This is January 2019

January. A month of hardly any rain, only 6mm over 2 days at my place, whereas the average is around 120mm and it rains most days. It was also freakingly hot. Days in succession of over 38C to a top of 42C here. There were some magic moments, a bit of travelling and the return of the butterflies. I spent a lot of my time watering my garden and plants in shade house. The dam became low so I was thinking of water rations to the plants. I became the bad parent having to decide which plants would get water and those who I hoped would survive.

Among all of this I did manage to get out and about and take quite a number of photos. Looking through the folders, I decided that I would have to do special posts that encompassed some of my days out and about, as I have a lot of things I want to show you this month. It has taken me a long time to decide on what I want to put into this post.

Yep……it’s another huge lot of photos.  So once again, get a cup of tea or coffee (I have a coffee while writing this) perhaps a snack (I have already eaten my biscuits). For those reading in the evening, a glass of wine will help sustain while scrolling through this mammoth month. I shall try to keep the captions short.

Ready. All sitting comfy. Lets go

I best start off with a bit of morning and sunrise through the trees. I don’t get to see the full splendor of sunrise living in the bush or in a forest for those non-Australians
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I liked this morning photo as it has a sliver of our Moon. Can you see it?
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This is what our Moon looked like up close
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Seeing a full moon in the morning was fabulous. A great start to the day.
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While visiting my daughter in Toowoomba, we spent time walking about the streets looking at street art (a post of those wonderful art works to come) and strolling though the many gardens and parks.
I was glad to see that Yarn Bombing was still happening and Council was leaving them in place.
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I just had to get a photo of this carrot that was on top of the vege display at the local Farmers Market
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The distant hills have sentinel like Grass Trees over looking the valley.  Grass Trees grow at around 25mm (1 inch) a year. Some of these are probably 2+ meters tall so ancient wonders on the other side of the valley from my besties place.
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Now for the flowers.
The many colours and shapes of (I think) a Gazania
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Despite the heat, a red Frangipanni buds and flowers appeared.
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The photo doesn’t capture the wonderful red colour.
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The flower of a Eucalypt, not sure which one, with a bee. There was lots of bees around in January too.
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Just a wonderful flower.
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Bougainvilleas flowered well in the heat and dry.
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I have many photos of Native Frangipannis but have never seen a seed pod before
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The Dahlias in my daughters garden
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I saw a flower and while I was looking, some kids came along and said “Look brain flowers”. Yep Brain Flowers or Cockscomb or a Celosia flower.
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Also came in red.
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More bees and flowers
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This one was getting stuck into the pollen at my besties
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A Wattle Line-blue Butterfly enjoying a Brain flower. Did you spot the butterfly earlier?butterfly_wattle line blue_flower_celosia_red_named_toowoomba_jan 2019

An Orange Ochre stopped to enjoy the afternoon sun
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A Cabbage White Butterfly flitted about the garden
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and stopped to have a snack
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The Dragonflies are all flying around the garden and over the dam. These two stopped for some “relaxation” on a branch on the ground.
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Should I have told my visitors that Dragonflies are having sex on their car aerial?
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A golden moment with a smiling Dragonfly
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The Lesser Wanderers came to feed on the flowers that popped up in the grass.
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Wings open to get a bit of sun before take-off.
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The Meadow Argus Butterfly seemed to stop anywhere. You can see how dry it has been. The grasses are dead.
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With wings open it helps to know what butterfly I have photographedmeadow argus_butterfly_named_caniaba_jan 2019

On the flowers, the Meadow Argus looks lovely.
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Another photo of the flowers and butterflymeadow_argus_butterfly_flowers_named_caniaba_jan 2019

A Native Australian Bee, a Carpenter Bee flying among the Ponytail Palm flowers with some beetles and ants. Carpenter Bees quite often make their nest in Grass Trees.
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Among the dried grasses, the Dandelions still had time to flower (see This is December 2018) and set seed
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The branches of a Bunya Pine – Art Direction, my daughter, Photo, me
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High in the trees at my besties, late one afternoon, a flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos came to roost for the night. Not the best photo as the light was failing and the birds kept moving.
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The raucous sounds of the Sulpher-crested Cockatoos sounded all over the park as we strolled about. cockatoo_sulpher_crested_gardens_named_toowoomba_jan 2019
As the weather was hot and dry, the bird bath had to be topped up regularly. The Lewins Honeyeater made enough noise to let us know that there wasn’t much water in the bird bath.lewins honeyeater_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019
Once the bird bath was filled, the Noisy Miners queued up to get a drink and a bath.noisy miners_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019

The Silvereyes stopped by to get into the water while a Striated Thornbill waited his turn.
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I was spied by an Eastern Rosella who dropped by for a drink
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Getting a drink helped show the lovely back feathers pattern.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens make a lovely couple.superb fairy wrens_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019

“Hey babe, check this fancy bit of flying”
“Get out of the way, you’re in my shot”
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Do you mind, I’m trying to take a bath here
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The King Parrot having a look at what I am doing in my officeking parrot_male_verandah_home_jackadgery_jan 2019

Just strolling through the park. Move along, there’s nothing to see here!
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The Tortoises sunning on a rock while another is swimming over.tortoises_japanese_gardens_named_toowoomba_jan 2019

What a face
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It has been so hot that I have left nearly all of the windows and doors open. That seemed to be an invitation for a Lesser Long-eared Micro-bat to take up residence in my pantry.
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This is one of the reasons I keep some doors closed at night. Brush-tailed Possums like to range about the garden at night. Given half a chance they will wander inside creating chaos.
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The Koalas have been active as it’s mating season. I have heard their loud calls at my place. At my besties place we can see this male who has taken up residence occasionally in the trees. Usually asleep, around 18 hours a day, the big feller was not very happy at me walking around taking photos even if he was about 10 meters above me.
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Well it’s almost time to say goodbye. A wave from one of the many Geckos who live behind the pictures on the walls.gecko_hand_home_jackadgery_jan 2019

The sun is setting. Aren’t the colours just wonderful?
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The oranges made for a spectacular sunset
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I was quite pleased to get a photo of our Moon with the coloured rings. It is a hand held photo. Most time I would use a tripod but didn’t have one handy.
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Well it looks like it is getting late so goodnight.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed a scroll through bushboys world for January 2019. Did you have a favourite photo?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter K

Join in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with all the other photographers who have lots of K’s in their photos.

