Time #15 – Time of the Season

This months photo challenge in square format from Becky is Time

This month I will put a song with the photo.

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The December theme is TIME. I am sure everyone has found at least one #timesquare, but just in case you are struggling here are some #timesquare ideas;

Timepieces – clocks, watches, sun dials and egg timers
Sayings – Time & tide wait for no man (or woman!), A stitch in time saves nine, Early bird catches the worm, In the nick of time or More haste, less speed
Synonyms – era, moment, season, infinity, interval, lifetime and age
Out of the box – nighttime, downtime, pastime and mealtimes!

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.

Happiness is….

The photo challenge #22 from Ann-Christine at the Lens-Artists: Happiness is…

So many things to explore with happiness is.

Among other things, I get great pleasure from nature. Happiness is sitting down and watching the world drift past, from the big to the small. Hope this post can bring a bit of happiness into your day.

A Blue-banded Bee scrunching into a Blue Ginger flower always makes me smile
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Stingless native Bees whizzing about with full pollen sacs are a joy
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A Blue-banded Bee getting a look at me too
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Finally finding a Blue Triangle Butterfly was a happy moment
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Having the Caper White Butterflies come into my garden on their migration is lovely
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The Black Jezabel is usually high in the canopy and when they come down for a visit I smile
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Orchard Swallowtails are large butterflies who make the garden their home
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Figbirds song is always a welcome sound around the garden
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A cacophony of sound and colour means the Rainbow Lorikeets are here
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Even a female Satin Bowerbird snacking on a bunch of bananas is something special
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A Whipbird calling in the forest is a sound of delight
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Having birds nest and raise their young close to the house is happiness
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Or a Hornet building her nest on the wall is nicewasp_nest_named_home_dec 2017

Finding a spiders web in the morning with the dew shining like gems makes me happy
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as is finding an Hyacinth Orchid for the first time in the forest around the house – elation
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I hope you enjoyed my Happiness is…….

This is September 2018

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.
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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.
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My besties Gymea Lily has flowered. This flower is about two meters plus in the air.
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Here is the whole photo. The plant is the strappy leaved one.
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This year has been a fabulous year for Grevilleas. The first flowering of this Grevillea in my garden.grevillea_flower_named_home_sept 2018

So many succulents are flowering too. This succulent is in a hanging pot on my verandah.
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I have these flowers in my garden but not in mass like a garden in Grafton.
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My Begonias are flowering well this year too.
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The Iris that is a reminder of my mate who passed on last September. This was one of his plants.
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The hanging Pelagoniums are a constant flower on my verandah.
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I love this flower display on a stall at the Farmers Market in Lismore.
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Flame Trees are spectacular when they flower. My poor struggling tree has started to flower even though it hasn’t had enough water.
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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.
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Bromiliads are flowering too. Some flowers are so wonderful aren’t they?
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Banksias are a sight when they flower
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Back to the Farmers Market. I spotted this bloke carrying a large dog. I have no idea why as the dog has a lead.
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The Beetroot looked lovely
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The old truck of the vegetable farmer is a great vantage point to see when people drop food.
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Ah…look, an unattended fishers bucket.
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Damn……I was spotted
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I love Gulls as they fly along the shore
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The wooden walk bridge over the estuary so you can walk to the beach.
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The White-faced Heron stalking crabs in the Mangroves
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Out to sea I spotted something breaking the water. I was hoping for a Whale and got a Dolphin.
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In the mist a ghost ship appeared
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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.
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I guess the party is over. Found this on the track to the beach.,
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The butterflies are starting to appear as well. The Line-blue Butterfly was rather shy.
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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.
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There is quite a number of tadpoles who like to snack on the algae.
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Thee are calves in a lot of the paddocks. Who could resist a little white calf?
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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.goats_kids_named_scribbly gum goat farm_jackadgery_sept 2018
Another young animal. This foal was camera shy but I managed to get one photo.foal_named_lismore_sept 2018
Why fly when you can get a lift.cattle egret_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018
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.yellow faced honeyeater_nest_material_named_home_sept 2018

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.
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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.welcome swallow_young_three_nest_named_caniaba_sept 2018
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.wedged tailed eagle_magpie_named_lismore_sept 2018

