This is September 2018

Well I have had a big September. So much is happening probably because it is Spring, although the temperatures haven’t changed much as Winter was warm. There are the birds that come here, flowers are blooming and the tadpoles are hatching. I have written some posts this month and have included some of those photos but not all as this is a large post.

Yes, get a cuppa, wine, beer and some snacks and off we go

There has been a bit of teasing by the clouds. Promising rain but either not delivering or just a few drops. I have had some good falls but no run-off to put water into the dams. The water tanks are full which is good. 59mls has kept the garden happy as well as supplementary watering from the dwindling dam.
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I have put the flowers in early this post. Walking among the Mangroves stalking a White-faced Heron, I came across some Hibiscus flowers. There wasn’t a Hibiscus bush nearby so maybe had left a trail to find their way out.
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My besties Gymea Lily has flowered. This flower is about two meters plus in the air.
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Here is the whole photo. The plant is the strappy leaved one.
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This year has been a fabulous year for Grevilleas. The first flowering of this Grevillea in my garden.grevillea_flower_named_home_sept 2018

So many succulents are flowering too. This succulent is in a hanging pot on my verandah.
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I have these flowers in my garden but not in mass like a garden in Grafton.
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My Begonias are flowering well this year too.
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The Iris that is a reminder of my mate who passed on last September. This was one of his plants.
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The hanging Pelagoniums are a constant flower on my verandah.
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I love this flower display on a stall at the Farmers Market in Lismore.
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Flame Trees are spectacular when they flower. My poor struggling tree has started to flower even though it hasn’t had enough water.
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I have garden borders of Dietes. They look great when they are in flower but they are spreading to places I don’t want them to go. Pity the Wallabies don’t eat them.
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Bromiliads are flowering too. Some flowers are so wonderful aren’t they?
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Banksias are a sight when they flower
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Back to the Farmers Market. I spotted this bloke carrying a large dog. I have no idea why as the dog has a lead.
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The Beetroot looked lovely
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The old truck of the vegetable farmer is a great vantage point to see when people drop food.
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Ah…look, an unattended fishers bucket.
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Damn……I was spotted
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I love Gulls as they fly along the shore
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The wooden walk bridge over the estuary so you can walk to the beach.
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The White-faced Heron stalking crabs in the Mangroves
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Out to sea I spotted something breaking the water. I was hoping for a Whale and got a Dolphin.
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In the mist a ghost ship appeared
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The power company has been inspecting the power poles by helicopter. I think the pole at the front of my place will get replaced as they circled around for a while looking at the pole.
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I guess the party is over. Found this on the track to the beach.,
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The butterflies are starting to appear as well. The Line-blue Butterfly was rather shy.
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The old swimming pool is a great place for the dragonflies. A bit of action is going on watched by a Bleating Tree Frog Tadpole.
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There is quite a number of tadpoles who like to snack on the algae.
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Thee are calves in a lot of the paddocks. Who could resist a little white calf?
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The property next door is a miniature goat farm. On a walk a while ago I saw they had some little kids so next walk I took my camera. When I was at the fence I couldn’t see all of the little goats. And then I saw these two.goats_kids_named_scribbly gum goat farm_jackadgery_sept 2018
Another young animal. This foal was camera shy but I managed to get one photo.foal_named_lismore_sept 2018
Why fly when you can get a lift.cattle egret_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have found an easy way of getting nesting material. When I have been walking on my place, I often come across nests that have fallen from the trees. Not only has the Yellow-faced Honeyeater been gathering material but the White-throated Treecreeper from last months post is also getting in on the act.yellow faced honeyeater_nest_material_named_home_sept 2018

They were quite quick to get some nesting material and get back again. I found this lovely little nest in a Paperbark just outside of the sun room. They used some air fern to help bind the nest.
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Remember the post about the Welcome Swallows. Well the babies are starting to learn to fly but still like to get back in the nest for a feeding.welcome swallow_young_three_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2018
Spring also heralds Magpie swooping season. Not many people don’t get a swoop or two. Even a Wedge-tailed Eagle was getting the Magpie treatment.wedged tailed eagle_magpie_named_lismore_sept 2018

