The Bearded Iris

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Detail

You probably have seen lots of photos of Bearded Iris especially on Cee’s FOTD Do you know why they are called a Bearded Iris. Lets have a look at some detail shall we?

Here is the Bearded Iris that I hold dear as it is a memory of a friend
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A little closer, viewed from the top, and you can see the Iris a bit clearer
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Once you look you can see the “beard”190714_blog_challenge_detail_bearded_iris2

Wonderful little beard
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This is June 2019

About time I hear you say. Yes I am a bit late with last months wrap up. I didn’t take as many photos early on and then I seemed to find lots to photograph. This months photos have a couple I have used in other photo challenges but I decided to keep this post a bit shorter by not including the those photos.

So sit back and have a scroll through my June

Let’s start in Inverell, a town about 200kms from my place. We decided to have a mini holiday and ventured west. My goodness the drought has really hit hard out there. Didn’t see the usual paddocks with sheep and cattle in them. Many farmers have de-stocked and just holding onto their core breeding stock for when the drought breaks.
We stayed at a fabulous B’n’B, Blair Athol a Manor house from the early 1900’s. It is a great place to stay
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We did venture around the countryside. It was quite sad. I think this granite outcrop says it all.granite_rocks_outcrop_named_tingha_june 2019
I found a Pied Cormorant just after a bit of a dip in the water. I love how Cormorants do this. Makes me smile every time.pied_cormorant_named_inverell_june 2019
Back home I was surprised to see ducks on my house dam as the water level is quite low. Three Pacific Black Ducks cruise the dam.pacific_black_ducks_dam_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Sometimes when I am about in the garden doing a bit of bird spotting I get a feeling I am being watched as well. This Grey-shrike Thrush was making sure I was being good.grey_shrike_thrush_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Another Winter visitor to the garden are Golden Whistlersgolden_whistler_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Of course a monthly wrap wouldn’t be the same without the resident Eastern Yellow Robin who found a post to sit on while surveying the garden for a snack.eastern_yellow_robin_named_home_jacadgery_june 2019
Little Striated Thornbills are flying about the garden in the afternoonsstriated_thornbill_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
The Rose Robins are still around as wellrose_robin_named_home_jacadgery_june 2019
The Agave looked lovely in the afternoon lightagave_garden_sun_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
This is called Witches Broom it is on a small Eucalypt. witches_broom_garden_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
The variety of plants that are growing on a palm in the garden is wonderful. At the front is an Elk Horn, behind it on the right is a Birds nest Fern. They are surrounded by Hares Foot Fern and to the left rear is Fishbone Fern. All of these plants have decided to grow among the palm’s trunk.palm_elkhorn_birdsnest_fern_haresfoot_fern_garden_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Nearby, a Jacaranda has a lovely growth of moss that cascades to the ground.moss_garden_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
My mate Geoffs Iris has flowered. Always will bring back a memory.iris_purple_garden_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
All around the place Lichen has sprung up as there has been showers of rain over the last part of the month enough to keep the garden happy and for some plants to emerge.lichen_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
I love finding water drops. My besties place has had much more rain than here.cumquat_water_drop_garden_named_caniabajune 2019
These are the seed pods from an Eucalypt tree I found in Inverell.nut_eucalypt_tree_inverell_june 2019
I haven’t taken many photos of the Red-necked Wallabies that hang around my place. I caught this bloke with a mouth full of grass.red-necked_wallaby_named_home_jackadgery_june 2019
Late one afternoon at my besties, she called out to come over to where she was in the garden. She found a little Bandi Bandi going across a log heading for a safe place to spend the night.bandi_bandi_named_caniaba_june 2019
There appears to be lots of Wanderer Butterflies about at the moment. Found this one flying around the lane-ways of Lismore.wanderer_butterfly_flying_named_lismore_june 2019
Meanwhile there are Wanderers in my besties garden feeding on Echinacea flowers.wanderer_echanacia_flower_garden_named_caniaba_june 2019
One day we decided to head to the coast for lunch at the Ballina Beach Surf Club. Afterwards, after watching whales from the window while eating, we wandered up to the headland and watched the Humpback Whales cruising past. I bit of blow usually let me know where they were.humpback_whale_blow_named_ballina_headland_june 2019

I love it when they gave a wave.
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Managed to get some tail shots.humpback_whale_tail_splash2_named_ballina_headland_june 2019
but could never be focused on the right place when a Humpback breachedhumpback_whale_tail_splash1_named_ballina_headland_june 2019
Now for a bit of weird. Walking down a lane in Lismore we always look to see if this window has changed. I think the hand and flag on the right have been added.eclectic_window_wierd_named_lismore_june 2019

A stack of chairs in a window.
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One morning, the mist was settled in the valleys. I used to tell the kids that the mountains have captured the clouds.
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A bit of my playing around with photos. A Magpie on a steel post
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OK the sun is down so time for me to go.sunset_orange_named_caniaba_june 2019

I hope you have enjoyed a bit of a look at my June. The feature photo is a butterfly among the Zinnias in my besties garden.

