Where

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel With Intent: Where

Where have these photos been taken?

From my desk in the office through the glass door
A chook often comes to see what I am doing
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A Noisy Friarbird looking in the door
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The Kookaburra heard me move I think
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A Brush-tailed Possum found a snack
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A tiny Spotted Pardalote investigating for insects
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The Rose Robin was tweeting away
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Sometimes a Huntsman Spider will find insects hovering around the computer screen
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The Things of January

THE HOT SUMMERS DAYS are here and the lack of consistent rainfall has sapped my energy causing me to be indoors more often than out in the biting rays of the Sun.

However I did get out and about and went to the Bangalow Markets hoping for some photographic inspiration. There was a bit of action but on the whole my mojo wasn’t there.

The colours did grab my attention.

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In some part of my besties garden, the flowers are always around. There is more rainfall and cooler weather there. I was taken by the red flower buds getting ready to burst forth.

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Back in my garden the storms gave relief to the plants with a Murraya sending out its perfumed blossoms.

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I love the Hibiscus schizopetalus. The flowers hang down from the long stems and dance in the breeze.

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The small amounts of rain and a bit of hot weather has made a fungi or two pop out of the soil. This one was the biggest I have seen for a long while. I didn’t know what to use to show its size but a brick came in handy

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It looked just as amazing from beneath as well.

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It may be Summer but the Teak Tree has decided that it is time to lose its leaves making the garden have a temporary Autumn feel.

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Summer time and the wasps are constructing their nests from chewed wood giving them a papery look, hence the name Paper Wasps. Unfortunately these are under the gutter at my besties and will have to go. When I had a bloke doing some building work at my place, he managed to disturb a nest and was stung on his ear and back. They chased him as he ran away from the nest. Paper Wasps in the bush are OK but around the house they have to move on.

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Even though it is hot, early morning and late in the day, the butterflies are about. I think this is a Skipper whose wings have seen better days.

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The Caper Whites are still around but no where near the numbers of late Spring.

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Here is a large horse fly Triclista singularis’ These fly slowly with a loud buzzing and we gave them the nickname of B52s. When they do land and bite you really know it. This is the biggest fly around my place, around 25mm. It is rather pretty for a fly.

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I noticed movement in the kitchen on a potted begonia  I found a Praying Mantis. He hung around the kitchen for a few days before going outside. Fearsome looking but quite friendly.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater looked pleased with itself as it puffed out its chest.

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The constant calls of the Bar-shouldered Dove ring around the garden as they sit high among the trees.

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They have a pink ring around their eyes which I hadn’t noticed before.

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I love the feather patterns on the Little Wattlebird

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There is a queue at the bird bath waiting for their turn.

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A return visitor to the garden is a lovely little Forest Kingfisher. The orange spots stand out as does the wonderful white chest.

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He was so obliging to turn around to show the striking blue feathers. When flying about the garden the flashes of blue catch the eye.

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I hope the hot weather soon abates and February brings more things for me to share with you.

Birds, Bugs, Butterflies and Flowers

Another hot day has made me think it will be better being inside rather than the baking sun out there. At the moment there is thunder rumbling about. But that happened last night and didn’t result in rain. I hope this lot will as it is dry as anything here.

This is the third year of lower than average rainfall. There has been enough to keep the water tanks topped up but the dams are either empty or very low. The main dam I use for watering the house gardens is about one third full so it is rationing the water to the plants in pots first and then the new plantings (planted in the hope of rain).

From there I feel like the bad parent and water the plants that look like they need water more and the others are left to fend for themselves. Most are OK and I have only lost one or two plants although they may surprise and send out shoots when the rains come.

I am always putting water into the bird baths which is appreciated by the birds who come to my garden for a drink. The hanging pot is usually a favourite for the small birds. Once when I was watering the plants, a White-throated Honeyeater sat in a branch near the hanging pot and almost seemed to say “How about you top up the hanging pot so we can get a drink.” After putting some water into the pot, about 4 or 5 of its mates went to the pot for a drink.

