This is March 2018

Here we are at what I saw in March.  There has been a couple of photo challenges I have done in March so some of those photos aren’t in this lot. It is another big photo post. There are a few photos of snakes, spiders and other insects but try to have a peek through your fingers when they come along. Nature is full of wondrous colours and shapes.

Of course there are flowers and birds plus my March obsession of spiders webs. So I do recommend getting your favourite drink and perhaps a snack as you settle in and have a look at my month of March.

OK, I’ll get the insects out of the way first for all those who have told me of their dislike of bugs. You will be rewarded with seeing some lovely little creatures from my world.

I’ll ease you into the insect section with a lovely Wanderer Butterfly
wanderer butterfly_binna burra_march 2018

Remember My Quest to photograph a Blue Triangle Butterfly. Well now it seems they are waiting for me. This Blue Triangle was on the road when we went for a walk.
blue triangle_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

There were a lot of Easten Common Brown Butterflies around this year.
eastern brown crow butterfly_named_binna burra_march 2018

A long range photo of a lovely bug with orange feelers. Some close ups are coming next.
beetle_named_binna birra_march 2018

When you are a small insect you really have to hang on if there is a breeze about.
insect_named_binna burra_march 2018

I look fearsome but I’m not.
insect_close_named_binna burra_march 2018

A small Fly with red eyes came to sit with us while we had a drink on the deck. Spiders next
fly_named_binna burra_march 2018

Remember the spiders web from my March Squares. Lots of people were glad the spider wasn’t in the web. Well here he is, all 5 or 6mm of him. Better watch out if you are a mossie.
spider_web_named_binna burra_march 2018

Some spiders hang up side down on their web.
spider_web_upsidedown_named_binna burra_march 2018

First prize in the messiest web. I love the droplets on the web from the morning mist.
spiders web_messy_named_binna burra_march 2018

As part of my obsession, I have been playing with my photo editor. Do you like this one?
spiders web_blackandwhite_named_binna burra_march 2018

A bit of respite now. A Lemon Migrant Butterfly on Lantana
lemon migrant_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

While on a day trip, we stopped at an art gallery which wasn’t all that great. Outside life was far more interesting. I found a Praying Mantis eating a Bee in the flower bed.
praying mantis_bee_named_blue knob_march 2018

This poor little bloke couldn’t get his wings folded
beetle_named_binna burra_march 2018

Photographing some grass seeds I was photo-bombed by a Dragonfly
dragonfly_photobomb_flowers rd_march 2018

I don’t think it was this lovely red Dragonfly. I love the shadow
dragonfly red_named_binna burra-march 2018

My favourite Australian Native Bees are the Blue-banded Bees which are in other posts this month. This Australian Native Bee has the best named of all. Let me introduce you to the Teddy Bear Bee. Do you know of a cuter bee name?
teddy bear bee_named_binna burra_march 2018

When we look out of the kitchen window at my besties place, neatly framed in the arch, waiting for his breakfast too is PJ the horse. He knows where to stand to get attention doesn’t he?
pj_horse_gate_named_binna burra_march 2018

The grass seed photo I talked about earlier.
grass seeds_named_flowers rd_march 2018

An Australian Native flower that grows at my place. This one was on the side of the road.
pea flower_named_jackadgery_march 2018

My besties Roses are lovely this year. The camera couldn’t capture the wonderful red colour though
red rose_named_binna burra_march 2018

A great year for Bromiliad flowering too.
bromiliad flower_named_binna burra_march 2018

This plant is called Ink Weed. Apparently you can make ink from the plant. Not sure which part but they did in the early days of the colony.
ink weed_ named_binna burra_march 2018

I have often shown the Blue Ginger flowers up close, sometimes with a Blue-banded Bee in them. This is one patch of them in my besties garden.
blue ginger flowers_named_binna burra_march 2018

I love Cats Whiskers flowers. They are just opening in March.
cats whiskers_flower_named_binna burra_march 2018

Aren’t the colours of the garden striking?
binna burra garden_named_march 2018

Remember the many posts about the Dancing Lady Hibiscus. Here is a shot of the many flowers that came out this year taken from the verandah where we sometimes have breakfast, the most flowers we have ever seen. The Hibiscus bush trails up the Poinciana tree trunks. How many Dancing Ladies can you count?
dancing lady hibiscus_named_binna burra-march 2018

A tiny Eco-system in a tree trunk on the side of the road.
tree life_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

The fence post was covered on one side with these fungi.
fungi_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

