This is November: The Insects

The next part of This is November. I often find a few insects here and there. Some stay for the hello and can I take your photo, some just say g’day and off they go. These are the ones who stayed around…….

A couple of ants having a disagreement. I took this photo in the morning. The next morning, they were still there. If I touched anywhere near them, their antennae waved about furiously.
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I have lots of Native Stingless Bees in my garden when there are yummy flowers about. This bloke has filled his pollen sacs from the Day Lily and is off back to the hive.
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The Gardenia flowers sent their scent into the house from the garden. No wonder the bees like it.
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The Crinum flower hosted many many Native Stingless Bees
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I found this beetle with a yellow love heart on its side wandering about a bush full of flowers when I was walking about in town.
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I love this beetle. The vine it is eating is a new vigorous introduced weed on my place.
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I love the bee trying to hide from me on the Paperbark flower.
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Cats Whiskers is a fabulous flower which the bees also love.
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“Let’s see if there is any more pollen in here”
bee01_cats whiskers flower_named_binna burra_nov 2017

A Common Crow Butterfly was having a rest from the heat of the day.
common crow butterfly_named_grafton_nov 2017

I have a series of Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies. Wonderful large butterflies
orchard swallowtail butterfly_named_binna burra_nov 2017

On the way home

The Daily Post word prompt: Atmospheric

As I drive home, winding through the countryside, I come to a hill that sends me down into the valley where I then climb again to my place. This special spot almost halfway down the hill, the trees open up to reveal my valley and the Great Dividing Range in the distance. Some days are so atmospheric, I am compelled to stop, bathe in the afternoons glow and wonder at the world spread before me.

No words just a few pictures.

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This is October: Part Two

Part Two will be the animals, reptile, amphibians and insects I came across in October

I put out a bowl with water for animals that come around the house for drinks when the weather is warm. I found a frog in the bowl which needed to be rescued. I think it is a Common Eastern Froglet.
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One morning we looked on the verandah and there was a Carpet Snake skin hanging from the rafter. It was over 2 meters long.
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Isn’t the skin beautiful?
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Brush-tailed Possums are coming into the shed. I surprised this one who has a mosquito on its nose.
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I set the live trap as the Brush-tailed Possums are getting into the roof cavity. I heard a crash on the verandah and saw a mother Possum with a baby on her back so I set the trap off. I can’t believe I actually gave the piece of apple to the baby.
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A Red-necked Wallaby enjoying the morning sun in front of the house.
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When you are small and still in the pouch, you have to do some investigating when ever you can.
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It was hard to find the grasshopper amongst the leaves.
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The Bull Ants know when you are about. Time for a quick photo as they Bull Ants poured out from the nest, running away before they ran up my legs.
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These lovely ant enjoyed walking about the plants looking for whatever ants look for.
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The Wolf Spider and the Millipede inside escaping the rain.
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Further up the wall a Huntsman observed the carry on below.
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Looking among a timber stack, I disturbed a Huntsman Spider having a rest.
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Look at the mouth of this butterfly.
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The inside wings of a Ringed Xenica. The first time I have seen a Ringed Xenica on my place.
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The outer wings of the Ringed Xenica are far more showy
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The Native Stingless Bees get right inside of the Dietes to get the nectar or pollen.
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This fly may look quite pretty but boy can they bite.
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Just resting on a leaf before buzzing off to buzz around the house or just annoy people.
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A dragonfly enjoying the sunshine.
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Some dragonflies being “friendly”
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Ready for Part Three?

This is July

At last I am able to sit down and write this blog. I have a chest infection which made my concentration levels drop and a lack of interest in doing anything. Looking at the screen made my eyes sore as well. July was interesting as the days became more like Summer than Winter. There hasn’t been much rain so the garden is suffering. Most of the flowers are from elsewhere, some of the birds are from around here and there is a bit of what is that photo. There is a bit of excitement but that will come later. There are quite a number of photos so perhaps a cup of tea or coffee or whatever you drink while sitting have a look at my July.

This is the view from Raspberry Lookout in the Gibraltar Ranges, about 70kms from my place, which is somewhere to the left of the photo a few gullies over.
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I thought I’d start with the bugs I found. A moth isn’t really a bug but an insect but this beauty had to go in somewhere.moth_named_binna burra_july 2017