Sometimes a bigger bird will also like to have a drink like this Little Friarbird.

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The hanging pot is the best place to get a drink. The female Scarlet Honeyeaters are regular visitors.

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The male Scarlet Honeyeaters seem to get on when there’s a drink involved.

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This young one waited until everyone else had gone before venturing in for a drink.

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Another place to get a drink is an old wheelbarrow which collects water from the car port roof when it rains. Some of the birds love it as it is in shade in the afternoon. You may have seen previous photos of the Spangled Drongos and Friarbirds over there.  This time the Lewins Honyeater and the White-throated Honeyeater had a bit of a squabble about who should drink and bathe in the wheelbarrow bird bath.

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In early December the lovely Satin Flycatchers drop in for a few days.

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The Square-tailed Kites are often harassed by the nearby nesting Friarbirds when they take off from their nest to go and get food for the young ones. I haven’t been able to see the young ones yet but both parents have been busting getting food and coming back to the nest. This Friarbird got very up close and personal.

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But eventually the Kite wheeled around and headed off on its mission.

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Soon it was circling around getting higher and higher showing its wonderful wing feathers.

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Meanwhile, back at my besties bird bath the normally sleek looking Red-browed Finch was looking rather ruffled.

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The sounds of Summer in Australia are the Cicadas. There are Cicada shells on most tree trunks or posts and like this one, under the leaf of a Frangipanni.

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The Dragonflies are constantly  zipping about the garden. This dragonfly seemed to really like the stick and sat there for quite a while.

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Everyday there is the buzz of the Blue-banded Bees as the source out the meager flower offerings in the garden.

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A new visitor to the garden at the end of November was the Common Albatross Butterfly. There was only 1 or 2, nowhere as many as the Caper Whites.

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I have fallen in love with photographing the Caper White Butterflies as they feed on the Pentas. Knowing they will soon be gone, I have been getting some nice photographs while I can.

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In this close-up, you can almost see the scales on the wings.

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I saw a Painted lady on the road as I walked down the drive to the house and suddenly she flew up and disappeared. It took a while to find where she had taken refuge in the rough bark of the Red Ironbark.

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Even butterflies have to do it. These little Lineblue Butterflies even flew about the garden locked together.

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Perhaps because it has been so dry, the Agapanthus bloomed so well this year. Spots of blues and whites are dotting the garden.

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The Frangipannis are just starting to bloom so  this year I am going to take notice of the colours I have planted in the garden.

frangipani-flower_named_home_dec-2016

The shed down the back has these frosted glass casement window I bought when I first moved onto the bush block. They were used in the first shed/house I built and now are in another shed that is underway. As I walked about the garden, it seemed as though someone was watching me. I saw this “face” in the window.

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Remember the last blog. I said I was going to try and get a photo of the verandah skinks face. Well he sat long enough in the morning sunshine for me to get a photo. Always try to deliver lol.

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Novembers finds

A bit has been happening in November. First of all my new domain has been registered and I am now a .blog and just a bushboy writing from bushboy.blog

A new sign for the property so any of my Airbnb guests can find me a bit easier. Thank you to my bestie, not only a fabulous artist but a great signwriter as well. Over the next few weeks the old orange “post” will have a bit of a make over as well.

Some of the photos are repeats of subjects that have been in and around my place for the past few months. There is always room for a butterfly or two, a dragonfly and some birds who have been showing off this month. So off we go – have you got your cuppa and are ready to see what I have found in November….

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The Square-tailed Kites are still on the nest and I am anxious to see some small heads appear above the nest. Maybe the next blog will have some little Kites for you.

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It was a warm day so she was sitting on the edge of the nest with her wings out to help cool her down.

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And then see spotted me.

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The Caper White Butterflies have started to lessen in numbers but there was a flurry of butterflies earlier in the month.

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This is my favourite Caper White Butterfly photo

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I am fascinated that some butterflies like sitting on the ground. Australian Painted Ladies seem to enjoy life at ground level even if the ground is bone dry.

