The Photo Challenge from Judy: All Lined Up
The Photo Challenge from Judy: All Lined Up
The Ragtag Daily Prompt Tuesday: Courage
The Wedged-tailed Eagle has his lunch, a Water Dragon, and is being harassed by a Magpie. It takes courage to fly near a Magpie nest
A Square-tailed Kite soars above the forest much to the displeasure of a Noisy Friarbird. The shape to the left rear of the Kite is the Friarbird about to give the Kite a good kick.
The courage of much smaller birds defending their territory against large birds of prey takes courage don’t you think?
The word prompt from Bren for the Photo for the Week 27: Time
I love the bird baths that are at my besties place and here at mine. Some birds opt for a quick dip while others just love to splash about.
It’s time for bath time
The first few are from the bird baths at my besties old place. This one in particular was near the verandah so it gave me plenty of opportunities for bird bath photos.
Some birds, like this Eastern Yellow Robin, just enjoyed a splash around
A Magpie getting right in
I think this was a Whipbird really splashing about
The Noisy Miners loved to get wet
Sometimes it is just good to sit and soak like the little Thornbill
The Eastern Whipbird jumped right in
A Red-browed Firetail Finch made sure the water went in everywhere
Onto a few photos from my place. It is a pity that possums managed to smash my lovely terracotta bird bath while trying to get a drink even though they had lots of ground level watering places around the garden.
The White-throated Treecreeper enjoyed a good butt soak
A female Satin Bowerbird liked to sit and think
As did a Rainbow Lorikeet
The little hanging pot is a favourite for small birds
Really getting a splash on
A quick in and out for a White-throated Honeyeater
Quite often it was mixed bathing. The Eastern Yellow Robin and Silvereyes shared a quick dip
Often the Rainbow Lorikeets came in numbers which often ended up in squabbles
Hope you enjoyed Bath Time
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.
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.
My besties Gymea Lily has flowered. This flower is about two meters plus in the air.
Here is the whole photo. The plant is the strappy leaved one.
This year has been a fabulous year for Grevilleas. The first flowering of this Grevillea in my garden.
So many succulents are flowering too. This succulent is in a hanging pot on my verandah.
I have these flowers in my garden but not in mass like a garden in Grafton.
My Begonias are flowering well this year too.
The Iris that is a reminder of my mate who passed on last September. This was one of his plants.
The hanging Pelagoniums are a constant flower on my verandah.
I love this flower display on a stall at the Farmers Market in Lismore.
Flame Trees are spectacular when they flower. My poor struggling tree has started to flower even though it hasn’t had enough water.
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.
Bromiliads are flowering too. Some flowers are so wonderful aren’t they?
Banksias are a sight when they flower
Back to the Farmers Market. I spotted this bloke carrying a large dog. I have no idea why as the dog has a lead.
The Beetroot looked lovely
The old truck of the vegetable farmer is a great vantage point to see when people drop food.
Ah…look, an unattended fishers bucket.
Damn……I was spotted
I love Gulls as they fly along the shore
The wooden walk bridge over the estuary so you can walk to the beach.
The White-faced Heron stalking crabs in the Mangroves
Out to sea I spotted something breaking the water. I was hoping for a Whale and got a Dolphin.
In the mist a ghost ship appeared
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.
I guess the party is over. Found this on the track to the beach.,
The butterflies are starting to appear as well. The Line-blue Butterfly was rather shy.
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.
There is quite a number of tadpoles who like to snack on the algae.
Thee are calves in a lot of the paddocks. Who could resist a little white calf?
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.
Another young animal. This foal was camera shy but I managed to get one photo.
Why fly when you can get a lift.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Little Friarbirds are timid but enjoy the nectar of the Honey Gem Grevillea in my garden.
King Parrots have set up their breeding pairs. This couple have taken up residence in the garden.
I had to include the Satin Bowerbird. Such a spectacular bird to have in the garden.
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.
The Intermediate Egret has to have the longest neck I have ever seen.
I think the horse may be in for a surprise!
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.
The Figbird didn’t know I was under the tree.
Spring brings the Blue-faced Honeyeaters back to my place.
My arty Pelican photo
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.
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.
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.
“Hey…….you blokes………..who is the big bloke over there?” “I don’t know” as they looked from one to the other.
“I don’t know either, but I’ll get rid of him!” “This swoop will see him off.”
“What do you think you are about buster……now rack off……these are my Power lines”
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
Wonderful Willie Wagtail as he hops about the grass looking for a snack
A White-winged Chough surveys where to walk to next
A raucous Magpie Lark, or better known as Pee Wees, shouts at a tree
Meet Chip, the Magpie who used to knock on the door to get a small snack, at my besties
This Pied Butcher Bird would always come when I was in the bush cutting firewood hoping that I would disturb a grub or two.
A Pied Cormorant catching a bit of afternoon sun
A Pied Currawong looking for a free feed at the picnic table
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.
Oh dear. Now it’s getting worse.
This is ridiculous. You can hardly even see the bird bath.
But wait. Here are some White-headed Pigeons
A Magpie has landed
The late afternoon sun on the Galah is perfect
So it wasn’t unlikely after all
Another of my favourite challenges Cee’s Black & White Letter Photo Challenge
Black and white. The Magpie is black and white
It’s feeding time at the Grey Fantails Nest
And one of my favourite things – our Moon
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.
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!!
Some paddocks had water on them for days after but the ducks didn’t seem to mind.
In some parts of the valley it was standing room only. Every fence post was occupied.
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.
Then it went around the leaf.
It was then I found out what it was doing…just getting a drink!
The dragonfly was rather shy.
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.
There has been some flowers showing their colours this May as well. I found this flower growing on the side of the road.
Whereas this little flower, a murrdannia-graminea, was growing in the bush at my place
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.
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.
The magpies were having a great time swooping around chasing each other and then stopping to survey the scene before whizzing off again.
In the garden, the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters have taken ownership of the Honey Gem.
They do have to share at times with the Brown Honeyeaters.
The Bottlebrush around the back is also a favourite spot.
And make a show of fancy eating techniques.
The Eastern Spinebills have also set up home in the garden this Autumn.
They too don’t mind how they get a snack
The Golden Whistlers have introduced new sounds into the garden.
They also add a splash of colour to the garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While that one was preening, another was nearby having a bit of a call.
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.
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.
It is always a family affair when the Red Browed Finches have a bath.
I can never understand why people want to have these wonderous little birds in cages.
I just love this photo.
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.
There is nothing worse than being followed inside by a March Fly. This one thought it was safe to follow me into the bathroom.
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.
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.
Which went from that to this.
And to this.
Just near the door the fuchsias have been blooming, such a pretty dainty flower.
I hope I can find a lot of different and new stuff this year.
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