Doves

The letter D. Four letter word. Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Best stick to one word Dove ‘cos I love photographing birds.

A Bar-shouldered Dove in the afternoon sun170914_letter d_bar shouldered dove

The Common Bronzewing Dove talking a stroll down my road.
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A Peaceful Dove having a nap
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A brightly coloured Emerald Dove hanging around at the bird bath.
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CFFC

This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
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Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
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Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
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The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
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At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
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In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
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The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
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One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
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The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
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I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
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A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
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The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
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I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
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I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
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I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
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I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
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This is the rest of the spike
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There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
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I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
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Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
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The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
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I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
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Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
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The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
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This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
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Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
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Love the colour of these flowers.
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Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
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The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
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One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
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I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
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One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
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Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.

Here is December so far

December has been quite warm to hot and I wish it would rain. The birds are coming into the garden for the watering places I have set out for them. The garden is getting drier but most of the plants are hanging on.

The Red-necked Wallabies are hanging around the house. Some have taken to the cool under the house or in the shade offered by the house and sheds.This bloke just hopped into the garden and lay down for a rest.

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The Pink Lilli Pilli had a fantastic flowering this year, and the insects and birds made the most of what was on offer. The bees were buzzing around and sampling the Lilli Pillis wares.

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I never get tired of watching Blue-banded Bees scrunch into the Blue Ginger flowers so their blue bums are on show.

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When the Crocus flower, the Stingless Native Bees come flying in the early morning when the flowers first open for the day. How much more pollen can a bee fit into its pollen sac?

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First off, I must apologise for the poor photo of this Planthopper. It was in the kitchen late one night and I have never seen one at my place before. It wouldn’t sit still enough to get a good photo. The black with stunning orange spots and those eyes!!!!

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On a hot day the Australian Painted Lady came onto the verandah. The colours are far more prominent than the other Australian Painted Lady butterflies I have found.

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The hanging pot bird bath, the subject of so many bird photos, also hosts insects as well as birds looking for a drink.

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Yes it is hot. The little White-throated Honeyeater does look he needs a drink doesn’t he?

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“Well George, do you come here often?”

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On a hot day, everyone has to share. The Scarlet Honeyeater and White-throated Honeyeater both enjoyed a drink.

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The female Scarlet Honeyeater thought it was a good time for a bath. A quick dunk in and out.

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Meanwhile at the other bird bath, the King Parrot enjoyed the bird bath to himself.

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At my besties bird bath, the birds who arrive in the afternoon for a quick bath and drink are different to the ones at my place, although the Eastern Yellow Robins are at my place too.

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A very fluffy Eastern Yellow Robin after a number of dives into the water.

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A view from the back shows the yellow feathers aren’t just on the chest of the Eastern Yellow Robin.

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The Eastern Whipbirds always look at their legs and feet when they get out of the water!!! Remember this blog

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The Red-browed Finches come to the bird bath in a large flock. Some have better eyebrows than others lol

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The Superb Fairy Wrens arrive at the same time as the Finches. They are such delightful birds.

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The males are so different to the females. I like the Jenny’s eye make-up.

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It’s the same with the Scarlet Honeyeaters. The females are so different.

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I think this one may be a juvenile male just starting to get his scarlet colours.

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Soon he will be as striking as this Scarlet Honeyeater male.

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Meanwhile, from high atop the gum tree, a Peaceful Dove watched what was going on in and around the chook yard.

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My poor Flame Tree gave it its best shot this year. The dry resulted in sparse flowers but the Little Friarbird still enjoyed what was on offer.

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The Satin Flycatcher likes to visit as you saw in my last blog. Here is his lady who was peeping out from the bushes.

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For the first time a gang of Grey-crowned Babblers came into the garden and had a quick snack in the fig tree. They are normally in the forest away from the house and in the semi-open country under the power lines. It was lovely to see them forage around the garden with their constant chatter..

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The last full moon, my bestie and I were lucky to be home to see the Moon Flower bloom. In the afternoon she said that the bud looked like it was ready to open so late that night we went into the garden to see this amazing flower.

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We used torch light to get the photos.

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The Moon Flower is so alien looking when you look deep inside the bloom.

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Thanks for stopping by and looking at what I have found this December. I love taking photos and sharing.

See you next year

Brian x

Flowers Birds Bugs and Snakes

This month has been quite a month of contrasts. I have been sitting here wondering where my rain has gone when all around rain has fallen. I am away and have rain and a diversity of stuff, whereas at home, the dryness has seen quite a few birds desert the property for better pickings. But still there are the ones who stick around for most of the year with an occasional drop in by a stranger.

This is a look back at the month and some of the discoveries that I have made as I wander about. Hope you enjoy this adventure walk around with me.

I have been peeking into flowers again. I love hippeastrums colours

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A vine that trails over a fence has flowered this year the first time for quite a while. I don’t know what it is but it has an interesting shape inside.

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The Crocus flowers have attracted the attention of the native bees who arrive in numbers. I like the one at the top of the photo, throwing a shadow on the petal, who is buzzing in at speed as though it was a bit late.

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As it seems we have moved onto the bees and bugs, we better continue. The Blue Banded Bees have been quite busy at my place and my besties. This bloke was very intent on the flowers.

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The Cassia flowers have been quite spectacular this year with the pendants of yellow dripping from the tree. The big bee who dropped in to do a bit of gathering would have been surprised with the thank you pat on the back from the flower.

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No matter the weather, there is always dragonfly flitting about or stopping to eye-ball what ever I am doing.

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One night, there was a constant high-pitched chirping from a cicada inside. After a bit of searching I found it hiding behind the curtain.

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While outside, a caterpillar was changing location to set up a better snoozing spot in its cocoon.

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This moth is always watching or so it hopes in order that’s what predators will think so it won’t end up as dinner.

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There has been some birds around. The Peaceful Doves are always around as they know in the afternoons I give the chooks some grains.

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The new comer to my garden was a Bar Shouldered Dove who was cooing from the bush for a few days before I saw him.

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It has been quite hot and the Spangled Drongo just sat in the shade of the tree hoping to catch a breeze.

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But in my besties garden, the Red Browed Finches has a great place to meet have a chat, a  bath and a drink.

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The Cormorant found a good perch above the dam to keep an eye out for fish and to dry off in the sun.

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At night the Flying Foxes came for the flowers of the Pink Bloodwood. Can you count the eyes peering out from the dark as they hang from the palm tree?

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It has been a year for snakes big and small. At my besties I saw a carpet snake high up in the mango tree. A knot of snake on a small branch.

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Whereas at my place late one night I had to rescue a chook from the deadly coils. A bit of a drive up the road in the morning to a safe place, I let it out of the bag. It looked bigger in the night.

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But it gave a cheeky grin and slithered off.

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The little Green Tree Snake was quite happy to scurry away at speed.

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We all enjoy a walk along the beach. Even an Osprey has to do it every now and then.

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Well like the tired old dog in Murwillumbah, it’s time to start the truck and head on home.

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Did you like a walk through my January?

brian