Getting into shape

The Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #141: Geometry
Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Diamonds, Triangles or Squares

Hope for tomorrow

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tomorrow

Where does tomorrow
start

Sit tight wait
tomorrow

I heard it
soon

This insect no
tomorrow

But what about
me

Get ready hope
tomorrow

Here tomorrow never
ends

This is August 2020

Welcome to the things I found in August. Again a strange month for me as I have been still living between two properties, my besties and mine, trying to do as much as I can when I get to my home as I haven’t gotten used to posting using my tablet and phone combo. So easy using my computer.

I don’t have much to blah blah about so let’s get into the images that are my August. I would suggest a cup of your whatever for whatever time of day or night it is in your part of our world, a snack as well as there are quite a number of photos. The weather hasn’t been what is expected in August, temperatures are rather warm for the last month of what is called Winter but the August winds arrived late in the month and did they blow hard for a while.

Being unseasonably warm, lots of birds have started nest building. Around the garden at my besties there are five different birds nesting. Two Welcome Swallows nesting on the verandah as they did last year, a Brown Honeyeaters nest in the bushes at the front (too far into the middle to get any photos) Striated Pardalote nesting in the garden soil heap and the Willie Wagtails the gazebo a post.

Wagtails nest construction has started

Yes I have nesting material. What are you laughing at?
Reminds me of Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters or Dick Strawbridge from Escape to the Chateau and Scrapheap Challenge

Time to sit for a while

A sneaky overhead shot while getting harassed at the same time

Other birds have been collecting nesting material too. An Eastern Yellow Robin finds a feather.

A female Figbird has just the right twig.

The Male Figbird watches on from a tree nearby.

While out on a walk around my place seeing if there has been anything new happening with the fire recovery of the bush, a Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike watched me.

Nearly every morning while at my besties, we go for a walk. Always along the way there are birds. A Scarlet Honeyeater was singing high among the branches.

A White-faced Heron flew around after we startled it on the creek and landed in a tree.

The Eastern Rosellas love the berries on the palms in the garden.

Hearing a loud squawking and carry on, I went out to find the local Square-tailed Kite in a tree watching something intently.

This is what the Kite was concerned about, a small Goanna near the Kite’s nest tree.

While on our walks, most days there is a Black Kite coasting on the air currents over the paddocks.

Birds on posts. Not sure which one this is. I have since been informed by Tracy that this is an Australian Pipit.

Bar-shouldered Doves enjoy sitting on a fence post to take in the morning sun. A bit of a chilly morning is evident when the doves are all puffed up.

Female Superb Fairy Wrens are always flitting along the fence lines where the grasses are tall and seeding. They can be heard on the other side of the fence twittering with the males and every now and then hop up onto a post.

The males like a bit of a post sit every now and then too. Perhaps to get a bit of morning sun.

The Red-browed Firetail Finches like the short grass in the garden to hop about and then go into the paddock next door to feed on the tall grass seed heads.

Chestnut-breasted Mannikins hang around in a flock of about twenty or more. I suspect this one was the lookout to warn the others eating the grass seeds on the ground that danger approaches.

The female Figbird found a good berry food source in the garden.

A Double-barred Finch found some grass seeds which had dried after the grass was mowed.

A Chestnut-breasted Mannikin had these seed heads all to himself

A bit of a windy day at the beach but the Crested Terns didn’t care.

While walking along the break wall, there was a Crested Tern swooping up and down the wall over the water hoping to get a snack. Speaking of snacks, how are you doing? Maybe need a drink refill? Probably about half way along. I’m going for a drink.

These fish didn’t seem to mind being near the surface. Luckily the birds weren’t in this part of the harbour.

Time for a bit of whimsy. Some abstracts – some found as the feather stuck in the sand

Some constructed as the pattern took my fancy

Anyone for lunch?

Some made by nature – I love the surrealness of clouds

and the wonders of water drops on spiders webs

The warm weather has bought out a cicada or two far too early and I guess would have been too cold to survive and been eaten

The Rocket Lettuce in my besties garden has gone to flower. On the dairy flats across the road, a Beekeeper has put some hives. The garden is full of bees. They love Rocket flowers and also the Basil is in flower as well.

A Stingless Native Bee wants in on the action too!

This Native Bee is much smaller than the one above. This one is at my place fossicking around a Lomandra multifloras flowers

Down near the creek where we walk, the Mistletoe is in flower. Some of the flowers are white

and some of the flowers are red. Not sure whether it is the same species and different sexes or age of the flowers

All around the bush at my place, the Native Lilac or False Sarsparilla is flowering scattering purple spot all through the bush. Sometimes a few long stem appear

other times there is a riot of purple

Another colourful plant at the moment is the Ink Plant, a tropical plant from America. It is said that ink was made from the berries and the root was a medicine. The red tinged leaves look quite ca treat in the bush. I should pull them out as they can take over.

