This is September 2018

Well I have had a big September. So much is happening probably because it is Spring, although the temperatures haven’t changed much as Winter was warm. There are the birds that come here, flowers are blooming and the tadpoles are hatching. I have written some posts this month and have included some of those photos but not all as this is a large post.

Yes, get a cuppa, wine, beer and some snacks and off we go

There has been a bit of teasing by the clouds. Promising rain but either not delivering or just a few drops. I have had some good falls but no run-off to put water into the dams. The water tanks are full which is good. 59mls has kept the garden happy as well as supplementary watering from the dwindling dam.
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I have put the flowers in early this post. Walking among the Mangroves stalking a White-faced Heron, I came across some Hibiscus flowers. There wasn’t a Hibiscus bush nearby so maybe had left a trail to find their way out.
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My besties Gymea Lily has flowered. This flower is about two meters plus in the air.
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Here is the whole photo. The plant is the strappy leaved one.
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This year has been a fabulous year for Grevilleas. The first flowering of this Grevillea in my garden.grevillea_flower_named_home_sept 2018

So many succulents are flowering too. This succulent is in a hanging pot on my verandah.
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I have these flowers in my garden but not in mass like a garden in Grafton.
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My Begonias are flowering well this year too.
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The Iris that is a reminder of my mate who passed on last September. This was one of his plants.
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The hanging Pelagoniums are a constant flower on my verandah.
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I love this flower display on a stall at the Farmers Market in Lismore.
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Flame Trees are spectacular when they flower. My poor struggling tree has started to flower even though it hasn’t had enough water.
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I have garden borders of Dietes. They look great when they are in flower but they are spreading to places I don’t want them to go. Pity the Wallabies don’t eat them.
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Bromiliads are flowering too. Some flowers are so wonderful aren’t they?
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Banksias are a sight when they flower
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Back to the Farmers Market. I spotted this bloke carrying a large dog. I have no idea why as the dog has a lead.
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The Beetroot looked lovely
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The old truck of the vegetable farmer is a great vantage point to see when people drop food.
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Ah…look, an unattended fishers bucket.
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Damn……I was spotted
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I love Gulls as they fly along the shore
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The wooden walk bridge over the estuary so you can walk to the beach.
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The White-faced Heron stalking crabs in the Mangroves
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Out to sea I spotted something breaking the water. I was hoping for a Whale and got a Dolphin.
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In the mist a ghost ship appeared
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The power company has been inspecting the power poles by helicopter. I think the pole at the front of my place will get replaced as they circled around for a while looking at the pole.
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I guess the party is over. Found this on the track to the beach.,
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The butterflies are starting to appear as well. The Line-blue Butterfly was rather shy.
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The old swimming pool is a great place for the dragonflies. A bit of action is going on watched by a Bleating Tree Frog Tadpole.
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There is quite a number of tadpoles who like to snack on the algae.
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Thee are calves in a lot of the paddocks. Who could resist a little white calf?
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The property next door is a miniature goat farm. On a walk a while ago I saw they had some little kids so next walk I took my camera. When I was at the fence I couldn’t see all of the little goats. And then I saw these two.goats_kids_named_scribbly gum goat farm_jackadgery_sept 2018
Another young animal. This foal was camera shy but I managed to get one photo.foal_named_lismore_sept 2018
Why fly when you can get a lift.cattle egret_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have found an easy way of getting nesting material. When I have been walking on my place, I often come across nests that have fallen from the trees. Not only has the Yellow-faced Honeyeater been gathering material but the White-throated Treecreeper from last months post is also getting in on the act.yellow faced honeyeater_nest_material_named_home_sept 2018

They were quite quick to get some nesting material and get back again. I found this lovely little nest in a Paperbark just outside of the sun room. They used some air fern to help bind the nest.
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Remember the post about the Welcome Swallows. Well the babies are starting to learn to fly but still like to get back in the nest for a feeding.welcome swallow_young_three_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2018
Spring also heralds Magpie swooping season. Not many people don’t get a swoop or two. Even a Wedge-tailed Eagle was getting the Magpie treatment.wedged tailed eagle_magpie_named_lismore_sept 2018

