This is July 2019

Welcome to This is July 2019.

What a month it has been. Over the month the lack of rain has started to bite again. There was 10mls of rain at the start of the month and since then it has been quite warm during the day. Some days have been in the low 20’s while the nights have been in single figures. The warm days are not that unusual for my winter but the constant sunny days are. There has been rain on the coast, yesterday (1 August) there was 20mls of rain while some sporadic rain clouds drifted overhead here. My dam I use to water the garden around the house is very low. I have to decide what part of the garden I’ll give water to to try and keep plants alive. I am loathe to use the dam’s water because it is so dry and I may need that water in case a bush fire springs up nearby. There has been a few fires but they have been a fair way from here. I am glad I don’t have any animals or crops to look after as it is depressing enough as it is.

July was Becky’s #JulySquares so all of those plus others I have used in other photo challenges aren’t in here but I thought I would use the photo that had the most comments and likes as the header.

Enough of that. This has been a bit of a cropper month for photos though so I do suggest that you get a drink, perhaps a snack, settle back and scroll along.

Hey ho let’s go……………

I spent a few days down the coast visiting my mate whose wife is quite unwell. It is a lovely place and the ferry that goes across the bay is so cute. The size of the other boats docked at the marina make the ferry look so small.
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We found a secondhand shop on the way home. We didn’t buy as their prices were a bit over the top. The glassware was well displayed.glass_coloured_vase_nabiac_july 2019
Don’t look at this too long as you will probably see it move.wind_chime_nabiac_july 2019
In Lismore, a nearby town, they have a train in a park that the kids love, OK I have been on it once or twice. I was getting photos of the park and I really liked the tunnel photo.tunnel_train_heritage_park_lismore_july 2019
My bestie found a Wanderer Butterfly caught in a spiders web in the garden. After removing the web, the butterfly sat on her hand for ages before flying off.wanderer_butterfly_saved_hand_caniaba_july 2019
I wonder if this is the same Wanderer Butterfly?wanderer_butterfly_grass_caniaba_july 2019
While away down the coast, we did a bit of exploring the surrounding area. I found these flowers on a most unusual plant in the sand dunes.flower_dune_plant_harbour_beach_july 2019
Isn’t this flower and it’s hairy plant lovely? I think it is called Herb Robert.flower_herb_robert_caniaba_july 2019
My Billbergia Nutans are floweringflower_bromiliad_billbergia_nutans_home_jackadgery_july 2019
I found this flowering native shrub while out on my place cutting firewood.flower_native_wide_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Magpies found a warm place in the sun. They were warbling away as we walked down the street to where we were staying.magpies_wall_sun_nelson_bay_july 2019
Pied Currawongs are a sign of Winter as they come down from the mountains when the weather get cold up there. This one seems to be taken with the house and the verandah.pied_currawong_verandah_ball_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails at my besties like riding around on the cows next door. I think they may be collecting nesting materials from the cows.willie_wagtail_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
The Cattle Egrets love riding around on the cows too.egret)cattle_standing_cow_farm_caniaba_july 2019
Back at home, the King Parrots are still hanging around despite the dry conditions.king_parrot_male_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The females are quite different compared to the males.king_parrot_female_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Among the garden bushes, a little Striated Thornbill was hunting for insects.striated_thornbill_caniaba_july 2019
The Scarlet Honeyeaters are always around the garden. It is lucky I have some Eucalypts flowering so there is a food source for these wonderful little birds.scarlet_honeyeater_home_jackadgery_july 2019

