This is June 2019

About time I hear you say. Yes I am a bit late with last months wrap up. I didn’t take as many photos early on and then I seemed to find lots to photograph. This months photos have a couple I have used in other photo challenges but I decided to keep this post a bit shorter by not including the those photos.

So sit back and have a scroll through my June

Let’s start in Inverell, a town about 200kms from my place. We decided to have a mini holiday and ventured west. My goodness the drought has really hit hard out there. Didn’t see the usual paddocks with sheep and cattle in them. Many farmers have de-stocked and just holding onto their core breeding stock for when the drought breaks.
We stayed at a fabulous B’n’B, Blair Athol a Manor house from the early 1900’s. It is a great place to stay
blair athol estate_house_named_inverell_june 2019
We did venture around the countryside. It was quite sad. I think this granite outcrop says it all.granite_rocks_outcrop_named_tingha_june 2019
I found a Pied Cormorant just after a bit of a dip in the water. I love how Cormorants do this. Makes me smile every time.pied_cormorant_named_inverell_june 2019
Back home I was surprised to see ducks on my house dam as the water level is quite low. Three Pacific Black Ducks cruise the dam.pacific_black_ducks_dam_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Sometimes when I am about in the garden doing a bit of bird spotting I get a feeling I am being watched as well. This Grey-shrike Thrush was making sure I was being good.grey_shrike_thrush_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Another Winter visitor to the garden are Golden Whistlersgolden_whistler_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Of course a monthly wrap wouldn’t be the same without the resident Eastern Yellow Robin who found a post to sit on while surveying the garden for a snack.eastern_yellow_robin_named_home_jacadgery_june 2019
Little Striated Thornbills are flying about the garden in the afternoonsstriated_thornbill_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
The Rose Robins are still around as wellrose_robin_named_home_jacadgery_june 2019
The Agave looked lovely in the afternoon lightagave_garden_sun_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
This is called Witches Broom it is on a small Eucalypt. witches_broom_garden_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
The variety of plants that are growing on a palm in the garden is wonderful. At the front is an Elk Horn, behind it on the right is a Birds nest Fern. They are surrounded by Hares Foot Fern and to the left rear is Fishbone Fern. All of these plants have decided to grow among the palm’s trunk.palm_elkhorn_birdsnest_fern_haresfoot_fern_garden_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Nearby, a Jacaranda has a lovely growth of moss that cascades to the ground.moss_garden_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
My mate Geoffs Iris has flowered. Always will bring back a memory.iris_purple_garden_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
All around the place Lichen has sprung up as there has been showers of rain over the last part of the month enough to keep the garden happy and for some plants to emerge.lichen_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
I love finding water drops. My besties place has had much more rain than here.cumquat_water_drop_garden_named_caniabajune 2019
These are the seed pods from an Eucalypt tree I found in Inverell.nut_eucalypt_tree_inverell_june 2019
I haven’t taken many photos of the Red-necked Wallabies that hang around my place. I caught this bloke with a mouth full of grass.red-necked_wallaby_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Late one afternoon at my besties, she called out to come over to where she was in the garden. She found a little Bandi Bandi going across a log heading for a safe place to spend the night.bandi_bandi_named_caniaba_june 2019
There appears to be lots of Wanderer Butterflies about at the moment. Found this one flying around the lane-ways of Lismore.wanderer_butterfly_flying_named_lismore_june 2019
Meanwhile there are Wanderers in my besties garden feeding on Echinacea flowers.wanderer_echanacia_flower_garden_named_caniaba_june 2019
One day we decided to head to the coast for lunch at the Ballina Beach Surf Club. Afterwards, after watching whales from the window while eating, we wandered up to the headland and watched the Humpback Whales cruising past. I bit of blow usually let me know where they were.humpback_whale_blow_named_ballina_headland_june 2019

I love it when they gave a wave.
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Managed to get some tail shots.humpback_whale_tail_splash2_named_ballina_headland_june 2019
but could never be focused on the right place when a Humpback breachedhumpback_whale_tail_splash1_named_ballina_headland_june 2019
Now for a bit of weird. Walking down a lane in Lismore we always look to see if this window has changed. I think the hand and flag on the right have been added.eclectic_window_wierd_named_lismore_june 2019

A stack of chairs in a window.
chairs_window_named_lismore_june 2019

One morning, the mist was settled in the valleys. I used to tell the kids that the mountains have captured the clouds.
great_dividing_range_cloud_june 2019

A bit of my playing around with photos. A Magpie on a steel post
magpie_post_art_named_inverell_june 2019
OK the sun is down so time for me to go.sunset_orange_named_caniaba_june 2019

I hope you have enjoyed a bit of a look at my June. The feature photo is a butterfly among the Zinnias in my besties garden.

It’s Black and White

The May Photo a Day Challenge from Maria at CitySonnet: Silhouette

I have been doing silhouettes for quite some time now. These are my original photos converted to black and white and the outline of the birds redrawn by hand. The black enhanced and filled but not “flood filled” but each pixel or a group of pixels. The same process with the white part of my photograph.

