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
noisy friarbird_tree_named_home_nov 2018
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
blue faced honeyeater_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

You might hear the wings of the Eastern Spinebill before you see one zoom past
eastern spinebill_grevillea_named_home_july 2018

The Pied Butcherbirds song will fill the forest as we walk along
pied butcher bird05_chain saw_named_home_july 2018

We may see a Jackie Winter sitting on a fence
jackie winter_named_home_june 2018
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
kookaburra_named_home_oct 2017

Small Brown Honeyeaters will be silently having a snack on a Bottlebrush
brown honeyeater_named_home_august 2017

A flash of colour and a Spotted Pardelote will fly by
spotted pardalote_named_home_june 2017
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
rainbow-lorikeets_named_home_dec-2016

The beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler will kep you spell bound for ages
rufous-whistler_named_home_dec-2016

A whistle, a flash of red, the smallest honeyeater is unmistakable in the bush
scarlet-honeyeater_singing_named_home_nov-2016

High in the tree, the resident Square-tailed Kite will keep an eye on you
square-tailed-kite01_nest_named_home_nov-2016

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
grey-crowned-babbler_named_home_aug-2016

More jewels in the sky as the Rainbow Bee-eaters gather
rainbow-bee-eaters01_named_home_aug-2016

Another remarkable song and bright yellow of the Golden Whistler will make you stop and listen
golden whistler01_named_home_may 2015

Musk Lorikeets can be seen as they feast on the nectar of Pink Euodias
musk lorikeet02_named_home_feb 2015
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
king parrot_home_crop_named_dec 2013
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
satin bowerbird_male_home_named_june 2016
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.

Close Up

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Close up

Tiny Stingless Native Bees and a Hippeastrum flower
stingless native bees_flying_day lily_flower_orange_garden_named_home_nov 2018

Now you saw how small the Stingless Native Bees are, here is one on a Bangalow Plalm flower filling its pollen sacs
bangalow palm flowers8_native bee_crop_home_april 2012

Even an ant has to have a drink sometime
ant4_drinking_home_crop_jan 2012

The beautiful face of a harmless Carpet Snake
carpet snake01_home_named_jan 2014

One of the biggest flies I have here. Yes they bite.
triclista-singularis-horse-fly06_named_home_jan-2017
A lovely Caper White Butterfly enjoying a bit of nectar from a Pentas flowercaper-white-butterfly02_named_home_nov-2016

The Aeroplane

It was an unexpected sight.
To see the aeroplane
on a frightening flight
plane_stunt1_lismore air show_named_july 2018
What would happen next!
At the airshow the crowd
strained their necks.
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Watching to see the aeroplane
spiral and turn.
Was the pilot insane.
plane_parachute_lismore air show_named_july 2018
In the sky he did twist
close to the ground
a wonder he missed.
plane_close_lismore air show_named_july 2018

Back safe on the runway
The pilot waved and smiled
to him, just another day
plane_toy_pilot_lismore air show_named_july 2018

In response to three challenges

 

 

Curves

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Curves

The old wagons curves
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Lots of curves on succulents
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The Red-naped Snake showing some curves
red naped snake_crop_home_feb 2013

Pythons always have curves when they are having a nap.
carpet snake_close_named_binna burra_jan 2018
The gentle curves of a butterflies wingcaper-white-butterfly01_named_home_nov-2016

Curves in architecture – the Sydney Opera House
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Bobbin loved to sit on the table
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The air show pilot filled the air with curves
plane_parachute_lismore air show_named_july 2018

Looking Back

The idea for the Lens-Artists photo challenge #26: Photographic Review of 2018

Here is my selection and some of your favourites too

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spiders web_wire fence_named_home_dec 2017

 

blue triangle butterfly_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018

 

eastern yellow robin_named_binna burra_jan 2018

 

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spiders web_blackandwhite_named_binna burra_march 2018

 

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180530_odd ball_park slide

 

little tern_named_south ballina beach_may 2018

 

dandelion seed head_named_caniaba_june 2018

 

satin bowerbird_male_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

 

plane_parachute_crop_lismore air show_named_july 2018

 

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welcome swallows_feed_time6_named_caniaba_oct 2018

 

spangled drongo_my post5_named_home_oct 2018

 

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grey shrike thrush_close_garden_named_home_nov 2018

 

superb fairy wrens_named_lookout_mallanganee_nov 2018

 

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Happiness is….

The photo challenge #22 from Ann-Christine at the Lens-Artists: Happiness is…

So many things to explore with happiness is.

Among other things, I get great pleasure from nature. Happiness is sitting down and watching the world drift past, from the big to the small. Hope this post can bring a bit of happiness into your day.

A Blue-banded Bee scrunching into a Blue Ginger flower always makes me smile
180327_before and after_blue banded bee_blue ginger

Stingless native Bees whizzing about with full pollen sacs are a joy
native bee_flying_hybiscus_close_home_jan2012

A Blue-banded Bee getting a look at me too
blue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012

Finally finding a Blue Triangle Butterfly was a happy moment
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Having the Caper White Butterflies come into my garden on their migration is lovely
170712_blog challenge_bugs_caper white butterfly

The Black Jezabel is usually high in the canopy and when they come down for a visit I smile
butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014

Orchard Swallowtails are large butterflies who make the garden their home
orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Figbirds song is always a welcome sound around the garden
fig bird02_home_named_dec 2013

A cacophony of sound and colour means the Rainbow Lorikeets are here
rainbow lorikeets04_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

Even a female Satin Bowerbird snacking on a bunch of bananas is something special
catbird02_binna burra_named_dec2014

A Whipbird calling in the forest is a sound of delight
eastern whipbird_calling_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Having birds nest and raise their young close to the house is happiness
fantail young05_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
Or a Hornet building her nest on the wall is nicewasp_nest_named_home_dec 2017

Finding a spiders web in the morning with the dew shining like gems makes me happy
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as is finding an Hyacinth Orchid for the first time in the forest around the house – elation
hyacinth-orchid_named_home_feb-2017

I hope you enjoyed my Happiness is…….