This is September 2018

Well I have had a big September. So much is happening probably because it is Spring, although the temperatures haven’t changed much as Winter was warm. There are the birds that come here, flowers are blooming and the tadpoles are hatching. I have written some posts this month and have included some of those photos but not all as this is a large post.

Yes, get a cuppa, wine, beer and some snacks and off we go

There has been a bit of teasing by the clouds. Promising rain but either not delivering or just a few drops. I have had some good falls but no run-off to put water into the dams. The water tanks are full which is good. 59mls has kept the garden happy as well as supplementary watering from the dwindling dam.
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I have put the flowers in early this post. Walking among the Mangroves stalking a White-faced Heron, I came across some Hibiscus flowers. There wasn’t a Hibiscus bush nearby so maybe had left a trail to find their way out.
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My besties Gymea Lily has flowered. This flower is about two meters plus in the air.
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Here is the whole photo. The plant is the strappy leaved one.
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This year has been a fabulous year for Grevilleas. The first flowering of this Grevillea in my garden.grevillea_flower_named_home_sept 2018

So many succulents are flowering too. This succulent is in a hanging pot on my verandah.
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I have these flowers in my garden but not in mass like a garden in Grafton.
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My Begonias are flowering well this year too.
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The Iris that is a reminder of my mate who passed on last September. This was one of his plants.
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The hanging Pelagoniums are a constant flower on my verandah.
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I love this flower display on a stall at the Farmers Market in Lismore.
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Flame Trees are spectacular when they flower. My poor struggling tree has started to flower even though it hasn’t had enough water.
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I have garden borders of Dietes. They look great when they are in flower but they are spreading to places I don’t want them to go. Pity the Wallabies don’t eat them.
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Bromiliads are flowering too. Some flowers are so wonderful aren’t they?
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Banksias are a sight when they flower
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Back to the Farmers Market. I spotted this bloke carrying a large dog. I have no idea why as the dog has a lead.
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The Beetroot looked lovely
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The old truck of the vegetable farmer is a great vantage point to see when people drop food.
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Ah…look, an unattended fishers bucket.
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Damn……I was spotted
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I love Gulls as they fly along the shore
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The wooden walk bridge over the estuary so you can walk to the beach.
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The White-faced Heron stalking crabs in the Mangroves
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Out to sea I spotted something breaking the water. I was hoping for a Whale and got a Dolphin.
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In the mist a ghost ship appeared
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The power company has been inspecting the power poles by helicopter. I think the pole at the front of my place will get replaced as they circled around for a while looking at the pole.
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I guess the party is over. Found this on the track to the beach.,
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The butterflies are starting to appear as well. The Line-blue Butterfly was rather shy.
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The old swimming pool is a great place for the dragonflies. A bit of action is going on watched by a Bleating Tree Frog Tadpole.
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There is quite a number of tadpoles who like to snack on the algae.
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Thee are calves in a lot of the paddocks. Who could resist a little white calf?
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The property next door is a miniature goat farm. On a walk a while ago I saw they had some little kids so next walk I took my camera. When I was at the fence I couldn’t see all of the little goats. And then I saw these two.goats_kids_named_scribbly gum goat farm_jackadgery_sept 2018
Another young animal. This foal was camera shy but I managed to get one photo.foal_named_lismore_sept 2018
Why fly when you can get a lift.cattle egret_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018
The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have found an easy way of getting nesting material. When I have been walking on my place, I often come across nests that have fallen from the trees. Not only has the Yellow-faced Honeyeater been gathering material but the White-throated Treecreeper from last months post is also getting in on the act.yellow faced honeyeater_nest_material_named_home_sept 2018

They were quite quick to get some nesting material and get back again. I found this lovely little nest in a Paperbark just outside of the sun room. They used some air fern to help bind the nest.
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Remember the post about the Welcome Swallows. Well the babies are starting to learn to fly but still like to get back in the nest for a feeding.welcome swallow_young_three_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2018
Spring also heralds Magpie swooping season. Not many people don’t get a swoop or two. Even a Wedge-tailed Eagle was getting the Magpie treatment.wedged tailed eagle_magpie_named_lismore_sept 2018

