This is February 2019

February didn’t see me taking many photos. I was feeling rather uninspired and a bit flat. A lot of things were happening and I think that a lack of rainfall was one of the reasons I didn’t get out and about finding new and wonderful things to share.

So this month it isn’t a case of getting a cuppa or snacks. I won’t take up too much of your time so scroll on folks

Perhaps this shopping cart sums up my month.
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With the heat and lack of rain, the fire crews were doing their best to make sure everyone was safe. From my besties place near the airport, the fire crews and the spotting helicopter flew out every morning.
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An angel of the sky, the Sky Crane does wonders in helping the ground crews put out the fires. We watched as it flew out in the mornings and back in late evening.
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Enough of the gloom. Here’s a Koala climbing a tree. It looks like he has Koala shorts on too.koala_tree_climbing_caniaba_feb 2019

The ever present Australian Raven finding a snack in the garden outside the Art Gallery
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I had to include the inquisitive Pacific Heron who was frog hunting on my dam.
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The Bar-shouldered Dove doesn’t look all that impressed with the White-throated Honeyeaters sharing the bird bath
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Up close a Bar-shouldered Dove looks quite pretty even if the wind is ruffling feathers.
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Every morning and evening, the Ibis fly over the house either to feeding grounds or to their roosts.
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A Silver Gull takes a walk along the beach
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There is nothing better that laying under the shade of a Pandanus Tree on a hot day at the beach.
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Remember the little Sand Crab. Well here he is again
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The little Blue-banded Bees are buzzing around the garden checking out the Pentas flowers.
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Despite the hot dry weather, the butterflies are returning to the garden. The Orchard Butterflies enjoy the Pentas too.orchard swallowtail_butterfly_pentas_garden_home_jackadgery_feb 2019
At night, the outside Velvet Geckos hang around getting their snacks from the insects hanging around the light that spills from the house onto the verandahs.gecko_window_named_home_jackadgery_feb 2018

The Full Moon reflecting on the water with a rare rain shower at night.
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I wonder if the mural or the lock on the door came first.
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OK the sun is setting and here you are at the end already.sunset_yellow_orange_caniaba_feb 2019

I hope you found a favourite

Koala Spotting

I have compiled a series of photos to help you find a Koala in the wild in Australia. This is not a definitive guide but it may assist you in seeing a Koala in the bush.

Trying to find a Koala who is in a tree during the day is difficult as they spend most of the time sleeping and doing very little, around nineteen hours a day.  Years ago I wrote about Koalas. Here is the bushboy Fact File

Step one.
Find a tree where Koalas are likely to be. There is a list of Eucalypts which Koalas eat the leaves, around 200 to 500 leaves a day.
Good we found a tree a Eucalyptus tereticornis or Forest Red Gum


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Step two.
OK It looks like you are having hard time spotting the Koala. Look for a fork in a tree as it’s a great place to sit and have a nap. Here is a closer view.koala_spotting2

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Step three.
I’ll make it a bit easier with a closer photo. Can you see him yet?koala_spotting3

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Step four.
Well spotted. Yes here he is.koala_spotting4

 

Sometimes hiding behind the leaves makes it difficult to see a Koala.koala_spotting5

 

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I hope you enjoyed a brief lesson on how to spot a Koala in a gum tree

This is January 2019

January. A month of hardly any rain, only 6mm over 2 days at my place, whereas the average is around 120mm and it rains most days. It was also freakingly hot. Days in succession of over 38C to a top of 42C here. There were some magic moments, a bit of travelling and the return of the butterflies. I spent a lot of my time watering my garden and plants in shade house. The dam became low so I was thinking of water rations to the plants. I became the bad parent having to decide which plants would get water and those who I hoped would survive.

Among all of this I did manage to get out and about and take quite a number of photos. Looking through the folders, I decided that I would have to do special posts that encompassed some of my days out and about, as I have a lot of things I want to show you this month. It has taken me a long time to decide on what I want to put into this post.

Yep……it’s another huge lot of photos.  So once again, get a cup of tea or coffee (I have a coffee while writing this) perhaps a snack (I have already eaten my biscuits). For those reading in the evening, a glass of wine will help sustain while scrolling through this mammoth month. I shall try to keep the captions short.