Purple

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Purple

Check out Debbies Purple – click on the above link – It is stunning and I was thinking what do I have that’s purple to be able to contribute to this photo challenge. There is no way I can do wonderful lights like Debbies post. But I do live in a city which just had it’s Jacaranda Festival and has Jacaranda trees. But I wanted more so it’s floral all the way.

Here’s my bit of Purple
Better start with a Jacaranda tree
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Purple berries from a native vine
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Looking into a Torenia flower
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Another Native flower from my place. Haven’t identified it as yet.
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The Native Wisteria or Wild Sarsparilla that grows all over my place
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and a regular Wisteria  with bonus Wanderer Butterfly
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Purple Pansies
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Another purple flower I found somewhere
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Wonderful Water Lilies
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Another Australian Native flower found on the coast, Purple Fringe Lily
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My old mates Iris
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Back to the streets of Graftonjacarands_named_grafton_oct 2017

Thought about a song. Here is the original from 1958

Remembering Geoff

Last year my neighbour, Geoff, had to go into care. He said I could have some of the plants in his garden. This Iris was one he made sure I had.  Geoff passed on last year not long after going into care. When the Iris flowers, I have thoughts of the times we spent together chatting on the verandah over a coffee.

Isn’t this one of the best Iris you have ever seen?
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Geoffs Garden

My last post, can be viewed here, I mentioned my elderly neighbour Geoff had died. He was a good friend who often came for a cuppa on the verandah on a Sunday to tell of his latest addition to his chooks or what was happening in his garden or have a whinge about his “situation” (I am not going into that as it is too personal and also makes me too angry). He often told of his life, which was very often repeated, where he worked and of his family. One of the amazing coincidences was that we both went to the same High School, although he was there around 21 years before me. He was a great friend to me. Geoff was a Boilermaker by trade and his skills in doing things that i had no idea about, helped my development as a “man of the land”. I helped him in showing him the ways of nature and how the place we live in was very special, possibly developing him as a “bushboy”

There are many a story from the old days but in this I am relating the story of Geoff the gardener whose plants I have in my garden. When Geoff was to go into aged care as he really needed to have the caring he needed, he said to me “come and get as many plants and cuttings as you want” although his family (a cousin and niece as he never married or had any female relationships) did frown upon my doing so.

One of the things he said was that if he died he was leaving me his chooks in his will. Just before he left he asked me to come and get his chooks. A couple are still here, see this link, and are another reminder of Geoff.

Some of the plants I did go to Geoffs’ place and get are flowering and others are well and healthy.

This is his garden. I never took my camera to his place but I did a couple of times. So please enjoy Geoffs Garden.

This is the way into Geoffs place. The power lines to the left are a clearing and the main garden is on the right
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The sign at the front. Geoff said it meant the Gates of Heaven but if my Italian is correct it means Sky Harbour. I didn’t have the heart to tell him it should have been Porte del Cielogeoffs garden_property name_named_oct 2017
This is the only small piece of his garden that I have. The Hippeastrums that year were splendid.geoffs garden_view_named_oct 2017

Geoff  had some Australian native plants in his garden. The Candle Banksia was one my favourites
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There were some Grevilleas but not as many as I have.
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He had a lot of birds at his place as well. Brown Honeyeaters enjoyed his Grevilleas.
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One thing he enjoyed was a huge dish he filled with Sunflower seed, much to my displeasure. I bought him a wild bird mix as it was healthier for the birds but he persisted with his sunflower seeds. His verandah was always overflowing with sunflower seed husks that the Rainbow Lorikeets, King Parrots and other birds came to his place and feed. The King Parrots still hang around my place but the number of Rainbow Lorikeets has dropped. I don’t have any photos of his big bowl bird feeder.