A farm near my besties has Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. I hope they don’t come to her place. They are quite destructive and squawk quite loudly when they get into a bunch.
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Little Friarbirds are timid but enjoy the nectar of the Honey Gem Grevillea in my garden.little friarbird_honey gem_named_home_sept 2018

 

King Parrots  have set up their breeding pairs. This couple have taken up residence in the garden.king parrots_named_home_sept 2018

I had to include the Satin Bowerbird. Such a spectacular bird to have in the garden.
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Here is the Great Cormorant who caught a fish from the Clarence River in Grafton. Scroll back a few posts and see the story if you like.great cormorant07_fish_clarence river_named_grafton_sept 2018
The Intermediate Egret has to have the longest neck I have ever seen.intermediate egret_named_caniaba_sept 2018
I think the horse may be in for a surprise!ibis_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018

A small flock of Galahs are hanging around the farms near my besties. They sometimes come to her place to get a drink of water.
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The Figbird didn’t know I was under the tree.figbird_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
Spring brings the Blue-faced Honeyeaters back to my place.blue faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2018
My arty Pelican photopelican_reflection_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
The best arrival has been the Grey Shrike Thrush. Their lovely song fills the garden in the morning and afternoon. They too are nesting. I have them “knocking” on the windows in search for spiders webs and any insect who happens to be around the windows. It’s a constant tap tap tap most of the day.grey shrike thrush_named_home_sept 2018

Thanks for taking the time to wade through my rather large This is September post. If you would like to know more or have a comment, please leave me a note in the comments.

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
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A King Parrot
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A Golden Whistler
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A Scarlet Honeyeater and a red Bottlebrush flower
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A Forest Kingfisher
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CFFC

A few thing about April

A couple of time over the past week I have been at the beach. It was very overcast and not all that inviting but usually there is something on the beach that gets my attention. I would have loved to photograph the kangaroos on the beach but high on the headland would have to do.

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There’s something about the water, sand and light that I see but can’t quite get what I want on a photo.

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A rock full of molluscs always attracts attention.

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While eating lunch, a Kookaburra came over to closely check us out.

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The Emerald Dove is so funny. Just walks up the garden path to discover what’s in and around things, sometimes to get a drink out of a saucer under a pot plant.

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The Black-chinned Honeyeaters were ever so cute when they had a washing session.

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The Satin Bowerbird was very vocal while perched above the dam.

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THe rain has been a blessing, bushes started to flower. The Chinaman’s Hat is a bit rude….I think I have been flipped off by a flower

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I love finding insects and spiders in flowers especially when they are so small that you often miss seeing them as you walk by.

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The rain also bought out some interesting fungi. Everyone knows how much I love fungi. This fungi blog is full of them. I have never seen a cup-shaped fungi before.

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And it was so white.

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See you next time.

 

brian

Around here at Christmas

I have had some new visitors to my garden over the past week or so. First of all, a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike sat in the tree near me

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and a while later, way over there, collecting small twigs for a nest I guess. It has been quite a while since I last saw a Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike around here.

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The other new one arrived a few days ago….meet the White Cheeked Honeyeater

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They are quite athletic when getting into the blossoms

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No blossom is safe

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The Little Friarbird arrived about the same time

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The everyday things wanted to be discovered or rediscovered. The birds and flowers that are nearly always here at the same time most years seemed to attract my attention, perhaps it was the light or as with the Leaden Flycatcher, seemed to sit and pose for a while which is unusual for a bird who just loves to flit about the bushes and trees singing at every stop.

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As usual the Noisy Friarbirds dominated this part of the yard as well. They have a never-ending flight between the Honey Gem out the front, and the Callistemon out the back, trying to stop all the other birds having a snack. They certainly love to swoop at the bushes to scare the other smaller birds. Or they will sit there trying to give the death stare to anyone who is anywhere within eye shot.

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The poor little Scarlet Honeyeater is always on the look out when it grabs a quick snack before the bullies come back from their other bush protection flight.

