This is August 2020

Welcome to the things I found in August. Again a strange month for me as I have been still living between two properties, my besties and mine, trying to do as much as I can when I get to my home as I haven’t gotten used to posting using my tablet and phone combo. So easy using my computer.

I don’t have much to blah blah about so let’s get into the images that are my August. I would suggest a cup of your whatever for whatever time of day or night it is in your part of our world, a snack as well as there are quite a number of photos. The weather hasn’t been what is expected in August, temperatures are rather warm for the last month of what is called Winter but the August winds arrived late in the month and did they blow hard for a while.

Being unseasonably warm, lots of birds have started nest building. Around the garden at my besties there are five different birds nesting. Two Welcome Swallows nesting on the verandah as they did last year, a Brown Honeyeaters nest in the bushes at the front (too far into the middle to get any photos) Striated Pardalote nesting in the garden soil heap and the Willie Wagtails the gazebo a post.

Wagtails nest construction has started

Yes I have nesting material. What are you laughing at?
Reminds me of Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters or Dick Strawbridge from Escape to the Chateau and Scrapheap Challenge

Time to sit for a while

A sneaky overhead shot while getting harassed at the same time

Other birds have been collecting nesting material too. An Eastern Yellow Robin finds a feather.

A female Figbird has just the right twig.

The Male Figbird watches on from a tree nearby.

While out on a walk around my place seeing if there has been anything new happening with the fire recovery of the bush, a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike watched me.

Nearly every morning while at my besties, we go for a walk. Always along the way there are birds. A Scarlet Honeyeater was singing high among the branches.

A White-faced Heron flew around after we startled it on the creek and landed in a tree.

The Eastern Rosellas love the berries on the palms in the garden.

Hearing a loud squawking and carry on, I went out to find the local Square-tailed Kite in a tree watching something intently.

This is what the Kite was concerned about, a small Goanna near the Kite’s nest tree.

While on our walks, most days there is a Black Kite coasting on the air currents over the paddocks.

Birds on posts. Not sure which one this is. I have since been informed by Tracy that this is an Australian Pipit.

Bar-shouldered Doves enjoy sitting on a fence post to take in the morning sun. A bit of a chilly morning is evident when the doves are all puffed up.

Female Superb Fairy Wrens are always flitting along the fence lines where the grasses are tall and seeding. They can be heard on the other side of the fence twittering with the males and every now and then hop up onto a post.

The males like a bit of a post sit every now and then too. Perhaps to get a bit of morning sun.

The Red-browed Firetail Finches like the short grass in the garden to hop about and then go into the paddock next door to feed on the tall grass seed heads.

Chestnut-breasted Mannikins hang around in a flock of about twenty or more. I suspect this one was the lookout to warn the others eating the grass seeds on the ground that danger approaches.

The female Figbird found a good berry food source in the garden.

A Double-barred Finch found some grass seeds which had dried after the grass was mowed.

A Chestnut-breasted Mannikin had these seed heads all to himself

A bit of a windy day at the beach but the Crested Terns didn’t care.

While walking along the break wall, there was a Crested Tern swooping up and down the wall over the water hoping to get a snack. Speaking of snacks, how are you doing? Maybe need a drink refill? Probably about half way along. I’m going for a drink.

These fish didn’t seem to mind being near the surface. Luckily the birds weren’t in this part of the harbour.

Time for a bit of whimsy. Some abstracts – some found as the feather stuck in the sand

Some constructed as the pattern took my fancy

Anyone for lunch?

Some made by nature – I love the surrealness of clouds

and the wonders of water drops on spiders webs

The warm weather has bought out a cicada or two far too early and I guess would have been too cold to survive and been eaten

The Rocket Lettuce in my besties garden has gone to flower. On the dairy flats across the road, a Beekeeper has put some hives. The garden is full of bees. They love Rocket flowers and also the Basil is in flower as well.

A Stingless Native Bee wants in on the action too!

This Native Bee is much smaller than the one above. This one is at my place fossicking around a Lomandra multifloras flowers

Down near the creek where we walk, the Mistletoe is in flower. Some of the flowers are white

and some of the flowers are red. Not sure whether it is the same species and different sexes or age of the flowers

All around the bush at my place, the Native Lilac or False Sarsparilla is flowering scattering purple spot all through the bush. Sometimes a few long stem appear

other times there is a riot of purple

Another colourful plant at the moment is the Ink Plant, a tropical plant from America. It is said that ink was made from the berries and the root was a medicine. The red tinged leaves look quite ca treat in the bush. I should pull them out as they can take over.