A King Parrot often drops in to see what’s happening on the verandah
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Rainbow Lorikeets are here in numbers to feast on the nectar of the eucalypt blossoms
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Musk Lorikeets only drop in every now and then
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The Grey Goshawk frightens the chooks
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This Australian Kestrel was hunting for lizards in a car park
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A Fan-tailed Cuckoo kept an eye on me
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Had to include a Chook
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and some Chickens
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and of course Brendan the Brush Turkey
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The little Forest Kingfisher is a brilliant flash of blue as he darts through the forest
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Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos love pine cones and eat them like an ice cream cone
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These Plumed Whistling Ducks were paddling about in a puddle in a football field
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Dis someone say Duckduck looking_grafton show_named_may 2017

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.”
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This is the Champion Pair of the Show – I think they are Wyandottes –  a classy pair
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Even the excitement of the Show doesn’t stop the need to lay an egg.
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“Are you talking to me?” “Are you talking to me?”
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“Is lunch coming or what?”
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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.

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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.
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Another visitor to the garden at this time of year is the lovely little Rose Robin.
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The Zygote Cactus have wonderful blooms this year

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Some of my besties Pansys
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I love this dark purple variety.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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You know when Winter approaches when the insects wear their fur coats.
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The evening walk had wonderful lighting. I love this old fence with the air ferns and other plant life growing.

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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.
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The Moon is almost setting the same time as the sun.
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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.
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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Letters E or F

My entries for this weeks Photo Challenge

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I am sure there will be photos of Elephants in this photo challenge. Here is mine, found in a secondhand shop.

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Flying and almost flying

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Face washing. Don’t you hate when your Mum just has to wash your face!

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Flower. The Moon Flower blooms at night so it was special to be there when the flower came out

Here is some of my elephant collection https://bushboy.blog/2015/02/21/elephants/

Lots of new things to discover

I really enjoy discovering new things as well as seeing things through the lens of my camera in a different way. So far this year the rains that are usually around just haven’t come. But the middle of this month there was a good fall of 60mls and the follow-up rain arrived a week later with 15mls. This rain was the best since the 1st June when 22mls fell. The change to the landscape has gone from browns and yellows to a tinge of green and new shoots appearing on many plants.

The new shoots on the Native Wisteria suddenly started to appear.

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The Pine Trees new cones came in a variety of shapes. Some in a random way.

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With others seemingly more ordered. The Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos will be pleased.

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The plum trees are flowering, some in groups.

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While others are singles on the bare branches.

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There is plenty of insect activity too. Some plants have evidence of insect activity like these leaves.

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Some plants visitors are more obvious. This little beetle was very camera-shy and kept walking away from the camera despite my efforts. Those red legs were very determined to trudge away!

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The Raspberries had a mixture of fruits and flowers but mainly flowers. The fruits were hard to find and weren’t all that nice to eat, but looked good.

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I had never really looked at Raspberry flowers. They are quite pretty.

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The bees seemed to think so as well. They were buzzing around going from flower to flower.

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They were very intent on their pollen collecting.

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The bees were also drawn to Fireweed. I can see why someone decided that they would be pretty in the garden, not realising what they would end up doing to the paddocks.

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As always, there was an Eastern Yellow Robin nearby to see what was flushed out with the weed pulling going on.

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While higher up the Little Wattlebird kept an eye on things.

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But much, much higher up still, a Brahminy Kite wheeled over head.

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During a drive into Ballina, we came across a puddle on a small park where a small flock of Plumed Whistling Ducks were having a good time wandering about.

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I have never seen Plumed Whistling Ducks before. They are a very striking bird.

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Seeing them really made my weekend. They have great plumage don’t they? Hope you enjoyed a bit of my weekend.

brian

A Birds Eye View

I have always believed the eyes are the windows to the soul. But with birds and animals it appears to be different, sometimes I wonder if anyone is in there and at other times I can see the intent or what I perceive to be intent. What do you feel when looking into the eyes of a bird?

Some of these photos are small but the difference in the eye and the eye ring is quite distinctive.

I guess I’ll start with a Silver Eye –  a bird whose name is its feature.

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Galahs seem to have old eyes

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There are some birds who have a mask like appearance like this finch

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and this duck

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the Fig Bird’s red mask really stands out

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The Noisy Miner only has a small bit of eye decoration

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whereas the Blue Faced Honeyeater’s covers a lot of their head

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A Kookaburras eye is just among its feathers

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A King Parrots eye with a yellow ring stands out in its bright red head

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which is much the same for a Rainbow Lorikeet with a red circle in a sea of blue

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The Black Necked Stork is a spot of yellow in black

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The osprey has an alertness about it

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Many birds eyes have different colours like the Koel

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and White Headed Pigeon

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and Satin Bower Bird

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The Peaceful Dove has blue as well but it’s around the eye

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but sometimes they can look a bit sceptical

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Tawny Frogmouths eyes aren’t open much during the day and are quite squinty

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But the bird with a huge eye is the Pelican….a bit vacant but rather big nevertheless!!

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Thats the journey through the eyes of birds