A lone fungus on the side of the hill.
fungi_named_flowers rd_march 2018

I love this shot from under the Poinciana tree at the small fungi high up.
fungus_tree_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Common Garden Skink, I call a Copper Headed Skink, doing its best not to look at the camera before it scurried away.
copper garden skink_named_binna burra_march 2018

Apart from flowers, fungi, birds, the Poinciana also has a non-venomous Green Tree Snake who lives in the hollows. These Pythons are harmless
green tree snake_named_binna burra_march 2018

Beautiful little snake. Aren’t the colours and markings lovely?
green tree snake_close_named_binna burra_march 2018

I wondered why the chook was hesitant about coming out of her yard. When she did she would run across the yard to a sheltered spot. She never came into the front garden. Then I spied why. The Square-tailed Kites have built a nest in a eucalypt in the front yard
kites nest_named_home_march 2018
The Black Kites are everywhere near the Lismore Waste Centerblack kite_named_lismore_march 2018
On  a drive to Caniaba, while waiting for some dairy cows to cross the road, I saw two Wedged-tailed Eagles wheeling about high in the sky.wedged tailed eagles_caniaba_named_march 2018

The Little Wattlebird enjoyed singing and searching for food in the Poinciana tree
little wattlebird_named_binna burra_march 2018

He saw me with my camera while up side down looking for grubs.
little wattlebird_looking_named_binna burra_march 2018

The tiny Buff-rumped Thornbill defied gravity looking for a snack in the Poinciana tree  too
buff rumped thornbill_named_binna burra_march 2018

A Golden Whistler was in fine voice in the Poinciana tree.
golden whistler_named_binna burra_march 2018

Another singer in the garden is the Varied Triller
varied triller_named_binna burra_march 2018

A flock of Silvereyes called in to have a feed
silvereye_named_road_binna burra_march 2018

A Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike strained to see if it was food or just the wind blowing leaves about
black faced cuckoo shrike_named_binna burra_march 2018

On a recent walk, I spied a young Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike harassing its parent for food
black faced cuckoo shrike_juvenile_named_jackadgery_march 2018

“Where is everyone?” the Pied Cormorant seemed to say as it looked around before diving for fish once more in the Brunswick River.
cormorant_named_brunswick river_march 2018

Meanwhile on the beach at Brunswick Heads, a Welcome Swallow found a convenient stick to perch
welcome swallow_named_brunswick heads_march 2018

Remember the Bromiliad Flower? The Lewins Honeyeater has been sticking his head into the flower to get a snack. The flower also rewarded him but giving him a pollen crown.
lewins honeyeater_pollen head_named_binna burra_march 2018

I love Wonga Pigeons. This pair were sitting in the garden preening and looking about.
wonga pigeons_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Grey Fantail looked like he was walking on stilts.
grey fantail_stilts_named_flowers rd_march 2018

A great moment in March was seeing the Green Catbird feeding her young. Seconds later another young one came along which disturbed the scene and soon all three had flown off.
catbirds_feeding young_named_binna burra_march 2018

I can’t do a post with birds and not included Bobbin, the cute resident Northern Yellow Robin. I recently discovered that I have been calling the Yellow Robins around here and at my besties, Eastern Yellow Robins. There are two distinct races of Yellow Robins. So from now on Bobbin and his friends are Northern Yellow Robins.
northern yellow robin_table_named_binna burra_march 2018

Thanks for getting this far. I even made a second coffee to keep me going to the end.

The afternoon colour and trees looked so lovely
yellow sky_trees_named_binna burra_march 2018

The Full Moon earlier in March looked great with the clouds drifting by.
moon_clouds_named_march 2018

I like to put the captions before the photo. What do you do? Do you prefer the captions before or after a photo? Let me know what you think?

Did you have a favourite photo from March?

Build

The Tuesday Photo Challenge word prompt from Frank: Build has elicited some great entries. Well worth a visit to Dutch goes the Photo

As is my usual want, here are some builds from nature. I have posted bird nests over the past few weeks so I thought I would put some insect builds
The caterpillar builds it’s cocoon from sticks woven with silk thread.
caterpillar_cocoon_home_named_jan 2014

I still don’t know whose nest this is. I have the piece of wood on my verandah waiting to see if anyone emerges. Isn’t it a fabulous build?
insect nest_named_home_august 2017

The Bull Ants build a large mound and if anyone comes near, out they come to defend their nest.
bullants1_nest_home_jan 2013

The spiders web is a fascinating build. This one I found on the ground, complete with dew drops sparkling like jewels, before the suns warmth melted it away
170622_blog challenge_transient_spiders web

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter N

Have you ever seen a Nest hotel? The Pied Cormorants must enjoy nesting together as it was rather raucous with calls of “It’s your turn” or “Bring me a fish” or just chatting to while the time away. How many nests can you count?

