Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water
Images of water
during a flood
water birds, Darters, enjoying the water
water over rocks
and of course who couldn’t omit a happy Water Dragon
September, the first month of Spring but still no rain. The last drop of rain I have had was 6mls on the 6th July. Good news is there was 21mls over the last weekend. The dry Winter and September didn’t stop the Grevillieas from flowering. I didn’t include many Grevilleas in this or the next blog. You can see them here from a previous blog. But I digress. This part of This is September is just the birds. The next blog is everything else as I looked at the number of photos and there are too many for one blog. I didn’t want your cuppa to get cold scrolling through or fall asleep before the end.
Ready……..lets get going.
The first lot are birds who are not very good at hiding, although some were just sheltering from the heat of the day probably.
The Australian Raven gave the game away by incessantly calling.
The Noisy Friarbird was in the Sweet Pittosporum
The Little Friarbird was hiding behind the Mago
The Striated Thornbill was hiding in the Hibiscus
Can you spot the White-throated Treecreeper?
The Figbird was trying to be inconspicuous
Little Friarbirds don’t hide very well do they?
I love seeing the Variegated Fairy Wrens hopping through the garden. They usually come in small flocks looking among the bushes and flowers for insects or heading to the birdbath.
The females are hard to see aren’t they?
Whereas the males really stand out
They are so cute when they sit together
As the weather has been very warm, almost Summer temperatures, the bird bath was the place to be. The Little Friarbird came for a drink.
Looking about before having another drink
A Spangled Drongo seemed to have a gargle
While a White-throated Treecreeper jumped in and splashed about
Sometimes you can emerge from the birdbath looking a bit bedraggled like this White-throated Honeyeater
Eastern Whipbirds love the birdbath
Almost ready for another dip
Lewins Honeyeaters like the mosaics of this birdbath
Of course there are birds who live in the water. Darters enjoy a swim
While other birds prefer to be in the trees. Blue-faced Honeyeaters enjoy lunch
Figbirds wonder what other birds are doing
Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on sticks
A regular Spring visitor is the Rufous Whistler who sing their little hearts out during the day
The Square-tailed Kites have come back to their nest from last year to raise more chicks
Other birds don’t mind a stroll about. A Grey-shrike Thrush hopped about the leaf litter
On their regular patrol around the garden, the Wonga Pigeons stopped for a drink.
A Common Bronzewing takes a walk along the road
I like the first signs of Spring when the Rufous Whistler and the Spangled Drongos arrive at my place. Did you have a favourite bird?
Oh yeah, it is Spring. So much is happening, the weather is great for wandering around the north coast and there are so many things to see and do. One drive about took us to Clarrie Hall Dam at the Crams Farm end of the storage. Tweed Council have done a great job making it a great place to visit. Just the view as you drive in is spectacular.
The water is covered in water lilies and water birds are everywhere. The Cape Waterlilies make a stunning sight as they stand tall.
The Yellow Waterlilies are dotted here and there around the dam.
It is so crowded that the leaves curl making it hard for the lilies to push their way skyward.
Unfortunately, under the water’s surface is a good amount of Cabomba, an introduced plant from America, usually a fish tank escapee. At the moment it is flowering which makes a good resting spot for dragonflies.
This flower was partly submerged and made great patterns on the water.
In the trees, as well on the water, were many birds enjoying the late afternoon spring weather. The Brown pigeons were always wary of the bloke with the camera.
The Darters took off when someone ventured into the water
While the Eurasian Coots just paddled around looking for something to eat before it was dark.
The Purple Swamp Hens were always walking about, flicking their tails and squarking in general.
High in one tree the young Willie Wagtails were practising being big birds, flapping wings and generally making a racket.
The adults were telling them to be quiet, I think.
Just sitting and looking at the water was very relaxing but it was time to head home.
When we got home, there was Badger, who had found a shady spot to lay down on the warm spring day.
Going down to the creek there were birds staying cool among the trees and shrubs. The Emerald Dove kept moving around the tree, all the while watching where I was going.
The Cunjivoi is flourishing.
Scattered through the bush are little native gardenia plants with their amazing looking flowers.
I just had to see what was inside the purple flower growing on the fence around the house.
It wouldn’t be Spring if there weren’t birds nesting. The Fantails nest is held together with spider web.
She sat there watching me as I watched her.
I was waiting for the change over of the egg sitters so I could see how many eggs were in the nest. Two small lovely eggs.
Looking up, the splashes of green and orange of the Silky Oak made wonderful abstract patterns.
The warmer weather also had a few blow flies whizzing about. This one seemed to like the pelargonium leaves more than me.
Late in the afternoon, near dark, the Figbirds were singing their wonderful song.
In the front yard, the wallaby wondered if the joey was at home.
And there he was.
A bit of a long one but thanks for getting to the end. I have so much more, so I better get started on the next installment of my Spring.