The berries go from green to purple/black and red. It does look quite a sight.

The berries are reported to be toxic to humans, horses, cattle, sheep, pigs fowl and dogs.

I was sure I had the name of this Australian Native flower. I just call is a purple star flower. This tiny flower is all through my place popping up here and there. Tracy again has informed me that this is an Australian Bluebell.

This is an Erect Guinea flower, a small flower, 12 – 24mm across and is about 50mm or 2 inches tall.

I love finding Banksia flowers when we go out exploring around the countryside. I don’t have any in my place but really should put a plant or two in my garden.

The Zygote Cactus flowers were quite spectacular this year.

I can’t remember what these flowers from my besties garden are called.

Her Nasturtiums always look a treat. I have too many animals that love to eat them to have these wonderful flowers at my place.

I love Gerberas

and my Daffodils didn’t flower this year. It was too warm perhaps so I had to buy my bestie some for her birthday this year.

I think this is a Cosmos flower. They look so good in the garden.

Time for the Grevilleas. A great year for their flowering. This one is Coconut Ice

We have lost the name for this one, it is possibly Blood Orange

This may be a Sandra Gordon species

I think the Blue-faced Honeyeater saw me come onto the verandah. Look at all the pollen on his head while getting the delicious nectar from the Honey Gem Grevillea.

Remember the story of the plumbing tape. Here on the left-hand side of the photo of the Satin Bowerbirds bower is the blue part of the reel.

The grass seed heads with a bit of dew in the morning sun.

The White Fig Tree in the garden has attracted the Fig Birds to my place.

My bestie had one of the best small tomato crops this winter. We had tomatoes all the time. In fact I still have a small bowl in the fridge.

OK everyone, the sun is setting so it’s time to say see you next month. I hope you had a lovely time.

Did you have a favourite photo? I’d love to hear if you did.

Here is a song I have never heard before. Hope you like it as much as I did

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

Home

Debbie from Travel With Intent’s One Word Sunday: Home
Is your home
brick
reinforced
and made strong
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Or is it
wooden
with other materials
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Is your home
small
and sometimes feels
a little crowdedfantail young02_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
Is your home
high-rise
where you can
see the world
osprey nest_named_chindara_august 2015
Is your home
comfortable
and colourful
a place to sitfig bird_male_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015
Is your home
an apartment
where you share
your space with others
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No matter what
your home is made of
there is always
the constant renovations
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This is August 2019

I am not really in the mood to write. The dry continued for all of August so my mood wasn’t all that enthusiastic to gather images around my place. I posted quite a number of images from here and for the photo challenges over the month and I haven’t, as usual, added them to this months wrap.

I am heartened by the caring responses from my “blog family” to my posts. Thank you for being there.

August was  my first month of being the Thursday Ragtag prompter sharing with Tracy. I was surprised at the number of people who responded with some great photos, writing and poetry.

OK lets go. I think you may need to go to the dunny and come back with a cup of tea/coffee or drink of choice, perhaps a snack or two depending on the time of day you are here.

I might start with some of the things I found at an auction which I didn’t know was happening. I was going to the farmers market for breakfast and a bit of food shopping.
One of the things I like to find and collect are boxes. Pity these were already sold or if they weren’t the auctioneer was a long way from this lot
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A rather random group of itemslamp_red_road_auction_named_lismore_august 2019
Anyone have one of these at home?corn_husker_auction_named_lismore_august 2019
Up the road a ways is the town of Kyogle. We go there at least once a year in case something may be happening. On this day it was just us and the tumble weeds lol There is some nice gates though.gate_named_kyogle_august 2019
I was surprised by the number and variety of flowers in peoples garden as we walked about the back streetsflowers_garden_named_kyogle_august 2019

 

The bees were about tooflowers_garden_bee_native_named_kyogle_august 2019

I think this Salvia is called Hot Lips
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I love this salviaflower_salvia_blue_named_kyogle_august 2019

More flowers for you to enjoy
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The grevilleas are quite outstanding this year, except at my placeflower_grevillea2_named_kyogle_august 2019
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A lovely window box of daisiesflowers_window_box_named_kyogle_august 2019
These flowers were further north near a town called Murwillumbah where we went following the Mud Trail which was along the North Cost highlighting the pottery skills of the potters around here.flowers_named_murwillumbah_august 2019
My begonias are flowering but not as profusely as in previous yearsflower_begonia_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
I was down at the waterhole digging out the silt to make the waterhole back to what it was years ago. While I was there I walked about and found this native plant about to flower despite the lack of rain and soil moistureflower_bud_native_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
A black and white view of Kyogle from the Art Gallery kyogle_blackandwhite_named_august 2019