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I was waiting for ages to get a photo of an Australian Painted Lady with its wings open as I saw the flash of green as it was flying about. An amazing green colour isn’t it?

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I always have the little Lineblues flitting around the garden. I noticed that this one seemed different to the others. When I looked in my butterfly book, I found it was still a Lineblue but couldn’t really discover which one it is. Funnily, when I put Lineblue into a search engine for images, there were some of my own photos which didn’t help much at all.

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The Orange Grass Dart almost matched the colours of the Dietis Bicolor.

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The doors are closed but the Robber Fly seemed determined to get inside out of the heat. It was sitting on the door jamb waiting for me to go inside.

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Of course there are dragonflies about the garden especially after I have watered the plants. Their wings are wonderful to look at and the more you look, the more you see the lines and shapes.

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With this Dietis iridioides, the little Native Stingless Bees have to venture down inside  the flower to fill up their pollen sacks.

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As I sit at my desk this Copper-headed Skink is always busy doing his Skink business around the verandah. He moves so fast when he wants that it is so hard to get a photo. One day I’ll be able to show you his face….one day.

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I put the bird bath in the old dead tea tree a while ago but it’s not much of a favourite as the terracotta one. One day the King Parrots came in for a drink. Drinking at the terracotta bird bath rises the ire of the Friarbirds who have claimed the garden as their own. Their battles in the garden with the Blue-faced Honeyeaters have been epic. Have a look at this video from my You Tube Channel

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All the birds sit on the edge of the bird bath but the White-throated Treecreeper has its own unique way.

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Bird number 92 in my list of birds who I have identified (with help of others when I cannot find them) was the Brown Pigeon. Not the Brown Pigeons best side but these colours and markings that you don’t always see.

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I was wondering why the leaves and flowers of this plant were on the verandah and the plant looked a bit scrappy. One morning while I was at my desk, along came a Friarbird who started plucking leaves and flowers. The Satin Bowerbirds were also having a go a while ago too.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was enjoying the morning sun. Another photo from my desk.

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This year has been dry but the conditions have suited the Crinums. They have had 2 or 3 flower spikes so far this Spring. Such an amazing flower.

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The Lilli Pilli has also had a good flowering. The small tree was just bursting with red flowers which the Native Stingless Bees have been enjoying too. Check out the pollen sack on this bloke and wonder how it can still fly let alone gather more.

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Of course, the flowering of the Lilli Pilli has made the tiny Scarlet Honeyeaters sing. Listen to the song in this video. My apologise for some bad camera work but I had to get the song

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The Scarlet Honeyeaters also look good from the back don’t you think?

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They are lucky to be able to have almost exclusive rights to the Lilli Pilli flowers as the other honeyeaters are too big to land and eat. It certainly takes a bit of acrobatics to utilise the flowers nectar.

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It’s almost time to turn on the lights, think about dinner and wash up my cup. Have you finished you cuppa too?

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November had the Super Moon. Well it wasn’t very super at my place but still is a lovely sight in our night sky.

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Good night…..see you next time.

New and Old – Big and Small

What a mixed bag of photos I have this time. I just grabbed some photos from the end of last month that I liked which weren’t put in the previous blog. I am slowly catching up. I would like to write more but am not feeling well, just a sinus thing but my concentration isn’t that good.

At the moment, the Red-necked Wallabies are hopping through the garden and the bush, some with small Joeys and others with a protective male. This bloke kept a close eye on me as I walked around.

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One thing I have been meaning to do is put a whole lot of photos showing the symmetry in nature or just how plants have their unique way of growing. Succulents are fascinating in the many forms, shapes and colours they have. Here is just a couple I have found recently.

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The tight centre gradually spreads and becomes redder on the margins with some leaves turning almost completely red.

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The Jelly Bean Cactus has to be one of my favourites. Do you have a favourite cactus?

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This is the first flower of a Grevillea I planted last year, fascinating flowers aren’t they?

