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
rainbow lorikeet_named_home_june 2017

A King Parrot
king parrot01_named_home_august 2017

A Golden Whistler
golden whistler_named_binna burra_march 2018

A Scarlet Honeyeater and a red Bottlebrush flower
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A Forest Kingfisher
forest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

CFFC

August at the Bird Bath

There has been lots of activity at the bird bath. August was very dry so the water in the bird baths at home had to be replenished often. I have three bird baths around my house. This is what has been happening at just one.

This is the view I have of the bird bath from my verandah so it makes it easier to get a few photos. The birds still notice me and often fly off.
bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The King Parrots are easy to spot when they visit the bird bath.
king parrot_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

When competing families arrive at the same time, a bit of arguing takes place.
180822_blog challenge_scene_birdbath7_king parrots

Notice the look on the Yellow-faced Honeyeater on the left. They are the guardians of the bird bath and swoop in to scare other birds away. The Lewins Honeyeater was rather nonplussed at the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters presence.
yellow faced honeyeater_lewins honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Silvereyes quite often arrive on mass
silvereyes_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

Looks like the White-throated Honeyeater is surrounded. One Yellow-faced Honeyeater has been in for a bath, no longer looking sleek.
yellow faced honeyeaters_white throated honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

I only just caught a Buff-rumped Thornbill who flew off before I could get set for another photo.
buff rumped thornbill_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Eastern Yellow Robin didn’t look pleased to have a post bath photo taken.
eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

A typical stance of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater. The Eastern Yellow Robin didn’t care much while a White-throated Treecreeper waits his turn.
eastern yellow robin_yellow faced honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

A Grey Fantail gets ready to get into the bird bath.
grey fantail_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

As usual, a White-throated Honeyeater waits out of sight when a gang of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive at the bird bath.
white throated treecreeper_yellow faced honeyeaters_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

I love the way the Treecreepers sit on the edge of the bird bath. He seems taken a back at the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters attitude.
white throated treecreeper_yellow faced honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

Peace at last and time for a bath. Look at those feet, made for scaling vertical surfaces.
white throated treecreeper_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The White-throated Honeyeaters often arrive in numbers too.
white throated honeyeatersr_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

How embarrassing seeing me like this the Eastern Yellow Robins seems to say as a flock of Silvereyes arrive.
silvereyes_eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

A Scarlet Honeyeater watches on as the Silvereyes take a drink
silvereyes_scarlet honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Red-browed Firetail Finch and Silvereye discuss their day while hanging around the bird bath.
red browed firetail_silvereye_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Eastern Spinebill was not sure about having a Yellow-faced Honeyeater at the bird bath.
red browed firetail_eastern spinebill_yellow faced honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Noisy Friarbird isn’t the most handsome visitor to the bird bath
noisy friarbird_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

Pied Currawongs drop in from time to time. They have a disgusting habit of vomiting food pellets into the water before drinking necessitating in water changes.
currawong_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Female or Juvenile Satin Bowerbird love the bird bath.
bowerbird_female_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

They make a huge splash when the plop into the water.
bowerbird_splash_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Male Satin Bowerbird is wonderful. The camera doesn’t quite catch the sheen and colour shifts from black to blue
satin bower bird_male_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Rainbow Lorikeets are the most colourful visitors to the bird bath.
rainbow lorikeets_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

I hoped you enjoyed your visit to the bird bath. Did you have a favourite bird at the bird bath?

This is August 2018

Not a terribly exciting month for photos as I have been unwell with a cold which is not going away. I decided to do two or maybe more posts about August, one is a fairly large post which will be done soon. At least being unwell allows me time to sit at the computer to sort photos and do stuff that I put off as I have lots to do outside before the weather warms up, although this Winter had been unseasonably warm.

