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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December’s Discoveries

So much to do in the next few days. I wanted to get a little bit of my world out there for you to enjoy. I looked at some of the photos and there are some that are recurring from years gone by. I guess that’s what happens in nature. The cycles just keep rolling on. I wonder if you can spot the photos subjects that have appeared before. All of the flower and insect photos are from my besties fantastic garden. I love wandering around her garden discovering flowers and insects.

I took many photos of this tree as the textures and lines are so good. It was so hard to settle on one photo.

tree bark textures_binna burra_named_ dec 2015

The air ferns are increasing in the bush and around the garden. They are so primitive looking don’t you think?

air fern01_home_named_dec 2015

The way the moss just cascades over the old tree trunk, filling crevices giving life to the dead wood of a large tree from the past.

moss_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The water vine grew in the fork of the tree long ago and now it looks like the tree has an appendage. The vine is still alive reaching up into the canopy.

tree_vine_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The flowers of the Silk Tree aren’t around for long. The birds sure make a mess of the flowers when they come to gather the bit of pollen or nectar the flowers supply.

silk flower_binna burra_named_dec 2015

This hibiscus flower grows high in the tree and sends the occasional flower to hang down adding a splash of red to the garden.

hybiscus02_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The little balls laden with pollen usually have native bees buzzing around except when I was taking photos.

hybiscus01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The delicate blue centres of the white hydrangea are quite stunning when you get close to the large white flower ball.

white hydrangea01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

These tiny daisies are popping up all through the garden. They are about 10mm in diameter.

daisy_binna burra_named_dec 2015

I love the Cats Whiskers with their purple tips.

cats whiskers01_binna burra_dec 2015

I am not sure what this orange flower is called but it makes a bold statement in the garden’s borders.

yellow flower_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Flowers aren’t just to be seen in the garden, they are also a source of joy in the house or even in the lady shed.

flower arrangement_binna burra_named_dec 2015

I can’t find my spider book so I can’t let you know the names of these spiders. This little one is quite small but very fast.

spider01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Another tiny spider who sat still for a photo or two then decided that enough was enough and jumped onto the camera.

spider01_home_named_dec 2015

When we were fixing up the studio I came across a few insects, mainly black ants by the thousands, but this long skinny spider was staying where he was, pretending to be a stick I guess.

spider_binna burra_named_dec 2015

There have been lots of dragonflies flitting around my besties garden and mine as well. There have been blue and large red dragonflies at my place, whereas there appears to be a lot of these orange/yellow ones at her place. This one was happily flying around the rainforest near the creek.

dragonfly01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

This dragonfly is one of the bigger dragonflies in the rainforest.

dragonfly02_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Back at my place I have been keeping an eye on the Friarbirds nest.

friarbird nest01_home_named_dec 2015

I think the female or juvenile Satin Bowerbird spotted me as I was staking out the bird bath.

bower bird_home_named_dec 2015

The tiny Thornbill didn’t seem to care as it contemplated taking a plunge into the water.

thornbill_home_named_dec 2015

As usual the garden has its resident Easter Yellow Robin. I love the way they seem to enjoy landing on vertical things.

yellow robin_banana_home_named_dec 2015

We went to Broken Head for the afternoon. There are always White-bellied Sea Eagles soaring on the currents around the headland.

white bellied sea eagle_broken head_named_dec 2015

It was a surprise to see the Sooty Oystercatcher strolling around the beach. It looked a bit tired so maybe it was the first landing on its migration?

sooty oystercatcher_broken head_named_dec 2015

The little bit of rain I have had has certainly sent the frogs into a cacophony of a night. I think these tadpoles may be Bleating Tree Frogs as I hear them around the pool.

tadpole_home_named_dec 2015

I think the one on the right may enjoy getting its pictue taken.

tadpole01_home_named_dec 2015

That’s all for the time being so if I don’t get to post another blog soon, have a great Christmas. Remember to look after our nature because it’s the only one we have.