Size

Here is Debbies One Word Sunday: Size
Some of the things I have been contemplating on contributing for OWS perhaps can also be some of my Favourite Things as Patti from Ragtag asked.
Perhaps some of the small things in my world should be a start. The feature photo is a Scarlet Honeyeater, the smallest honeyeater and a red jewel that flashes through my garden and the forest.

I love having Stingless Native Bees in my garden
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and of course Blue-banded Bees scrunching into flowersbee blue bum_crop_binna burran feb 2012
All of the tiny native flowers that abound on my placewisteria-native_named_home_aug-2016

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I have to include some big things too. Kookaburras are always hunting in the garden and waking me with their morning song
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Overhead one of the Square-tailed Kite family soars square-tailed-kite01_named_home_nov-2016
While in the garden, a Red-necked Wallaby snacks on the Honey Gem Grevillea 171102_blog challenge_peek_wallaby04

The trees of the forest that surround are the big
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Now a warning for those who have a thing about spiders – there is one in the next image

 

 
Isn’t she a beauty. She lived in my laundry for a Summer and then came into the lounge and dining rooms for Winter last year. I think she became bored of my company and headed outside.170315_side view_huntsman_size

Devout

The Daily Word Prompt from Sheryl: Devout

Two very different versions of devout.

The Angel looking over us
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Buddha wishing us enlightenment
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Candles for hope and those who have gone before us
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Looking to be saved from eternal damnation
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Inside my place of meditation and contemplation
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Out the Back

The word prompt from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Backyard

Ever want to see my backyard?
Looking from the verandah. Down the stairs and into the garden
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Once you leave the garden, my backyard turns into a forest or bushboys Australian bush
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This is August 2018

Not a terribly exciting month for photos as I have been unwell with a cold which is not going away. I decided to do two or maybe more posts about August, one is a fairly large post which will be done soon. At least being unwell allows me time to sit at the computer to sort photos and do stuff that I put off as I have lots to do outside before the weather warms up, although this Winter had been unseasonably warm.

Let’s get started. A few mornings have been slightly foggy. One morning, the early morning fog made the bush look quite surreal.
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Some days the clouds were in shapes that made me just stop and look.
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I am glad this Red-necked Wallaby stopped and looked before hopping across the road in front of me.
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A day was spent at an event in town called Wings and Wheels held at the South Grafton Airfield. It was great to see the Grey Ferguson tractors lines up. This one looked like mine.
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One day out and about, we came across this most colourful and crazy garden. Lots of ideas for Cee’s Odd Ball photo challenge that’s for sure.
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My bestie said it was time for the old wheelbarrow to get a succulent garden. Didn’t she do a great job? All the plants came from pots around the house and garden.
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The hanging geraniums are always in flower.
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We doing things in my besties garden when we felt that someone was looking at us.
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Here is the biggest Brush Turkey from a nearby town, Kyolge.
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Getting home from a drive, the chook decided to detail the car, removing all sorts of insects from the front of my car.
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It is nesting time. I wondered what was going on with the mat on the verandah. The White-browed Treecreeper, normally hopping on vertical tree trunks, gathering nesting material.
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A Spotted Pardalote was foraging among the vines.
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The Welcome Swallows have been nesting in the verandah at my besties new place for years. They have started building their nests too. They are always together.
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A young King Parrot morphing from juvenile to adult
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Checking out the tree tops, an Australian Raven, surveys the scene.
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A Pied Currawong found the berries on a Murraya irresistible.
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The rather prehistoric looking Noisy Friarbird love Grevilleas.
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Eastern Spinebills also love Grevilleas.
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The blue black is lovely as a contrast to the rest of their colours. You can see why it is called a Spinebill.
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The Galah just loved walking among the grass seeds snacking as he went.
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I went down to the bottom part of my property to check on the waterhole. While I was there the activity of birds was quite amazing. A huge flock of Fuscous Honeyeaters were darting everywhere.
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One afternoon, the Moon looked so fabulous against the blue sky. I love our Moon.
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Well there you go. A quick look at my month of August. Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment which will cheer me up no end.

Butcherbirds and Chain Saws

It has been quite some time since Pied Butcherbirds have come to investigate a possible snack when I have been cutting wood.

The first I knew the Pied Butcherbirds were about was when I was cutting something flashed past in the corner of my eye and landed in a tree near me.
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Hanging on no matter what the size of the tree is to look around the cutting site.
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On the end of the log you can see among the already cut rounds of timber, hoping an insect will scurry about.pied butcher bird05_chain saw_named_home_july 2018
These two looked in the bark that I stripped from the log so the chainsaw would get blocked with the fibres from the bark.pied butcher bird03_chain saw_named_home_july 2018

I think they may have found a few insects. Under the bark were some wood cockroaches hibernating. It took a while for the wood cockroaches to think about moving when I first pulled the bark back.pied butcher bird04_chain saw_named_home_july 2018

Overall there was four Pied Butcherbirds rummaging in the bark and the cut pieces of tree. They never sat close enough to get all four in the one photo. The last time the sound of the chainsaw bought Pied Butcherbirds around was over ten years ago. I wonder where they have been?

On the forest floor

The Daily Post word prompt: Mushroom

I love finding and photographing mushrooms, toadstools and all fungi that I come across. Here is a selection of some of my finds

A lovely group of mushrooms. I wonder if there is a name for a group of Mushrooms
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The closer you get the yummier they seem
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Such tiny mushroom or perhaps these are toadstools?
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It is always a frill to find mushrooms to photograph in the forest
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They can be in clusters of mushrooms. There I just made that up.
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Sometimes so packed together there’s not mushroom…..
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Sometimes size matters. I always carry a brick when I go wandering with my camera, just in case
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Sometimes the light is just at the right place in the otherwise darkness of the forest floor.
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