There seems to be lots of small birds around at the moment. The Double-barred Finches were happy to hop around the grass eating grass seeds.
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A new bird for me, a Black-faced Woodswallow at my besties placeblack_faced_woodswallow_garden_caniaba_july 2019
Some of my grevilleas are bravely trying to flower despite the lack of water. The wonderful bird attracting Honey Gem which usually has an abundance of flowers has a few straggly flowers that the Lewins Honeyeaters have found.grevillea_lewins_honeyeater_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Yes, I am looking at you Satin Bower Bird. Taken while sitting in my office through the door. The camera is always on the desk.satin_bowerbird_male_looking_garden_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The female Satin Bower Bird was also curious to see what I was going.bowerbird_female_verandah_home_jackadgery_july 2019
While down in the lower part of my place there is a wide grassed gully which I drive along to find suitable fallen timber for firewood. Often when I arrive there is a flurry of activity from White-winged Choughs or these birds, Grey-crowned Babblers. A small group walk along the gully flicking over leaves, bark and small rocks to find insects to eat. They have a constant chatter as they do and there is one bird who is the lookout who will let everyone know that danger lurks. As I approached, they flew into the trees so I just sat and waited until they resumed normal business.grey_crowned_babblers_three_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Here you can see their grey crowngrey_crowned_babbler_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
If the piece of wood is too hard to kick over, you have to get down and get your beak in to get your snack.grey_crowned_babbler_digging_gully_home_jackadgery_july 2019
Back at home, the White-throated Honeyeaters love this little hanging pot which I fill with water for the birds. If I am outside and the pot is empty, one of these birds will sit near me and let me know.white_chinned_honeyeater2_hanging_pot_july 2019
I love the olive colour on their back and wings.white_chinned_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters also come to drink and bathe here.yellow_faced_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
After a bust day at the grevilleas, a Lewins Honeyeater enjoys a drink and a dunk.lewins_honeyeater_hanging_pot_july 2019
“Hello….is anyone using this bird bath?”
A White-throated Treecreeper looks over the edge of the bowl. This is a replacement for my wonderful terracotta bird bath which doesn’t attract as many visitors as the terracotta one.white_throated_treecreeper_bird_bath_home_jackadgery_july 2019
The Welcome Swallows are starting to nest at my besties under the verandah as they have for years.welcome_swallow_caniaba_july 2019
Busy collecting nesting material, it’s time to line the mud nest with feathers, probably from the Cattle Egrets on the farm next door.welcome_swallow_feather_nest_caniaba_july 2019
The Willie Wagtails are nesting too. Unfortunately the next day after I took this photo the whole nest was gone. We looked around the garden, under and nearby, but there wasn’t even a sign of the nest. The Wagtails were distraught in the morning. willie_wagtail_nest_build_caniaba_july 2019
Time to look up and see who has been flying over head. This is a collection of the Raptors. A White-bellied Sea Eagle was cruising around Harbour Beach at Port Stephens.sea_eagle_flying_port_stephens_july 2019
The Black Kite is a regular at the Lismore Waste Facility. We go there usually on a Saturday as their Revolve Shop has some great bargains from items recovered from the waste collections.  black_kite_flying_lismore_tip_july 2019
A very brave Magpie was making sure the Wedged-tailed Eagle wasn’t hanging around near their nests. It harassed the Eagle until it flew higher than the magpie could. wedged_tailed_eagle_magpie_flying_caniaba_july 2019
I love seeing the Wedged-tailed Eagles soar overhead.wedged_tailed_eagle_flying_caniaba_july 2019

No I wasn’t in the Sahara. At Harbour Beach the sand dunes are enormous and there is a Camel ride operator. We were there late in the afternoon and this was the last tour of the day coming back in.
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Well the sun is on the way down so I better say see ya.sunset_red_caniaba_july 2019
On the road from my place to the river the setting sun gave the road a redder hue than the normal red gravel on the roads surface.sunset_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019
I had to get a close up as the sun started to disappear behind the mountainssunset_close_jackadgery_purgatory_creek_road_named_july 2019

Well that’s all from me for July. I hate to end on a sad note but Chicken, the last of my chooks, died last month. Chicken came to me from my friend who lived down the road, the same one who gave my the beautiful Iris. When he had to go into care, he asked me to look after his chooks and Chicken is the last one. She was quite old and had been ill for a while and I used to take her with me when I went to my besties and also to my daughters. Since the start of the cold weather at night, I would pop her into her travelling crate and she would sit inside with me near the fire.

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Also linked with Su’s Changing Seasons

 

This is March 2019

What a month of differences. I had some good rainfalls in February but March became quite dry. The dam I use for watering the garden and use outside didn’t receive any run-off and is very low. I am in water conservation mode and back to watering the garden plants sparingly. The pot plants on the verandahs are getting the precious tank water. I have lost a number of my Begonias sadly. I have a number of plants of the same species and nothing has been lost altogether.

The coming of Autumn is usually a time to plant but as the same as last year, there isn’t the promise of rain and soil moisture. I have a number of plants that are now going to re-potted into bigger pots. The best thing is the sunsets this Autumn so this post has a number of sunsets as I couldn’t decide which ones to use.

I haven’t included the photos I have used in posts over the past few weeks, such as the Wedged-tailed Eagle having lunch on the side of the road. I have also put some in reserve for posts to be written later on.

There is a a good selection so maybe a cup of your favourite beverage, a snack and get comfortable to see some of the stuff I found in my world in March.

