It’s all about nature

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature

How could I not resist this photo challenge. Showing self restraint here is a bit of the nature from my part of the world.

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Here are the twos

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: 2 Different Things or the Number 2

I often see two different birds at the bird bath. (search on here bird bath to see more in colour) This post isn’t all about two birds and the bird bath, some other twos for your enjoyment as well.

Despite the Spangled Drongos death stare, the Noisy Miner remained oblivious
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Sometimes you have to defend your territory even if the other bird is much bigger. The Noisy Friarbird kept harassing the Square-tailed Kite
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“Hey Bobbin, what did he write down there?”
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There is always somewhere good to perch to see if anyone has any chips.
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I thought I really should include some flowers for Cee
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A favourite song

New and Old – Big and Small

What a mixed bag of photos I have this time. I just grabbed some photos from the end of last month that I liked which weren’t put in the previous blog. I am slowly catching up. I would like to write more but am not feeling well, just a sinus thing but my concentration isn’t that good.

At the moment, the Red-necked Wallabies are hopping through the garden and the bush, some with small Joeys and others with a protective male. This bloke kept a close eye on me as I walked around.

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One thing I have been meaning to do is put a whole lot of photos showing the symmetry in nature or just how plants have their unique way of growing. Succulents are fascinating in the many forms, shapes and colours they have. Here is just a couple I have found recently.

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The tight centre gradually spreads and becomes redder on the margins with some leaves turning almost completely red.

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The Jelly Bean Cactus has to be one of my favourites. Do you have a favourite cactus?

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This is the first flower of a Grevillea I planted last year, fascinating flowers aren’t they?

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I call this flower a Chinese Lantern. This year the plant had so many flowers, much more than any year previously. You can see the 3 different stages with the pod to the right of the flower and the next new flower about to open behind.

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Another plant who has had the best show of flowers ever is the Orange Trumpet. Yes I did plant it to grow over a shed.

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When the bush lemon tree flowered, the insect came so there was always someone buzzing around the tree, crawling over the flowers or getting inside the flowers being productive. I don’t think the Stingless Native Bees could fit much more pollen in their pollen sacks.

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Even the other bees had heaps of pollen as well.

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This ant was very careful when it moved over the flowers.

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I have never seen this fly before. A lovely orange with the reddest eyes!!!!

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Every now and then I find a native snail-shell. Occasionally see a snail but not one of these. I still haven’t identified which species of snail it is.

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One afternoon, the Spangled Drongos came in for a bath. The bath certainly makes a spangly Spangled Drongo!!!

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On a wetland right beside the Pacific Highway, a flock of Magpie Geese stopped over on their migration to rest and recharge. It was hard to get into a good position to get some photos as the shoulder of the Highway is very narrow there and I didn’t want to walk into the farmers over grown paddock either.

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A new addition to the neighbourhood has been circling overhead. The Square-tailed Kite also has decided to make a nest in a tree across the road. I didn’t see any babies and I think I may have missed them all together..

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The late afternoon light was good for a photo shoot.

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Another new comer to my garden was the Spectacled Monarch making number bird number 89 spotted or heard on my property.

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Meanwhile, at my besties place, the Noisy Friarbird was turning itself inside out trying to get the Noisy Miner to get away from the bird bath

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A Birds Eye View

I have always believed the eyes are the windows to the soul. But with birds and animals it appears to be different, sometimes I wonder if anyone is in there and at other times I can see the intent or what I perceive to be intent. What do you feel when looking into the eyes of a bird?

Some of these photos are small but the difference in the eye and the eye ring is quite distinctive.

I guess I’ll start with a Silver Eye –  a bird whose name is its feature.

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Galahs seem to have old eyes

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There are some birds who have a mask like appearance like this finch

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and this duck

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the Fig Bird’s red mask really stands out

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The Noisy Miner only has a small bit of eye decoration

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whereas the Blue Faced Honeyeater’s covers a lot of their head

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A Kookaburras eye is just among its feathers

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A King Parrots eye with a yellow ring stands out in its bright red head

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which is much the same for a Rainbow Lorikeet with a red circle in a sea of blue

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The Black Necked Stork is a spot of yellow in black

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The osprey has an alertness about it

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Many birds eyes have different colours like the Koel

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and White Headed Pigeon

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and Satin Bower Bird

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The Peaceful Dove has blue as well but it’s around the eye

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but sometimes they can look a bit sceptical

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Tawny Frogmouths eyes aren’t open much during the day and are quite squinty

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But the bird with a huge eye is the Pelican….a bit vacant but rather big nevertheless!!

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Thats the journey through the eyes of birds

Another day at the bird bath: Who splashes the most

I love watching the birds when they come in for a quick dip or a good long wash. Some just zip in for a quick wash while others really take bath time seriously. There are the birds who like to be alone when bathing, some make it a family affair but it is always a lot of splashing around.

The magpie just wanted to dive right in.

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And once he was in, he just tossed beakfuls of water all around.

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The Lewins Honeyeater liked a quick dip, a bit of a drip dry and then was off.

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The Spangled Drongo often just sits and waits before diving in.

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Inevitably someone else thinks its bath time as well, much to the Drongos disgust the Noisey Miner had bath time on its mind.

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The Wattlebird also tried to extend the Drongos bathtime by just diving right in.

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Usually the Wattlebird makes sure there isn’t anything in the water before venturing in.

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The Noisey Miners are some of the birds who like to make bath time a family affair.

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They just love to splash about.

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But the best of all the bird bath splashers would have to be the Eastern Whipbird. After a bath, he liked to have a good shake.

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But in the bird bath………

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The Eastern Whipbird, I think, is the best splasher in the birdbath…what about you?