OK. Back to his garden. These are a selection of his day Lilies. He loved the Port Wine Lily best. I hope I have one of these to remember him by.
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If you look in the background, you can see some of his chooks as well.
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It was a bit of pot luck in getting some of the day lilies as he wasn’t very well and couldn’t remember which plant was which until it flowered. The Yellow Day Lily was a lovely splash of yellow in his garden.
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The pink variety was stunning to come across wandering about Geoffs Garden.
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I have had a number of the Leopard Lilies in my garden. One of the first plants he gave me.
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At the back of his house he built a garden complete with rocks he made from concrete. After a few years you couldn’t tell that they weren’t real bush rocks. Among these “rocks” Geoff planted Golden Lycras. When they flowered the back garden was a blaze with yellow. I have so many around my garden as he was always lifting the bulbs and giving them away.
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Here is the Iris which has been on a number of my posts but not from this angle.
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The Iris with bonus Stingless Native Bees who loved the Iris
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Geoff had a nice selection of Gerberas. This one was a rare Gerbera he had.
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The pink Gerbera really stood out in the garden.
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Geoffs favourite flower probably was Hippeastrums. His garden was filled with all colours of Hippeastrums. It is a pity I don’t have a full record of these wonderful flowers.
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This Hippeastrum is currently blooming in the pot that I collected from Geoffs Garden
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The orange Hippeastrum was unusual.
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Another stunning colour
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This is one of my favourites.
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The almost white Hippeastrum is another rare one. Geoff also had a green Hippeastrum but I couldn’t remember which part of his garden the flower was in.
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Geoff loved the fragrance of Frangipannis.
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This Frangipanni greeted you as you came up the driveway to the house.
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Finally, here is Geoff just a short while before he had to go into care. He was a crusty old coot but a good friend.

Good bye mate

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This is September: the other bits

Well here is the second installment of This is September. Here is an assortment of stuff but mainly nature.

First off I’d like to let you know my sad news. My elderly neighbour and good friend Geoff, the bloke who gave me this beautiful Iris, died earlier this week. I have so many plants from his wonderful garden, perhaps a future blog, that I will always have good memories especially when the plants flower and spread sunshine to my garden.
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I might as well stay on the flowers that managed to bloom despite the lack of rain. Orange Trumpet flowers hang from the shed.
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The Bromiliad flowers are most unusual
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The Pansys battled on with a watering every now and then.
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I like the lion face in this Pansy
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The Rose Geraniums flowered looking so spectacular dotted through the garden
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Most of the flowers also had other things happening too. Can you find the insect on the Westringia? Hint it’s a bee
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The butterflies liked resting on the Westringia. Not sure if this is a Grass Dart or a Skipper
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Stingless Native Bees were a buzz about the Orange Trumpet flowers.
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Other bees likes to get among the Grevilleas
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The Wisteria came out to bloom for a few weeks. Wanderer Butterflies were attracted to the flowers perfume.
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Another sign of Spring is Orchard Swallowtails in the garden.
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One of the biggest butterflies that come around the garden.
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Some moths are hard to find when they sit on the ground
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Other butterflies are rather small like this Barred Skipper who didn’t mind resting on a leaf
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Do you remember the Assassin Bug photo? Here is the full photo
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Come warmer weather, spider webs appear. The St Andrews Cross Spider didn’t quite get the “this is what a cross looks like” memo
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I din’t think he cares very much
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Insects are everywhere. Some like to see what you are doing on the computer
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Just a fly sitting on a leaf
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An ant scurried away when it saw the camera
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A Common Yellow Butterfly shows the birds how to hide among the leaves
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Some leaves look  wonderful. The colours the White Fig leaves turn merge so well
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The sunlight on the Bottlebrush leaf drew my attention. This is without the photo bombing bee
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The Bloodwood Tree nuts litter the forest floor
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On a walk we came across a Spotted Gum with interesting bark patterns and lumps. What can you see?
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The Ironbark looked like it had a claw emerging down its trunk.
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Can you see a cat?
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We saw a bear…can you?
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The Silk Tree pods are like orange velvet in the tree tops
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Sometimes the pods drop with their seeds intact
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The Agave looked lovely in the morning sun
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The Skink hung on to the bricks as it surveyed the scene on the church in Grafton
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The Joeys are now too big to fit in the pouch any more
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The Spring sunsets have been amazingsunset01_named_binna burra_sept 2017

The sun is almost gone so it’s time to say see ya later.
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Black and White Sunday: Before and After

It is interesting to see the same photo in black and white and in colour. What is your favourite?

In days gone by, I am sure someone has a black and white photo of the old horse  drawn trolley bus.
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It has been lovingly restored and you can still take a short ride when it is available.
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I took these two photos this afternoon thinking of the Before and After photo challenge. The Iris is one of my favourites that I was given from my elderly neighbour before he went into care
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The colours are stunning
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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.