171122_blog challenge_letter n_nests

There are more nests here have a look

Check out all the other fab “N” photos at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

CFFC

 

The nests

The word prompt from The Daily Post: Nest

There are many different nests that Australian birds construct. Have a look at a few that I have found

Yes that is a nest. The Tawny Frogmouth nest is a couple of sticks haphazardly thrown in the fork of a tree
tawny frogmouth1_face_nest_binna burra_102011

A nest of sizeable proportions is the Osprey nest. This is a nest that is reused all the time.
osprey_nest_named_lawrence_sept 2014

Nests are for raising babies. Grey Fantail babies are always hungry.
fantail young03_nest_feeding_binna burra_named_nov 2014

A Spangled Drongo nest is tied to the branches of the Spotted Gum tree.
spangled drongo_nest_named_home_dec 2014

The male Figbird has his turn on the nest among the Jacaranda blossoms.
fig bird_male_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

I think the Square-tailed Kite, sitting on her nest, has seen me.
square-tailed-kite02_nest_named_home_nov-2016

Sometimes a tail is all you see protruding from the nest.
square tailed kite_nest_named_home_sept 2017

The Pied Currawongs nest is very messy but it still is comfort to the young one who wants breakfast.
currie_the nest_just a beak

Meet Kurrie

I’d like you to meet Kurrie. Kurrie has been living at my besties place for a few weeks now. Luckily Kurries parents are always close by and are very good parents. Kurrie has survived 2 hail storms plus countless rain events as well as hot sunny days. We are enjoying Kurries company and will be sad when Kurrie finally decides it’s time to leave.

Here is a small photo story of our new friend Kurrie

Kurrie lives high in the tree tops not far from the house. Kurries place looks a bit thrown together but as I mentioned has survived the weather. You can just see one of Kurries parents on the right.
currie_the nest_up high

Here is a bit of a closer look at Kurries place. We were never sure that there was anyone in the nest.
currie_the nest

Then one day we could hear this raucous sound and there was Kurrie.
currie_the nest_just a beak

Kurrie spend a lot of time asking Mum and Dad for something to eat.
currie_asking for food_with mum

I wonder what the parent is thinking.
currie_asking for food

As Kurrie is growing, now it’s standing up and stretching.
currie_standing on the edge

All the time keeping an eye out for the next snack
currie_standing on the edge_inside

Or stretching out as far as you can
currie_leaning out

The parents are constantly bringing Kurrie food. A growing baby needs lots of nourishment.
currie_asking for food_again

Here, Kurrie gets a bit of food from the parent.
currie_getting food

A bit about Kurrie.

Kurrie is a Pied Currawong. Currawongs live in most coastal areas of Eastern Australia. They live in the forest and have adapted to city life. I know when the weather is getting cooler in the mountains as the Currawongs come down from the mountains to hang around my place. They are around 48cm. Currawongs have a loud and distinctive call which is heard in the mornings, before roosting at night and sometimes before it rains.

Here is their call from Graeme Chapmans website
http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=101&p=349

 

 

This is September: The birds

G’day,
September, the first month of Spring but still no rain. The last drop of rain I have had was 6mls on the 6th July. Good news is there was 21mls over the last weekend. The dry Winter and September didn’t  stop the Grevillieas from flowering. I didn’t include many Grevilleas in this or the next blog. You can see them here from a previous blog. But I digress. This part of This is September is just the birds. The next blog is everything else as I looked at the number of photos and there are too many for one blog. I didn’t want your cuppa to get cold scrolling through or fall asleep before the end.

Ready……..lets get going.

The first lot are birds who are not very good at hiding, although some were just sheltering from the heat of the day probably.

