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The Friendly Friday Blog Challenge: Close-ups and Macros
As this is a two week challenge, I’ll just pop in a close-up today with a Female Satin Bowerbird. Over the past week the Satin Bowerbirds have taken over the garden. The males are easily distinguished as they are a shiny blue/black. The Females and the juveniles have the same colouring and markings. The immatures stay much the same colouring for around four years when they start to change colour. By the seventh year the moult will produce the black feathers of a male. The males are promiscuous and their bower is an attractant to lure the females.
Here is the close-up of a female Satin Bowerbird in the Honey Gem Grevillea in my front yard. This photo was taken through my kitchen window.
A Photo a Week Challenge: Focal Point
The Dietes flower takes centre stage without distraction
The Dietes flower distracts from the Grevillea flower and the leaves don’t help either
Well if as magic, all my technical stuff has been resolved.. My landline is back after most of this month having a rest and my satellite internet is restored thanks to being on the phone (thanks landline) to get it fixed. If I use my mobile phone, I have to be outside to use the phone so can’t sit at my computer and do the stuff I have to try and fix things.
It was around 4:15 when I rang…….number 14 in the queue……around 5:30 I was on and by 6:15 all has been fixed.
I probably won’t go back in time and look at your posts so no likes or comments from me doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, it is just too hard. I only follow around 200 blogs but also find others associated with those…..and then there’s the 1,766 who follow my blog!!! How did that happen? I had no idea it had grown to there. There are a lot of commercial and promotional sites so I reckon there’s about 500 real people who somehow appreciate my shit.
A while ago I was tending a neglected part of the garden, not hard to get to just I don’t get around there often. I suddenly can across this single Bottlebrush on a single small stick which has never flowered and has been there for ages. It has died in a couple of droughts and suddenly reappears. So I share with you a celebratory comeback for the Bottlebrush and me
The Ragtag daily Prompt Thursday: Pandemonium
Around this time every year pandemonium breaks out in the front yard.
For most of July the Blue-faced Honeyeaters are the boss of the Grevilleas, chasing all the smaller Honeyeaters – Yellow-faced Honeyeaters, Lewins Honeyeaters and the Eastern Spinebills, away from the flowers especially the Honey Gem Grevillea.
Then sometime in August, the Noisy Friarbirds arrive to set up camp, nesting and finding food. This leads to such a cacophony among the Grevilleas that one year I just had to record the Pandemonium. You will see that at times the Noisy Friarbird is carrying on and the Blue-faced Honeyeater doesn’t seem to care.
I hadn’t been using my camera for videos very much back then, so I apologise for the not so good video.
A while ago for Macro Monday, I posted a photo of a Firesprite Grevillea in my garden, which was just developing. Here is the flower that has opened after two weeks.
There are lots of other flowers starting to develop. A new one on the right hand side of the photo.
Cee’s Flower of the Day
This Grevillea was a very sad rescue plant from a nursery a few years ago. It struggled for the two and a half years of drought and a bit of neglect as it wasn’t close to where sprinklers were and needed hand watering.
Look at the wonderful flower now. The bush is full of flowers. The name tag has long since gone. Perhaps “Loopy Lou”?
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