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I call this flower a Chinese Lantern. This year the plant had so many flowers, much more than any year previously. You can see the 3 different stages with the pod to the right of the flower and the next new flower about to open behind.

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Another plant who has had the best show of flowers ever is the Orange Trumpet. Yes I did plant it to grow over a shed.

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When the bush lemon tree flowered, the insect came so there was always someone buzzing around the tree, crawling over the flowers or getting inside the flowers being productive. I don’t think the Stingless Native Bees could fit much more pollen in their pollen sacks.

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Even the other bees had heaps of pollen as well.

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This ant was very careful when it moved over the flowers.

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I have never seen this fly before. A lovely orange with the reddest eyes!!!!

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Every now and then I find a native snail-shell. Occasionally see a snail but not one of these. I still haven’t identified which species of snail it is.

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One afternoon, the Spangled Drongos came in for a bath. The bath certainly makes a spangly Spangled Drongo!!!

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On a wetland right beside the Pacific Highway, a flock of Magpie Geese stopped over on their migration to rest and recharge. It was hard to get into a good position to get some photos as the shoulder of the Highway is very narrow there and I didn’t want to walk into the farmers over grown paddock either.

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A new addition to the neighbourhood has been circling overhead. The Square-tailed Kite also has decided to make a nest in a tree across the road. I didn’t see any babies and I think I may have missed them all together..

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The late afternoon light was good for a photo shoot.

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Another new comer to my garden was the Spectacled Monarch making number bird number 89 spotted or heard on my property.

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Meanwhile, at my besties place, the Noisy Friarbird was turning itself inside out trying to get the Noisy Miner to get away from the bird bath

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December’s Discoveries

So much to do in the next few days. I wanted to get a little bit of my world out there for you to enjoy. I looked at some of the photos and there are some that are recurring from years gone by. I guess that’s what happens in nature. The cycles just keep rolling on. I wonder if you can spot the photos subjects that have appeared before. All of the flower and insect photos are from my besties fantastic garden. I love wandering around her garden discovering flowers and insects.

I took many photos of this tree as the textures and lines are so good. It was so hard to settle on one photo.

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The air ferns are increasing in the bush and around the garden. They are so primitive looking don’t you think?

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The way the moss just cascades over the old tree trunk, filling crevices giving life to the dead wood of a large tree from the past.

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The water vine grew in the fork of the tree long ago and now it looks like the tree has an appendage. The vine is still alive reaching up into the canopy.

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The flowers of the Silk Tree aren’t around for long. The birds sure make a mess of the flowers when they come to gather the bit of pollen or nectar the flowers supply.

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This hibiscus flower grows high in the tree and sends the occasional flower to hang down adding a splash of red to the garden.

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The little balls laden with pollen usually have native bees buzzing around except when I was taking photos.

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The delicate blue centres of the white hydrangea are quite stunning when you get close to the large white flower ball.

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These tiny daisies are popping up all through the garden. They are about 10mm in diameter.

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I love the Cats Whiskers with their purple tips.

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I am not sure what this orange flower is called but it makes a bold statement in the garden’s borders.

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Flowers aren’t just to be seen in the garden, they are also a source of joy in the house or even in the lady shed.

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I can’t find my spider book so I can’t let you know the names of these spiders. This little one is quite small but very fast.

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Another tiny spider who sat still for a photo or two then decided that enough was enough and jumped onto the camera.

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When we were fixing up the studio I came across a few insects, mainly black ants by the thousands, but this long skinny spider was staying where he was, pretending to be a stick I guess.

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There have been lots of dragonflies flitting around my besties garden and mine as well. There have been blue and large red dragonflies at my place, whereas there appears to be a lot of these orange/yellow ones at her place. This one was happily flying around the rainforest near the creek.

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This dragonfly is one of the bigger dragonflies in the rainforest.

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Back at my place I have been keeping an eye on the Friarbirds nest.

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I think the female or juvenile Satin Bowerbird spotted me as I was staking out the bird bath.