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But always get a good feed

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Willie Wagtail managed to get a cicada and was banging it about the tree branch

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Elsewhere around the place, things are looking good with just the right amount of rain to keep everything growing and flowering. I looked down the back and saw a lot of yellow flowers. I thought I had the Fireweed beaten and was a bit dismayed at seeing the many spots of yellow everywhere!!! Having a good look up close I was relieved to see it was a little native star-shaped yellow flower.

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Sitting among the star-shaped flowers was this little one as well. Many of the native flowers here are very small, around 10 – 15 millimetres in diameter.

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Some of the white flowers are just waiting to burst out.

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While some are out enjoying the sunshine already

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There are a few little yellow fluffy flowers that are more like Fireweed.

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In the trees, the Spangled Drongos enjoy having their weird sounding conversations.

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Which didn’t bother the King Parrots very much as they were more intent on seed hunting.

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The Figbird was looking rather splendid as it hopped about the lower branches

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Just looking about

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I don’t think I have ever looked at one of the many blooms of the Agapanthus flower before

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The little pink Grevillea flower is quite small and I don’t think any of the honeyeaters visit as most of the flowers are intact.

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All over there has been a certain busyness which has even effected the insects. Some ants were marching up and down the wall

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While a grasshopper thought that some of the indoor plants were worthy of investigation to ascertain their edibility

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I guess anytime around here there is always a young Red-necked Wallaby. As I haven’t included at Joey shot for a while, here you go as I know a lot of you like these fluffy little blokes.

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There’s been a bit happening around here hasn’t there…..

brian

One Day at the Grevillea

One of the favourite shrubs in the garden is the Honey Gem Grevillea. Luckily it is near the house so I can either sit on the verandah with a cuppa or something stronger or even just take photos through the kitchen window.

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You can see why the birds just love the flowers. Some days they just drip with nectar…..bugs like the flowers as well…..can you spot them?

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The Eastern Spinebills can always be heard chit chatting away as they wait their turn.

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When they are in the shrub they are always on the lookout because the bigger birds tend to make it their own.

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The main birds who tend to dominate the Honey Gem are the Blue Faced Honeyeaters when they arrive in numbers in late winter

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The other bully of the Grevillea are the Friar Birds. They often battle with the Blue Faced Honeyeaters to see who owns it.

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The Lewins Honeyeaters were boss of the garden in autumn

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One day I was surprised to see New Holland Honeyeaters in the Honey Gem. That was a treat.

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The Black Chinned Honeyeaters are polite as they sit nearby to wait their turn as well. Sometimes they will take a quick bath while they wait, making them look rather untidy.

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The Yellowfaced Honeyeaters came for a few days in May.

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In Autumn the Silvereyes suddenly swooped into the garden for a couple of days rest before continuing on their way.

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Hope you have a great shrub or tree that attracts the birds, giving them a feed or just somewhere to sit.

*Disclaimer: It wasn’t all on one day 🙂

Another day at the bird bath: Who splashes the most

I love watching the birds when they come in for a quick dip or a good long wash. Some just zip in for a quick wash while others really take bath time seriously. There are the birds who like to be alone when bathing, some make it a family affair but it is always a lot of splashing around.

The magpie just wanted to dive right in.

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And once he was in, he just tossed beakfuls of water all around.

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The Lewins Honeyeater liked a quick dip, a bit of a drip dry and then was off.

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The Spangled Drongo often just sits and waits before diving in.

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Inevitably someone else thinks its bath time as well, much to the Drongos disgust the Noisey Miner had bath time on its mind.

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The Wattlebird also tried to extend the Drongos bathtime by just diving right in.

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Usually the Wattlebird makes sure there isn’t anything in the water before venturing in.

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The Noisey Miners are some of the birds who like to make bath time a family affair.

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They just love to splash about.

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But the best of all the bird bath splashers would have to be the Eastern Whipbird. After a bath, he liked to have a good shake.

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But in the bird bath………

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The Eastern Whipbird, I think, is the best splasher in the birdbath…what about you?