Ready. All sitting comfy. Lets go

I best start off with a bit of morning and sunrise through the trees. I don’t get to see the full splendor of sunrise living in the bush or in a forest for those non-Australians
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I liked this morning photo as it has a sliver of our Moon. Can you see it?
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This is what our Moon looked like up close
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Seeing a full moon in the morning was fabulous. A great start to the day.
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While visiting my daughter in Toowoomba, we spent time walking about the streets looking at street art (a post of those wonderful art works to come) and strolling though the many gardens and parks.
I was glad to see that Yarn Bombing was still happening and Council was leaving them in place.
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I just had to get a photo of this carrot that was on top of the vege display at the local Farmers Market
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The distant hills have sentinel like Grass Trees over looking the valley.  Grass Trees grow at around 25mm (1 inch) a year. Some of these are probably 2+ meters tall so ancient wonders on the other side of the valley from my besties place.
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Now for the flowers.
The many colours and shapes of (I think) a Gazania
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Despite the heat, a red Frangipanni buds and flowers appeared.
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The photo doesn’t capture the wonderful red colour.
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The flower of a Eucalypt, not sure which one, with a bee. There was lots of bees around in January too.
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Just a wonderful flower.
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Bougainvilleas flowered well in the heat and dry.
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I have many photos of Native Frangipannis but have never seen a seed pod before
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The Dahlias in my daughters garden
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I saw a flower and while I was looking, some kids came along and said “Look brain flowers”. Yep Brain Flowers or Cockscomb or a Celosia flower.
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Also came in red.
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More bees and flowers
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This one was getting stuck into the pollen at my besties
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A Wattle Line-blue Butterfly enjoying a Brain flower. Did you spot the butterfly earlier?butterfly_wattle line blue_flower_celosia_red_named_toowoomba_jan 2019

An Orange Ochre stopped to enjoy the afternoon sun
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A Cabbage White Butterfly flitted about the garden
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and stopped to have a snack
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The Dragonflies are all flying around the garden and over the dam. These two stopped for some “relaxation” on a branch on the ground.
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Should I have told my visitors that Dragonflies are having sex on their car aerial?
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A golden moment with a smiling Dragonfly
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The Lesser Wanderers came to feed on the flowers that popped up in the grass.
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Wings open to get a bit of sun before take-off.
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The Meadow Argus Butterfly seemed to stop anywhere. You can see how dry it has been. The grasses are dead.
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With wings open it helps to know what butterfly I have photographedmeadow argus_butterfly_named_caniaba_jan 2019

On the flowers, the Meadow Argus looks lovely.
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Another photo of the flowers and butterflymeadow_argus_butterfly_flowers_named_caniaba_jan 2019

A Native Australian Bee, a Carpenter Bee flying among the Ponytail Palm flowers with some beetles and ants. Carpenter Bees quite often make their nest in Grass Trees.
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Among the dried grasses, the Dandelions still had time to flower (see This is December 2018) and set seed
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The branches of a Bunya Pine – Art Direction, my daughter, Photo, me
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High in the trees at my besties, late one afternoon, a flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos came to roost for the night. Not the best photo as the light was failing and the birds kept moving.
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The raucous sounds of the Sulpher-crested Cockatoos sounded all over the park as we strolled about. cockatoo_sulpher_crested_gardens_named_toowoomba_jan 2019
As the weather was hot and dry, the bird bath had to be topped up regularly. The Lewins Honeyeater made enough noise to let us know that there wasn’t much water in the bird bath.lewins honeyeater_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019
Once the bird bath was filled, the Noisy Miners queued up to get a drink and a bath.noisy miners_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019

The Silvereyes stopped by to get into the water while a Striated Thornbill waited his turn.
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I was spied by an Eastern Rosella who dropped by for a drink
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Getting a drink helped show the lovely back feathers pattern.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens make a lovely couple.superb fairy wrens_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019

“Hey babe, check this fancy bit of flying”
“Get out of the way, you’re in my shot”
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Do you mind, I’m trying to take a bath here
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The King Parrot having a look at what I am doing in my officeking parrot_male_verandah_home_jackadgery_jan 2019

Just strolling through the park. Move along, there’s nothing to see here!
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The Tortoises sunning on a rock while another is swimming over.tortoises_japanese_gardens_named_toowoomba_jan 2019

What a face
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It has been so hot that I have left nearly all of the windows and doors open. That seemed to be an invitation for a Lesser Long-eared Micro-bat to take up residence in my pantry.
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This is one of the reasons I keep some doors closed at night. Brush-tailed Possums like to range about the garden at night. Given half a chance they will wander inside creating chaos.
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The Koalas have been active as it’s mating season. I have heard their loud calls at my place. At my besties place we can see this male who has taken up residence occasionally in the trees. Usually asleep, around 18 hours a day, the big feller was not very happy at me walking around taking photos even if he was about 10 meters above me.
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Well it’s almost time to say goodbye. A wave from one of the many Geckos who live behind the pictures on the walls.gecko_hand_home_jackadgery_jan 2019

The sun is setting. Aren’t the colours just wonderful?
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The oranges made for a spectacular sunset
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I was quite pleased to get a photo of our Moon with the coloured rings. It is a hand held photo. Most time I would use a tripod but didn’t have one handy.
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Well it looks like it is getting late so goodnight.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed a scroll through bushboys world for January 2019. Did you have a favourite photo?