A farm near my besties has Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. I hope they don’t come to her place. They are quite destructive and squawk quite loudly when they get into a bunch.
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Little Friarbirds are timid but enjoy the nectar of the Honey Gem Grevillea in my garden.little friarbird_honey gem_named_home_sept 2018

 

King Parrots  have set up their breeding pairs. This couple have taken up residence in the garden.king parrots_named_home_sept 2018

I had to include the Satin Bowerbird. Such a spectacular bird to have in the garden.
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Here is the Great Cormorant who caught a fish from the Clarence River in Grafton. Scroll back a few posts and see the story if you like.great cormorant07_fish_clarence river_named_grafton_sept 2018
The Intermediate Egret has to have the longest neck I have ever seen.intermediate egret_named_caniaba_sept 2018
I think the horse may be in for a surprise!ibis_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018

A small flock of Galahs are hanging around the farms near my besties. They sometimes come to her place to get a drink of water.
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The Figbird didn’t know I was under the tree.figbird_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
Spring brings the Blue-faced Honeyeaters back to my place.blue faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2018
My arty Pelican photopelican_reflection_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
The best arrival has been the Grey Shrike Thrush. Their lovely song fills the garden in the morning and afternoon. They too are nesting. I have them “knocking” on the windows in search for spiders webs and any insect who happens to be around the windows. It’s a constant tap tap tap most of the day.grey shrike thrush_named_home_sept 2018

Thanks for taking the time to wade through my rather large This is September post. If you would like to know more or have a comment, please leave me a note in the comments.

Pink #1

The first day of Becky’s square photo challenge: In the Pink

A pink and grey Australian bird is my choice for the start of my contribution to the challenge. You would have to be a flamin’ Galah not to join in
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If you want to join in here are a few ideas from Becky.

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square. After that the world is your oyster, or should I say flamingo?! To help you get started here are some ideas you might want to consider;

  1. In the Pink’ – means perfect condition or in good health, so that could be human or not!
  2. Tickled Pink‘ – means delighted, so I’m thinking happy, fun and of course delighted. That could be you or the subject of your photograph.
  3. Pink – you can of course simply share anything that is coloured pink
  4. There is an extra challenge for those of you up for it – can you manage to combine two of these, or maybe even all three?

Squares is a daily challenge, so your photographs can be from the archives or brand new. Don’t forget though to keep your photo square, and to pingback with #InthePink.

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.

The Wildlife Camera

The Daily Post word prompt: Unlikely

This looks like a good place to set up the wildlife camera with its infra-red sensors to catch the action at the bird bath, or so I thought. It would unlikely that anything could go wrong and I would have a fine gallery of birds at the bird bath.

I didn’t count on the wisteria leaves on the arbor where I fastened the camera to be uncooperative.

Nicely positioned. Unlikely to miss anything. What? The wind has blown up.
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Oh dear. Now it’s getting worse.
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This is ridiculous. You can hardly even see the bird bath.
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But wait. Here are some White-headed Pigeons
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A Magpie has landed
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The late afternoon sun on the Galah is perfect
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So it wasn’t unlikely after all

Some birds, some insects and some flowers

It seems like ages since I had time to sit down  and look through the photos I have taken over the past few weeks. Some of these are from the end of February as I decided to just do the butterflies. I took a lot of butterfly photos in February and since then, have even taken more. I was asked about taking butterfly photos and had to say that out of twenty or so photos, there is usually only a couple that are ok.

This blog hasn’t any butterflies but has some other insects that I came across when walking around the garden or other people’s gardens. I was getting buzzed by this black insect. It wouldn’t go away but finally tuckered itself out and sat on a leaf.

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I also spend a bit of time chasing bees around gardens. Coming in for a landing with rear legs full of pollen.

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It took a bit of wrangling to get the caterpillar a bit angry to expose his red antennae while holding the camera in one hand and keeping the spikes on the bush lemon at bay as well.