A farm near my besties has Sulpher-crested Cockatoos. I hope they don’t come to her place. They are quite destructive and squawk quite loudly when they get into a bunch.
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Little Friarbirds are timid but enjoy the nectar of the Honey Gem Grevillea in my garden.little friarbird_honey gem_named_home_sept 2018

 

King Parrots  have set up their breeding pairs. This couple have taken up residence in the garden.king parrots_named_home_sept 2018

I had to include the Satin Bowerbird. Such a spectacular bird to have in the garden.
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Here is the Great Cormorant who caught a fish from the Clarence River in Grafton. Scroll back a few posts and see the story if you like.great cormorant07_fish_clarence river_named_grafton_sept 2018
The Intermediate Egret has to have the longest neck I have ever seen.intermediate egret_named_caniaba_sept 2018
I think the horse may be in for a surprise!ibis_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018

A small flock of Galahs are hanging around the farms near my besties. They sometimes come to her place to get a drink of water.
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The Figbird didn’t know I was under the tree.figbird_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
Spring brings the Blue-faced Honeyeaters back to my place.blue faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2018
My arty Pelican photopelican_reflection_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
The best arrival has been the Grey Shrike Thrush. Their lovely song fills the garden in the morning and afternoon. They too are nesting. I have them “knocking” on the windows in search for spiders webs and any insect who happens to be around the windows. It’s a constant tap tap tap most of the day.grey shrike thrush_named_home_sept 2018

Thanks for taking the time to wade through my rather large This is September post. If you would like to know more or have a comment, please leave me a note in the comments.

One Morning on the Power lines

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge (among others):  Power lines and Black and White

The day was just beginning. As usual, the birds were singing from the trees, flying about, some collecting insects on the wing others strolling about the garden finding things to have for breakfast.

Once their morning rituals had been observed, it was time to chill out and discuss what the day ahead had planned. This morning, the chosen meeting place for the Mud Larks, Magpie Larks or more commonly called Pee Wees, was to be on the power lines where all could observe the surroundings.

This morning, some gathered as agreed, a flurry of small black and white settled onto the power lines.
But wait, something doesn’t seem right.
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“Hey…….you blokes………..who is the big bloke over there?” “I don’t know” as they looked from one to the other.
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“I don’t know either, but I’ll get rid of him!”  “This swoop will see him off.”
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“What do you think you are about buster……now rack off……these are my Power lines”
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CFFC

More Birds for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge

I have lots of birds for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge of Birds

Here are my Black and White Birds

Magpie Geese resting up after a long migratory flight
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Wonderful Willie Wagtail as he hops about the grass looking for a snack
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A White-winged Chough surveys where to walk to next
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A raucous Magpie Lark, or better known as Pee Wees, shouts at a tree
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Meet Chip, the Magpie who used to knock on the door to get a small snack, at my besties
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This Pied Butcher Bird would always come when I was in the bush cutting firewood hoping that I would disturb a grub or two.
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A Pied Cormorant catching a bit of afternoon sun
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A Pied Currawong looking for a free feed at the picnic table
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The Wildlife Camera

The Daily Post word prompt: Unlikely

This looks like a good place to set up the wildlife camera with its infra-red sensors to catch the action at the bird bath, or so I thought. It would unlikely that anything could go wrong and I would have a fine gallery of birds at the bird bath.

I didn’t count on the wisteria leaves on the arbor where I fastened the camera to be uncooperative.

Nicely positioned. Unlikely to miss anything. What? The wind has blown up.
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Oh dear. Now it’s getting worse.
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This is ridiculous. You can hardly even see the bird bath.
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But wait. Here are some White-headed Pigeons
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A Magpie has landed
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The late afternoon sun on the Galah is perfect
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So it wasn’t unlikely after all

May marches on

May has certainly flown by. There has been much to do as the season marches on. So far this month there has been a change in the weather, from warm to cool to some cold nights. The rain came with a huge deluge bringing about some minor flooding around the place. The Autumn seems to herald new birds and a change in the guard of who owns what tree or bush. Soon the cold weather in the mountains will send the Currawongs down to my place and also the Satin Bowerbirds will arrive to chatter among the branches, building bowers, decorating with all sorts of bits of blue and to dance for their females.

The change in the colour of the leaves always lets us know that the cooler weather is on its way.

