More Bugs

I couldn’t resist posting some more insects in Dutch goes the Photo‘s Tuesday photo challenge as lots of people have enjoyed my previous post Bugs.

I must do a warning before you start perusing this blog – it does contain sex

Here is a Cricket in a Crinum
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The wonderful dragonfly doing a hand..errrr….leg stand on the water plant seed head
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Dragonflies like playing peek-a-boo
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The lovely Caper White Butterfly. They migrate through my place every year.
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Now for the saucy part

Lineblue Butterflies doing their thing in my garden
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Dragonflies doing it on the dam
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A couple of moths transfixed in the cactus garden
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I couldn’t let a blog on insects go without sneaking in a “not really an insect” my beautiful Huntsman Spider who lives in my place. She is now somewhere in the laundry where, I think, she may be hibernating, if spiders do that sort of thing.
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Bugs

The Tuesday photo challenge from Dutch goes the Photo is Bugs. I have so many bug photos I just had to stop or it would take me for ages to complete the photo challenge!!!

Here is a selection of my bugs. I don’t know the names of all of these so I will leave it up to you to identify the ones you know.

The Centipede who walked through my house.

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The Plant Hopper who wouldn’t sit still for a photo in the kitchen
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The Praying Mantis on the kitchen window
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The Fly with a yellow face
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The Fly with the green eyes and biting proboscis
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The “birth” of a Cicada on the chook yard fence
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The Tiger Cicada on a tree
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The Bullants coming to defend the nest
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A Beetle on a leaf
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An insect marching with purpose across a leaf
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A bright red insect on my car
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A Mayfly on the wall
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An insect stopping for a photo op
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Have a search around my blog for lots more insect photos if you want

 

This was June

It has taken me ages to sort through the photos that I took in June. Luckily I took out the photos of birds that I encountered and put them in this blog. I was surprised at some of the subjects that I managed to capture as it is Winter here which is normally a bit dry but we have had a rather wet Autumn. I am wondering where to start as I have quite a number of photos so maybe I will get going with some of the old bits and pieces I came across in June. The photos are at my place unless otherwise stated.

