly has a great grip on the stick.

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While wading in the shallows I looked at the water and the reflections of the over-hanging bottlebrush and sedges around the edge. I think it was facinating the way the image always changed as the water rippled and moved with the wind. This photo was my favourite of the couple I took.

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The shadow of the tree looked like it was walking across the rock face. What do you see?

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I love the contrast of colours, the shadows and where the rock landed (or was put by my bestie lol)

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Shells. I love seeing the shells and stuff that is on the beach. The light shining through the shell caught my eye form a distance.

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I wonder how the small creatures can survive when the tide is out or is it how do they survive when the tide is in? This one found a nice little niche in the rocks. Aren’t the colours subtle but striking at the same time?

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The number of tiny sand balls that were spread all along the shore was incredible. Some of the patterns made were so artistic.

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And here is the little bloke who spend a large amount of its life making those tiny sand balls.

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“OK fella…..how about a bit of privacy. I didn’t come down to the beach to sit in the shade of my lovely green umbrella just to have you come along taking your photos….”

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“If you are going to hang around with that camera, I’m off….”

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As I was walking along the shore, all of a sudden there was a whoosh and a couple of Pelicans came flying along looking for a place to land. They are so big up close.

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As we walked along the beach, we were discussing how we hadn’t seen any White-bellied Sea Eagles or Brahminy Kites, which are nearly always here. All of a sudden, at the other end of the beach, there was a commotion with Seagulls wheeling about and then appeared the Sea Eagle with a fish. Even with the lens at full stretch they were still a long way a way.

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Here is a close up as best as I could manage. The image is heavily cropped just to show the size of the fish.

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There was also another White-bellied Sea Eagle just soaring around the sky looking for it’s own fish.

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Meanwhile at the waters edge, a group of Crested Terns were having a bath and preening themselves trying to get their “hair” in order.

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I have no idea what this plant is but the spots of white among the rocks certainly stood out.

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Even the Eastern Spinebill was too heavy for the Pentas making hanging on a bit of a chore.

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The Whipbirds are always pocking around in the garden, flicking over leaves and bits of bark to try and find some insects and bugs to snack on.

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Over the past few weeks the Eastern Yellow Robins have seemed to appear in numbers in the garden. This one was sitting out front on the warm gravel early one morning. They are such sweet little birds.

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Heading into town early one misty morning, I spotted this Black-necked Stork (I really prefer Jabiru) stalking about the small pond where the “Tyre Turtle” lives. It was one of a pair. The other one was further back in the paddock in the ffog.

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Aren’t the colours great. I never noticed their red cap before either.

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The Water Dragon has set up home in my besties garden. Such a lovely prehistoric looking creature.

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But they still enjoy a good laugh. Not really. He really enjoys a few bits of apple. The inside of his mouth is so pink.

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That’s the end of what I have found in April so far. Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have seen.

At the beach

I really enjoy going to the beach. There is always so much to see and do.  From swimming or riding the waves to walking along the shore, exploring the rock pools or just sitting on the headland watching the world go by.

Early morning is so good. Sometimes you have the beach to yourself to watch the sunrise and take in the beauty of the morning

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If there are some good waves, there will always be someone carrying a board heading out to where the waves are best.

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At other times, you have to share the sand with someone else

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or there are crabs scuttling about

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making their own patterns on the sand with perfectly round sand balls

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I love the patterns that the water makes as the waves sweep up the beach and recede leaving tiny rivulets in the sand

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When my girls were small we always had to have a shell collection, making sure that every different shell was represented. I still walk along the beach but instead of picking them up to make an arrangement of some sort, I just grab a picture as the shape, forms and textures are so different from shell to shell. Here is a few of my favourites.

A deeply furrowed purple shell….almost like a claw.

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An almost black shell

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The ridges and valleys sweep forward

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The creams and reds caught my eye with this shell

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The darker bands running around makes this shell a distinctive

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This shell was like finding gold

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Concentric rings that have a wave and a deeper yellow section made this one stand out

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OK…it’s time to look out to sea again. Enough of looking at the sand and the wonders it holds.

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Storms at the beach are always spectacular

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The storm makes the sea surge and swell and crash upon the rocks…

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which washes up interesting bits of wood…..

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or other ocean-going craft…..

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It doesn’t take much to put the gulls and terns to flight

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When the wind blows, I like to get back up the beach and into the dunes to explore, discover and to have a bit of fun with my fabulous artist bestie……

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until it’s almost time to head off after an enjoyable day after watching the sunset

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How do you spend your day at the beach?