Let’s get started. A few mornings have been slightly foggy. One morning, the early morning fog made the bush look quite surreal.
durranbah_fog_forest_named_home_aug 2018

Some days the clouds were in shapes that made me just stop and look.
clouds_named_home_aug 2018

I am glad this Red-necked Wallaby stopped and looked before hopping across the road in front of me.
red necked wallaby_named_home_aug 2018

A day was spent at an event in town called Wings and Wheels held at the South Grafton Airfield. It was great to see the Grey Ferguson tractors lines up. This one looked like mine.
ferguson_tractor_named_grafton_aug 2018

One day out and about, we came across this most colourful and crazy garden. Lots of ideas for Cee’s Odd Ball photo challenge that’s for sure.
garden_crazy_named_alstonville_aug 2018

My bestie said it was time for the old wheelbarrow to get a succulent garden. Didn’t she do a great job? All the plants came from pots around the house and garden.
succulant_garden_wheelbarrow_named_home_august 2018

The hanging geraniums are always in flower.
geranium_flower_named_home_aug 2018

We doing things in my besties garden when we felt that someone was looking at us.
cow_peeking_named_caniaba_aug 2018

Here is the biggest Brush Turkey from a nearby town, Kyolge.
big brush turkey_named_kyogle_aug 2018

Getting home from a drive, the chook decided to detail the car, removing all sorts of insects from the front of my car.
chook_car_named_home_aug 2018

It is nesting time. I wondered what was going on with the mat on the verandah. The White-browed Treecreeper, normally hopping on vertical tree trunks, gathering nesting material.
white throated treecreeper_rug_named_home_aug 2018

A Spotted Pardalote was foraging among the vines.
spotted pardalote_named_home_aug 2018

The Welcome Swallows have been nesting in the verandah at my besties new place for years. They have started building their nests too. They are always together.
welcome swallowa_named_caniaba_aug 2018

A young King Parrot morphing from juvenile to adult
king parrot_morph_named_home_aug 2018

Checking out the tree tops, an Australian Raven, surveys the scene.
australian raven_tree top_named_home_aug 2018

A Pied Currawong found the berries on a Murraya irresistible.
currawong_berry_named_home_aug 2018

The rather prehistoric looking Noisy Friarbird love Grevilleas.
friarbird_red grevillea_named_caniaba_aug 2018

Eastern Spinebills also love Grevilleas.
eastern spinebill_honey gem grevillea_named_home_aug 2018

The blue black is lovely as a contrast to the rest of their colours. You can see why it is called a Spinebill.
eastern spinebill_red grevillea_named_home_aug 2018

The Galah just loved walking among the grass seeds snacking as he went.
galah_named_caniaba_aug 2018

I went down to the bottom part of my property to check on the waterhole. While I was there the activity of birds was quite amazing. A huge flock of Fuscous Honeyeaters were darting everywhere.
honeyeater_named_home_august 2018

One afternoon, the Moon looked so fabulous against the blue sky. I love our Moon.
moon_named_home_august 2018

Well there you go. A quick look at my month of August. Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment which will cheer me up no end.

The Scene at the Bird Bath

The word prompt from Frank: Scene

Most days at the bird bath many birds come and go, sharing the wonderful resource of water. I have lots of dishes and bird baths around my place as the weather is warm (for a Winter) and it is very dry. There hasn’t been any rain for quite a while and bushfires are all around but none are threatening my place, yet.

Today, at one bird bath, I heard the sounds of King Parrots approaching, but I wasn’t expecting such a scene.

It started quietly enough, just having a bit of a drink.
180822_blog challenge_scene_birdbath2_king parrots

Another dropped in for a drink too.
180822_blog challenge_scene_birdbath9_king parrots

It was still going well. You drink, I drink, all is good.
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And then the scene started. “I don’t like you and what you do when you get here!!!”
180822_blog challenge_scene_birdbath4_king parrots

“What do you mean scarlet face???”
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“Oh there you go.” “Getting in the drinking water again!!!”
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“So what, I can do what I want!!!” “What are you going to do about it?”
180822_blog challenge_scene_birdbath7_king parrots

“Just take off buddy, you’re not wanted around this bird bath.”
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And with that, the scene was peaceful again.
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Parrots

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter P

Enjoy a slideshow of Parrots that hang around my place or nearby

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CFFC

This is November: The birds

November saw a number of birds who came within my camera view. Many are regular visitors.

