This is November 2019

November has been quite a month. I managed to get away for a week and a half, part of October and the beginning of November, to Tasmania where I experienced fresh air, so many different sights and managed to relax. I am still working on a post of my Tasmanian adventure. I have already shared a couple of photos in some of the photo challenges.

Unfortunately I came back to the heavy smoky atmosphere which has made it quite difficult to relax or feel calm. The constant smoke has affected my lungs, a bit of a “smokers cough” and my eyes are quite sore at times. Be assured I am safe and will remain so. I have repacked my car with some of my “treasures” and am ready to go when I have to. I shan’t dwell on this part of my life but there will be touches along the way in This is November.

This isn’t huge but you may like to make yourself comfortable, settle back and let’s go…..

Most of my sunrises are like this through the smoke
sunrise_fire_orange_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

I had to get out and see where the fires were to the west. Took a bit of a detour to Cangi. You cross this wooden bridge over the Mann River.bridge_wood_mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
The water levels are quite low. It is still a pretty place to stop and contemplate the world.mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
I was surprised to see quite a few small fishfish_mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
There must be bigger fish in the Mann otherwise this Pied Cormorant is just hanging about enjoying the ambience.pied cormorant_mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
I watched the White-faced Heron stalking among the rocks. He did eventually catch a small fish which was quickly gobbled down.white-faced heron_mann river_named_cangi_nov 2019
I think he may have followed me home. I saw him sitting in a tree in the garden.white faced heron_garden_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
I have a family of Laughing Kookaburras who are around the garden on a regular basis. This fella liked to show his tail feathers off.kookaburra+tail_colour_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The older Kookaburra is showing his age now.kookaburra_gate_watching_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
I have an old swimming pool which is a bit of a frog pond. The evaporation is taking the water so the frogs are getting snapped up.kookaburra_frog_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
Once lunch has been consumed, it’s off to sit in an old gum tree.kookaburra_flying_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
How hot has it been in November?king parrot_hot2_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The young King Parrot liked to sit in the shade of the verandah and let a cool breeze get through his feathers. He also asked for a drink and a snack with an enquiring face.king parrot_hot_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

Some days there was a queue to get a drink and a quick splash at the bird bath. A White-throated Honeyeater makes a King Parrot wait her turn.
king parrot_female_white throated honeyeater_garden_water_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The Satin Bowerbird found a water pot on the ground where the Brush Tailed Possums and Wallabies drink.satin bowerbird_drink_ground_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
At my besties place sometimes the bird bath gets quite crowdedscaly-breasted lorikeets_rainbow lorikeets_croiwd_bird bath_named_caniaba_nov 2019
Scaly-breasted Lorikeets and Rainbow Lorikeets often squabble over whose turn it is.scaly-breasted lorikeets_rainbow lorikeet_flying_bird bath_named_caniaba_nov 2019
The “just out of the bath” is not a good look for a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet.scaly-breasted lorikeet_bird bath_named_caniaba_nov 2019
Meanwhile, a Olive-backed Oriel was keeping an eye on what was going on.olive-backed oriel_garden_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The Crested Pigeon really loved sitting on the shovel handle.crested pigeon_shovel_named_caniaba_nov 2019
A rare visitor to my besties garden is an Australasian Pipit. He walked among the grasses looking for insects.australiasian pipit_named_caniaba_nov 2019
I don’t think this Noisy Friarbird wanted his photo takenfriar bird_looking_close_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
There may not be much water around but the dragonflies are flitting about the garden.dragonfly_red_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
I love a close updragonfly_red_close_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
One of my pot plants, a Calathea has small delicate flowers.flower_calathea_plant_pot_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The bees were everywhere on the Eucalypt flowers down at the river at Cangi.flower_eucalypt_white_bee_named_cangi_nov 2019
Another plant my friend Geoff gave me has flowered. a wonderful Day Lily.day lily_yellow_garden_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The Stingless Native Bees love it too.stingless native bee_day lily_orange_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
Look at the well filled pollen sacs on these tiny bees.stingless native bees_hippeastrum_garden_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
One of the almost daily occurrences are the helicopters going to the nearby Clarence River to fill the water buckets. Sometimes they fly over my house. That is smoke not cloud. The fires are not near my place.helicopter_bucket_fires_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
Well the sun is setting so it’s almost time to go.sun_smoke_fire_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
The solar lights have come on in the garden.garden_light_solar_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019
and our Moon is bright overhead.full moon_named_home_jackadgery_nov 2019

I hope you had a lovely time wandering through my world. We must do it again sometime.
PS Yesterday the fires jumped the highway and are at Cangi today. This does not bode well for me as westerly winds will eventually send the fire towards my place. Cangi is around 25kms from here. Hopefully that old wooden bridge will be OK. The Rural Fire Service has the fire under control at the moment.

Also included in Su’s  The Changing Seasons Do drop by and see the wonderful posts over at Su’s place

A bird or two and some small stuff

The world seems to be travelling at a fast pace and I have not been able to keep up!!! I looked back and see that I have put some photos on my blog in May and now it’s the end of June almost. I have so many photos to sort that I need to have a holiday just to get on top of everything.

It’s not that I haven’t done any travel over the past months as I have been to the Central Coast of NSW where the weather wasn’t all that condusive to taking photos or just roaming about.

