Meet Kurrie

I’d like you to meet Kurrie. Kurrie has been living at my besties place for a few weeks now. Luckily Kurries parents are always close by and are very good parents. Kurrie has survived 2 hail storms plus countless rain events as well as hot sunny days. We are enjoying Kurries company and will be sad when Kurrie finally decides it’s time to leave.

Here is a small photo story of our new friend Kurrie

Kurrie lives high in the tree tops not far from the house. Kurries place looks a bit thrown together but as I mentioned has survived the weather. You can just see one of Kurries parents on the right.
currie_the nest_up high

Here is a bit of a closer look at Kurries place. We were never sure that there was anyone in the nest.
currie_the nest

Then one day we could hear this raucous sound and there was Kurrie.
currie_the nest_just a beak

Kurrie spend a lot of time asking Mum and Dad for something to eat.
currie_asking for food_with mum

I wonder what the parent is thinking.
currie_asking for food

As Kurrie is growing, now it’s standing up and stretching.
currie_standing on the edge

All the time keeping an eye out for the next snack
currie_standing on the edge_inside

Or stretching out as far as you can
currie_leaning out

The parents are constantly bringing Kurrie food. A growing baby needs lots of nourishment.
currie_asking for food_again

Here, Kurrie gets a bit of food from the parent.
currie_getting food

A bit about Kurrie.

Kurrie is a Pied Currawong. Currawongs live in most coastal areas of Eastern Australia. They live in the forest and have adapted to city life. I know when the weather is getting cooler in the mountains as the Currawongs come down from the mountains to hang around my place. They are around 48cm. Currawongs have a loud and distinctive call which is heard in the mornings, before roosting at night and sometimes before it rains.

Here is their call from Graeme Chapmans website
http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=101&p=349

 

 

This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
leaf_named_home_august 2017

Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
pool_afternoon_named_home_august 2017

Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
white winged chough_named_home_august 2017

The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
currawong_named_home_august 2017

At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
peaceful dove_named_home_august 2017

In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
yellow faced honeyeaters_named_home_august 2017

The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
brown honeyeater_named_home_august 2017

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_modanville_august 2017

One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
satin bower bird female_named_home_august 2017

The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
satin bower bird_female_named_home_august 2017

I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
king parrot01_named_home_august 2017

A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
restless flycatcher_named_home_august 2017

The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
superb fairy wren_named_modanville_august 2017

The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
variegated fairy wren_named_binna burra_august 2017

I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
caterpillar_cyclamen_named_home_august 2017

I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
insect nest_named_home_august 2017

I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
common jezabel_close_named_home_august 2017

I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
grass flower spike_spider_named_home_august 2017

This is the rest of the spike
grass flower spike_named_home_august 2017

There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
native flower_yellow_named_home_august 2017

I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
native flower_yellow_buttercup_named_home_august 2017

Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
native flower_yellow hairy leaves_named_home_august 2017

The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
egg and bacon flower_named_home_august 2017

I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
native wisteria01_named_home_august 2017

Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
native flower_purple_named_home_august 2017

The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
grevillea_red_bee_named_home_august 2017

This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
grevillea_yellow daze_named_home_august 2017

Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
flower_pink_named_binna burra_august 2017

Love the colour of these flowers.
pink flower_named_binna burra_august 2017

Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
pansey_yellow_named_binna burra_august 2017

The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
pansey purple_named_binna burra_august 2017

One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
sunset01_named_binna burra_august 2017

I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
sunset_close_named_binna burra_august 2017

One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
sunset_changed_named_binna burra_august 2017

Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.

This was May

Ever so late doing my “this is what I found in May.”

So many things have needed doing and my time has been spent doing the many Photo Challenges, which I seem to be obsessed with as they give the opportunity to showcase your photos and techniques and at the same time see what other bloggers from around the world are doing. I love showing my part of this world or some photos of my travels. I hope you have enjoyed these Photo Challenges as much as I have.

OK……….on to my May. May is show time in my town. What I love (as many of you know) are chooks so I always go to the poultry pavilion when I go to the Grafton Show. Here are my favourites from the show.

“Do you like my new hair do?”fluffy bantam_grafton show_may 2017

“I find the bun at the back is what the fashionable ducks are wearing this season.”
duck fluffy head_grafton show_named_may 2017

This is the Champion Pair of the Show – I think they are Wyandottes –  a classy pair
champion pair_grafton show_named_may 2017

Even the excitement of the Show doesn’t stop the need to lay an egg.
hen egg_grafton show_named_may 2017

“Are you talking to me?” “Are you talking to me?”
rooster looking_grafton show_may 2017

“Is lunch coming or what?”
duck looking_grafton show_named_may 2017

One of the Photo Challenges I did was Frames and the Currawong was the first image. This Currawong found the water well in the Poinsettia tree and was enjoying a drink.

currawong_named_binna burra_may 2017

The Lewins Honeyeater has been a constant visitor in May to the verandah looking for insects and gathering spiders webs for the nest. I think I was spotted as he looked in the door from the Zygote Cactus.
lewins honeyeater_named_home_may 2017

Another visitor to the garden at this time of year is the lovely little Rose Robin.
rose robin_named_home_may 2017

The Zygote Cactus have wonderful blooms this year

zygote cactus flower_named_home_may 2017

Some of my besties Pansys
pansy02_named_binna burra_may 2017

I love this dark purple variety.
pansy01_named_binna burra_may 2017

Just sitting in a wheelbarrow garden looking fabulous.flower_named_binna burra_may 2017

Some flowers look lovely at the end of Autumn don’t they?
flower pink_named_binna burra_may 2017
Sitting in a cafe in Brunswick Heads I spotted the Native Stingless Bees in the garden bed on the street.stinglessw native bee_named_brunswick heads

The spiders web have a certain magic in the morning light.
spiders web_named_binna burra_may 2017

One night, there was a banging on the window. We went outside to see what was making all that racket. We found an Emperor Gum Moth sitting on the window sill. Aren’t the antennae wonderful?
emporer gum moth_named_binna burra_may 2017

You know when Winter approaches when the insects wear their fur coats.
emporer gum moth01_named_binna burra_may 2017

The evening walk had wonderful lighting. I love this old fence with the air ferns and other plant life growing.

old fence_named_binna burra_may 2017

The grass seed heads looked spectacular in the late afternoon light. I didn’t do any photo manipulation this is what they actually looked like.
grass seeds_named_binna burra_may 2017

The Moon is almost setting the same time as the sun.
moonrise_named_binna burra_may 2017

The Sun is setting so I better say good evening and hope you have enjoyed a little bit of May in my part of Australia.
sunset_named_binna burra_may 2017

One Word Photo Challenge – Frame

Jennifers One Word Photo Challenge Frame. How many photos that can fit the bill?

The Currawong may have the bill to fit the challenge

170601_currawong_framed

Or perhaps the Bullant emerging from the nest

bullant_named_home_feb-2017

Who is the spooky face in the frame?

looking-out-of-the-window_named_home_nov-2016

The owl my fit the bill as well for Framed

lady shed shelf_owl_binna burra_named_june 2016