It’s in the eye

K’Lee and Dales Cosmic Photo Challenge: the sharpest image

To find  the sharpest image it’s all in the eye
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This is June 2018

Welcome to my world in June. Not an abundance of photos this time but I do recommend getting comfortable. June was the month where my bestie sold her 103 year old farmhouse in a  Rain-forest, where a lot of bird bath and bird photos came from, and moved into her new place which is similar to my climate. It is a newish house but has a bird bath and a great bird attracting garden. So far we have identified 38 birds, some are in this post. As you can see I have been a bit busy helping move house.

The house is still in a rural setting.
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This is my first attempt at photographing Dandelion seed heads.
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One afternoon the sky became fierce looking. Quite an angry face looking out isn’t it?
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The early morning at my place walking through the Blady Grass. It was very dry in the previous months. Green shoots struggled to grow among the dry brown grass.
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This native plant is growing in the middle of a paddock. The Autumn saw the stalk covered in white flowers. I hope the seeds have spread and not harvested by ants.
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June is the month for the Lismore, a town nearby, Lantern Parade. I didn’t get many good parade photos. There were a number of Orchid lanterns hanging in the trees in the park where the show and fireworks took place.lantern_named_lismore_june 2018
The fireworks were quite spectacular.fireworks_named_lismore_june 2018

While my bestie was moving house, I was given some, OK a lot, of plants to look after. The Kalenchoe loved being in my sun room and has put on a wonderful display of flowers.
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Winter has also brought some other visitors into the house. I usually have native rodents come into the warmth. I have a trap to catch them and then they get taken back into the bush. This time I have had a House Mouse or two in the pantry. This little fat one, I suspect to be a pregnant female, was relocated up the road.mouse_named_home_june 2018
This is the big section of birds for the month of June

The little Silvereyes have really taken to the hanging pot bird bath and drinking place.
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The other bigger birds prefer to use this bird bath. A female or juvenile Satin Bowerbird was chatting to someone nearby.
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A Yellow-faced Honeyeater takes a drink.
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A Yellow-faced Honeyeater at my besties has claimed this branch of a tree.
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There has been quite a number of Yellow-rumped Thornbills around my garden
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A very cute looking Jackie Winter enjoyed the morning sun on the fence.
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While we were walking along a road, we came across a small flock of Variegated Fairy Wrens darting in the grass beside the road. A young one made an appearance on a nearby tree. vareigated fairy wren_young_named_caniaba_june 2018

Of course I couldn’t let a post go past without my favourite, an Eastern Yellow Robin. Sadly we had to leave Bobbin behind so maybe this one at my place will be the the new substitute. I haven’t found the right name yet. Any suggestions?
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One afternoon a small flock of Red-browed Firetails came looking for grass seeds in the front garden.
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A young Lewins Honeyeater found a great lookout atop a red flowering Eucalypt.
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The Rainbow Lorikeets came for the Eucalypt flowers too.
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A Rufous Whistler singing an early morning song
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It was lovely to have a welcome to the new place with a number of Welcome Swallows who zoom around the verandahs and sit on the fence to do their laundry.
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Another bloke who likes to sit on the fence to survey the lawn for insects is the Restless Flycatcher. They make the most amazing sound. I tried to make a video but it wasn’t the best sound quality.
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An Eastern Rosella wanted to see what we were doing in the new garden.
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At my place, a number of Noisy Miners were carrying on. They didn’t like the Kookaburra being too close to their nests.
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I thought it was going to be a cold night after finding a Kookaburra family cosying up for the night in the late evening.
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A Pacific Black Duck showing a flash of turquoise as it paddled on the creek.
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A young Straw-necked Ibis didn’t want me to take its photo as it strolled in a nearby paddock.
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This bloke didn’t seem to mind though.
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The Sacred Ibis look wonderful as they wheel about in the sky
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A Common Tern was fishing down by the estuary. Gliding along and then suddemly plumetting into the water. I didn’t see it catch a fish though.
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The Moon and a plane.
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Well the sun is almost setting. Thanks for joining me in This is June
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Hope to see you next month

Where

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel With Intent: Where

Where have these photos been taken?