I was very privileged to be part of a smoking ceremony. A traditional Aboriginal welcome to their part of country. The leaves that were on the fire, Lemon Scented Gum, Cinnamon Gum and another type of eucalypt leaf I can’t remember.
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We stood or sat around the circular fire pit. One of the most amazing part was we were told that the smoke would touch us all. They began playing a welcome tune and the smoke went in a spiral around the circle of people, the smoke touching everyone. Yes the hairs on my arms and neck stood, it was a magical moment.smoking_ceremony_aboriginal_indigeous_players_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019
The leaves had to be put on regularly to infuse the people and the moment which gave us a sense of being part of country. smoking_ceremony_aboriginal_indigeous_loading_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019
One of the murals inside of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence where the NSW Landcare Forum was heldmural_NIEC_named_redfern_sydney_march 2019

The city sunset
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One afternoon, the sun was so yellow bathing the countryside giving an eerie glow to the Grass Tree sentinels that watch over my besties place. grass_trees_named_caniaba_march 2019

I wish I had more time to explore Redfern its streets, houses and gardens. I love this ornate piece on a gate.
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Back at my part of the world, I found a bit of rust.
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One of the jardinieres in the front of a house
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Meanwhile at the beach, the shadows  on the sand caught my attention.beach_grass_shadow_evans head_march 2019

The colours of a Small Common Yellow Butterfly seemed to change as it sat on the lomandra.
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My nighttime visitor who dropped in and commenced doing her laundry. praying mantis_home_march 2019

The early morning rain at my besties on a spiders web.
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The water dropspalm_fronds_dead_water_drops_named_caniaba_march 2019

While on the hunt for spiky things for Beckys March Square Photo Challenge, a purple Spider Orchid said pick me.
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Another angleflowers_orchid_purple_named_lismore_march 2019

Some Eucalypt flowers look spiky but are so soft
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Purple flowers in the morning sun.flowers_purple_named_caniaba_march 2019
Another orchid found at the Lismore Farmers Market where we go most Saturdays for breakfast and get some produce from the growers.flowers_orchid_named_lismore_march 2019
The Desert Rose is also for sale at the Marketflowers_desert_rose_named_lismore_march 2019

After not doing much, the rain came to my besties in March (but not my place) and the bean plants started to grow and flower.
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This is the very first time I have seem coconuts growing on a tree.
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Time for a few bird photos. The cute little Striated Thornbill enjoys dropping into to use  the bird baththornbill_bird_bath_named_caniaba_march 2019
OK….now we are back at the beach. The Crested Terns flew in and sat on the beach with us.crested_terns_sitting_evans head_march 2019

On Macleay Island, the Bush-stone Curlews had a young one.
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Having a drive around we came across a family of Grey-crowned Babblers having a feed along the side of the road.grey_crowned_babbler_named_gore rd_march 2019
One afternoon the sky was filled with a cacophony of squawking Little Corellas, the most Little Corellas I have ever seen in one huge flock. There were hundreds.corellas_little_flying_flock_closer_named_lismore_march 2019
The flock stretched across the sky in the afternoon sun.corellas_little_flying_flock_named_lismore_march 2019
I love the graceful Ibis as the soar overhead.ibis_flying_named_lismore_march 2019

The Black Kites are always hovering and swooping at the waste facility.
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A look at the steering mechanism on a Black Kite.kite_black_steering_named_lismore_march 2019
I am so happy that the Scarlet Honeyeaters are still around the garden at home.scarlet honeyeater_grevillea_honey_gem_home_jackadgery_march 2019
It is always a treat to come across Eastern Rosellaseastern_rosella_fence_named_gore rd_march 2019
The rain at my besties has bought out the happy looking Green Tree Frogs.frog_green_tree_named_caniaba_march 2019
On the drive around we came across an Eastern Grey Kangaroo and her Joey.eastern_grey_kangaroo_joey_named_gore rd_march 2019

The morning sun on the pampas grass seed heads
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The car ferry on the way to Macleay Island was soon overtaken by the catamaran ferryferry_fast_named_macleay_island_march 2019

It was a treat when the yacht owner put up the red sails
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The sunset over the bay made the end of a busy day worthwhile.
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The sunset on the watersunset_water_named_macleay_island_march 2019
The farmer next door ploughed and planted a paddock next to my besties place. When it was ready, he let the cows into the paddock. This cow certainly seemed to enjoy having a snack.cow_licking_named_caniaba_march 2019
The calf kept a wary eye on me.calf_looking_named_caniaba_march 2019

The calf at sunset.
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Another fabulous sunset.sunset_dark_named_caniaba_march 2019

Another day, another sunset. This is the eastern sky
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I think this was my favourite sunset of March
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Probably my favourite sunset photo. Well the suns gone down…..
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…..and our Moon is in the sky, so it’s time to go.moon_named_caniaba_march 2019

I hope you have a had a good time wandering about, sometimes a bit chaotic, in my world. The featured photo is one from Beckys photo challenge which a lot of people liked. Maybe you have a favourite photo too?

