Gulls

The word prompt from city sonnet: Gulls

The Gulls flew while the Cormorants just bobbed about hunting fish
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Soaring majestically in the sky
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Or hurriedly leaving the beach in a tangle of wings
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Or just standing at the waters edge enjoying the sand between the toes.
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Finding a shady spot on the beach on a warm day
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Looking nonchalant
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Or being cheeky
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Enjoying the morning sun
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Or a surprise Gull – an Australian Gull Butterfly
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This is April 2018

You will be pleased to know that this month I have been picky in choosing what to put on my April post. This is not a marathon so maybe you won’t need a drink and a snack to get to the end.

Let’s get going then.

It’s just a leaf I found.  I just love the colours.
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There is a whole ecosystem on this fungi
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Down the hill from from the above fungi, a whole miniature forest was growing.
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I love the sunsets and these grass seed heads.
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More grass seed heads against the late afternoon sky. The camera knows how to lie as these aren’t very big.
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One of my favourite garden flowers – Cats Whiskers
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I don’t know the name of this flower. We call it The Pink Thing. Bees love disappearing inside of the bell or where the flower joins the stalk.
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The small flowers of the Bangalow Palm are waiting to burst out. The outer casing had fallen off early in the morning and the palm was full of buzzing bees.
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Trying to get some bee photos I didn’t realise I have taken photos of little Dwarf Eastern Tree Frogs. I don’t know if they were hunting bees or other insects
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I only found these two but I am sure there were many more among the hanging stalks.
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The snail was having a good time exploring the leaf
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I found an interesting looking Shield Insect walking along the electric fence tape.
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The Caterpillar was quite disturbed at my presence as you can see the red warning bits shooting out. It certainly made short work of the small bush lemon tree’s leaves.
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Just a bee getting some nectare and pollen from the Singapore Daisy flower.
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In the Fan Palm, I saw a black shape.  Now I am sure I will be careful around the palm with Paper Wasps setting up a nest.
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I think this is a Lemon Migrant Butterfly among the purple flowers.
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I have lots of photos of Brown Ringlets but none taken from the underside. It was almost like a mother of pearl shining in the sunlight.
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The Orange Palm Dart flitted around the Pentas flowers.
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There is always someone who pokes their tongue out when a photo is being taken.
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I seemed to have an obsession in April with spiders webs. The sun glowing gave the web a golden sheen.
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This web was damaged by the rain leaving little gems of water on the web.
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Some webs were so traditional looking. The tiny spider sat waiting for someone to get snared.
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This is a first for me. An Eastern Curlew was walking about the Gulls and Terns.
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Some Pelicans had a snooze while others got on with the washing.
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This bloke was a bit late but glided in to try and find a spot on the sand bar.
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A Lewins Honeyeater was scanning the Fan Palm for something to eat.
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters loved the bird bath on a warm Autumn day.
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After their bird bath, a couple of Red-browed Firetail Finches sat about doing their laundry.
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This Red-browed Firetail Finch showed his firetail
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A couple of Buff-rumped Thornbills contemplated going into the water
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I am sure the Spangled Drongo was ignoring me.
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I have been looking for Royal Spoonbills to photograph for ages. I spied a couple in a flooded park in the middle of Ballina. Not in a wetland as I expected but in town with cars whizzing by. A couple of people wondered what I was doing as they went past.
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Don’t my orange eyebrows give me a certain something.
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I couldn’t not have a post without a photo of everyones favourite Northern Yellow Robin, our little regular garden visitor, Bobbin.
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Thanks for stopping by. Did you have a favourite or two?

Odd One Out

A great photo a week challenge from Nancy Merrill: One of these things……. “Who remembers watching Sesame Street as a child (or with your child) and hearing “One of these things is not like the others. Which one is different? Can you tell?””

A tough one to start
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This is a bit easier
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An easy “who’s the odd one out” to finish.
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At the beach

I really enjoy going to the beach. There is always so much to see and do.  From swimming or riding the waves to walking along the shore, exploring the rock pools or just sitting on the headland watching the world go by.

Early morning is so good. Sometimes you have the beach to yourself to watch the sunrise and take in the beauty of the morning

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If there are some good waves, there will always be someone carrying a board heading out to where the waves are best.

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At other times, you have to share the sand with someone else

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or there are crabs scuttling about

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making their own patterns on the sand with perfectly round sand balls

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I love the patterns that the water makes as the waves sweep up the beach and recede leaving tiny rivulets in the sand

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When my girls were small we always had to have a shell collection, making sure that every different shell was represented. I still walk along the beach but instead of picking them up to make an arrangement of some sort, I just grab a picture as the shape, forms and textures are so different from shell to shell. Here is a few of my favourites.

A deeply furrowed purple shell….almost like a claw.

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An almost black shell

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The ridges and valleys sweep forward

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The creams and reds caught my eye with this shell

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The darker bands running around makes this shell a distinctive

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This shell was like finding gold

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Concentric rings that have a wave and a deeper yellow section made this one stand out

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OK…it’s time to look out to sea again. Enough of looking at the sand and the wonders it holds.

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Storms at the beach are always spectacular

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The storm makes the sea surge and swell and crash upon the rocks…

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which washes up interesting bits of wood…..

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or other ocean-going craft…..

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It doesn’t take much to put the gulls and terns to flight

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When the wind blows, I like to get back up the beach and into the dunes to explore, discover and to have a bit of fun with my fabulous artist bestie……

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until it’s almost time to head off after an enjoyable day after watching the sunset

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How do you spend your day at the beach?