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The tiny Thornbill didn’t seem to care as it contemplated taking a plunge into the water.

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As usual the garden has its resident Easter Yellow Robin. I love the way they seem to enjoy landing on vertical things.

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We went to Broken Head for the afternoon. There are always White-bellied Sea Eagles soaring on the currents around the headland.

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It was a surprise to see the Sooty Oystercatcher strolling around the beach. It looked a bit tired so maybe it was the first landing on its migration?

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The little bit of rain I have had has certainly sent the frogs into a cacophony of a night. I think these tadpoles may be Bleating Tree Frogs as I hear them around the pool.

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I think the one on the right may enjoy getting its pictue taken.

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That’s all for the time being so if I don’t get to post another blog soon, have a great Christmas. Remember to look after our nature because it’s the only one we have.

December discoveries

It’s been a while since I have shared some of my discoveries. The last was in Spring so here are the December discoveries. There has been an abundance of flowers since the rain started. Only a few mls here and there with one big storm that put water into the dam. Actually at the moment the sky has darkened and thunder is rumbling so maybe some rain for a Christmas present. Wouldn’t that be nice? Decembers discoveries are a mixed bag of flowers, birds and all sorts of things that have caught my eye. I hope you enjoy this bit of my December.

Lets start with some flowers. I love it when the garden just bursts into bloom after the first summer rain. The Agapanthus look a treat scattered throughout the garden. I have white ones

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and blue Agapanthus.

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The Bauhinia is a bit rambling but when the flowers are out it provides a splash of colour.

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The Dietes border some gardens and are in clumps here and there. Only downside is the are taking over almost weed like.

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The yellow Dietes is a favourite of the Satin Bowerbirds. They harvest the flowers as quick as they appear. This one has a bonus small grasshopper!

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Native flowers are always around. This little yellow flower is about 5mms across.

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The Black Bean flowers come in a range of yellows and oranges and reds.

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The Grevillea flowers are yet to come back. The dry weather certainly decreased the flowers so the Friar birds make do with the Hibiscus flowers, even if you have to be upside-down to get a snack.

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The fig tree had an abundance of fruit this year and the Fig Birds have been hanging around the garden since the start of winter. I love their calls which ring out around my place early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

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The Kookaburra was hiding in the garden waiting for an unsuspecting insect or lizard.

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This year, the Spangled Drongo stayed a bit longer than usual and I found their nest. It is well tied on to the branch.

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One hot day, 40 degrees plus, many of the birds were quite thirsty and hot. I have a number of water points around the garden for the birds. You have seen the new bird bath but this is an old wheelbarrow that get drips off the roof where some birds like to drop in for a bit of a splash and drink. This poor Drongo was very hot.

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He was joined by a Friarbird and they had a bit of a discussion who was allowed to drink here.

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Once the rain started, all around fungi seemed to sprout up anywhere. This little puff-ball was in the middle of a small grassed area.

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Whereas this fungi grew out from the exposed root of a tree.

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I love dragonflies. They are always zooming around the garden, either here or at my besties. This one was high in a tree watching us remove some weeds in the paddock. Their wings are amazing don’t you think?

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This small dragonfly was almost invisible on the ground.

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On a hot day a Green Tree Snake went for a dip in the pool, which is a frog pond now. It had a hard time trying to get out and did panic a bit when we came outside. It found a place to hide in the skimmer box. I put some palm branches around it so the poor little bloke could get out easily.

green tree snake_crop_named_home_dec 2014

On a walk to Killen Falls we came across the Sandpaper figs fruiting. They are rather fuzzy.

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This one comes with a bonus grasshopper too.

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The sunsets have been amazing. Here is a selection of just one sunset.

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This one has a bit of blue as the sun set.

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I love the sunset when it looks like the sky is on fire.

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Well, it’s almost Christmas. I found this nativity scene in a market. It’s made of wood and is from Thailand. I am not particularly religious but I love things that are well made and interesting. The elephant is missing as he is under the Christmas tree.