When I visited a neighbour, I had to stop and photograph the old farm stuff they have near their front gate. I think this is a horse drawn stick rake.
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The old cart has seen better days. My Grandfather was a Wheel Wright and I reckon he would love to have a go at restoring this cart.
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As you know, I love rust, the colours and the shapes that make the metal into an art work.
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The chains and hook are a wonderful knot of rust.
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This old pulley is hanging on the besties verandah. It may have been part of the old dairy that used to be on her place years ago.
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I love the tiny water drops in the spiders webs from the misty rain.
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The rain has put water drops on the flowers in pots on her verandah.
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The Zygote Cactus water drops seem to be able to defy gravity
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Even the spiders web caught a water drop or two.
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The spiders web in the Red Ironbark had a golden glow. The Red Ironbarks are majestic trees on my place.
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The rain drops on the spiders web in the grass looked like jewels.
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Moss and lichen are other favourites of mine to photograph. A lovely green on the Bloodwood tree.
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The wonderful coloured red sap from the Red Ironbark oozes from fissures in the bark.
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The Tuckeroos are in flower and the trees are full of these tiny flowers.
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The trees were abuzz with the sounds of bees and insects.
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I am not sure if this is a bee or a wasp.
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The bees certainly have to scrunch to get to the pollen and nectar.
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I didn’t notice the red eye on this insect until I down loaded the photos.
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The Blue-banded Bees were still hanging around the Pentas. I love their blue bums.
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They hardly sit still and this bee looks like he hasn’t any wings.
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Down on the forest floor, I was trying to get the right angle for a photo of the fungi when along came this fellow. I love the colours of the fungi. The reds are very striking to see. just little red dots on the ground.
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I found this bunch of fungi during a Landcare visit to a site in Tucabia emerging from the mulch.
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In the rainforest on my besties place I always come across fungi growing on the fallen trees. This is the first time I have seen this wood fungi which went the length of the log. Amazing colour isn’t it?
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This wood fungi was on the end of a log nearby. Such a contrast in colour from the fungi above.
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I found this little Stink Horn Fungus walking down the driveway at her place. I think I was stalking the Brush Turkey trying to get a photo of him on the mound he built.
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Isn’t the yellow of this fungi just lovely? And it even curled its edge to show me its frill.
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The Gold Top mushrooms are everywhere at the moment on my place.
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I love looking under the fungi to see the frills which have a fascinating shape and texture.
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Growing on a log in the forest, the mix of moss with its seed pods and the fungi looked like a tiny elfin garden.
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The Bromiliads in my besties garden are flowering but mine haven’t as yet. The mix of colours on this flower is just right.
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The Matchstick Bromiliad flower is different.
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This is me being a bit artistic with the hanging Hibiscus flower.
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I can’t remember what this vine flower is called but it certainly caught my eye in my besties garden. I love the curly tendril as well.
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Looking deep inside the flower, it almost looks like it is exploding outwards.
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The Banksia flower in the afternoon sun.
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My neighbour has a wheelbarrow full of these Pancake cactus. They are becoming one of my favourite cacti.
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When I was watering some pot plants on the front verandah, out popped the little Broad-palmed Frog.
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Isn’t it one of the cutest frogs you have ever seen?
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At the Landcare walk at Tucabia you know I couldn’t resist chasing a butterfly. The Large Grass Yellow was feeding on a Farmers Friend or Cobblers Peg plant.
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The Orange Palm Dart butterfly just happened to sit on a leaf while I was stalking a bird in my besties garden. What wonderful colours
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The Orange Palm Dart was very co-operative in getting its photo taken.
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In Winter, you have to be careful when you go to the wood pile. You never know who is getting the warmth of the afternoon sun. Luckily I saw this small Red-bellied Black Snake
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Well the sun is setting so I better get off and do stuff. Hope you enjoyed the things I found in June.
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Week 34 – Movement

M’s 52 Weeks Photo Challenge this week is Movement

How much movement is there in two Orchard Butterflies doing their mating dance!!!

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The male actually flies backward towards the female

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The Flower and the Bees

The challenge is shallow depth of field52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 32

The Hippeastrum is a fabulous flower to photo. Its large bell shaped flowers and striking colours give many an opportunity for some great photos. Throw in some Stingless Native Bees and you look into a busy tiny world.

The flowers are male and female. This is a female flower with the stigma ready for some pollen.

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This is a male with the anthers full of pollen

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All we need are some bees. Look how full the bees pollen baskets are.

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Once a flower is found the tiny bees come to collect the pollen.

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I wonder if they know there’s a spider in there.

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These are Dragonflies

Ever since I managed to get a photo of a flying dragonfly with one of my first cameras, a Canon Tlb, I have loved seeing dragonflies flitting about. I am lucky to have an assortment of dragonflies on my property. Many an hour has been spent at the dam or chasing a dragonfly about the garden trying to get that great dragonfly photo.

Unfortunately I don’t know the names of many of the dragonflies I have captured but once I have published this post, I am sure there are people who will let me know their names.

I love the different shapes and colours of dragonflies. This is a slender dragonfly not the usual bigger ones I see.

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I found this one sitting on the flower in the dam. I love the reflection in the water.

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The yellow dragonflies like to sit on the ground

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“Don’t touch my stick”

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They do like to hang onto the reeds in the dam too

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I don’t see the orange (ish) dragonflies much

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They like to stay out of the rain

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But the red and blue dragonflies are always around

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Dragonflies look very interesting up close

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Dragonflies can also be interesting from afar. I was taking some photos of the Honey Gem Grevillia and didn’t notice that I had been photo-bombed by a dragonfly

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Some dragonflies sit with their tails a bit bent

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Others like their tails up especially the ones with spotted wings

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There is always a chance encounter with a couple of dragonflies who like to “enjoy” each others company

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I was chasing a dragonfly around my besties garden when I sat down on the deck when suddenly the dragonfly appeared. I think he was checking me out.