We found a caterpillar munching a plant. Look at how much it has eaten for such a small sized caterpillar.
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The winter flowering stone fruits are alive with bees.
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I was enjoying a cuppa on the verandah when this bloke came buzzing around. I like the confusion of fly and shadow.
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At the Raspberry Lookout I found a log. Not just an ordinary log but one that had a lichen that made it look so green.
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Can you see the face on this old tree stump. The big cut mark on the left is where the timber cutters used to put a board to stand on to cut the tree down with an axe. The “graffiti” isn’t all that old though.
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My  bestie found this fantastic leaf.
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One day the clouds just decided to look rather special. Something to do with a hot day, cold upper air or whatever.
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“What are you looking at?”
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I call this photo “The Electric Fish”. I would love to tell you how I took the photo but have no idea. The leaves and flowers were in the bottom of the bowl and the spots on the surface are fish food.
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Late one evening when going for a walk, I saw the red and green leaves glowing in the afternoon sun.
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A neighbours place glowed in that afternoon sun. This plant is called Firesticks.
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I have never looked at a Dandelion flower. Isn’t it beautiful.
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In a garden in Grafton the rest of the garden was bare and a few of the flowers were doing their last gasp but this Gazania stood out among the rest.
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A fragrant Rose. I love Roses.
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The Grevillea flower shone in the early morning sun.
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Some birds come back every year to spend Winter here or perhaps just drop in for a snack and rest on their migratory route to further warming climes. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters stay around and nest. The mornings and evenings are filled with their calls.
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The Silvereyes flock through, some keep going but some hang around for a while eating and building their strength for the next part of their journey.
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The Figbirds are after the fruiting trees in the rainforest gullies. This Figbird seemed to have an interest in a Eucalypt nut.
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The Lewins Honeyeater found a tasty morsel in the bark of the tree.
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It doesn’t look like it was that appealing does it?
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A White-throated Honeyeater, a bowl and a garden bench. There are a number of places where birds can get a drink in my garden.
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Going to my besties one day, I came across a flock of Brolgas in a farmers field beside the highway. This is only the second time I have seen Brolgas and to see around twenty was wonderful.
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Some birds will do anything not to have their photo taken. The Eurasian Coot did a great dive.
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Have you ever been so angry that you just had to shout at a tree?
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I hadn’t noticed the rich orange around the eye of a White-throated Tree Creeper before. Since the blog was published, Carol Probets who often lets me know what’s what informed me that this is a Red-browed Tree Creeper. See Carols blog at Lyreades
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The Welcome Swallow was ignoring me as he sat on the old bridge watching the workings building the new one.
welcome swallow_named_grafton_july 2017

The Spotted Pardalote had a ritual of checking out the verandah every morning for snacks.
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The Grey Shrike-Thrush have set up home at my besties.
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Adorable looking birds aren’t they?
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The Grey Fantail was a bit puffed up in the cool afternoon breeze.
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Another regular Winter visitor to my place are the Noisy Friarbirds. Their calls resound through the forest all day long. These two were having an in depth conversation.
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Every now and then a large flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos descend on the pine trees to feed and then take off to find a place to roost.
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The lovely little Rose Robins are occasional visitors. So cute as the bounce in the garden looking for snacks.
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This is excitement number one. First time I have seen a Grey Goshawk. It was high in the trees at my besties place.
grey goshawk_named_binna burra_july 2017

Excitement number two. The first time I have seen a Fan-tailed Cuckoo. It was so happy to sit on a post and pose for a minute or two at my besties place.
fan tailed cuckoo_named_binna burra_july 2017

This was the sunset in some of the photos mentioned before. So it must be time to go.
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Thank you for stopping by. Drop me a note if you found something that interested you.

This was June

It has taken me ages to sort through the photos that I took in June. Luckily I took out the photos of birds that I encountered and put them in this blog. I was surprised at some of the subjects that I managed to capture as it is Winter here which is normally a bit dry but we have had a rather wet Autumn. I am wondering where to start as I have quite a number of photos so maybe I will get going with some of the old bits and pieces I came across in June. The photos are at my place unless otherwise stated.

When I visited a neighbour, I had to stop and photograph the old farm stuff they have near their front gate. I think this is a horse drawn stick rake.
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The old cart has seen better days. My Grandfather was a Wheel Wright and I reckon he would love to have a go at restoring this cart.
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As you know, I love rust, the colours and the shapes that make the metal into an art work.
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The chains and hook are a wonderful knot of rust.
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This old pulley is hanging on the besties verandah. It may have been part of the old dairy that used to be on her place years ago.
old pulley_named_binna burra_june 2017

I love the tiny water drops in the spiders webs from the misty rain.
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The rain has put water drops on the flowers in pots on her verandah.
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The Zygote Cactus water drops seem to be able to defy gravity
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Even the spiders web caught a water drop or two.
water drop_named_binna burra_june 2017

The spiders web in the Red Ironbark had a golden glow. The Red Ironbarks are majestic trees on my place.
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The rain drops on the spiders web in the grass looked like jewels.
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Moss and lichen are other favourites of mine to photograph. A lovely green on the Bloodwood tree.
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The wonderful coloured red sap from the Red Ironbark oozes from fissures in the bark.
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The Tuckeroos are in flower and the trees are full of these tiny flowers.
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The trees were abuzz with the sounds of bees and insects.
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I am not sure if this is a bee or a wasp.
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The bees certainly have to scrunch to get to the pollen and nectar.
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I didn’t notice the red eye on this insect until I down loaded the photos.
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The Blue-banded Bees were still hanging around the Pentas. I love their blue bums.
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They hardly sit still and this bee looks like he hasn’t any wings.
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Down on the forest floor, I was trying to get the right angle for a photo of the fungi when along came this fellow. I love the colours of the fungi. The reds are very striking to see. just little red dots on the ground.
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I found this bunch of fungi during a Landcare visit to a site in Tucabia emerging from the mulch.
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In the rainforest on my besties place I always come across fungi growing on the fallen trees. This is the first time I have seen this wood fungi which went the length of the log. Amazing colour isn’t it?
fungi_red_named_binna burra_june 2017