The lovely layers of blue you get from the vapours of Eucalypt trees
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The bees are out collecting pollen and nectar from the flowersbee_grevillia_named_caniaba_august 2019
Look how full the pollen sacks are on the tiny Native Stingless Beestingless_native_bee_flying_rocket_flowers_named_caniaba_august 2019
While we were away for a few days we came across the flower gardens that had just been watered in Nelson Bayflower_water_drops_named_nelson bay_august 2019

I love finding cats in windows. This one was just moving on just as I saw it.
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Oh well a cats tail is still OKcat_tail_named_kyogle_august 2019
I just love this cows hair cutcow_gore_rd_named_springrove_august 2019
Down at the waterhole, the place where there has always been water on my place. This year it was the lowest I have ever seen it but the birds know where it is and flock there to get a drink or a bath. Time to get in……….fuscous_honeyeaters_bath1_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
…..and out againfuscous_honeyeaters_bath2_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
The Fuscous Honeyeaters seem to stay down this part of my place and don’t venture up near the house.fuscous_honeyeaters_wet_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
A Red-browed Firetail gets a drinkred_browed_firetail_finch_drinking_waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019

 

The whole flock of Fuscous Honeyeaters suddenly turned up much to the astonishment of a White-throated Honeyeaterbirds_waterhole_fucous_white-throated_honeyeaters_august 2019
Remember last month I told the story of the Willie Wagtails nest that was destroyed by something. Well they found a spot on the car port to rebuild their nestwillie-wagtail_nest_carport_named_caniaba_august 2019
The Willie Wagtails really can’t stand the Magpie getting close to their nest. Incoming!!!magpie_willie_wagtail_attack1_named_caniaba_august 2019

 

They really give the Magpie a hard time until it goes awaymagpie_willie_wagtail_attack2_named_caniaba_august 2019
The Welcome Swallows are also nesting at my bestieswelcome_swallow_nest_verandah_named_caniaba_august 2019
Here is three of the four chicks in the nest. Aren’t their fluffy heads adorable?welcome_swallow_nest_chicks_named_caniaba_august 2019
The Little Friarbirds have found the grevilleaslittle-friarbird_honey_gem_grevillea_named_caniaba_august 2019
An Olive-backed Oriel dropped into the birdbath for a whileolive_backed_oriel_birdbath_named_caniaba_august 2019
I found these Pelicans at the Lismore Waste Facility –  a fancy name for the rubbish dump pelicans_tip_named_lismore_august 2019
I felt for the birds and have put up a feeder which I put seed in every now and then. The King Parrots drop in for a snack when there is seed in there.king_parrot_juvenile_feeder_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
The Brown Honeyeater has to stretch a bitbrown_honeyeater_honey_gem_grevillia_named_caniaba_august 2019
The Double-barred Finches are enjoying the grass seeddouble-barred_finch_grass_named_caniaba_august 2019
While we were travelling around we dropped into a small wetland that is surrounded by farm land. I was surprised to see a Black Swan paddling about.swan_black_wetland_named_casino_august 2019
At the wast facility the Black Kites are always wheeling about.black_kite_flying4_tip_named_lismore_august 2019
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I love seeing the flocks of Ibis as they fly over my besties place every afternoon on their way to their roost.ibis_flying_blue_sky_named_caniaba_august 2019
These Corellas loved it up a bit in Nelson Baycorellas_fig_tree_named_nelson_bay_august 2019
Is there anything a happy as an Australian Raven skipping down the hillraven_australian_jump_named_caniaba_august 2019
Our Moon and the cloudsmoon_half_clouds_named_caniaba_august 2019
Almost time for sunsetsunset_named_caniaba_august 2019
At this time of year the sun sets just on the hillsunset_orange_named_caniaba_august 2019
OK then, thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed your look at my This is August 2019grass_seeds_sunset_orange_named_caniaba_august 2019

 

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

 

Blue #30 – Collecting material for building a nest

This months square challenge from Becky: Blue

Well here is the second last day for Becky’s #Blue #JulySquares photo challenge. Why not get a favourite photo with a bit of blue crop it square and show us what you have and join the Square Gang.

This one is also for Debbies Six Word Saturday challenge

On Saturday while sitting on the verandah and having a cuppa, a Blue-faced Honeyeater just flew into the front garden and landed on the ground. Most unusual for them to be on the ground. I wondered why and then he looked up and flew off. This is one of the photos of a Blue-faced Honeyeater gathering nesting material.

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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.