Novembers finds

A bit has been happening in November. First of all my new domain has been registered and I am now a .blog and just a bushboy writing from bushboy.blog

A new sign for the property so any of my Airbnb guests can find me a bit easier. Thank you to my bestie, not only a fabulous artist but a great signwriter as well. Over the next few weeks the old orange “post” will have a bit of a make over as well.

Some of the photos are repeats of subjects that have been in and around my place for the past few months. There is always room for a butterfly or two, a dragonfly and some birds who have been showing off this month. So off we go – have you got your cuppa and are ready to see what I have found in November….

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The Square-tailed Kites are still on the nest and I am anxious to see some small heads appear above the nest. Maybe the next blog will have some little Kites for you.

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It was a warm day so she was sitting on the edge of the nest with her wings out to help cool her down.

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And then see spotted me.

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The Caper White Butterflies have started to lessen in numbers but there was a flurry of butterflies earlier in the month.

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This is my favourite Caper White Butterfly photo

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I am fascinated that some butterflies like sitting on the ground. Australian Painted Ladies seem to enjoy life at ground level even if the ground is bone dry.

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I was waiting for ages to get a photo of an Australian Painted Lady with its wings open as I saw the flash of green as it was flying about. An amazing green colour isn’t it?

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I always have the little Lineblues flitting around the garden. I noticed that this one seemed different to the others. When I looked in my butterfly book, I found it was still a Lineblue but couldn’t really discover which one it is. Funnily, when I put Lineblue into a search engine for images, there were some of my own photos which didn’t help much at all.

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The Orange Grass Dart almost matched the colours of the Dietis Bicolor.

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The doors are closed but the Robber Fly seemed determined to get inside out of the heat. It was sitting on the door jamb waiting for me to go inside.

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Of course there are dragonflies about the garden especially after I have watered the plants. Their wings are wonderful to look at and the more you look, the more you see the lines and shapes.

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With this Dietis iridioides, the little Native Stingless Bees have to venture down inside  the flower to fill up their pollen sacks.

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As I sit at my desk this Copper-headed Skink is always busy doing his Skink business around the verandah. He moves so fast when he wants that it is so hard to get a photo. One day I’ll be able to show you his face….one day.

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I put the bird bath in the old dead tea tree a while ago but it’s not much of a favourite as the terracotta one. One day the King Parrots came in for a drink. Drinking at the terracotta bird bath rises the ire of the Friarbirds who have claimed the garden as their own. Their battles in the garden with the Blue-faced Honeyeaters have been epic. Have a look at this video from my You Tube Channel

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All the birds sit on the edge of the bird bath but the White-throated Treecreeper has its own unique way.

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Bird number 92 in my list of birds who I have identified (with help of others when I cannot find them) was the Brown Pigeon. Not the Brown Pigeons best side but these colours and markings that you don’t always see.

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I was wondering why the leaves and flowers of this plant were on the verandah and the plant looked a bit scrappy. One morning while I was at my desk, along came a Friarbird who started plucking leaves and flowers. The Satin Bowerbirds were also having a go a while ago too.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was enjoying the morning sun. Another photo from my desk.

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This year has been dry but the conditions have suited the Crinums. They have had 2 or 3 flower spikes so far this Spring. Such an amazing flower.

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The Lilli Pilli has also had a good flowering. The small tree was just bursting with red flowers which the Native Stingless Bees have been enjoying too. Check out the pollen sack on this bloke and wonder how it can still fly let alone gather more.

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Of course, the flowering of the Lilli Pilli has made the tiny Scarlet Honeyeaters sing. Listen to the song in this video. My apologise for some bad camera work but I had to get the song

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The Scarlet Honeyeaters also look good from the back don’t you think?

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They are lucky to be able to have almost exclusive rights to the Lilli Pilli flowers as the other honeyeaters are too big to land and eat. It certainly takes a bit of acrobatics to utilise the flowers nectar.

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It’s almost time to turn on the lights, think about dinner and wash up my cup. Have you finished you cuppa too?

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November had the Super Moon. Well it wasn’t very super at my place but still is a lovely sight in our night sky.

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Good night…..see you next time.

Birds, Bugs and Flowers

I have been meaning to do the last lot of photos for December. Being on holidays makes it hard to sit and do useful things. I haven’t really gone anywhere. Just doing the usual day trips around the north coast of NSW, trying to avoid the places where the tourists are massed and clogging the roads. Managed to get caught in a 7km traffic jam because I didn’t check Live traffic before I left home. A useful website when driving around here in the school holidays.

The title doesn’t really tell you everything that is in this blog but there are birds, bugs and flowers. I suppose I should warn some of my more squeamish readers that this blog may contain spiders and moths. Yes someone doesn’t enjoy my moth photos.

The Ibis is the garbage scavenger quickly replacing the Seagull. I looked up one fine day and there, high above me, wheeling around on the air currents were some Ibis. They looked so graceful.

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It was a hot day and the young Magpie Lark or Pee Wee as we called them as kids, was in the trees occasionally squawking but mainly panting – that’s if birds pant.