From my desk in the office through the glass door
A chook often comes to see what I am doing
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A Noisy Friarbird looking in the door
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The Kookaburra heard me move I think
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A Brush-tailed Possum found a snack
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A tiny Spotted Pardalote investigating for insects
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The Rose Robin was tweeting away
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Sometimes a Huntsman Spider will find insects hovering around the computer screen
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Black and White Birds

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features

A Blue-faced Honeyeater enjoying some lunch
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A Bush Stone Curlew was not impressed with me waking it up
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Getting up close and personal with a Kookaburra
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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.
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On a bit of a chilly day the Cormorants were a bit sleepy in Ballina.
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So were the Pelicans
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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.
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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.
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A Figbird sits high on a branch keeping an eye on the goings on in the garden.
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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.
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The Eastern Whipbird sends his call down the gully This is what a whip bird sounds like here
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The Pied Currawong was always around the garden.
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This branch is a favourite sitting spot in the garden.
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The Pied Currawong is sitting on the eggs in the nest at my besties place.
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The Noisy Friarbird on the famous sitting branch
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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
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was wondering what the fuss was all about.
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Check out my pink feet said the White Headed Pigeon.
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The King Parrot having a snack of wattle seeds.
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The Eastern Rosella high in the old Fig Tree wondering what I am doing.
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The Olive-backed Oriel took his turn in the bird bath.
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There was a Rainbow Lorikeet queue at the bird bath.
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“Hey Stan……are you in there?”
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“What do you want?”
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Well that’s the end of This is October. I hope you got through the Four Parts.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter L

So many great blogs have already contributed to the Fun Foto Challenge: Letter L

My search found some “L” birds for your enjoyment

A Little Friarbird wondering what’s going on over there
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Lewins Honeyeater feeling rather proud of himself
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Little Wattlebirds “Oh come now Dave…..turn around”
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The lovely little Leaden Flycatcher
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Early morning, the Laughing Kookaburra has always something to say
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The birds of June

It may be Winter, but here, it is the time when birds drop in on their way north to build their strength for the next part of their journey, or stay for the winter in the warm days on the North Coast. The nights can get cold but the days are usually in the low 20’s C with the warmth of sunshine and the number of plants that flower in late Autumn and Winter makes it a good place to stop off. This is not a complete record of birds as there have been birds who I haven’t managed to get in my lens plus there has been some who have just been to fast for me to photograph. Yes I have quite a number of photos of empty branches!!!

This first gallery of photos are the birds from my place.

The White-throated Honeyeaters arrive in the morning and in the afternoon with their chirp chirp chirp as they set about diving into the birdbath or pool to have their bath.
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive from down south, some stay while others in the flock fly further north.
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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters come and go all year depending on what food is available. The Honey Gem Grevillea has finally started to flower after a long dry hot Summer. Look at the pollen dust on his head.
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The little Eastern Spinebills are here with the distinctive clicking of their wings as they zip around the garden and their calls echoing in the gullies.
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You can judge their size by comparing with the Blue-faced Honeyeater and Grevillea flower above. They really stretch to reach the blossoms at times.
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Their plumage is quite pretty don’t you think?
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I don’t include many photos of the female Golden Whistler but this one is so cute. They are around the place all year round with their repetitive call which can sound like a squeaky wheel, at times up to twenty single notes.
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They also like to land on the side of trees and have a look around.eastern yellow robin_named_home_june 2017

As do the White-throated Treecreepers who just hop up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark. They have a similar call to the Yellow Robins but not as persistent.
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They also like to defy gravity as the give the trees a very thorough checking over.
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The tiny Red-backed Fairy Wrens like to explore the lower parts of the forest eating grass seeds and insects foraging among the grass stalks. The Jenny Wren has good camouflage.  wren_named_home_june 2017

The Silvereyes are migrants who stop for a few weeks to gather their strength for their next leg of their journey north.
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They are another of the tiny birds around here.
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The Red-browed Firetails are another constant visitor to the bush as they move about in small flocks looking for grass seeds. This is a young one as the red brow isn’t as prominent as the adults.
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The tiny Striated Thornbills are always around the garden and in the gullies around the house.
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They love the birdbath.
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Someone who I haven’t seen for quite a while has turned up this month and has been around the garden early in the morning and in the gullies during the day. The Spotted Pardalote digs a tunnel in the side of the gully to make it’s nest. They are so pretty aren’t they?
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I think this one saw me as I snuck along the verandah for a better photo.
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They can be quite vocal too.
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The sounds of Kookaburras signal the start and end of every day. There are about three families that live in the bush around the house and sometimes the cacophony of up to five or six Kookaburras can be quite deafening.
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After I took this photo I noticed that there was another two sitting nearby in separate trees. All of a sudden they all flew off into the forest disappearing among the trees.
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This next gallery are from my besties place.

