This is June 2020

Well hello. Yes this is June 2020. A lot has happened at the end of June and early July which will be part of This Is July 2020…..eventually.

There’s quite a number of images which I am still trying to load to my site so I thought I’d get a bit of my blah blah out of the way. I wont be mixing like I do but the following photos will be in blocks with a particular theme I guess. I was thinking of leaving the update on the Joey until then end but those photos are loaded so lets bung them on now. That’ll get the cute out of the way so be ready to ahhh. Also get a cup of you favourite drink and a snack as you wade through what is my June 2020

As you can see Joey is growing up

This is a huge gallery of birds. Starting with a Black Kite

A Black-shouldered Kite hovering which they do as they hunt for prey

The Black Kite found the perfect perch to observe the goings on

The Yellow Robins were in the garden most of June

A classic Australian scene of a Kookaburra in an old gum tree

Blue-faced Honeyeaters will take on any pose to get a snack

The Cormorants knew when the fishers were sorting the catch

The Dusky Woodswallow was quite intent on something

The Satin Bowerbird is always looking for material to construct and make the Bower better

The Satin Bowerbird has bought lunch to his Bower hoping a female may be interested.

The Bower only has a few objects so maybe a female may not be interested unless she is hungry

The Rainbow Bee Eaters were in the garden swooping around the flowering plants

Rainbow Lorikeets love Eucalypt blossoms

The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike found a good spot in the garden to watch what was going on

The young Gannets had a great time fishing

It’s time for a few flowers and assorted plant life This is a Leafless Globe Pea. I haven’t seen this plant on my place before and the fire has bout it to life I think

Then the flowers become pods

Then the dry and the seed can rattle around on the dried pod

OK fungi time. A bit of rain in June bought the fungi out as well

It was good to see tiny fungi rising from the ashes

Anothr new native plant bought to life after the fire

I am sure this is from my besties garden

This one as well

Life bursts forth from the trees. Eucalypt flowers are amazing.

Time for a mixed bag. The water in the harbour

You have seen this scene a few time over the past month.

I love the faces in the Bottle Trees

Who doesn’t love a bit of rust?

The old bloke smoking a pipe. Yes my bestie and I having fun on a walk

Looking through a prism. No where as good as Becky’s of Jez’s Lens Balls

A water drop high in a tree caught my eye

I love the world in a water drop

It’s time for a few insects. Nothing scary I promise even this spider is so tiny

The grasshopper was hoping I wouldn’t notice him on the steel beam

Everyone was attracted to the flower. I think they may be a type of Beefly

While the Bees were out in the garden collecting pollen. The pollen sacs are getting full.

I love finding spiders webs on the fence. This one was so tiny

The storm was approaching as we headed home. A shaft of light illuminated this farm house

Some days the clouds are just fabulous

Solitary Island in the early morning sea mist

Heading home to roost so I guess we better get ready to say good night as well

Our Moon is illuminating the way home. I hope to see you next month for another look into bushboys world

Before I go I should really give you one last chance to have a loving sigh

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

Your choice

Patrick’s Pic and Word Challenge #229: Choices

Is this the way
They asked
It’s your choice
I replied.

We don’t know
They said
It’s your choice
I replied.
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Right or left
They asked
It’s your choice
I replied.

What if we get lost
They said
It’s your choice
I replied.
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We trust you
They said
It’s your choice
I replied.

Will you take us
they asked
It’s your choice
offering my hand.
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Daily Diary

The Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Daily Diary

The past week, day by day

Day 1: the Red-necked Wallaby and her Joey in the pouch can for a bit of supplementary food in the morning
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Day 2: I went to visit my daughter. Always have to open this gate on the road between two properties at Lilydale20200326_2_blog challenge_diary_gate_lilydale
Day 3: My bestie and I went for a drive in the countryside. Found this letter box20200326_3_blog challenge_diary_letter box_clarence valley

Day 4: We went for a walk to see how much of my place has recovered from the devastating fire in December. Growing among some burnt wood a tiny Sunflower showed it’s sunny face. It was probably dropped by a bird from the seed I was putting out for the birds when the place was a charred mess and not much food for the animals and birds.
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Day 5: The Caper White Butterflies have turned up on the usual migration. I am glad they like to stop over at my place to refuel before heading off again.20200326_5_blog challenge_diary_caper white butterflies_durranbah
Day 6: I had to go to town to get my car repaired. Keeping my social distance I walked around town taking a few photos. This looks like someone had a helper in the demolition of the front fence.20200326_6_blog challenge_diary_bricks_shovel_toy_grafton
Day 7: A female Satin Bower Bird came to have a look around the verandah. The photo was taken from my chair in my office through the glass door. It has to be a stealthy, quick shot as they sense the slightest movement and fly off lickerty split.20200326_7_blog challenge_diary_bower bird_female_step_durranbah

That was seven days from the daily diary.

