In one door, out the next….almost

John’s Cellpic Sunday

This is where I do an explanation of my phone photo from my Last on the Card post.

On Thursday afternoon I heard and saw a group of Kookaburras chasing each other around the garden. I suspect the parents were trying to send an offspring out of their patch to start life somewhere else.

Suddenly there was a loud banging and crashing in my house. I went to investigate and found a Kookaburra in the loungeroom next to the back door. There was a small hole in the screen door and I slowly slid the door across and the Kookaburra flew out. Once outside there was a loud cackling of all the Kookaburras in the trees.

Here is the back screen door and the beak shaped hole

I wondered about the hole as it was small and the wire was bent outwards. After a while I went to go out of the front door and this is what I found.

The wire on the screen is not soft nylon it is metal wire, not as hard as the rear screen door but hard enough. I was amazed that the Kookaburra wasn’t badly injured.

*Kookaburra in the featured image for reference only. Not the actual Kookaburra

On the verandah

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Curious Critters

I have visitors who drop in from time to time. Here is a selection of those curious critters who like to see what’s happening on the verandah.

The King Parrots are always hanging about. This bloke is telling the rest of the King Parrots I am awake.

Then the others come over

Sometimes a Kookaburra will have a look around

A White-throated Treecreeper decided that the mat was ideal to gather nesting material

A Striated Pardalote hopping through one morning

The Female Bower Bird discovered me

A Pied Currawong was looking for a snack

After the fire I was making sure the birds and animals had food. The Satin Bowerbirds made sure they had food

The Male Satin Bowerbird always stood guard

A rare visitor was a Wonga Pigeon. I was surprised when he came onto the verandah.

This was taken a while ago when a Red-necked Wallaby joey was curious about some of the plants on the verandah steps.

Is this the way

Friendly Friday Blogging Challenge: On The Way

Hope you enjoy this track. One of the worlds first “super groups”

Not many words just a few images for your enjoyment

Hurry up….get in….I’ll drive. I told them we are on the way

Dinner Time – a story from a while ago

A Re-blog of a post from 2017 which I though of when I saw the Photo a Week Challenge: Tasty Treat

It was late in the afternoon when I heard a Kookaburra ruckus. The usual cackling but also the sound of a young Kookaburra trying to make the adult sounds. It became a raspy sound of a young bird making demands of its parents. Here is a short photo story of the Kookaburras at dinner time.

“Hey Mum, What’s Dad doing down there?”

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Just then Dad flew up into the tree with a stick. No its not, it is a Stick Insect.

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A bit of adjusting to make sure  the Stick Insect didn’t fall again as it did once before.

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“Here you go young one……catch”

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“Thanks Dad. This looks like a good dinner.”

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“I’m not sure if I should let go. What should I do?”

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“OK. Here goes. Down the hatch!”

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Dad basks in the glow of the afternoon sun, another lesson and dinner over for the evening.

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PS I did feel sorry for the Stick Insect as there aren’t as many around as there were years ago. This series of photos were taken from my veranda. Do you see birds feeding around your place?

Looking up at the Laughing Kookaburras

I was listening to the world outside. I heard a sound like someone gargling. Knowing I was the only one home at the time, I went to investigate. Yes as walking outside at my place could always be a photo opportunity, I had my camera.

On a branch was a young Laughing Kookaburra making the “I really am a Kookaburra….listen to this” absolutely weird sound. Not a moment later came the sounds of a real Laughing Kookaburra. Here let me tell you what I was told happened.

“Hey, is anyone here?”
“I’ve got lunch.”
“Have you seen how fast these blokes go?”

“Hello…..”
“I thought you were hungry?”
“Look what I caught.”

“I know you’re here somewhere.”
“Did you fly over there?”
“These taste real juicy.”

“Is that you?”
“I’m sure I heard something”
“I bet he’s playing a game with me.”

“Here….have a look at this;”
“It is so wonderful tasting.”
I am just going to have to eat it ALL myself!”

“No Dad….don’t do that.”
“I’m here.”
“I’ll have some dinner please.”

“Well then……..you better get over here as quick as you can.”
OK Dad….here I come.”

and that is the story of the Laughing Kookaburras on a tree just off my verandah

I am sure some would have noticed that the photos are also square for Becky’s Square Photo Challenge #SquareUp (sorry Becky, no music with this one)

Size

Here is Debbies One Word Sunday: Size
Some of the things I have been contemplating on contributing for OWS perhaps can also be some of my Favourite Things as Patti from Ragtag asked.
Perhaps some of the small things in my world should be a start. The feature photo is a Scarlet Honeyeater, the smallest honeyeater and a red jewel that flashes through my garden and the forest.