One “visitor” is my chook. This photo is through the door from my office. She likes to come looking for me and knocks on the door if I don’t pay her any attention.
chook_named_home_nov 2017

Another visitor is a King Parrot. When I am outside, he comes and sits nearby whistling to get my attention and to see if I may have some spare seeds.
king parrot01_named_home_nov 2017

I did a blog about Kurrie the Pied Currawong earlier in November. Here he is with his fluffy feathers
pied currawong chick01_named_binna burra_nov 2017

And calling to the parent for some food
pied currawong chick02_named_binna burra_nov 2017

Lewins Honeyeaters are the boss of my besties garden. They love the Blue Salvia flowers
lewins honeyeater_named_binna burra_nov 2017

When I was walking around Grafton, I spied a Forest Kingfisher. Soon his mate joined him. It’s amazing the variety birds that are in town.
forest kingfisher_named_grafton_nov 2017

We wondered why the birds are skittish in my besties garden every now and then. I spied a Black-shouldered Kite on the other side of the valley.
black shouldered kite_named_binna burra_nov 2017

With an abundance of Paperbark flowers, the Little Friarbird has a great selection to chose from.
little friarbird_paperbark flowers_named_home_nov 2017

A Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was looking for a snack I think.
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_modanville_nov 2017

A Tawny Frogmouth was resting from its nocturnal hunting.
tawny frogmouth01_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The Red-browed Firetail was wondering
1. If the water was too deep
2. If the water was too cold
3. If there were too many leaves in the bird bath
red browed firetail_bird bath_named_binna burra_nov 2017

The Figbird kept a wary eye on my stalking through the garden.
figbird_named_home_nov 2017

The Eastern Yellow Robin after his bath. Bird baths are a great source for bird photos.
eastern yellow robin_birdbath_named_home_nov 2017

A seasonal visitor is the Leaden Flycatcher. The little bird hangs about for a week or so, chirping away and enjoying the garden
leaden flycatcher_named_home-nov 2017

Jewel Colours

A Photo a Week Challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography: Jewel Colours

All the jewel colours rolled into one with a Rainbow Lorikeet and a Bottlebrush
rainbow lorikeet01_named_home_aug 2016

“I show my Emerald better”
rainbow lorikeet_named_home_july 2015

“What about me?” said the King Parrot with the rubies and emeralds too
king parrot_named_home_oct 2014

The Eastern Rosella splashes the jewel colours about.
eastern rosella02_binna burra_named_feb 2014

Now they are getting a bit showy I think.
rainbow lorikeets03_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

This is October: Part Four

Of course Part Four would have to be the birds of October.

On the Queensland expedition we came across a huge flock of Cormorants and Pelicans on the edge of Somerset Dam.
birds_named_somerset dam qld_oct 2017

On a bit of a chilly day the Cormorants were a bit sleepy in Ballina.
cormorants sleeping_named_ballina_oct 2017

So were the Pelicans
pelicans sleeping_named_ballina_oct 2017

The Satin Bowerbird has been busy collecting his blue bits and pieces to decorate his Bower. This is the fifth year this Bower has been used in the bush at my place.
bowerbird bower_named_home_oct 2017

Of course who could forget Brendan the Bush Turkey. Here he is on his mound he has built for the females to lay their eggs in. The mound is about 2 meters tall. Brendan does a great job of raking the leaves.
brendan_mound_named_binna burra_oct 2017

A Figbird sits high on a branch keeping an eye on the goings on in the garden.
figbird_named_home_oct 2017

The Laughing Kookaburra was on the other side of the garden.
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This bloke is more of a smiling Kookaburra don’t you think? He likes the sitting branch which is the most popular in the garden.
kookaburra_named_home_oct 2017

The Eastern Whipbird sends his call down the gully This is what a whip bird sounds like here
eastern whipbird_calling_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The Pied Currawong was always around the garden.
pied currawong91_named_home_oct 2017

This branch is a favourite sitting spot in the garden.
pied currawong02_named_home_oct 2017

The Pied Currawong is sitting on the eggs in the nest at my besties place.
pied currawong_nest_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The Noisy Friarbird on the famous sitting branch
noisy friarbird_named_home_oct 2017