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The heat of the day also brings some visitors to the verandah into the cool. The hanging plants make a good resting place for this King Parrot. King Parrots are regular visitors.

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Walking around Lismore Heights, we stopped at the lookout where there were heaps of Copperheaded Skinks. Mostly small ones that were quite fast who ran away when I got too close.

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I love coming across caterpillars. I have no idea what this one is and am feeling too lazy to get the books out. They are always ready to have their photo taken.

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There has been a hatching of Cabbage White butterflies. There were quite a few flitting about the garden. I am not sure of the name of the flower this butterfly was enjoying.

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Bugs. I really need a bug book as there are so many in the gardens and places I go to. I just call these types of insects shield bugs. It was quite intent on sucking on the stem of the plant and didn’t mind me taking a few photos.

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Whereas this bloke was quite busy trotting about the vege garden. As you can see it wasn’t a very big bug.

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The tiny moth just settled on the door frame, keeping dry from a passing shower. I love how hairy some moths can be. This one looks like it even has feathers on its back.

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Bees. I love trying to get good photos of bees as you would know. I wonder how many bee photos I have?

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As I was doing a bit of a tidy up in the garden, I came to the Crinum and was removing some of the debris that had gathered in the leaf stalks. I was also looking for spiders as well because they love to make a home in there. This time it wasn’t a spider I found but a cricket. It tried to wiggle its way deeper into the stem. This was the first photo before it made itself smaller.

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One evening I got into the shower and this girl was in there as well. I gently moved her out of the shower as I don’t think she would find hot water beneficial. She decided that the mirror was a good place to sit. Maybe she was reflecting on her day.

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I have developed an obsession in photographing Dragonflies. I didn’t realise there were so many different colours in dragonflies. This one almost looks like the stick it is sitting on.

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Some dragonflies are quite orange. They seem to hold their wings out to the side when they are resting.

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And then there are the red dragonflies that I have been trying to get a photo of for quite a while. The red is almost fluorescent. The red dragonflies hold their wings to the front.

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Dragonflies can also be a bit hairy.

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Of course any blog of mine would be complete without a fungi appearing somewhere.

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It looks like we are up to the flowers. I have had a fascination with photographing flowers since I got my first SLR camera. The small geranium flowers all seem quite different if you look carefully.

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The ball of flowers that make up the Pentas flowers looks so striking even when you get right into the flower and see the individuals that make up the whole ball.

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Flowers grow in all sorts of shapes and patterns. I didn’t notice the structure of this flower until I looked from directly above. What a lovely circle of flowers.

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These marigolds have so many subtle shades of orange that changes when viewed in sunlight. In the shade they seem to darken with lighter highlights.

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What would summer be without the scent of a Frangipani? I can almost smell them when I see the photos, can’t you?

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Buddha has a nice shady spot to sit. I like to visit him often for a chat.

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Well that is the last of the 2015 photos. I hope you have enjoyed being with me as I made some lovely discoveries over the 2015. Here is the year in review that WordPress build – http://bushboy54.com/2015/12/31/2015-in-review/

Thanks for the positive comments and support and I hope I can let you see what will be in my world in 2016.

Flowers are so wonderful

When I first got the bug to take photos, I loved to take photos of flowers. The colours, the textures, the shapes and the huge variety and sizes. One day (don’t we all say that) I will scan some of my old photos but at the moment I have so many I’ve taken since I have had a digital camera that it was hard to select a some to have here for now. I have another folder of the native flowers I have here and decided that they would be another blog as they are special. Many of the woodland flowers are quite small so it combines another love of mine – Macro photos….getting in close to the tiny world we live in. So off we go…..

Some flowers are individuals and look good by themselves. But others grow on a spike and have many many flowers that the whole spike that they look great as a whole.

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I love Begonias and have heaps of different types. They are more spectacular for their leaves…colours and shapes. Their flowers are quite small and are mostly the same shape, just different colours. Again, they look good as a group.

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Crinums also look good as a group as they have many flowers all close together. Their shape and colours are great.

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The shapes that flowers have is so many and varied and many flowers are purple(ish). Here are a couple of ones that are quite weird and wonderful don’t you think.

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I found this flower at Evans Head……the fringe is so different.

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The orchid is one that my Mother gave me….she loved her orchids

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I like to look deep into some flowers…..the different shades and shapes are those that you never see from a casual glance.

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Sometimes nature supplies special effects as well.

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A crocus bud with added magic

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Or you get photo-bombed by a Lady Beetle

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Even just a small part of a flower can look special. The Ginger flower is huge and one part can look good, the colour is so 1960’s with the orange and yellow.

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I wonder why they called it a Butterfly Bush….

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Same with the spotted lily

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Some flowers are almost see through

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While others come in a range of striking colours….even the humble daisy.

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Or the colours ands shape of a waterlily…..photo-bombed by a native bee.

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The richness of colour and form in a dahlia. My Grandfather grew dahlias. The side of the house down the driveway in Orange was a riot of colour and huge plants. The memory of a four-year old.

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The sun can also help make a flower look spectacular.

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Thanks for coming with me on a journey through many gardens that I have wandered taking photos, some are mine, others are public gardens and of course the wonderful garden of my bestie.