The berries go from green to purple/black and red. It does look quite a sight.

The berries are reported to be toxic to humans, horses, cattle, sheep, pigs fowl and dogs.

I was sure I had the name of this Australian Native flower. I just call is a purple star flower. This tiny flower is all through my place popping up here and there. Tracy again has informed me that this is an Australian Bluebell.

This is an Erect Guinea flower, a small flower, 12 – 24mm across and is about 50mm or 2 inches tall.

I love finding Banksia flowers when we go out exploring around the countryside. I don’t have any in my place but really should put a plant or two in my garden.

The Zygote Cactus flowers were quite spectacular this year.

I can’t remember what these flowers from my besties garden are called.

Her Nasturtiums always look a treat. I have too many animals that love to eat them to have these wonderful flowers at my place.

I love Gerberas

and my Daffodils didn’t flower this year. It was too warm perhaps so I had to buy my bestie some for her birthday this year.

I think this is a Cosmos flower. They look so good in the garden.

Time for the Grevilleas. A great year for their flowering. This one is Coconut Ice

We have lost the name for this one, it is possibly Blood Orange

This may be a Sandra Gordon species

I think the Blue-faced Honeyeater saw me come onto the verandah. Look at all the pollen on his head while getting the delicious nectar from the Honey Gem Grevillea.

Remember the story of the plumbing tape. Here on the left-hand side of the photo of the Satin Bowerbirds bower is the blue part of the reel.

The grass seed heads with a bit of dew in the morning sun.

The White Fig Tree in the garden has attracted the Fig Birds to my place.

My bestie had one of the best small tomato crops this winter. We had tomatoes all the time. In fact I still have a small bowl in the fridge.

OK everyone, the sun is setting so it’s time to say see you next month. I hope you had a lovely time.

Did you have a favourite photo? I’d love to hear if you did.

Here is a song I have never heard before. Hope you like it as much as I did

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

This is July 2020

Well July has been a quite interesting month. I will say now that I am quite well and feeling great. The only sort of downside is I am not allowed to drive which is quite difficult when you live in the bush a fair way from town. The upside is my bestie doesn’t want me to be by myself so we have been together since the start of the month so living in isolation between her place and mine has been easy.

You may wonder what the hell is he talking about! It all started on July the fourth early in the morning. I was asleep so have no recollection of my seizure and consequent trip to hospital in the ambulance where I spent four days. I don’t remember that first day in the Emergency Unit only to say that I had a nurse with me for part of the time as my heart rate dropped to 37. Over the next three days I had all sorts of tests to examine my brain functions and contrary to what some people may think, my brain is quite a good brain with no signs of impairment at all. This is why my posts have been rather sporadic as I have been trying to come to terms with using my phone and small tablet to post. Downloading photos and trying to get them as I want is the hard part. I found a good free photo editing software at last for the tablet. I am sorry I missed a lot of Becky’s Perspective Squares and not many songs get added either.

OK on to what I saw in July

The mornings at my besties have been lovely misty mornings. I did manage to post a few others for Becky’s Squares

The bees were quite busy in July as a Beekeeper put his hives on the dairy farm across the road

Noisy Friarbirds like to call early in the morning. They seem to be the most predominant bird at my place at the moment

The Grevilleas look great in the morning sun. Honey Gem is one of my favourites as it attracts birds and insects

This flower actually looks like a Sun

Despite looking a bit scraggly, this Grevillea get visits from small Honeyeaters

I am not sure what this small native flower is but it has appeared since the fire.

A Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Honey Gem Grevillea are always a winner

A female Figbird was quite curious of what I was doing

The male Figbird has his red eye patch and feather colours at full mating mode in the morning sun

Going for a walk down my road, I saw a different bird in a tree. It was a Collared Sparrowhawk, the first time I have seen one here.

The Superb Fairy Wrens enjoyed the birdbath. See the difference between the female and male

He looks quite lovely with the colours of the Salvia

“Do these feathers make me look fat?” the Double Barred Finch seemed to say

An afternoon at the beach was a good restful way to spend the day. The Pied Oystercatchers think so as well.

