Sometimes they just drop in

Denzils Nature Photo Challenge #6: Sharp

If you live in the bush, you have to expect the unexpected. This big bloke is a regular around the place. I am on one of his places to check out in his territory. It used to be worse when I had chooks.

This is on his way to the front verandah. He is so big he just knocks stuff around, he doesn’t mean it. Most things usually get out of his way!!

Don’t you love the side eye. Ah now you can see a bit of sharp. The tongue isn’t rude, he just wants to know where I am. The Goanna’s tongue is how it finds food and its way around.

Their main defense is to climb a tree or the closest vertical object. They don’t have the best eyesight so it’s best not to stand still if there is a Goanna running around in fright. Here you can see what those sharp claws are for as well as holding on while it munches with jaws that can crush small bones

Is that a smug smile for getting a good way up the tree or a grimace when it banged itself when it got scared. Those sharp claws came in handy

You really should get a close up of the scaly reptilian foot and sharp claws. I guess they are about 50 to 75mm long

They have such lovely markings. This bloke was probably a bit hungry. It was after THAT fire and here this Goanna is on one of the burnt trees. I bet he hated getting charcoal on that lovely yellow belly.

When Goannas are on the ground they hang on holes in the ground or under logs when they aren’t hunting which is a lot of the time. They are a bit lazy and eat eggs but will eat anything they come across. One time I caught a Goanna in the chook house, I grabbed him by the tail and lifted him off the ground as they can’t do any thing dangling. As I was heading to get a bag to put him in came two slimy hens eggs.

Goannas can live for up to forty years. The bloke in the first photo has been around for a s long as I can remember. There is a white patch towards the tip of his tail and he the only one. It is quite distinctive.

Never one to duck a challenge

Denzil’s Nature Photo Challenge #4: Ducks

A selection of ducks in a slideshow
Plumed Whistling Duck
Pom Pom Duck
Pacific Black Duck
Pink-eared Duck
The Hardhead
Flying in a line

Busy with the babies

Almost ducks

Are you still here

I guess I’d better get going then

Feathers of pink

Denzil’s Nature Photo Challenge #3: Pink
Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: The Birds

The splendid little Rose Robin

Pink Galahs enjoy their lives together and are sweet to watch

and a bit of no feathers fungi for fun

Breakfast in the garden

Denzil’s Nature Photo Challenge: Patterns

This is what happened one day a while ago. Has been a thought for a post for a while. Finding Denzils challenge of patterns in nature, these photos fit the bill. Well there’s only a small amount of variation but I hope you’ll enjoy having breakfast with a female Satin Bowerbird and later, a Blue-faced Honeyeater comes along.

“Oh wow, I just love these Grevillea flowers for breakfast even if I have to get on tip-toes”

“You just have to get those early morning drops of sweetness”

“If I can get right in, there are new drops of nectar just waiting for me”

“A few more licks here and then I’m done”

“But I really should look under here and have a good check, just in case”

“Better make sure there’s nothing left on the top either”

“Hey! That looks really sweet and juicy over there. Mind if I join you?”

“Not at all. You can have the flowers on that side of the tree”

“I’ll stay over here and show off my patterns to everyone, one last time”