I love having Stingless Native Bees in my garden
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and of course Blue-banded Bees scrunching into flowersbee blue bum_crop_binna burran feb 2012
All of the tiny native flowers that abound on my placewisteria-native_named_home_aug-2016

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I have to include some big things too. Kookaburras are always hunting in the garden and waking me with their morning song
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Overhead one of the Square-tailed Kite family soars square-tailed-kite01_named_home_nov-2016
While in the garden, a Red-necked Wallaby snacks on the Honey Gem Grevillea 171102_blog challenge_peek_wallaby04

The trees of the forest that surround are the big
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Now a warning for those who have a thing about spiders – there is one in the next image

 

 
Isn’t she a beauty. She lived in my laundry for a Summer and then came into the lounge and dining rooms for Winter last year. I think she became bored of my company and headed outside.170315_side view_huntsman_size

Seeking Warmth

The prompt from Terri for the Sunday Stills: Seeking #Warmth

We all seek warmth in our own way
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Some have a way to catch those rayswattlebird1_sunning_binna burra_march 2013
It’s blissful with the sun warming your backred necked wallaby_named_home_oct 2017
When the chill of the afternoon strikes you need family to huddle togetherkookaburras_named_lilydale_june 2018
Or have a little brother to keep you warmsuperb fairy wren_chicks_lismore lake_named_oct 2014

Birds Around My Neighbourhood

Two photo challenges caught my eye today.

Lens-artists: Around the Neighbourhood

Jenns: Feathered Friends

Come for a quick walk around my neighbourhood. There is my dead end gravel road which is about three kilometers long which has an intersection with another gravel road which is paved about sixteen kilometers from my place. It goes from the highway to a long way away, perhaps fifty kilometers.

Lets get going.

The Noisy Friarbird will often let others know we are about
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Listen for a chip chip and look at the tree trunks to see a White-throated Treecreeper scouring the bark for an insect or twowhite throated treecreeper_named_home_oct 2018

The lovely face of a Blue-faced Honeyeater
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You might hear the wings of the Eastern Spinebill before you see one zoom past
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The Pied Butcherbirds song will fill the forest as we walk along
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We may see a Jackie Winter sitting on a fence
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Lovely little Eastern Yellow Robins will be chip chip chipping seemingly endlesslynorthern yellow robin_named_home_june 2018

Of course the familiar sounds of Kookaburras will resound around the bush
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Small Brown Honeyeaters will be silently having a snack on a Bottlebrush
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A flash of colour and a Spotted Pardelote will fly by
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A Forest Kingfisher, a sudden flash like a blue jewel, as he flies through the bushforest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

The unmistakable squawking of Rainbow Lorikeets as they argue about whose branch it is will get your attention
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The beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler will kep you spell bound for ages
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A whistle, a flash of red, the smallest honeyeater is unmistakable in the bush
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High in the tree, the resident Square-tailed Kite will keep an eye on you
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While overhead it’s mate will soarsquare-tailed-kite_flying_named_home_sept-2016
Up the road a bit, some Crimson Rosellas have a snack on the horses feedcrimson-rosellas_named_home_sept-2016

What’s that chatter chatter chatter? I hear you say. The Grey-crowned Babblers walk about the forest floor snacking on unsuspecting insects talking about their day
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More jewels in the sky as the Rainbow Bee-eaters gather
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Another remarkable song and bright yellow of the Golden Whistler will make you stop and listen
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Musk Lorikeets can be seen as they feast on the nectar of Pink Euodias
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The largest bird of prey, a Wedged-tailed Eagle on the lookout for an unsuspecting wallaby or animal, will sit silent until we get to closewedged tailed eagle01_named_home_feb 2015

A bit more whistling heralds that we are near some King Parrots
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A strange metallic sound draws our attention to the iridescent and distinctive tail shape of the wonderfully named Spangled Drongo spangled drongo_home_named_oct 2014

A Satin Bowerbird who is similarly coloured to a Drongo will be in the bush sometimes finding food
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or finding sticks or blue stuff to decorate and construct his Bowerthe-bower_named_home_feb-2017

Thanks for dropping by and having a bit of a walk around my neighbourhood. I hope you had a good time.