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My Christmas tree. This years theme is elephants. As you may have guessed, I collect elephants.

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Unless I get inspired to write before the end of the year, have a great 2015 and I’ll “see” you next year.

Spring brings new life

I love Spring. Many of the birds who have left my place over winter come back to feed and to generally hang out. The past blogs have had photos of the new arrivals and perhaps the next one after this will have as well. The last adventure drive my bestie and I went on, was around the many roads in the lower Clarence River area, some which lead to dead ends and others to sights that were unexpected.

Many of the roads had old sheds and abandoned houses which supplied an idea for a future drive about, camera in hand to record some of the past buildings in the Clarence Valley. I did take a few photos on this adventure. When photographing this place, I had the interest of the local cattle as well as the residents.

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A small village, Tucabia, was one of the stop offs as a lady there has the most wonderous garden and plants (around $5 to $10) for sale. The proceeds of the weekends plant sales was donated to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, a vital service here on the North Coast of NSW. So far on the Saturday, when we stopped by, she had raised $800!!! She apologised for the state of the garden as she has had breast cancer surgery but it was one of the best gardens I have visited in a long time. Here are a few of the flowers.

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One of my favourite flowers are gazanias as they remind me of growing up in my Mum’s garden. The Tucabia garden had a variety of colours. Yellow

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Reds with yellow centres

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Deep maroon with dark centres. The photo doesn’t really reflect the true colour.

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And being Spring, some had tiny butterflies having a drink.

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Spring also heralds the flies. This one has a tendency to have a bite or two when it can.

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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are back in control of the garden. The constant “pweep” rings around the garden.

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But the Friarbirds often sneak in for a quick snack.

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Often almost upside down!!

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The Rainbow Lorikeets have come for the blossoms on the Ironbarks and Tallowwoods, but still find time to annoy the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.

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Early in the morning, the Spangled Drongos have a bite to eat before the others are around.

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During the drive around I spotted a bunch of birds cruising along a small stream. The Swan was the slowest to escape my camera.

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But the most exciting part of the drive was spotting a Brolga in a wetland near Tucabia. The first photos I have taken of a Brolga.

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He was way off in the distance and, of course, took off after a while of me stalking trying to get closer.

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I hope to go down to the wetlands again, perhaps this weekend. I hope there are Brolgas still around. I hope you liked this bit of my world.

Out and about

Last weekend was a great weekend for wandering about. We did a bit of walking around my street and found lots of things that caught my attention. A drive to Grafton and out to Lawrence yielded many an experience that I love to share with everyone. And of course there was plenty going on around my place as well. Some photos have been already seen by those who like to interact on Twitter as they were too good not to share straight away…..I can be impatient sometimes. So let’s be off…..the sky looked ominous on Saturday morning as we set off on a morning stroll.

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There were birds flying around and chatting from the bush. Usually I seem to get photos of thin air but this time I got the swoop from the tree.

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The spider webs were still out, all shimmery in the morning sun.

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I found lots just walking down the gravel road, just like the little horse from next door who always gallops along the fence as we walk down the street. He is so cute, always wants a rub but you have to keep an eye out as he does like to have a bit of a nip.

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I love wood and the shapes, patterns, colours and things that grow on it. This post just caught my eye.

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The lichen growing on the post at the front gate together with the cracks  looked a treat.

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Further along the road, a tree had fallen in a storm many years ago, throwing the root ball into the air which looked like a modern art sculpture.

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Just out the front of my place there has been a bit of a flush of spring plus the recent rains have bout all sorts of things alive. These little fungi were about the size of a 10 cent piece.

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While this little yellow flower was a bit smaller.

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At this time of year, following the swathes of yellow from the Fringe Wattles, the Dogwoods start to appear. Still in bud, but their little white flowers are getting ready to burst open.

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In the park in Grafton, this white climbing rose had Fairy Wrens, yes those ones from this page, as well as Scarlet Honeyeaters, flitting in and out among the blooms.