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I drove over to Newbold Crossing to see how much the Clarence River had risen. This is what around 130,000 megalitres looks like at 6 meters. The next day the river had risen to 10.4 meters!!

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Some paddocks had water on them for days after but the ducks didn’t seem to mind.

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In some parts of the valley it was standing room only. Every fence post was occupied.

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One morning I saw a hornet buzzing around the garden and just land on the leaf and walk about for a bit. I wondered what it was doing.

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Then it went around the leaf.

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It was then I found out what it was doing…just getting a drink!

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The dragonfly was rather shy.

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I am going to have to rename my bird bath by the looks of it. Even butterflies like to get a drink every now and then.

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There has been some flowers showing their colours this May as well. I found this flower growing on the side of the road.

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Whereas this little flower, a murrdannia-graminea, was growing in the bush at my place

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While on the road to Newbold Crossing to see how high the water had risen in the Clarence, I came across all these little birds, Black-fronted Plovers, running along the road and then flying off only to land on the road behind my car. They were so fast I couldn’t get a good photo. Plus it was late in the afternoon.

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The branches had many birds coming to find their last snacks for the day or find a roost for the night. The Crested Pigeon just flew in and sat.

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The magpies were having a great time swooping around chasing each other and then stopping to survey the scene before whizzing off again.

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In the garden, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have taken ownership of the Honey Gem.

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They do have to share at times with the Brown Honeyeaters.

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The Bottlebrush around the back is also a favourite spot.

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And make a show of fancy eating techniques.

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The Eastern Spinebills have also set up home in the garden this Autumn.

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They too don’t mind how they get a snack

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The Golden Whistlers have introduced new sounds into the garden.

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They also add a splash of colour to the garden.

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But best of all was the sighting of a new bird into the garden. Another flash of yellow was the give-a-way as the Yellow-tufted Honeyeater dropped into the Honey Gem for a quick snack before going on its way again.

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That’s a good start for May but there has been lots more going on. Hope you can stop by for the next “installment” of May.

So far this year…..

Some things have been found so far this year that have not been in my view before, either been too deep in the bush or rainforest only to be heard or too quick for me to capture in the lens or just plain never ever seen before. Oh yeah, happy new year hope it has been a fun and wonderous 2014 so far.

When sitting around because it’s too hot to do anything outside or just having a cuppa on the verandah where a breeze cools and a bit of reading can be done in comfort. Everyone likes to catch that breeze.

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I always have one eye on the outside, catching any movement, big and small. Even when the temperature on the verandah boards is very warm underfoot, the ants still scurry about on their most important business. Occasionally they will stop. Probably to let their little feet cool or catch their breath. Then they are off again to join the constant stream going to and fro.

This bloke seemed to stop more than the others.

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They look so golden when the light catches their tiny bodies. While the ants were trudging about, this weird blue flash kept going past me, landing on a verandah post, sort of half hopping and flying around and up and down. It finally decided to stop for enough of a millisecond for me to have a bit of a look.

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The little blue bugs shadow sort of looks like an elephant don’t you think? In the mornings, among the small forest of coastal pines plants almost 100 years ago as a wind break, there is the strange calling of Catbirds. I have never been able to find them until this year.

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While that one was preening, another was nearby having a bit of a call.

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Ever heard a Catbird call. Listen here courtesy of Birds in Backyards  http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/species/Ailuroedus-crassirostris Later on in the day in another pine, a Wonga Pigeon was taking a breather out of the heat.

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While at the bird bath it was almost not stop action…..OK, this was over two days but when it is warm, the birds love the birdbath not only for that refreshing dip to get a bit of water in all the right spots, but to have a cool drink. The most amazing thing was in the morning, all the magpie babies came for a bath at the same time. I have never seen so many young in the one spot. One of the parents came for a brief moment. Probably realised that it was the only adult among the kids and took off so it wouldn’t be the one that the young ones chased to beg for a snack.

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It is always a family affair when the Red Browed Finches have a bath.

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I can never understand why people want to have these wonderous little birds in cages.

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I just love this photo.

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IN the other bird bath, the Eastern Yellow Robin shot daggers at the Lewins Honeyeater when it just breezed in for a drink while the Robin was about to hop in for a good bath.

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There is nothing worse than being followed inside by a March Fly. This one thought it was safe to follow me into the bathroom.