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Always have a close look inside of flowers. You never know who you may find!

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I love these little orchid flowers. They grow on long stalks and this year have been flowering all the time.

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The tiny Native Wisteria flowers are so perfect as they gradually open along the stem giving a blush of colour throughout the garden.

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One of the old cottage style Hibiscus flowers. One of the original plants over thirty years old in my besties garden.

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I found hundreds of small flowers growing on the breakwall at Ballina.

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The Pink Bloodwoods were covered in blossoms, with bees buzzing about making a bit of a racket.

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I was walking through the bush at my place when I came across a small shrub covered in white flowers. I haven’t seen this plant in flower before. It is quite pretty isn’t it?

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Here are the flowers up close. Can anyone tell me the name of the shrub please?

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I love the Tiger Lillies when they bloom, adding a splash of colour through the garden.

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While we endured six months of no rain towards the end of last year, my favourite Honey Gem Grevillea suffered with the lack of water and still hasn’t flowered as strongly as it has in the past. Luckily the Pink Euodia has stepped up for the birds with bunches of flowers covering it, attracting so many birds. The Rainbow Lorikeets did their usual antics, hanging upside down to get a snack.

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The Little Friarbirds kept an eye on the lorikeets when they popped in for lunch.

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This is the first time I have seen the Scaly-breasted Lorikeets at my place. They only stayed for a couple of days.

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The Musk Lorikeets returned to feast on the Euodias bounty.

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They are so striking with their red heads, cheeks and beak

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I really love the smallest of Australia’s Honeyeaters, the Scarlett Honeyeater. They can sit on top of the blossoms and not even bend the boughs at all.

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They look so lovely among the pink flowersscarlett honeyeater02_named_home_feb 2015

They really are like “tiny red jewels” among the foliage around the garden.

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One rainy day, I heard some disgruntled squawks and found some less that appreciative Rainbow Lorikeets sitting in the rain.

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As always, the Kookaburra kept an eye out for any small creature or insect to wander across the grass. I was going to say lawn but that would be stretching the truth a long way.

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The Galahs in the reserve behind the beach at Ballina found the Casuarina nuts irresistible.

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Down at the water’s edge, a Seagull looked wistfully out to sea.

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The Seagull kept an eye on us in case we had some chips.

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Some birds have shown their funny side. I wonder if this is why this one is called a Drongo.

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The Wedged-tailed Eagle is the biggest bird. I spotted one down by the side of the road ripping into a Wallaby road kill while it’s mate and the young one sat in a nearby tree. I didn’t notice them until one glided off the branch and into the forest leaving the young one. It sat there for a while until it too flew off. Such magnificent birds.

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Well it’s time to kick back and relax. If anyone knows the names of any of the flowers or insects in this blog, please let me know. Thanks

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A Birds Eye View

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

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

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

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Galahs seem to have old eyes

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

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and this duck

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the Fig Bird’s red mask really stands out

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The Noisy Miner only has a small bit of eye decoration

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

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A Kookaburras eye is just among its feathers

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

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

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The Black Necked Stork is a spot of yellow in black

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The osprey has an alertness about it

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Many birds eyes have different colours like the Koel

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and White Headed Pigeon

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and Satin Bower Bird

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

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but sometimes they can look a bit sceptical

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

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

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Thats the journey through the eyes of birds

On the weekend

A weekend a few weeks ago started with the sky on fire on Friday night

On Saturday morning, we went for a walk along the road to the property that was used a tip many years ago. In the old tip site there are many fascinating things, least of all the old truck.

The Old Truck

The garden, like the sunset, also was in colour……the Bird of Paradise was looking great as well

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In the trees above, love was all around

Galahs

Galahs getting frisky

Eastern Rosellas

Eastern Rosella getting a bit kissy kissy

Tawny Frog Mouth

….and Mrs Tawny Frogmouth kept a disapproving eye on all the goings on in the garden and maybe one eye on the cicadas

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I wonder what this weekend will bring?