The Recovery of Durranbah – New life part one

It has been six weeks since the fire devastated my place. Today was the first time I have been able to get about my property and see the extent of the damage the fire has done. I went mainly to check the fences as they are the things that have been severely impacted by fire.

The best thing was that I didn’t find any large animals that had died from the fire. I didn’t go poking around in burnt logs and under things so smaller animals and reptiles may have not survived.

I did find the recovery of plants starting to commence.
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A Eucalypts lignotuber sends new growth from the ground. I love the red colour.
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A burnt tree sprouts new growth from its trunk.
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Early signs are often red gradually turning green.tree_new_growth_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
This gold bummed ant was very protective of its tree. After a while it actually leapt onto the camera lensant_tree_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Other ants were carrying treasures back to the nestant_ground_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I did find the Bower Birds burnt bower which was near to my house. the bower_bower bird_blue_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
His blue treasures to impress the females a bit charred and molten.bower_bower bird_blue_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Some people have asked how did the waterhole fare. The Lomandras in the water course have all started to sprout.new_growth_lomandra_waterhole_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The rain on Christmas Day filled the waterhole and it still has a good amount of water. I am not too sure about the quality of the water. On the left under the fallen Brush Box tree is the rock I sit on to watch and photograph the birds. On the right hand side that tree has fallen across the track I use to get down to the waterhole. The rocky gully where the water comes into the waterhole has lots of trees over it but the small water hole up there a bit has water as well. The Powerful Owls weren’t around much to my disappointment.waterhole_trees_water_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
This is what the water hole looked like
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Dragonflies were flitting around one of the dams near the house.
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I was pleased to see the White-winged Chough family patrolling through the bush. It looks like they have had a good year as there was around three chicks. I counted eleven birds. Last year when I saw a flock there were seven. Choughs are quite good at enticing other Choughs from other family groups into their family.white-winged choughs_bush_walking_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I was dismayed to see the big Ironbark tree still on fire. It will be a while until this tree stops burning. It is surrounded by a big burnt area so I am not concerned about it getting out of control. Unfortunately my tracks through the bush have so many trees over them I am unable to get anywhere near it and if I did I have no idea how I would be able to cut through the log to separate the burning bit from the rest of the tree. The tree is at least one meter in diameter.log_burning_ironbark_burnt_fire_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

So when I am next able to get about the property, I’ll write again about the recovery of Durranbah. I probably shouldn’t have walked as far as I did. I hurt my back a few weeks ago and am starting to feel better. I did come back to the house, have a shower, a bit of lunch and then went to bed for a few hours. Still am a bit sore still but the constant showers for the last three hours has been lovely. Not much rain I think but steady soaking rain has made me feel a lot better.

For Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge – Get Outside

LPM – Photo Adventure – Rural Life

This is September 2019

What a month September was. A month of fear of fires, another month of not much rain, watching the dam level drop and not being able to water the garden with the last bit of water in case I needed the water in case a fire appeared. The fires were not close, over 40kms away from my place but the sky and atmosphere was choked with smoke. A few rainfalls during the month helped alleviate my concerns, topped up my water tanks so I have enough water for my household needs and I have been watering the pot plants around the verandahs and in the house with the tank water. I also use this water to put in the various bird baths around the house as well as other water containers for the animals that may pop in and need a drink.

The downside is I am watching a lot of my garden die. Some palms that provide lovely shade for my house have already lost their tops and the others are struggling. Most of the garden is Australian native plants and some, like the lilli pillis are not looking all that flash. The Wallabies and Possums are also eating some of the garden plants so I may have to put fences around gardens so the new shoots appearing now the weather is warming don’t get nibbled.

There are a few photos to get through, so maybe a cup of tea, coffee or glass of wine or beer, depending when you are reading, Sit back and I hope you enjoy a scroll through my September.