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.
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Little Friarbirds are timid but enjoy the nectar of the Honey Gem Grevillea in my garden.little friarbird_honey gem_named_home_sept 2018

 

King Parrots  have set up their breeding pairs. This couple have taken up residence in the garden.king parrots_named_home_sept 2018

I had to include the Satin Bowerbird. Such a spectacular bird to have in the garden.
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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.great cormorant07_fish_clarence river_named_grafton_sept 2018
The Intermediate Egret has to have the longest neck I have ever seen.intermediate egret_named_caniaba_sept 2018
I think the horse may be in for a surprise!ibis_horse_named_lismore_sept 2018

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.
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The Figbird didn’t know I was under the tree.figbird_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
Spring brings the Blue-faced Honeyeaters back to my place.blue faced honeyeater_named_home_sept 2018
My arty Pelican photopelican_reflection_named_brunswick heads_sept 2018
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.grey shrike thrush_named_home_sept 2018

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.

The Welcome Swallows

The word prompt from the Lens-Artists: Small is Beautiful

Yesterday, while sitting on the verandah at my besties, we heard those unmistakable sounds. The Welcome Swallows chit chatting away. The male Welcome Swallow keeping a look out from the rafters.
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The female Welcome Swallow keeping an eye on me as she flew onto the nest made of mud.180917_blog challenge_small_is_beautiful_welcome swallow02

Yes, she did have something in her mouth.
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Seconds later, a pink head and yellow beak appeared asking for food.
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Just like humans, trying to settle an always hungry baby Welcome Swallow can test your patience.
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Meanwhile on the nest next door, this little bloke was content waiting for a parent to return.
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Small

The word prompt from Debbie at Twenty-four: Small

It is good to see that people are taking up Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge while she is on vacation. Thank you all.

A tiny Soft-shelled Snail
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Whats smaller than ants
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A lovely Line-blue Butterfly, about 15mm in size
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Hidden in the folds of a flower, a small Crab Spider waits for something smaller to drop by for a snack
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Stingless Native Bees having a feast on a Crocus flower
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I love finding small fungi on my place
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A flower which is a big 10mm in diameter
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Baby birds are cute especially in a small nest
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The smallest Honeyeater, a Scarlet Honeyeater
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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
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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.
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There were a lot of Easten Common Brown Butterflies around this year.
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A long range photo of a lovely bug with orange feelers. Some close ups are coming next.
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When you are a small insect you really have to hang on if there is a breeze about.
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I look fearsome but I’m not.
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A small Fly with red eyes came to sit with us while we had a drink on the deck. Spiders next
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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.
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Some spiders hang up side down on their web.
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First prize in the messiest web. I love the droplets on the web from the morning mist.
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As part of my obsession, I have been playing with my photo editor. Do you like this one?
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A bit of respite now. A Lemon Migrant Butterfly on Lantana
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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.
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This poor little bloke couldn’t get his wings folded
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Photographing some grass seeds I was photo-bombed by a Dragonfly
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I don’t think it was this lovely red Dragonfly. I love the shadow
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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?
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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?
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The grass seed photo I talked about earlier.
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An Australian Native flower that grows at my place. This one was on the side of the road.
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My besties Roses are lovely this year. The camera couldn’t capture the wonderful red colour though
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A great year for Bromiliad flowering too.
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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.
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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.
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I love Cats Whiskers flowers. They are just opening in March.
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Aren’t the colours of the garden striking?
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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?
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A tiny Eco-system in a tree trunk on the side of the road.
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The fence post was covered on one side with these fungi.
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A lone fungus on the side of the hill.
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I love this shot from under the Poinciana tree at the small fungi high up.
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The Common Garden Skink, I call a Copper Headed Skink, doing its best not to look at the camera before it scurried away.
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Apart from flowers, fungi, birds, the Poinciana also has a non-venomous Green Tree Snake who lives in the hollows. These Pythons are harmless
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Beautiful little snake. Aren’t the colours and markings lovely?
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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
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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
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He saw me with my camera while up side down looking for grubs.
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The tiny Buff-rumped Thornbill defied gravity looking for a snack in the Poinciana tree  too
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A Golden Whistler was in fine voice in the Poinciana tree.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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?

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There are more nests here have a look

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

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