I haven’t done any new ones for a while now as it is rather time consuming. I haven’t applied borders. When the photo is framed it doesn’t need a border but on the web page perhaps.  I hope you enjoy my bird silhouettes.
This is the first one I attempted. A White-faced Heron who was sitting on a tree in my garden.silhouette_blog_white-faced-heron
A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo flying at my placesilhouette-blog_yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo
The distinctive tail shape of a Spangled Drongosilhouette_blog_spangled-drongo
Another easily identified bird by their tail – a Rainbow Bee Eatersilhouette_blog_rainbow-bee-eater
A Golden Whistler singing in the treesilhouette_blog_whistler

 

One of my best and most complicated, a Wattlebird on a Banksia flower at Evans Headsilhouette-blog_wattlebird

The featured image is a Pied Cormorant keeping watch on the dam at my place

the old song

The new song

Birds Around My Neighbourhood

Two photo challenges caught my eye today.

Lens-artists: Around the Neighbourhood

Jenns: Feathered Friends

Come for a quick walk around my neighbourhood. There is my dead end gravel road which is about three kilometers long which has an intersection with another gravel road which is paved about sixteen kilometers from my place. It goes from the highway to a long way away, perhaps fifty kilometers.

Lets get going.

The Noisy Friarbird will often let others know we are about
noisy friarbird_tree_named_home_nov 2018
Listen for a chip chip and look at the tree trunks to see a White-throated Treecreeper scouring the bark for an insect or twowhite throated treecreeper_named_home_oct 2018

The lovely face of a Blue-faced Honeyeater
blue faced honeyeater_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

You might hear the wings of the Eastern Spinebill before you see one zoom past
eastern spinebill_grevillea_named_home_july 2018

The Pied Butcherbirds song will fill the forest as we walk along
pied butcher bird05_chain saw_named_home_july 2018

We may see a Jackie Winter sitting on a fence
jackie winter_named_home_june 2018
Lovely little Eastern Yellow Robins will be chip chip chipping seemingly endlesslynorthern yellow robin_named_home_june 2018

Of course the familiar sounds of Kookaburras will resound around the bush
kookaburra_named_home_oct 2017

Small Brown Honeyeaters will be silently having a snack on a Bottlebrush
brown honeyeater_named_home_august 2017

A flash of colour and a Spotted Pardelote will fly by
spotted pardalote_named_home_june 2017
A Forest Kingfisher, a sudden flash like a blue jewel, as he flies through the bushforest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

The unmistakable squawking of Rainbow Lorikeets as they argue about whose branch it is will get your attention
rainbow-lorikeets_named_home_dec-2016

The beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler will kep you spell bound for ages
rufous-whistler_named_home_dec-2016

A whistle, a flash of red, the smallest honeyeater is unmistakable in the bush
scarlet-honeyeater_singing_named_home_nov-2016

High in the tree, the resident Square-tailed Kite will keep an eye on you
square-tailed-kite01_nest_named_home_nov-2016

While overhead it’s mate will soarsquare-tailed-kite_flying_named_home_sept-2016
Up the road a bit, some Crimson Rosellas have a snack on the horses feedcrimson-rosellas_named_home_sept-2016

What’s that chatter chatter chatter? I hear you say. The Grey-crowned Babblers walk about the forest floor snacking on unsuspecting insects talking about their day
grey-crowned-babbler_named_home_aug-2016

More jewels in the sky as the Rainbow Bee-eaters gather
rainbow-bee-eaters01_named_home_aug-2016

Another remarkable song and bright yellow of the Golden Whistler will make you stop and listen
golden whistler01_named_home_may 2015

Musk Lorikeets can be seen as they feast on the nectar of Pink Euodias
musk lorikeet02_named_home_feb 2015
The largest bird of prey, a Wedged-tailed Eagle on the lookout for an unsuspecting wallaby or animal, will sit silent until we get to closewedged tailed eagle01_named_home_feb 2015

A bit more whistling heralds that we are near some King Parrots
king parrot_home_crop_named_dec 2013
A strange metallic sound draws our attention to the iridescent and distinctive tail shape of the wonderfully named Spangled Drongo spangled drongo_home_named_oct 2014

A Satin Bowerbird who is similarly coloured to a Drongo will be in the bush sometimes finding food
satin bowerbird_male_home_named_june 2016
or finding sticks or blue stuff to decorate and construct his Bowerthe-bower_named_home_feb-2017

Thanks for dropping by and having a bit of a walk around my neighbourhood. I hope you had a good time.

Golden

The word photo challenge prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Golden

The Gold Top Mushroom
fungus_goldtop_named_home_june 2017

Of all the Spiders in my garden, the Golden Orb Weaver is spectacular with a rather messy web
golden orb weaver_sky_named_home_may 2018

Other Spiders webs are well constructed. This one with a golden glow of the morning
spiders web_gold_named_binna burra_april 2018

The Golden Lycras are a sight to see in the garden
geoffs garden_golden lycras_named_oct 2017

The Golden Whistler has a wonderful song
golden whistler_named_binna burra_march 2018
and of course the golden glow of a sunrise is a great way to start a morningsunrise_gold_named_ballina_feb-2017

How many golden things are in your life?