This wood fungi was on the end of a log nearby. Such a contrast in colour from the fungi above.
fungus_tree_named_binna burra_june 2017

I found this little Stink Horn Fungus walking down the driveway at her place. I think I was stalking the Brush Turkey trying to get a photo of him on the mound he built.
stink horn fungus_named_binna burra_june 2017

Isn’t the yellow of this fungi just lovely? And it even curled its edge to show me its frill.
fungus_yellow_named_home-june 2017

The Gold Top mushrooms are everywhere at the moment on my place.
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I love looking under the fungi to see the frills which have a fascinating shape and texture.
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Growing on a log in the forest, the mix of moss with its seed pods and the fungi looked like a tiny elfin garden.
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The Bromiliads in my besties garden are flowering but mine haven’t as yet. The mix of colours on this flower is just right.
bromiliad flower_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Matchstick Bromiliad flower is different.
bromiliad flower_cigarette_named_binna burra_june 2017

This is me being a bit artistic with the hanging Hibiscus flower.
hibiscus flower_changed_named_binna burra_june 2017

I can’t remember what this vine flower is called but it certainly caught my eye in my besties garden. I love the curly tendril as well.
flower_named_binna burra_june 2017

Looking deep inside the flower, it almost looks like it is exploding outwards.
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The Banksia flower in the afternoon sun.
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My neighbour has a wheelbarrow full of these Pancake cactus. They are becoming one of my favourite cacti.
pancake cactus_named_jackadgery_june 2017

When I was watering some pot plants on the front verandah, out popped the little Broad-palmed Frog.
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Isn’t it one of the cutest frogs you have ever seen?
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At the Landcare walk at Tucabia you know I couldn’t resist chasing a butterfly. The Large Grass Yellow was feeding on a Farmers Friend or Cobblers Peg plant.
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The Orange Palm Dart butterfly just happened to sit on a leaf while I was stalking a bird in my besties garden. What wonderful colours
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The Orange Palm Dart was very co-operative in getting its photo taken.
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In Winter, you have to be careful when you go to the wood pile. You never know who is getting the warmth of the afternoon sun. Luckily I saw this small Red-bellied Black Snake
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Well the sun is setting so I better get off and do stuff. Hope you enjoyed the things I found in June.
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Thursdays Special – Female

I would be very remiss if I didn’t use my lovely Red-necked Wallabies who hop around my garden and lovingly tend their Joeys for Paulas photo challenge – Female.

This young female is so pretty don’t you think?

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But also camera shy.

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“What are you doing in there?”

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“It’s OK Mum, I’m just chilling”

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One day you will have some fur on those skinny arms.

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“Mums pouch is the best place to be”

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Thursdays Special: Vernal

What a great photo challenge from Lost in Translation. Vernal is an inspirational adjective bringing thoughts of Spring – it’s colours and promise of life. It is the middle of Autumn here in Australia, so my selection of photos are from last years spring. Hoping it brings joy to you and your Spring.

The blossoms of the nectarine tree in the early morning

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Of course what would blossoms be without bees

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The little native Blue-banded Bee loves to scrunch to get the nectare

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and of course there are butterflies everywhere in my garden

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The birds come for the flowers too

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater

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Eastern Spinebill

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Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

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Musk Lorikeet

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Rainbow Lorikeet

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Scarlet Honeyeater

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Falling Water

Falling Water is the theme from Dutch Goes the Photos Tuesday Challenge Have a look at the great photos others have contributed

The Clarence River water rushes over the rocks at Lilydale near my place.

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Ellenborough Falls are quite spectacular as the water tumbles into the deep ravine.

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The Flower and the Bees

The challenge is shallow depth of field52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32

The Hippeastrum is a fabulous flower to photo. Its large bell shaped flowers and striking colours give many an opportunity for some great photos. Throw in some Stingless Native Bees and you look into a busy tiny world.

The flowers are male and female. This is a female flower with the stigma ready for some pollen.

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This is a male with the anthers full of pollen

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All we need are some bees. Look how full the bees pollen baskets are.

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Once a flower is found the tiny bees come to collect the pollen.

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I wonder if they know there’s a spider in there.

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Black and White Sunday: After and Before Y1-04

The after and before photos of a little Scarlet Honeyeater, the smallest of Australias honeyeaters, in an Australian native tree, a Pink Euodia. Scarlet Honeyeaters whizz around my garden like red jewels flashing in the sun.

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