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Did you enjoy my dragonflies?

 

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Letters C or D

For this photo challenge I have dug around for some insects. The difference in a black and white photo from the colour insects can have can be quite remarkable. These two photos aren’t that remarkable in colour. They have translated well into black and white I feel.

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The top down view of a Cicada

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The Dragonfly was sitting quite high in the tree

 

Birds. Bugs, Flowers and Things

I love it when I have a mixed lot of photos I have taken. This blog does contain a lot of birds and things that have been previously in past blogs but they keep doing things that are different or I just like the photo and hope you do too. There is one photo that has something different from the usual photos, can you spot it?

The weather over winter and early spring has been dry with some hot days and some windy days. Since 1 August to end of October there only a couple of days where there was good rainfall, but only 14 days of rain over 3 months. Some of the flowering plants have enjoyed the dry. This year the bottlebrushes and paperbarks have had the best flowering ever.

One of the things I like to photograph is when I can see faces in things. These are a couple I have seen lately. Can you see the faces too? The first on was taken at the beach during a walk after a North Coast Landcare get together.

Can you see a dog?

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Sometimes the faces can seem rather scary. I had a feeling that someone was watching me.

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The Red-necked Wallabies have had a bumper Joey season this year, so it may indicate that the grass in the paddocks will soon turn green and there will be a good summer. These two were eating beside the veranda where there are patches of feed. The Joey may be too big for the pouch but still likes to get a drink from Mum.

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One plant that has had a fabulous flowering this year has been the Native Frangipanni. The birds and insects are always around the tree in the early morning and late evening.

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My besties garden always has flowers as the rainfall there is much better than at my place. I love the way that this flower seems to explode towards you.

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The colours of this small flower are stunning adding a splash of colour throughout the garden.

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My hanging pot of bromeliads have never had so many of these striking red flowers. I counted six flowers around the hanging pot. Yes that is a bird’s nest I found on the ground and was placed in the pot.

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I wanted a few flowers around and planted some Alyssum seeds and they all came up giving cascades of white flowers from the many pots they were planted in. There were bees and this Hover Fly (I think) buzzing around. What a golden coloured fly!!!

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Other visitors to the Alyssum flowers were small butterflies. I managed to get a photo of the Ochre Butterfly before is zoomed off to another flower in the garden.

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You can see how dry the ground was when I took a photo of a Meadow Argus. They prefer to land on the ground. The underside of their wings seem fluffy and dull…..

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….but the inside wings are very colourful.

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In late October the Caper White Butterflies started to fly through my place on their migration to SE Queensland. They have been constantly been in the garden since then. The Pentas is a great butterfly attracting bush.

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While walking around Grafton we spied some bee activity around a large Camphor Laurel. I am glad they were too busy to notice me trying to get some photos. When we went back a couple of weeks later there weren’t many bees around at all. Sadly I suspect the Council may have sprayed the nest.

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The coming of warm days brings out the insects. There are a good number of varieties of flys at the moment. This brown fly spent some time walking around the rim of the jug on the window sill.

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While this insect preferred the window to walk about.

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The garden also has its share of insects and bugs. I love the colours on this beetle, don’t you?.

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The Dragonflies are swooping around the garden and the dams. This is the blue variety. I  think will do a blog just on Dragonflies as I have some other varieties.

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I just had to include another White-throated Honeyeater and the hanging watering come small bird birdbath pot. He looks to be saying “Ok mate, where’s my water!!!”

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On the walk along the beach I spotted some birds sitting on some rock off the shore. The Pied Cormorants were doing their washing.

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Here is bird number 91 I have identified on my place. (I say “I” but has been a team effort from lots of people in my network.) The Common Bronzewing was just strolling along but I managed to get a not very good photo.

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Back at the beach walk, on the way down to the beach through the dune I saw a New Holland Honeyeater gathering material for the nest.I’m sure the spider didn’t mind a bit of web taken.

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Isn’t it funny how birds can have their heads looking back. The Brown Pigeon was certainly keeping an eye on me.