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On the drive to Lawrence, we had to stop at a flood shoot of the Clarence River where last year we saw a Black-necked Stork patrolling the water’s edge. This time there wasn’t a stork but a group of ducks paddling along. A mix of Pacific Black Ducks and Hardheads.

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A couple of ducks decided to take off while I was taking the photo. Again for one I was lucky to get them taking off.

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Just up the road there is an Ospreys nest. I have taken photos of it before but this time they have a baby. Here is the adult keeping a lookout while baby looks about constantly squawking. You can just see the small bump in the nest.

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Here is a better look at the young one.

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Back home it was all go in the garden. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are the bosses of the Honey Gem Grevillea.

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Chasing away everyone who comes for a bit of a snack. The Friarbirds think they own the Grevillea too.

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The Scarlet Honeyeaters dash in for a quick drink of nectar while the bigger birds are busy. The female seemed to be much braver.

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As usual, the Eastern Yellow Robin was always around somewhere making sure the garden was in order.

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There are lots of Red-necked Wallabies cruising around the house and garden. This little bloke is last years Joey still hanging around Mum.

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Meanwhile, Mum was also sampling the delights of the Honey Gem with this years young one keeping a look out from the warmth of the pouch.

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That was last weekend….I wonder what I’ll see this weekend?

Around here at Christmas

I have had some new visitors to my garden over the past week or so. First of all, a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike sat in the tree near me

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and a while later, way over there, collecting small twigs for a nest I guess. It has been quite a while since I last saw a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike around here.

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The other new one arrived a few days ago….meet the White Cheeked Honeyeater

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They are quite athletic when getting into the blossoms

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No blossom is safe

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The Little Friarbird arrived about the same time

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The everyday things wanted to be discovered or rediscovered. The birds and flowers that are nearly always here at the same time most years seemed to attract my attention, perhaps it was the light or as with the Leaden Flycatcher, seemed to sit and pose for a while which is unusual for a bird who just loves to flit about the bushes and trees singing at every stop.

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As usual the Noisy Friarbirds dominated this part of the yard as well. They have a never-ending flight between the Honey Gem out the front, and the Callistemon out the back, trying to stop all the other birds having a snack. They certainly love to swoop at the bushes to scare the other smaller birds. Or they will sit there trying to give the death stare to anyone who is anywhere within eye shot.

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The poor little Scarlet Honeyeater is always on the look out when it grabs a quick snack before the bullies come back from their other bush protection flight.

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But always get a good feed

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Willie Wagtail managed to get a cicada and was banging it about the tree branch

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Elsewhere around the place, things are looking good with just the right amount of rain to keep everything growing and flowering. I looked down the back and saw a lot of yellow flowers. I thought I had the Fireweed beaten and was a bit dismayed at seeing the many spots of yellow everywhere!!! Having a good look up close I was relieved to see it was a little native star-shaped yellow flower.

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Sitting among the star-shaped flowers was this little one as well. Many of the native flowers here are very small, around 10 – 15 millimetres in diameter.

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Some of the white flowers are just waiting to burst out.

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While some are out enjoying the sunshine already

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There are a few little yellow fluffy flowers that are more like Fireweed.

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In the trees, the Spangled Drongos enjoy having their weird sounding conversations.

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Which didn’t bother the King Parrots very much as they were more intent on seed hunting.

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The Figbird was looking rather splendid as it hopped about the lower branches

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Just looking about

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I don’t think I have ever looked at one of the many blooms of the Agapanthus flower before

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The little pink Grevillea flower is quite small and I don’t think any of the honeyeaters visit as most of the flowers are intact.

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All over there has been a certain busyness which has even effected the insects. Some ants were marching up and down the wall

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While a grasshopper thought that some of the indoor plants were worthy of investigation to ascertain their edibility

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I guess anytime around here there is always a young Red-necked Wallaby. As I haven’t included at Joey shot for a while, here you go as I know a lot of you like these fluffy little blokes.

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There’s been a bit happening around here hasn’t there…..

brian