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I was surprised that a spider that small would be able to hold on long enough to be able to sink the fangs. You can see the flys biting proboscis. Come to think of it, the spider is a wrestler and has the fly in a Step Over Toe Hold.

I came across this butterfly while down visiting Mrs Flowers.

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It took me a while to work out it was a Tailed Citrus Swallowtail. It is an old butterfly and most of its tail is missing. You can just see the black and orange spots. There is usually three spots across the end of the wing. While we were there we picked some Davidson Plums.

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Which went from that to this.

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And to this.

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Just near the door the fuchsias have been blooming, such a pretty dainty flower.

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I hope I can find a lot of different and new stuff this year.

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Wandering on the Weekend

Most weekends I can be found roaming around with my camera whether around my property or somewhere on the north coast of New South Wales. There is nearly always something that I see that needs to be photographed as I wander around the bush or in my besties garden. Her garden has so many interesting things happening. The huge variety of birds and insects plus the flowers has me out there whenever I get the chance. There is sometimes a chance to happen upon a bit of sex as well…..

On the way, I cross a causeway which on the occasion has a bird or something that makes me stop and, hopefully, I am able to get a photo. Last time there was a Long Necked Tortoise on a rock that is known locally as Turtle Rock. You will see why…

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The hipeastrums are in flower at the moment, the orange ones are quite lovely

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The variety of flowers and colours are fantastic…some are in the garden…

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Some are in pots…..

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But the colours sometimes just burst out…

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While we were sitting outside, doing a bit of chook watching, two of her chooks disappeared recently – I suspect an eagle as the Wedgetailed Eagles often ride the currents in the valley, I spied so many things around the yard. Anyway everyone should do a bit of chook watching in their life as chooks are quite comical as the go about their busy lives with their fluffy pants…

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She spotted Mr Tawny Frogmouth keeping a close eye on us from a shrub close to where we were sitting

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Looking around, I found Mrs Tawny Frogmouth sitting on the nest. Nest is an exaggeration of the word as it is just a pile of twigs stacked in its precarious location

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And as for the Magpies nest….a rather ramshackle affair. Notice the embarrassed lift off…didn’t want her face on the internet…

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Something was fluttering about us so I decided to see what it was. Of course as soon as I got close off it went again so I had to make do with the Lacewing hidden among the greenery of the garden

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The ant was doing everything it could to not get photographed but walking into the wall soon stopped him

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Luckily the butterfly, a Common Ringlet, was quite content to sit around

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Did I say there was a possibility of a bit of outdoor sex…..

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Some weird bug was walking around flicking its orange antenna

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Inside of a pretty yellow flower, I found someone looking back at me

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The bird bath has its usual Scrub Wren splashing about or just sitting to cool down its little butt

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I heard a knocking in the trees above. Looking up I saw a Fig Bird

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But he wasn’t doing the knocking….it was his mate with something in her beak

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We wondered what she had. A bit of a walk over the other side of the hill the answer was quite obvious why the Fig Birds were hanging around

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The best way to finish of a great day of discovery

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I hope everyone’s weekends are as fabulous as mine….wandering about making great discoveries with my  bestie

Another day at the bird bath: Who splashes the most

I love watching the birds when they come in for a quick dip or a good long wash. Some just zip in for a quick wash while others really take bath time seriously. There are the birds who like to be alone when bathing, some make it a family affair but it is always a lot of splashing around.

The magpie just wanted to dive right in.

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And once he was in, he just tossed beakfuls of water all around.

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The Lewins Honeyeater liked a quick dip, a bit of a drip dry and then was off.

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The Spangled Drongo often just sits and waits before diving in.

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Inevitably someone else thinks its bath time as well, much to the Drongos disgust the Noisey Miner had bath time on its mind.

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The Wattlebird also tried to extend the Drongos bathtime by just diving right in.

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Usually the Wattlebird makes sure there isn’t anything in the water before venturing in.

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The Noisey Miners are some of the birds who like to make bath time a family affair.

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They just love to splash about.

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But the best of all the bird bath splashers would have to be the Eastern Whipbird. After a bath, he liked to have a good shake.

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But in the bird bath………

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The Eastern Whipbird, I think, is the best splasher in the birdbath…what about you?