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One Word Sunday   A photo challenge from Debbie at Travel With Intent

An encounter with the Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey in my garden.

“Now stand still and upright”
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“Let’s see, you have to look your best”
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“Awww Mum…do you have to”
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“Hold still….I’ve just got to get under your chin”
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“There you go…..it wasn’t that bad, was it?”
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Tender

The one word prompt from the Daily Post: Tender

What could be more tender than the love of a mother and her baby or in this case the love of a Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey. This encounter was in my garden.

“Hey Mum, I have an itch I can’t reach.”

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“Here, I’ll take care of that darned itch.”
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“Is that better?”
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“Thanks Mum.”
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The Fast Joey Hops Around

One morning, a Red-necked Wallaby  Joey and his Mum were enjoying the garden. When all of a sudden the Joey decided it was time to climb out of Mum’s pouch and test out his hopping skills to see how fast he could get around the garden.

“Hey Mum, I think I might go for a very fast hop over there.”

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“I better check out what’s around just in case.”

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“Maybe I’ll hop over that way”

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“No…..I’m going to hop really fast this way”
“Mum…..Mum….watch me go Mum”

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“Watch out for your tail Mum ‘cos here I come.”

 

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And like a rocket, the Joey came hurtling back to Mum.

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“Hey Mum, that was fun!”
“Yes dear, you really can hop fast.”

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Last day of Spring

It’s the last day of Spring. It has been a Spring of change. Days of hot and dry. Days where some rain has fallen, just a few drops and others where there has been a bit of run-off to add a bit of water to the dams. The early Spring blogs have been full of new life. A lot of things have happened and I have seen lots of new things around here and when out and about. Here is my last day of Spring. Hope you had a great Spring too.

Some days it was great just to lie down and relax.

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I just love it when I find something new, like this butterfly, an Australian Gull I think.

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Another view of the butterfly that had me captivated as it flitted about the flowers on the dam,

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The drink container made the perfect background for a spider photo. I took me about three goes to get the photo as it kept jumping onto the camera. It is so tiny.

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Another new bug to get my attention was this Bee Fly.

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Even in the heat of the day, dragonflies were buzzing around the garden, occasionally taking time for a breather, even if it is right on top of a Grevillea.

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I couldn’t go past this waterlily with its subtle shade of pink.

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There has been a couple of Spangled Drongo’s hanging around at the moment. This bloke had just dropped in for a splash in the bird bath.

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He always waited for the Rainbow Lorikeets to finish so he wouldn’t be nagged by them.

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“I wonder what those lorikeets have been doing in here?”

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They have a nest in a rather open part of a Spotted Gum near the house. They certainly know how to tie a nest onto a branch even if the nest is a bit scrappy looking.

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Remember the photos of the Fantail nest and the young. Here is the surviving baby following the parents around the place.

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It has been a good year for the wallabies. Many of the females have a joey in the pouch. This one was just outside the kitchen this morning.

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Well Spring has gone and now to have my Summer adventures.

Out and about

Last weekend was a great weekend for wandering about. We did a bit of walking around my street and found lots of things that caught my attention. A drive to Grafton and out to Lawrence yielded many an experience that I love to share with everyone. And of course there was plenty going on around my place as well. Some photos have been already seen by those who like to interact on Twitter as they were too good not to share straight away…..I can be impatient sometimes. So let’s be off…..the sky looked ominous on Saturday morning as we set off on a morning stroll.

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There were birds flying around and chatting from the bush. Usually I seem to get photos of thin air but this time I got the swoop from the tree.

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The spider webs were still out, all shimmery in the morning sun.

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I found lots just walking down the gravel road, just like the little horse from next door who always gallops along the fence as we walk down the street. He is so cute, always wants a rub but you have to keep an eye out as he does like to have a bit of a nip.

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I love wood and the shapes, patterns, colours and things that grow on it. This post just caught my eye.

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The lichen growing on the post at the front gate together with the cracks  looked a treat.

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Further along the road, a tree had fallen in a storm many years ago, throwing the root ball into the air which looked like a modern art sculpture.

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Just out the front of my place there has been a bit of a flush of spring plus the recent rains have bout all sorts of things alive. These little fungi were about the size of a 10 cent piece.

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While this little yellow flower was a bit smaller.

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At this time of year, following the swathes of yellow from the Fringe Wattles, the Dogwoods start to appear. Still in bud, but their little white flowers are getting ready to burst open.

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In the park in Grafton, this white climbing rose had Fairy Wrens, yes those ones from this page, as well as Scarlet Honeyeaters, flitting in and out among the blooms.

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On the drive to Lawrence, we had to stop at a flood shoot of the Clarence River where last year we saw a Black-necked Stork patrolling the water’s edge. This time there wasn’t a stork but a group of ducks paddling along. A mix of Pacific Black Ducks and Hardheads.

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A couple of ducks decided to take off while I was taking the photo. Again for one I was lucky to get them taking off.

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Just up the road there is an Ospreys nest. I have taken photos of it before but this time they have a baby. Here is the adult keeping a lookout while baby looks about constantly squawking. You can just see the small bump in the nest.

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Here is a better look at the young one.

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Back home it was all go in the garden. The Blue-faced Honeyeaters are the bosses of the Honey Gem Grevillea.

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Chasing away everyone who comes for a bit of a snack. The Friarbirds think they own the Grevillea too.

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The Scarlet Honeyeaters dash in for a quick drink of nectar while the bigger birds are busy. The female seemed to be much braver.

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As usual, the Eastern Yellow Robin was always around somewhere making sure the garden was in order.

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There are lots of Red-necked Wallabies cruising around the house and garden. This little bloke is last years Joey still hanging around Mum.

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Meanwhile, Mum was also sampling the delights of the Honey Gem with this years young one keeping a look out from the warmth of the pouch.

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That was last weekend….I wonder what I’ll see this weekend?

I Have A Lot Of Small And Cute

I had many comments on my blog photos of animals around my place and some people wanted to see more of the joeys. Well I am happy to oblige…..here is a selection of the little blokes I have although some of these are mothers and fathers themselves by now.

Synchronised eating or breakfast in bed

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Some of the littles ones can be shy and just peek out of the pouch every now and then

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While other are quite relaxed and appear rather casual

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But can just disappear in the blink of an eye

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But still can’t resist to see if I am still there

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On a winters day, a pouch looks like a warm and snug place to be

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It is especially important to stay warm when you don’t have any fur

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This is how you get into a pouch

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Every now and then you get an itch and just have to scratch

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On occasion, Mum looks like she need a bit of a scratch

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Or maybe a bit of a kiss

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If you aren’t sure what’s around, just stand still and check it out

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Even when you are eating

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But there is always something that makes you laugh

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Here is my video of one little bloke just hopping around the front yard – http://youtu.be/WMmwyO4BhVE