This pigeon I have been calling a Top Knot Pigeon I now have discovered is a Crested Pigeon. It was wandering about in a park and just waddled over to where we were sitting and hunted under the table and seat for snacks.

crested pigeon01_named_gosford_june 2015

The marking on it’s feathers are rather striking and that red eye makes it look like it has had a hard night.

crested pigeon_close_named_gosford_june 2015

On the way home we stopped at Bellwood, between Nambucca Heads and Macksville, for a hot chocolate at a well know fast food chain who we discovered make one of the best hot chocolates. On the way back to the car, we looked across the Pacific Highway toward the river and there was a Cormorant “high-rise hotel” with around fifteen nests.

cormorant hotel_bellwood_named_june 2015

Judging by the open bills, it was hot work nest sitting.

cormorant01_bellwood_named_june 2015

Back home and it’s time to gather firewood. I enjoy this time of year when I can get into the bush, do a bit of bushcare and wander about my place looking for suitable logs for firewood. It is always fantastic to discover the plants, birds and insects that live with me.

The forest has a lot of these yellow flowers scattered about most of the year. They grow close to the ground sometimes I find a number of flowers close together.

yellow flower_named_home_june 2015

The Autumn flowers are spent but leave behind their little hairy holders where, I hope, the seeds have spread onto the forest floor.

flower stalk_named_home_june 2015

I love this vine. I was at the same location last weekend and this fruit has turned orange. I knew I should have taken a photo of it in its orange form. I don’t think it is edible.

fruit_vine_crop_named_home_june 2015

There are a few butterflies still fliting about the forest floor. I chased this one for a few minutes before it tired and sat on the log. I was grateful for the rest as well.

butterfly_crop_named_home_june 2015

There has been some small falls of rain through the month – .5 of a ml to 2.5mls, recorded in the rain gauge at the house which is on the ridge line. The seems to rain more down at the bottom of the property as all around the forest are fungi. This one was one of a few who were pushing their shiney gold caps through the leaf litter.

fungi01_named_home_june 2015

I love the wood orange fungus as it seems to be melted onto the bark of the fallen tree, tiny toes gripping onto the bark.

fungi_wood_named_home_june 2015

The strangest of all are this fungi which sends crooked fingers reaching from the ground.

fungi01_fingers_named_home_june 2015

I hope to have the photos sorted and ready for another blog soon. Thanks everyone for the feedback as well as letting me know what I have found. So if you know the names of anything in theis or any other of my blogs, please let me know ‘cos I love learning about our wonderful planet and it’s life.

May marches on

May has certainly flown by. There has been much to do as the season marches on. So far this month there has been a change in the weather, from warm to cool to some cold nights. The rain came with a huge deluge bringing about some minor flooding around the place. The Autumn seems to herald new birds and a change in the guard of who owns what tree or bush. Soon the cold weather in the mountains will send the Currawongs down to my place and also the Satin Bowerbirds will arrive to chatter among the branches, building bowers, decorating with all sorts of bits of blue and to dance for their females.

The change in the colour of the leaves always lets us know that the cooler weather is on its way.

autumn colours_named_home-may 2015

I drove over to Newbold Crossing to see how much the Clarence River had risen. This is what around 130,000 megalitres looks like at 6 meters. The next day the river had risen to 10.4 meters!!

lilydale_grafton flood_named_may 2015

Some paddocks had water on them for days after but the ducks didn’t seem to mind.

pacific black duck_south grafton_grafton flood_may 2015

In some parts of the valley it was standing room only. Every fence post was occupied.

egrets_south grafton_grafton flood_named_may 2015

One morning I saw a hornet buzzing around the garden and just land on the leaf and walk about for a bit. I wondered what it was doing.

hornet01_named_home_may 2015

Then it went around the leaf.

hornet02_named_home_may 2015

It was then I found out what it was doing…just getting a drink!

hornet03_named_home_may 2015

The dragonfly was rather shy.

dragonfly_named_home_april 2015

I am going to have to rename my bird bath by the looks of it. Even butterflies like to get a drink every now and then.

small green-banded blue_named_home_april 2015

There has been some flowers showing their colours this May as well. I found this flower growing on the side of the road.

lilydale_weed yellow  flower_named_may 2015

Whereas this little flower, a murrdannia-graminea, was growing in the bush at my place

murrdannia graminea_named_home_april 2015

While on the road to Newbold Crossing to see how high the water had risen in the Clarence, I came across all these little birds, Black-fronted Plovers, running along the road and then flying off only to land on the road behind my car. They were so fast I couldn’t get a good photo. Plus it was late in the afternoon.

black-fronted plover_lilydale_named_may 2015

The branches had many birds coming to find their last snacks for the day or find a roost for the night. The Crested Pigeon just flew in and sat.

lilydale_top knot pigeon_named_may 2015

The magpies were having a great time swooping around chasing each other and then stopping to survey the scene before whizzing off again.

lilydale_magpies_named_may 2015

In the garden, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have taken ownership of the Honey Gem.

yellow-faced honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

They do have to share at times with the Brown Honeyeaters.

brown honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

The Bottlebrush around the back is also a favourite spot.

brown honeyeater01_named_home_may 2015

And make a show of fancy eating techniques.

brown honeyeater02_named_home_may 2015

The Eastern Spinebills have also set up home in the garden this Autumn.

eastern spinebill_named_home_may 2015

They too don’t mind how they get a snack

eastern spinebill01_named_home_may 2015

The Golden Whistlers have introduced new sounds into the garden.

golden whistler01_named_home_may 2015

They also add a splash of colour to the garden.

golden whistler02_named_home_may 2015

But best of all was the sighting of a new bird into the garden. Another flash of yellow was the give-a-way as the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater dropped into the Honey Gem for a quick snack before going on its way again.

yellow-tufted honeyeater_named_home_may 2015

That’s a good start for May but there has been lots more going on. Hope you can stop by for the next “installment” of May.