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
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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
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You might hear the wings of the Eastern Spinebill before you see one zoom past
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The Pied Butcherbirds song will fill the forest as we walk along
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We may see a Jackie Winter sitting on a fence
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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
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Small Brown Honeyeaters will be silently having a snack on a Bottlebrush
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A flash of colour and a Spotted Pardelote will fly by
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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
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The beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler will kep you spell bound for ages
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A whistle, a flash of red, the smallest honeyeater is unmistakable in the bush
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High in the tree, the resident Square-tailed Kite will keep an eye on you
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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
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More jewels in the sky as the Rainbow Bee-eaters gather
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Another remarkable song and bright yellow of the Golden Whistler will make you stop and listen
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Musk Lorikeets can be seen as they feast on the nectar of Pink Euodias
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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
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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
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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.

Goodbye 2016….

The last photos of December 2016 are nearly all birds. The weather was still hot and the bird baths proved to be a winner with all the birds who are staying around here. The cool of the forest also helps. The birds come into the garden from the forest in the cool of the morning and in the cool of the evening.

Sometimes you just have to fully immerse to get the benefits of cool water. I think this was a female Scarlet Honeyeater diving in deep into the very popular hanging pot.

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This bloke was thinking about the bird bath and whether it was worth going in.

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The Brown Honeyeater contemplates his dive into the bird bath.

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And in he goes. What a splash for a small bird.

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Not to be outdone, the tiny Striated Thornbill took the plunge and created a big splash.

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The group shot of the Striated Thornbills after their bath. One of my cutest photos ever don’t you think?

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On a hot day everyone arrives to get a drink. It’s heads down, bums up for the Rainbow Lorikeets.

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The Rainbow Lorikeets are a noisy lot, always having something to say, even if a mate lands on your branch.

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The Grey-crowned Babbler seems to defy gravity as it hopped up the Tallowwood.

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Once the Grey-crowned Babblers found a good spot to get a feed, the project started. There is always someone ready to give a hand.

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They almost have a large piece of bark ripped from the tree.

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Every morning I am woken to the beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler. As I walked around the garden watering those plants who were in need the most, the Whistler seemed to follow me.

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I bought a Hydrangea last year and have kept it in a pot on the verandah. In December I was rewarded with a beautiful pink flower. You can just see the flower of a White Hydrangea which I bought this year with flowers already on the small bush.

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That is the last of 2016. Now to start to sort the first photos of 2017. Happy New Year everyone.

Here is December so far

December has been quite warm to hot and I wish it would rain. The birds are coming into the garden for the watering places I have set out for them. The garden is getting drier but most of the plants are hanging on.

The Red-necked Wallabies are hanging around the house. Some have taken to the cool under the house or in the shade offered by the house and sheds.This bloke just hopped into the garden and lay down for a rest.

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The Pink Lilli Pilli had a fantastic flowering this year, and the insects and birds made the most of what was on offer. The bees were buzzing around and sampling the Lilli Pillis wares.

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I never get tired of watching Blue-banded Bees scrunch into the Blue Ginger flowers so their blue bums are on show.

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When the Crocus flower, the Stingless Native Bees come flying in the early morning when the flowers first open for the day. How much more pollen can a bee fit into its pollen sac?

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First off, I must apologise for the poor photo of this Planthopper. It was in the kitchen late one night and I have never seen one at my place before. It wouldn’t sit still enough to get a good photo. The black with stunning orange spots and those eyes!!!!

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On a hot day the Australian Painted Lady came onto the verandah. The colours are far more prominent than the other Australian Painted Lady butterflies I have found.

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The hanging pot bird bath, the subject of so many bird photos, also hosts insects as well as birds looking for a drink.

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Yes it is hot. The little White-throated Honeyeater does look he needs a drink doesn’t he?

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“Well George, do you come here often?”

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On a hot day, everyone has to share. The Scarlet Honeyeater and White-throated Honeyeater both enjoyed a drink.

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The female Scarlet Honeyeater thought it was a good time for a bath. A quick dunk in and out.

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Meanwhile at the other bird bath, the King Parrot enjoyed the bird bath to himself.

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At my besties bird bath, the birds who arrive in the afternoon for a quick bath and drink are different to the ones at my place, although the Eastern Yellow Robins are at my place too.