A rare opportunity of seeing a Darter swimming underwater in search of a meal.

The pink and grey of a Galah look lovely in the afternoon sun

On an afternoon walk we often see a Pied Cormorant or two on this branch over the creek. This day there were more than ever and was a had to take reflection photo as well.

Above the Pied Cormorants, a pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters were enjoying their afternoon meal.

I did have time to muck about with some photos. These water abstracts are the raw images. I should send them out for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere as well

It is amazing what can be seen from inside a car at a car wash.

Water abstract of a Pelican

I did some black and white photos too. The empty cafe was my favourite

I love water drops

Well I must be going so as I slide down and away here’s a Green Tree Frog to say good bye

I wonder if the cows enjoy sunsets as much as we do?

An almost full Moon during the day is nice to see so it’s goodnight from me and hope you enjoyed a scroll through my July

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

This is June 2020

Well hello. Yes this is June 2020. A lot has happened at the end of June and early July which will be part of This Is July 2020…..eventually.

There’s quite a number of images which I am still trying to load to my site so I thought I’d get a bit of my blah blah out of the way. I wont be mixing like I do but the following photos will be in blocks with a particular theme I guess. I was thinking of leaving the update on the Joey until then end but those photos are loaded so lets bung them on now. That’ll get the cute out of the way so be ready to ahhh. Also get a cup of you favourite drink and a snack as you wade through what is my June 2020

As you can see Joey is growing up

This is a huge gallery of birds. Starting with a Black Kite

A Black-shouldered Kite hovering which they do as they hunt for prey

The Black Kite found the perfect perch to observe the goings on

The Yellow Robins were in the garden most of June

A classic Australian scene of a Kookaburra in an old gum tree

Blue-faced Honeyeaters will take on any pose to get a snack

The Cormorants knew when the fishers were sorting the catch

The Dusky Woodswallow was quite intent on something

The Satin Bowerbird is always looking for material to construct and make the Bower better

The Satin Bowerbird has bought lunch to his Bower hoping a female may be interested.

The Bower only has a few objects so maybe a female may not be interested unless she is hungry

The Rainbow Bee Eaters were in the garden swooping around the flowering plants

Rainbow Lorikeets love Eucalypt blossoms

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike found a good spot in the garden to watch what was going on

The young Gannets had a great time fishing

It’s time for a few flowers and assorted plant life This is a Leafless Globe Pea. I haven’t seen this plant on my place before and the fire has bout it to life I think

Then the flowers become pods

Then the dry and the seed can rattle around on the dried pod

OK fungi time. A bit of rain in June bought the fungi out as well

It was good to see tiny fungi rising from the ashes

Anothr new native plant bought to life after the fire

I am sure this is from my besties garden

This one as well

Life bursts forth from the trees. Eucalypt flowers are amazing.

Time for a mixed bag. The water in the harbour

You have seen this scene a few time over the past month.

I love the faces in the Bottle Trees

Who doesn’t love a bit of rust?

The old bloke smoking a pipe. Yes my bestie and I having fun on a walk

Looking through a prism. No where as good as Becky’s of Jez’s Lens Balls

A water drop high in a tree caught my eye

I love the world in a water drop

It’s time for a few insects. Nothing scary I promise even this spider is so tiny

The grasshopper was hoping I wouldn’t notice him on the steel beam

Everyone was attracted to the flower. I think they may be a type of Beefly

While the Bees were out in the garden collecting pollen. The pollen sacs are getting full.

I love finding spiders webs on the fence. This one was so tiny

The storm was approaching as we headed home. A shaft of light illuminated this farm house

Some days the clouds are just fabulous

Solitary Island in the early morning sea mist

Heading home to roost so I guess we better get ready to say good night as well

Our Moon is illuminating the way home. I hope to see you next month for another look into bushboys world

Before I go I should really give you one last chance to have a loving sigh

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

Just a flower

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #101: One Single Flower

Yes just one flower. Do you think I could stop at one? This is a selection of flowers I have posted since 2013

Also Bren’s Photo For The Week – 70 – Floral

In the garden

Terri’s Sunday Stills: #Plant Life Grows Around Us

I had intended doing a walk around the garden today but rain, glorious rain stopped that adventure. Here is a bit of a glimpse at my garden from the 2020 archives.