In the Gum Tree

The photo challenge from Maria at CitySonnet for January’s colours and letters: Starts with the letter K

High up in
the Gum Tree
I saw
a hand
gripping tight
then a bit more
as he
shuffled about
in the fork
of the Gum Tree.
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Koala was awake
in the Gum Tree
Looking around
watching
wondering
what had woken
him from his
sleep.
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Oh dear
he thought.
It’s just that bloke
the one with
a camera
Nothing to be
alarmed about.
Now bugger off
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These photos were taken in my besties front yard bush garden. The previous owner planted some trees that Koalas can feed and sleep in. Koalas sleep a lot of the time and are nocturnal generally. When he is in the trees, he can be heard calling, a sound you can never forget.

Here is sound a cute Koala makes
https://wildambience.com/wildlife-sounds/koala/

 

Animals in Nature

The weekly word prompt: Animals in Nature

I thought I would show a bit about the Animals in Nature that are around my place. I have snakes that I occasionally see. Most are quick to disappear as I come along.
The Green Tree Snake is a small harmless snake with beautiful colours.
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I caught this Carpet Snake or Python in my chook house and had to take him for a walk up the road. Another harmless snake who will give you a good squeeze though.
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A Long-necked Tortoise sunning on a rock that looks like a tortoise.
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Goannas are quick to run up the nearest thing they find so never pretend to be a tree. Another animal that likes to eat my chooks eggs. When I can I catch them and take them for a drive as once they know where easy eating is, they will keep coming back.
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Perhaps I should finish on a bit of warm and cuddly. Rarely are Koalas on my place or actually more the fact that I don’t see them. My place is on the travelling corridor they use to move about so they pass through.
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Quintessential

The word prompt from Nancy: Quintessential

To many people, the Kangaroo is quintessentially Australian. They are everywhere. I think the last count there were 50 million Kangaroos in Australia.
This bloke is an Eastern Grey Kangaroo. Kangaroos can be quite temperamental and will attack, sitting back on that huge tail and kick out with their powerful legs which have long nails on their feet. When the fight each other, the aim is to disembowel the other roo with powerful kicks.

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But what about the cute and cuddly Koala? They will scratch you with the claws they use to scamper up trees. Another charming fact is that they will urinate on you once they tire of your company.
Here is a bit about Koalas

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Thursdays Special: Pick a Word

Oh yes. I can hardly wait for the start of each month when Paula pulls some fabulous words out to test our interpretation and photographic skills. There will be so many wonderful photos, just head over to Lost in Translation

Iconic
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Propagation
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Cleaved
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Zoomorphic
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Marginal
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Wildlife

Cee’s word prompt: Wildlife for this weeks Fun Foto Challenge

I thought I would post a bit of Australian cute for this photo challenge

Did you have to wake me?
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I am so tired
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Hey buddy……….look over there
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I really need to sleep
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Yeah yeah……everyone loves these fluffy ears
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Koalas are not bears
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CFFC

Imitation

What was Paula thinking in setting a photo challenge with the word prompt Imitation Follow the link to find other great example of imitation.

What would I possibly find to suit this challenge. Well my faithful readers, I did find a few so look on with wonder at the imitation in bushboys world (insert laughing face here).  I think this deserves a slideshow as I couldn’t explain some of these photos.

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Hope you had as much fun as I did in finding my Imitations

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Koalas

The Koalas that live around here are rather nomadic and only occasionally do they venture into the bush at my place. I haven’t seen any but have heard them at night singing their wonderful songs or as my daughter said one night that it sounds like we have pigs in the bush.

These photos are from my besties place where the Koala sit in the tree just near the house and some photos are from Victoria.

Some days it is just so bright that it is hard to keep your eyes open…..oh that’s right I sleep a hell of a lot

ImageKOALA FACT#1 Koalas sleep for around 19 hours a day

Maybe if I hide they won’t see me

ImageKOALA FACT #2 The koala’s latin name Phascolarctos cinereus means ash-coloured pouched bear

Oh….you’re still there

ImageKOALA FACT #3 Koalas are one of the few animals, along with ringtail possums and greater gliders, that feed exclusively on eucalyptus leaves

Well, I guess I’d better do a better job of being invisible

ImageKOALA FACT #4  Koalas don’t normally drink water as they get sufficient water by licking the dew from leaves

Every now and then, the feet just dangle

ImageKOALA FACT #5 Koalas fur different around Australia. In the southern parts of Australia it is longer and shaggier than in the north

I love the light spot under the chin

ImageKOALA FACT #6 Koalas generally give birth to one young a year therefore their populations cannot increase rapidly

The claws don’t really send the cute and cuddly message do they

ImageKOALA FACT #7 Koalas are generally solitary, although they do have a social structure based on a dominant male

But for me, it’s the ears that I love

ImageKOALA FACT #8 The koala is not a bear but a marsupial whose closest relative is the wombat

I do dislike the way people call Koalas “Koala Bears” but that’s just me I guess.

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Reference – http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/thekoala.htm