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A very fluffy Eastern Yellow Robin after a number of dives into the water.

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A view from the back shows the yellow feathers aren’t just on the chest of the Eastern Yellow Robin.

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The Eastern Whipbirds always look at their legs and feet when they get out of the water!!! Remember this blog

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The Red-browed Finches come to the bird bath in a large flock. Some have better eyebrows than others lol

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The Superb Fairy Wrens arrive at the same time as the Finches. They are such delightful birds.

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The males are so different to the females. I like the Jenny’s eye make-up.

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It’s the same with the Scarlet Honeyeaters. The females are so different.

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I think this one may be a juvenile male just starting to get his scarlet colours.

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Soon he will be as striking as this Scarlet Honeyeater male.

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Meanwhile, from high atop the gum tree, a Peaceful Dove watched what was going on in and around the chook yard.

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My poor Flame Tree gave it its best shot this year. The dry resulted in sparse flowers but the Little Friarbird still enjoyed what was on offer.

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The Satin Flycatcher likes to visit as you saw in my last blog. Here is his lady who was peeping out from the bushes.

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For the first time a gang of Grey-crowned Babblers came into the garden and had a quick snack in the fig tree. They are normally in the forest away from the house and in the semi-open country under the power lines. It was lovely to see them forage around the garden with their constant chatter..

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The last full moon, my bestie and I were lucky to be home to see the Moon Flower bloom. In the afternoon she said that the bud looked like it was ready to open so late that night we went into the garden to see this amazing flower.

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We used torch light to get the photos.

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The Moon Flower is so alien looking when you look deep inside the bloom.

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Thanks for stopping by and looking at what I have found this December. I love taking photos and sharing.

See you next year

Brian x

Birds and Flowers

I have not kept up to date with my blog. It is already half way through September and the start of Spring has gone. I too so many photos in August that I have to have a second go at putting my photos and things into writing.

Lately I have been walking along my road and as usual, my camera has been to hand. Some of the photos have been from around the neighbourhood whilst other photos have been at home. This first lot are typical of the bush in and around my place. The Fringe Wattles looked lovely this year and the spur my house is on is surrounded by the yellow of the wattles.

The small puffs of yellow encompass the whole wattle tree.

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The Native Sarsparilla also bloom at this time of year.

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They both look lovely as the Sarsparilla entwines around the Fringe Wattle

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The Paperbarks certainly flowered well this season. The air was full of the scent from the flowers which attracted all sorts of insects. How many can you see?

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Here are more insects in the flowers of the Paperbark. Mostly the insects get right down into the flower stem so only their bums are visible.

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The Coastal Rosemary flowers are quite pretty don’t you think?

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I am not sure what this little hairy leafed bush is. I called it Egg and Bacon plant but I am not sure. Can anyone help out with what this flower is please?

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I love the colours of Spring. Even the leaves can have such great shades of colour. Plus there is a bonus insect!!!

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The Double-barred Finches have been feasting on the grass seed. This one looks particularly portly at it sat high on the powerline.

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They have lovely markings. I like their blue beak.

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The Red-browed Finches were having fabulous snacks in the tall native grasses along the side of the road.

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A late comer to the last of the Bottlebrush flowers, (see the previous blog), was the Brown Honeyeater.

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The Friarbirds loved having a bath in the neighbours dam. They were diving in from a great height.

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Away in the distance I could hear the “chwit-chwit-chwit-peter-peter-peter” call of a Jacky Winter. Perched high on the dead tree, it was quite happy wagging its tail back and forth chittering away.

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Further down the road, a Little Friarbird was enjoying the last rays of the day.

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Often when I am sitting in my study, I have eyes that peer in through the door or window. This day the Female Satin Bowerbird was looking in.

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Quite often White-throated Treecreepers are spotted jumping up the trunks of trees. This is the first time I have been able to get a photo of one who took its time on its hunt for food.

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On the walk up the road I was very excited to see a couple of Grey-headed Babblers forage for insects among the dead wood and leaf litter on the property next door. I have seen them in the forest on my place but I was lucky enough to see them in the cleared land next door. I love their fluffy pants.

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The Rainbow Bee Eaters were having a splendid time zooming about the cleared paddock up the road. The many dead trees offered a great vantage point to watch for unsuspecting insects flying about.

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Every now and then, a group would gather to tell about the day and to keep a look out for flying insects. Their heads were always swivelling about as they say and chatted in the trees.

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So that’s the end of my start to Spring. I hope you have enjoyed my walk up the road.