Another stand off in the Honey Gem Grevillea between the Blue-faced Honeyeaters and the Noisy Friarbird. Check out the fight here from last year
blue faced honeyeaters_noisy friarbird_named_home_oct 2017

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was wondering what the fuss was all about.
yellow faced honeyeater_named_home_oct 2017

Check out my pink feet said the White Headed Pigeon.
white headed pigeon_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The King Parrot having a snack of wattle seeds.
king parrot_named_home_oct 2017

The Eastern Rosella high in the old Fig Tree wondering what I am doing.
eastern rosella_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The Olive-backed Oriel took his turn in the bird bath.
olive backed oriel_bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

There was a Rainbow Lorikeet queue at the bird bath.
rainbow lorikeets_bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

“Hey Stan……are you in there?”
rainbow lorikeet_looking in bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

“What do you want?”
rainbow lorikeet_in bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

Well that’s the end of This is October. I hope you got through the Four Parts.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Letter K

Join in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with all the other photographers who have lots of K’s in their photos.

A King Parrot often drops in to see what’s happening on the verandah
king parrot_named_home_august 2015

Rainbow Lorikeets are here in numbers to feast on the nectar of the eucalypt blossoms
rainbow lorikeet01_named_home_aug 2016

Musk Lorikeets only drop in every now and then
musk lorikeet02_named_home_feb 2015

The Grey Goshawk frightens the chooks
grey goshawk_named_binna burra_july 2017

This Australian Kestrel was hunting for lizards in a car park
nankeen kesral_named_tweed heads_august 2015

A Fan-tailed Cuckoo kept an eye on me
fan tailed cuckoo_named_binna burra_july 2017

Had to include a Chook
chook_named_home_june 2017

and some Chickens
chickens03_named_home_nov 2014

and of course Brendan the Brush Turkey
170623_bandw challenge_headshot_brush turkey_colour

The little Forest Kingfisher is a brilliant flash of blue as he darts through the forest
forest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos love pine cones and eat them like an ice cream cone
yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo02_named_home_sept-2016

These Plumed Whistling Ducks were paddling about in a puddle in a football field
plumed whistling ducks_close_ballina_named_aug 2014

Dis someone say Duckduck looking_grafton show_named_may 2017

This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
leaf_named_home_august 2017

Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
pool_afternoon_named_home_august 2017

Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
white winged chough_named_home_august 2017

The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
currawong_named_home_august 2017

At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
peaceful dove_named_home_august 2017

In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
yellow faced honeyeaters_named_home_august 2017

The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
brown honeyeater_named_home_august 2017

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_modanville_august 2017

One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
satin bower bird female_named_home_august 2017

The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
satin bower bird_female_named_home_august 2017

I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
king parrot01_named_home_august 2017

A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
restless flycatcher_named_home_august 2017

The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
superb fairy wren_named_modanville_august 2017

The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
variegated fairy wren_named_binna burra_august 2017

I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
caterpillar_cyclamen_named_home_august 2017

I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
insect nest_named_home_august 2017

I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
common jezabel_close_named_home_august 2017

I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
grass flower spike_spider_named_home_august 2017

This is the rest of the spike
grass flower spike_named_home_august 2017

There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
native flower_yellow_named_home_august 2017

I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
native flower_yellow_buttercup_named_home_august 2017

Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
native flower_yellow hairy leaves_named_home_august 2017

The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
egg and bacon flower_named_home_august 2017

I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
native wisteria01_named_home_august 2017

Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
native flower_purple_named_home_august 2017

The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
grevillea_red_bee_named_home_august 2017

This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
grevillea_yellow daze_named_home_august 2017

Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
flower_pink_named_binna burra_august 2017

Love the colour of these flowers.
pink flower_named_binna burra_august 2017

Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
pansey_yellow_named_binna burra_august 2017

The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
pansey purple_named_binna burra_august 2017

One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
sunset01_named_binna burra_august 2017

I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
sunset_close_named_binna burra_august 2017

One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
sunset_changed_named_binna burra_august 2017

Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.