Vibrant Colours

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vibrant Colours

Some Australian birds definitely have vibrant colours. Which bird do you think has the vibrancy over the others?

A Rainbow Lorikeet having a snack on a Golden Penda
rainbow lorikeet_named_home_june 2017

A King Parrot
king parrot01_named_home_august 2017

A Golden Whistler
golden whistler_named_binna burra_march 2018

A Scarlet Honeyeater and a red Bottlebrush flower
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A Forest Kingfisher
forest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

CFFC

This is July 2018

What a month July has been. I haven’t been inspired to take photos. I have had a general malaise that has not been inspiring to take many photo and some I have taken are not worth the effort to place in my blog. Sorry everyone. This is my mediocre blog for the year. I have had some special moments. My best mate and his partner came for a almost a week, my bestie arrived a few days later and my “twin” and I had a great birthday together. (look back into my blog to realise why or there is a recent blog on Meet the Bloggers blog if you want to read)

Enough of being maudlin Let’s get going for some of my world in July

I have found grass seeds are quite striking. Perhaps they need a blog of their own? This seed head is a variety called Summer Grass or perhaps a Couch. So many choices I give up
grass seed_paspalum_named_caniaba_july 2018

Same with this one. I liked trying to get a good photo of grass seed heads, perhaps I should have tried hared.
grass seed01_named_caniaba_july 2018

The low chill stone fruits are flowering. The Peach has a lovely amount of bees. Maybe more bees next time.
peacg blossom_named_home_july 2018

The spider webs have been looking nice in the mornings. Here is a love heart for you.
spiders web heart_named_caniaba_july 2018

One of the rusty rooves that didn’t make it into Becky #RoofSquares photo challenges
shed_rust_named_caniaba_july 2018

At the Lismore Air Show, some Black Kites decided to join in the fun. A Kite with a Pit Special acrobatic aeroplane. I may do another blog on the Air Show.
plane_bird_flying_named_lismore_july 2018
I like this photo even though it’s not the best. It’s a bird, it’s a plane. Yes it certainly is.plane_bird_lismore air show_named_july 2018

This is what a Black Kite looks like
black kite_named_lismore_july 2018
Some Sacred Ibis did a formation fly over too.
ibis_flying_named_lismore_july 2018

A usual winter visitor is the Satin Bowerbirds. When it gets cold in the mountains, they come to winter at my place. This male enjoyed an afternoon drink.
satin bowerbird_male_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

The females and juveniles have similar plumage. I think this is a female Satin Bowerbird.
satin bowerbird_female_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

Enjoying a bath.
satin bowerbird_female_bird bath_splash_named_home_july 2018

Looks like a grumpy Pied Currawong didn’t want me around.
pied currawong_named_home_july 2018

Eastern Spinebills are lovely to have around the garden. Their distinctive wing clicking lets me know when they are around.
eastern spinebill_bidbath_named_home_july 2018

The Eastern Spinebill has found a potted Grevillea and has made the Grevillea its own feeding place.
eastern spinebill_grevillea_named_home_july 2018

It looks like there is no communication when the bird bath has to be shared. A White-throated Honeyeater and a White-throated Treecreeper aren’t talking this afternoon.
white browed treecreeper_white throated honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

A Spotted Pardalote enjoyed a moment to itself.
spotted pardalote_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

A new visitor to my garden is a Striated Pardalote. Here looking at me as I was at my desk taking photos through the glass door.
striated pardalote_named_home_july 2018
I had four Pied Butcher Birds having a look for insect when I was cutting firewood. The sound of the chainsaw brought them to examine what I was doing. pied butcher bird_branch_named_home_july 2018

A female Golden Whistler loved being in the garden. Often seen swooping through the sprinklers when I was watering the garden.
golden whistler_female_named_home_july 2018

I often neglect some birds as I see them all the time. The little White-throated Honeyeaters love my garden.
white throated honeyeater_named_home_july 2018

My mission for August will be to get some good photos of Eastern Rosellas.
eastern rosella_named_caniaba_july 2018

The wonderful Winter visitor to my garden is the Rose Robin. Such a lovely sight as he flits through the garden.
rose robin01_named_home_july 2018

The photo I used in an earlier blog. Just had to include this again. What a lovely bird to have in my life.
rose robin1_named_home_july 2018

The sun is setting so almost time to say goodnight or good morning, depends on where you are in this world.
sunset_named_caniaba_july 2018

This time of year, it is time to harvest sugar cane. Some cane farmers still burn the cane prior to harvest. This is the view of the cane fires from my besties garden.
cane fire_named_caniaba_july 2018
The last light is almost upon us so I guess I’ll see you later.tree_sunset_named_caniaba_july 2018

See you later. Say G’day. I would love to hear from you.