The Brown Honeyeaters – A Spring Story

During Spring, the Brown Honeyeater decided that a Lilli Pilli in a pot near the verandah at my besties house was a great place to build a nest. It gave me an opportunity to have a sneak peek into the life of Brown Honeyeaters.

Sitting on the verandah, having a cup of tea, we noticed a small bird flying in and out of the Lilli Pilli tree in a pot near the verandah. I had to go and see what was going on. I found the start of the nest construction. They must have been doing it for a few days before we saw the goings on. Both the female and the male were building the nest.
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A few days later the nest was taking shape.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction2
All manner of vegetation –  grass, bark, lichen and spiders web was used. 181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction3

This is the location of the nest.
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Looks like I was spotted!
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Off she goes to gather more materials.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction5_flying
Every now and then she would wiggle about in the nest to get the shape right.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction6_testing
She was in there for a long time this day. I think she was laying an egg.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_construction7_egg_laying

Yes! I was right, an egg is in the nest. It is so small. Probably about a thumb nail size.
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A few days later another egg appeared.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_egg_two

It didn’t take long for some chicks to make an appearance. I missed out getting any photos when they were small pink chicks. A rather nasty storm was coming so my bestie dragged the pot onto the verandah. Luckily she did as the wind blew hard, the rain poured down and there was a bit of hail.
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Now comes the hard work for the parents. Both the female and the male were constantly flying back and forth with food for their babies.
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Ooops….looks like I was spotted again.
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Chick one gets a morsel.
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and then chick two.181214_brown honeyeater_nest_feeding2
Part of being a parent is cleaning up after your children. This is the removal of what I call a poo sac. This keeps the nest clean and stops insects, mainly ants, getting into the nest.
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They are getting bigger. When I approached, they would flatten themselves against the sides of the nest.
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After a busy day looking after the chicks, it’s good to have a bath and relax.
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Unfortunately I missed out on the chicks leaving the nest. It didn’t take long from eggs to flying little birds.

I think I am lucky to be part of the Brown Honeyeaters life. They have all gone from my besties garden now. Off on their migratory path to a new place for Summer and I hope they come back next year. We are going to leave the nest in place to see what may happen.

Festival of Leaves 2018

A new photo challenge to join thanks to Terri for link to Dawn’s photo challenge: Festival of Leaves 2018 -Trickles of Yellow

I was surprised at the number of yellows I have as I don’t really have an Autumn season where the leaves fall from deciduous trees. I don’t have any. I live in a Eucalypt forest. So here are a few yellow leaves that I have found.
Stuck to the window after a storm
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They fell together
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Just a yellow leaf
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A tinge of yellow before dropping from the Gum Tree
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A tinge of yellow on new shoots
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Water

The word prompt from Sunday Stills: Water

Terri asked if we would go with a sub-theme of Stand-up Paddling. Well that isn’t a big thing around my part of the world. Living in the bush (or forest for my overseas friends), there’s not much call for paddle boards around these parts.

The thing that happened on the weekend was rain, beautiful, beautiful rain to quench the parched land and put out the bushfires that threatened so many homes including the homes of animals who inhabit the bush.

So my post has a little bit of the rain that has gladdened my heart.

Yes a little bit of rain. Water drops on a Xanthorrhoea or Grass Tree.
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A little bit of water is what all plants need as do we humans.
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As I mentioned Xanthorroea, I guess I should give a bit of information about them. This is a couple that are growing in a gully on my place.180828_blog challenge_water_grass trees_home_august 2018

These Grass Trees are about 3 to 4 meters tall which makes these ones quite old as their growth rate is about twenty-five millimeters or one inch a year. The one on the background has a flower spike or a spear which is around two meters tall.

Patterns

The word prompt from Lens_Artists Photo Challenge: Patterns

So many patterns in this world it was hard to stop myself from just going on with too many photos.

The colourful patterns on the cliff face
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The amazing patterns created by spiders
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The reflection on the water make a very liquid pattern
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The crazy cat pattern made by the bark of a Spotted Gum Tree.
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Wonderful patterns made by Sand Crabs
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The patterns on an aeroplanes tail
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The patterns made by water lillies
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Amazing patterns on the underside of a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
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Fabulous patterns on the feathers of an Ibis
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And of course, the wonderful patterns on our Moon
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All Time Favourites

This is a sad post. The Daily Post, where a lot of people interact with words and photos is closing. I am hoping the Daily Post can keep going. It takes a lot of work to maintain such a fantastic blog site. Please please find a way of staying. I have found lots of people who do fantastic stuff and people have found my bit of the world as well.

Welcome to the final installment of the Weekly Photo Challenge. In wishing you a fond farewell, we wanted to share our all-time favorite photos with you. We welcome you to share your favorites with us. Happy photographic trails!

I think a slideshow would be the best way to dig out some of my favourites if I can decide which ones.

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Thank you Daily Post editors and contributors, it has been fun

Odd One Out

A great photo a week challenge from Nancy Merrill: One of these things……. “Who remembers watching Sesame Street as a child (or with your child) and hearing “One of these things is not like the others. Which one is different? Can you tell?””

A tough one to start
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This is a bit easier
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An easy “who’s the odd one out” to finish.
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