Lots of orange and green

Cee’s Mid-week Madness Challenge: October Colour – Oranges and or Light Green
Becky’s Square Photo Challenge: Past Squares
Life in Colour October: Orange

OK I lied I’m not going to post lots of photos, just a select few

#BrightSquares

Rainbow Lorikeet and Honey Gem Grevillea from #KindaSquare

Orange Palm Dart Butterfly

A native flower on my place

A Lesser Wanderer Butterfly

Leopard Lily flower with a bonus gold bummed ant in my garden

Eastern Spinebill in the Honey Gem Grevillea

One of my favourite Frangipannis

Wanderer Butterfly

Cumquats and water drops

Close in the garden

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.

Naturally gold

Life in Colour September: Gold

Golden Lycra flowers

Golden Orb Weaver SPIDER

For those sensitive types

Honey Gem Grevillea

Fungi with the common name of Gold Top

A golden sunset

Also for Terri’s Sunday Stills Monthly Colour Challenge: All that is #Gold

The battle for the Grevillea

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.

The Rule of Thirds

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge:The Rule of Thirds

When I photograph birds it is quite easy to get the photo within the rule of thirds. I always have the grid switched on so I can see where to place things. I use the rule of thirds to capture what the bird is looking at or doing perhaps.

Although what is it that gets the attention, the flowers or the bird?
A Figbird among Jacaranda flowersfig bird_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

A Noisy Friarbird and Bottlebrush flowers
noisy friarbird_named_home_aug 2016

The Satin Bowerbird enjoying the nectar from Honey Gem Grevillea flowers
satin bowerbird02_home_named_sept 2014

Upside down

V.J’s Weekly Challenge: Upside down

Sometimes the world looks better upside down
little wattlebird_looking_named_binna burra_march 2018

or the flower goes upside down when you sit on the branch
blue faced honeyeater_home_crop_sept 2013

or when your lunch is easier to eat that way
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