The Lewins Honeyeater is the boss of my besties garden. They swoop on most other birds that dares to come into the garden. The Lewins at my place aren’t as bossy.
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Can you spot the Varied Triller?
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The Grey Fantails are always doing their acrobatic flying around the place catching insects on the wing. A very serious looking bird.
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The Golden Whistler is always around the garden and nearby rainforest singing its lovely song.
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My besties place is surrounded by rainforest so she has more doves and pigeons than I do at my place. The White-headed Pigeon has a deep sounding whoomp whoomp call. They also fly about in large flocks.
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The Brown Pigeon didn’t want its photo taken.
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There is always up to ten bar-shouldered Doves foraging on the ground in the garden looking for pecans that have fallen from the tree.
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The Whipbirds also enjoy foraging among the leaves for pecans.
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While high in the trees the Figbirds look for seeds as well as pecans. This female Figbird found the seeds of an Umbrella Tree.
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The male Figbird was more interested in pecans.
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The Green Catbird is also interested in pecans. Not long after this photo was taken, so was the pecan.
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Another recipient of the fallen pecans is the large Brush Turkey. His strong beak breaks open the pecans and often leaves small pieces behind for the other birds to eat. This one we call Brendan who has taken over the garden and has a mound nest almost one meter tall in the front garden. One day I’ll try to get a photo of Brendan and his mound.
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The most exciting discovery was finding a Regent Bowerbird just on the edge of the garden late one afternoon. I only managed to get a couple of bad photos but had to share in my excitement.
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We went to Byron Bay one day to shop as we haven’t been for ages and Winter is a good time as the number of tourists is halved at least. The Golden Pendas are in flower and the Rainbow Lorikeets were having a great time screeching at each other.
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And of course there are always chooks foraging around both our gardens.
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That is a snapshot of some of the birds around here in June. My June photo round-up probably won’t have any birds this year. Hopefully I’ll get to that by next week.

 

My April: Full of Flowers Birds and Insects

April. An Autumn month where the hot days give way to warm days, a hint of rain and cool nights. Migratory birds stop off, some plants flower and the weather is great for getting into the garden.

My garden helpers. Well maybe not all the time but they can help out with the insect control. They are constantly digging somewhere.

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The end of March saw floods around the region and as a result, the floodwaters that entered the ocean caused the beaches to become foamy wonders. Here is a selection of the water at Sharpes Beach near Ballina.

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I love the structural shapes in cacti

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Some cacti were flowering

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Other flowers bloomed in their own showy way. The camellias were beautiful this year.

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Other flowers were just as spectacular

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The Hibiscus is one of my favourites

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The deep red of the Dahlia is stunning

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The bees are loving the Pentas.

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The fungi were everywhere in March but now just the few last fungi are popping up here and there. This is a wonderful pink fungi.

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It looks almost planetary from the top don’t you think?

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On a young eucalypt I found this amazing growth which I was informed is called Witches Broom. The ants seem to enjoy scurrying over it.

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I have had a visitor in my house since early this year. She has been moving from room to room but has moved into the laundry. She is the biggest Huntsman Spider I have ever seen. When she stretches her legs she has a 16cm span. How big is your hand?

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One day out in the garden, I dug out some old plants and also dug out a spider. At first I thought it was a Funnel Web Spider but it was a Mouse Spider. Both species of spider are quite venomous. It was too fussed about being disturbed.

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The Line Blue Butterfly stopped for a rest on the hanging pot support.

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The Eastern Yellow Robins have been zooming around the garden chasing one another. The female Robin sat on the bush just outside of the window. I think she was looking in the window.

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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have returned for the winter.

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The Plumed Whistling-Ducks have also come to rest for a while. I found a large flock in Waterview Heights, a outer suburb of Grafton. They were walking up and down the edge of a dam, chatting among themselves.

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The ever present Kookaburra is not far away when I am digging in the garden, either sitting in a tree or like this bloke, on a fence post.

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That was a bit of Bushboys World in April. Hope you liked stopping by.

Black and White Photo Challenge – Letters K and L

The Autumn breezes are just right for kites

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An Australian Landscape – looking towards the Comboyne Plateau

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A Lion from London

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The iconic Australian bird the Kookaburra

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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.