This is May 2020

OK. This is the first go at using the editor for my monthly wrap-up. I usually write about the photos before the image and now I may have to use captions. I reckon you should know what the image is before you see it not after, especially for those who follow my blog and are a bit “wary” of my spiders and snakes. I like to put in a warning. Loading the images individually would solve this but it may be time consuming, we’ll see anyway.

May was the last of Autumn and I did get out and about as this is a lovely time of year here, not too hot and the Winters chill hasn’t fully arrived. Many flowers are blooming and some on the wane. There are the usual birds still around and haven’t departed for warming climates and the Winter birds are yet to arrive.

Maybe I should start with the misty mornings that are part of the landscape.

I bet you are wondering about Joey and how he’s been getting on, so let’s visit him and Mum first on a wet morning.

There is also another new Joey in the garden

The birds – Tiny, the King Parrot, was still around in May with his partner

A Peaceful Dove having a stretch
The Cuban Royal Palms at my Besties are flowering and the Rainbow Lorikeets a loving the flowers
The Grey Shrike Thrush has a lovely song and sings every morning in the garden. Here on the verandah rail making sure I am up and about
Sometimes Kookaburras fluff up and seem quite fat
White-throated Treecreepers are always around hopping up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark
The berries almost match the Satin Bowerbirds eye colour
His Bower is still going and looks quite well constructed. I hope the female Bowerbirds like his efforts
Sometimes you have to get into difficult positions to get a snack. A Blue-faced Honeyeater hanging on
Going for our morning walk at my Besties, there are lots of birds along the roadside vegetation. Red-backed Wrens flashing about attract my attention
The Golden Whistlers are around still and the female is often in the garden
The Eastern Yellow Robin is a frequent visitor to the garden. One of my favourite birds
The first of the Winter visitors, the Eastern Spinebill has arrived
Cheeky Eastern Rosellas are in my besties garden chatting away in the trees
Another of the birds on our walk is Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. This one is eyeing off the seeds for breakfast
The latest ones to be on the edge of the road are Double Barred Finches. These two are deep in conversation
It was a surprise to see a White-breasted Sea Eagle on the tree. He kept a wary eye on us as we walked along the road
The Magpie was having a lovely song on a tree top in Tenterfield when we were there. The Magpie Lark, or Pee Wee didn’t seem to enjoy the song as much as us

The insects are slowing down although there are still some Butterflies about. A selection from my place and my Besties

A Blue Tiger Butterfly finding a comfortable spot on the Bottlebrush flower
Scarlet Jezebels are everywhere in May
A small spiders web glistened in the sunlight
A St Andrews Cross Spider with a snack and only half of the cross completed on the web
The Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies caterpillar on the Lemon Tree. They love citrus leaves
A Common Crow having a rest
while this Common crow had found the Bottlebrush flowers. The bees didn’t like sharing and soon buzzed off the butterfly
I think this may be a Bee Fly on one of the last Zinnia flowers of May
A Butterfly playing peek-a-boo over a Frangipanni leaf in the garden

Speaking of flowers, I did manage to capture a couple of blooms in my Besties garden as there was a bit more rain at her place than at mine. I don’t have many flowers in my garden.

I have never had a Coleus flower before. An interesting flower
The Begonia has been flowering ever since I bought it home.
The Honey Gem Grevillea with rain drops that looked like diamonds

Here is the random images found while in Tenterfield, a town about 150kms from my place in the tablelands.

Love this old house. Someone actually still lives in there
No matter how hard I pushed……
Looking back at Tenterfield on the way home

Sometimes Red-necked Wallabies are quite dainty eaters

I love finding Koalas when we go for a walk. This Koala did wake up and wonder what we were doing chatting away while it was trying to sleep

The Sunset on the way home from Tenterfield was rather special. Amazing reds and oranges. This was the afternoon I captured the Raven at sunset one of my favourite photos for May

Our Moon is up so I better get going.

Hope you enjoyed a stroll through my May. Did you have a favourite image? This did take a bit longer than usual and I couldn’t jump around with the images as it was easier to do them in groups. Was the setting out ok and did it flow well enough for you? Thanks for the visit and see you again soon.

Opening

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Opening

This is an experiment on using the new editor photo gallery. I prefer to show my photos in full. Does this way of viewing photos work for you? Please let me know

A bit of Aussie music for you