The Australian Raven gave the game away by incessantly calling.
australian raven_hiding_named_grafton_sept 2017

The Noisy Friarbird was in the Sweet Pittosporum
noisy friarbird_hiding_named_home_sept 2017

The Little Friarbird was hiding behind the Mago
little friarbird_looking_named_home_sept 2017

The Striated Thornbill was hiding in the Hibiscus
striated thornbill_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Can you spot the White-throated Treecreeper?
white throated tree creeper_hiding_named_home_sept 2017

The Figbird was trying to be inconspicuous
fig bird_named_home_sept 2017

Little Friarbirds don’t hide very well do they?
little friarbird_hiding_named_home_sept 2017

I love seeing the Variegated Fairy Wrens hopping through the garden. They usually come in small flocks looking among the bushes and flowers for insects or heading to the birdbath.
The females are hard to see aren’t they?
variegated fairy wren_female_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Whereas the males really stand out
variegated fairy wren_males_named_binna burra_sept 2017

They are so cute when they sit together
variegated fairy wren_male_female_named_binna burra_sept 2017

As the weather has been very warm, almost Summer temperatures, the bird bath was the place to be. The Little Friarbird came for a drink.
little friarbird_birdbath01_named_home_sept 2017

Bottoms up
little friarbird_drinking_birdbath_named_home_sept 2017

Looking about before having another drink
little friarbird_birdbath_named_home_sept 2017

A Spangled Drongo seemed to have a gargle
spangled drongo_birdbath_named_home_sept 2017

While a White-throated Treecreeper jumped in and splashed about
white throated treecreeper_birdbath_splash_named_home-sept 2017

Sometimes you can emerge from the birdbath looking a bit bedraggled like this White-throated Honeyeater
white throated honeyeater_birdbath_named_home_sept 2017

Eastern Whipbirds love the birdbath
whipbird01_in birdbath_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Almost ready for another dip
whipbird02_birdbath_named_binna burra_sept 2017

Lewins Honeyeaters like the mosaics of this birdbath
lewins honeyeater_named_binna burra_sept 2017
Of course there are birds who live in the water. Darters enjoy a swim
darter_named_grafton_sept 2017
While other birds prefer to be in the trees. Blue-faced Honeyeaters enjoy lunch
blue faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2017

blue faced honeyeater01_named_home_sept 2017

Figbirds wonder what other birds are doing
figbird_looking_named_home_sept 2017

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on sticks
yellow faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2017

A regular Spring visitor is the Rufous Whistler who sing their little hearts out during the day
rufous whistler_named_home_sept 2017

The Square-tailed Kites have come back to their nest from last year to raise more chicks
square tailed kite_nest_named_home_sept 2017

Other birds don’t mind a stroll about. A Grey-shrike Thrush hopped about the leaf litter
grey shrike thrush_named_binna burra_sept 2017

On their regular patrol around the garden, the Wonga Pigeons stopped for a drink.
wongas_named_binna burra_sept 2017

A Common Bronzewing takes a walk along the road
common bronzewing_named_home_sept 2017

I like the first signs of Spring when the Rufous Whistler and the Spangled Drongos arrive at my place. Did you have a favourite bird?

 

Black and White Sunday: Structure

This photo challenge from Lost in Translation, Structure, has made me think of the structures that I like to discover and photograph. Of course I don’t mean man made structures but the wonderful structures in nature.

Look how the Spangled Drongo has attached the nest to the trees branches in a very loose looking structure.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_drongo nest1

It is just right for the Spangled Drongo to sit among the eucalypt leaves.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_drongo nest

The Noisy Friarbirds nest is a jumble of strips of Stringybark trees woven into a basket like structure with a side opening
170816_bandw challenge_structure_friarbird nest

The most basic of nests has to be the Tawny Frogmouth. The nests structure is a pile of sticks in the fork of the tree. Shhh, don’t disturb the nocturnal Frogmouth.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_frogmouth nest

Another jumble of sticks makes the structure of the Square-tailed Kites nest. There is a pile of sticks under the nest which didn’t sit properly and fell to the ground.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_kite nest

The Ospreys huge nest on an open branch where they can see all around. The nests structure of sticks, moss and a huge amount of Grandfathers Beard.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_osprey nest

What nest wouldn’t be a nest without some babies!!! The cup like structure of the Grey Fantails nest is built onto the branch using spiders web to help make it stick.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_fantail nest

Things made of wood

A great photo challenge from Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made of Wood

So many things made of wood to choose from. Here is just a few

The hand made wooden pier at a friends place
170718_bandw challenge_things of wood_peir

The eagles nest
170718_bandw challenge_things of wood_eagles nest

An old wooden bridge
170718_bandw challenge_things of wood_bridge

My friends wooden seat. It is very comfortable
170718_bandw challenge_things of wood_old seat

The stairway leading to the flat in Paris
170718_bandw challenge_things of wood_stairs_paris

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