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Amongst the vegetation, chit chatting away the Eastern Whipbird foraged for insects. Their distinctive whip crack call (from You Tube by Linda Hansbauer) many people know but when they are on the ground bustling about the have an insane cackle going on.

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The most elusive bird at my besties is the Green Catbird and I am always excited when I find a Catbird amongst the foliage.

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In Spring, the Figbirds arrive at my place. Late one afternoon I found this pair cosying up for the night among the branches of the fig tree.

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Of course you have seen lots of Blue-faced Honeyeaters on the Honey Gem Grevillea in my previous blogs but the way they can have a snack upside down always fascinates me.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is contemplating the first flower on a Grevillea I planted a few years ago. I will have to try to find out the name of this Grevillea.

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The Tawny Frogmouth (or it may be a Marbled Frogmouth) has the most basic of nests. Just a few twigs thrown onto a flattish spot in a tree. This bird hatched two babies.

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Late in the evening, a walk along the shore at Ballina saw many pelicans coming in to roost. First stopping on the light post to make sure the fishermen weren’t cleaning their catch. It’s almost time to go….

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…..the moon is up casting a glow so I must be off. See you next time.

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Spring brings life

Spring has begun and is almost over so I better get going and post some of my world in spring so far. There has been a lot happening, too many photos to sort through and making time to write, sort, edit and get it out!!!!

My old friend a few properties down the street is no longer able to care for himself and has gone into a care facility. His garden has been a source of inspiration and his help has made my garden a better place. He was always coming with bulbs, seeds or cuttings some of which have survived the dry periods and some just reappear much to my amazement.

This Iris was one of the first things I saw as I visited him before he left. A stunning splash of purple.

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Of course it attracted the native stingless bees

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The Grevilleas begin to bud at the start of spring. They don’t look as spectacular as the flowers but have a certain furry interest……

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….and then they bloom into the most fantastic flower displaying many hues and colours.

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The Honey Gem attracts so many birds to my garden but when you look closely you find some of the smaller creatures in my garden.

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Throughout the bush around my place, the yellows and oranges of the Jacksonias splash colour into the bush.

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I love the tiny native flowers that appear throughout the bush. This tiny yellow flower is about 10mm in diameter.

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Another tiny native that has the most hairy leaves.

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I am amazed that the lichen has regenerated from what looked like a dead blob in the grass. A small amount of rain bought it to life.

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This is part of my “front lawn” I don’t have much grass and what is here is native grasses. I rarely cut the grass as there are so many tiny flowers that either grow at ground level or are on small stalks. This moss has gone to seed or is it the flowers?

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Come spring everyone wakes up. Some like to prowl around the garden and “back yard” looking for things to eat. This bloke was looking for my chooks eggs!!!

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One day coming home from town, there was a raucous noise and the sky suddenly was dotted with a huge flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. This year there has seemed to be lots of them around. Sometimes in large flock or in just a few, screeching as they wheel about the sky.

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I spent ages by the side of the road watching the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos argue of the best perch and change trees to find something to eat. Their aerobatics are superb don’t you think?

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I am the boss of this tree and can see for kilometers.

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Ahh….there is nothing as good as a pine cone.

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Heralding in the morning, Kookaburras fill the air with their call. I love the bit of blue on their wings.

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The beautiful call of the Grey Shrike Thrush is such a pleasant change from the usual suspects, Friarbirds, Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Ravens.

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At my besties, the Emerald doves pop in for a quick drink from the bird bath. THe shimmer of green is eye-catching as they move through the bush.

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A rare visitor to my road were these Crimson Rosellas. The bloke up the road put out feed for his horses and a flock of Rosellas dropped in for lunch.

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Their colours are very striking. The red can be seen from a distance s they jumped about among the horses.

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On a walk up the road, I found a Blue-faced Honeyeaters nest. As I was watching it became change over time.

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A keen eye was kept on me before he settled onto the nest.

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The best part was the Rainbow Bee Eaters as they swooped around. I played around with my photo program to see if I could get a different effect.

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Thanks for hanging out with me for a while.