I have found a few photogenic animals on my travels. The horses have already had their post and some others have appeared already as well but I have to put this fluffy Donkey in again.
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I love going past the dairy and seeing these beautiful cows.cow_dairy_named_kyogle_sept 2019
It is never good to see one of these ants on the verandah. Their bite is quite painful for such a small insect.ant_verandah_named_caniaba_sept 2019
I do enjoy finding a spiders web in the right light.spider_web_small_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The start of Spring has a few butterflies appearing. The Caper White Butterflies are migratory and this one is one of the first to arrive.butterfly_caper_white_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Meadow Argus are enjoying the early Spring flowers on the Pittosporum. butterfly_meadow_argus_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
The Stingless Native Bees certainly loved the Rocket flowers.bee_stingless_native_flower_rocket_named_caniaba_sept_2019
As did the honey bees.bee_flower_rocket_named_caniaba_sept_2019
Flies are pollinators as well. This one was in a nursery we went to in Byron Bay. There were lots of other insects on the flowers too.fly_insect_flower_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Saw this amazing flower but forgot to write down the name, sorry.flower_petals_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
The Cacti were in bloom as well.flower_pink_cacti_nursery_named_byron_bay_sept 2019
Yes it is a bud, a very weird hairy bud. Can you guess what flower may appear from this in my besties garden?poppy_flower_bud_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The yellow Poppy enjoyed the sunshine.flower_poppy_yellow_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Here is the hairy buds flower, a red Poppy.flower_poppy_red_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Spring brings out the Begonia flowersflower_begonia_verandah_named_caniaba_sept 2019
And the Bottlebrush are starting to look fabulous at my besties but mine are having a hard time and the bushes haven’t looked like flowering yet.bottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Her Roses are looking wonderful. This one is a Double Delight just opening.flower_rose_double_delight1_named_caniaba_sept 2019
This Double Delight is open showing lovely delicate colours.flower_rose_double_delight2_named_caniaba_sept 2019
My White Fig tree is struggling a bit in the dry weather. The figs often drop their leaves at this time of year. The ground is covered in the yellow and orange leaves.leaves_white_fig_colours_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
It also likes to show its true Aussie colours of Green and Goldleaves_white_fig_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

There are lots of birds around at the moment too. The Red-browed Firetails are cruising the grass eating the seeds
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The Straw-necked Ibis are also wandering about looking for grubs in the paddocks.straw-necked ibis_ named_caniaba_sept 2019
I have a few Australian Ravens who have a walk about the garden looking for snacks.australian_raven_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

We saw some Chestnut-breasted Mannikins down the road. They must have followed us home as later on I saw around 20 to 30 sitting in the fence.
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The King Parrots are enjoying the last of the seeds in the Leopard Tree.king_parrot_garden_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019

The Mistletoe Bird has wonderful red colours.
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Remember the Willie Wagtails nest that was destroyed by something a month or so ago? Well they found a safe place and have raised three chicks. Only a mother could love a baby like this.willie_wagtail_chick_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Welcome Swallows have four chicks in two nests at my besties under the verandah. They are always hungry.welcome_swallows_chicks_feeding_named_caniaba_sept_2019
Some years, Welcome Swallows have two nestings. Here comes another feather to line the nest for the next lot of babies.welcome swallow_feather_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2019

 

The Restless Flycatchers like to patrol the fence lines in the morning.satin_flycatcher_fence_named_caniaba_sept 2019
As the season was so bad I felt sorry for the birds and put a container of food out every now and then. The Currawongs tended to dominate but one morning a small flock of Satin Bowerbirds turned up. I have never seen so many bower birds together. These are females and juveniles. The male sat by and kept watch from a nearby branch.satin_bowerbirds_verandah_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
A lot of the birds at my place are not hanging around the house as there isn’t much food in the garden. Normally the grevilleas are full of flowers but a lack of rain has seen a reduced number of grevillea flowers. There are a lot of birds down the lower part of my property at the waterhole. A Yellow-faced Honeyeater and a White-throated Honeyeater enjoy a drink together.waterhole_drinking_yellow_faced_honeyeater_white_throated_honeyeater_named_home_jackadgery_sept 2019
The little Striated Honeyeater just jumped straight into the bird bath.striated_thornbill_bird_bath_diving_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Whereas the White-throated Honeyeater just dived straight in.white-throated honeyeater_bird_bath_diving_named_caniaba_sept 2019
This is the first time I have seen a Little Friarbird and a Noisy Friarbird together.friarbirds_noisy_little_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
A female Olive-backed Oriel came to the bird bath for the first time at my besties.olive-backed oriel_female_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The Male shows why they are Olive-backed Oriels.olive-backed oriel_back_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
He doesn’t look to pleased to see me with my camera does he?olive-backed oriel_looking_bird_bath_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Everyone like the Australian Raven skipping down the hill last month. How about a Silver Gull dancing? gull_dance_named_brunswick_heads_sept 2019
AS I said, the sky was been choked with smoke from the fires. I couldn’t quite capture the red sun at sunset one afternoonsun_red_named_jackadgery_sept 2019
Other sunsets were quite orange.sunset_red_named_caniaba_sept 2019
or a blaze of yellow!sunset_fires_named_caniaba_sept 2019
The smoke mixed with cloud made for some interesting shapes and spooky atmosphere.sunset_fires_orange_named_caniaba_sept 2019
Well here we are at the end. The grass seed heads made a lovely part of the afternoons walk. When I looked at the photo on the computer screen, there was, I think, a Grasshopper winging away for the night.sunsegrass_seeds_insect_named_caniaba_sept 2019

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my September.

Also a contribution to Su’s The Changing Seasons