Getting Close

The theme from Terri: #Macro or Close-up Photography; Is there a difference?

I enjoy getting in close to our world, exploring the small details in nature. Here’s a few photos for your enjoyment.

Macro – The face of a fly
170711_blog challenge_bugs_yellow face fly

Macro – The miniature world of fungi and moss
170622_blog challenge_vision_moss_fungi

Close-up – Getting in close with an Ibis.
170913_blog challenge_texture_bandw_ibis

Close-up – with a Pelican
171228_blog challenge_white_pelican face

Macro – A rivet head on the Grafton Bridge
rust04_grafton bridge_named_august 2015

Close-up – the rust on a chain.
rust_chain1

Close-ups or Macros? What do you think?

 

From below

The word prompt from Nancy: From Below

I am often scouting the trees for birds so sometimes I get unusual aspects of birds.

This could be called heads and tails of Little Wattlebirds
171108_blog challenge_letter l_little wattlebirds

The Brown Pigeon was up high in the tree
180628_blog challenge_from below_brown pigeon.jpg

Not all have been in the trees though
180504_blog challenge_pelican_behind

Pelicans

Head on over for the One Word Photo Challenge: Pelicans

Looking at others photos of Pelicans, I didn’t know they were different to the Pelicans here. I have a couple of new photos never seen before.

Pelicans look so wonderful as the soar across the sky. Huge graceful birds
180504_blog challenge_pelican_flying

“I told you to get my best side”
180504_blog challenge_pelican_behind

 

This is April 2018

You will be pleased to know that this month I have been picky in choosing what to put on my April post. This is not a marathon so maybe you won’t need a drink and a snack to get to the end.

Let’s get going then.

It’s just a leaf I found.  I just love the colours.
leaf_named_binna burra_april 2018

There is a whole ecosystem on this fungi
fungi_ground_named_binna burra_april 2018

Down the hill from from the above fungi, a whole miniature forest was growing.
fungi_below_named_binna burra_april 2018

I love the sunsets and these grass seed heads.
grass seeds_sunset_named_binna burra_april 2018

More grass seed heads against the late afternoon sky. The camera knows how to lie as these aren’t very big.
grass seed_tree_sunset_named_binna burra_april 2018

One of my favourite garden flowers – Cats Whiskers
cats whiskers_named_binna burra_april 2018

I don’t know the name of this flower. We call it The Pink Thing. Bees love disappearing inside of the bell or where the flower joins the stalk.
pink trumpet flowert_named_binna burra_april 2018

The small flowers of the Bangalow Palm are waiting to burst out. The outer casing had fallen off early in the morning and the palm was full of buzzing bees.
bangalow palm flower buds_named_home_april 2018

Trying to get some bee photos I didn’t realise I have taken photos of little Dwarf Eastern Tree Frogs. I don’t know if they were hunting bees or other insects
bangalow palm flower buds_frog02_named_home_april 2018

I only found these two but I am sure there were many more among the hanging stalks.
bangalow palm flower buds_frog01_named_home_april 2018

The snail was having a good time exploring the leaf
snail_soft shell_named_binna burra_april 2018

I found an interesting looking Shield Insect walking along the electric fence tape.
beetle_named_binna burra_april 2018

The Caterpillar was quite disturbed at my presence as you can see the red warning bits shooting out. It certainly made short work of the small bush lemon tree’s leaves.
caterpillart_named_binna burra_april 2018

Just a bee getting some nectare and pollen from the Singapore Daisy flower.
bee_singapore daisy_named_binna burra_april 2018

In the Fan Palm, I saw a black shape.  Now I am sure I will be careful around the palm with Paper Wasps setting up a nest.
paper wasps_palm_named_home_april 2018

I think this is a Lemon Migrant Butterfly among the purple flowers.
lemon migrant butterflyy_named_binna burra_april 2018

I have lots of photos of Brown Ringlets but none taken from the underside. It was almost like a mother of pearl shining in the sunlight.
brown ringle_undert_named_binna burra_april 2018

The Orange Palm Dart flitted around the Pentas flowers.
orange palm dart01_named_home_april 2018

There is always someone who pokes their tongue out when a photo is being taken.
orange palm dart02_named_home_april 2018

I seemed to have an obsession in April with spiders webs. The sun glowing gave the web a golden sheen.
spiders web_gold_named_binna burra_april 2018

This web was damaged by the rain leaving little gems of water on the web.
spiders web_messy_named_binna burra_april 2018

Some webs were so traditional looking. The tiny spider sat waiting for someone to get snared.
spiders web_named_binna burra_april 2018

This is a first for me. An Eastern Curlew was walking about the Gulls and Terns.
eastern curlew_named_ballina_april 2018

Some Pelicans had a snooze while others got on with the washing.
pelicans_sandbar_named_ballina_april 2018

This bloke was a bit late but glided in to try and find a spot on the sand bar.
pelican_flying_named_ballina_april 2018

A Lewins Honeyeater was scanning the Fan Palm for something to eat.
lewins honeyeater_palm_named_home_april 2018

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters loved the bird bath on a warm Autumn day.
yellow faced honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_april 2018

After their bird bath, a couple of Red-browed Firetail Finches sat about doing their laundry.
red browed firetail finchs_named_binna burra_april 2018

This Red-browed Firetail Finch showed his firetail
red browed firetail finch_bird bath_binna burra_april 2018

A couple of Buff-rumped Thornbills contemplated going into the water
buff rumped thornbills_named_binna burra_april 2018

I am sure the Spangled Drongo was ignoring me.
spangled drongo_look back_named_binna burra_april 2018

I have been looking for Royal Spoonbills to photograph for ages. I spied a couple in a flooded park in the middle of Ballina. Not in a wetland as I expected but in town with cars whizzing by. A couple of people wondered what I was doing as they went past.
royal spoonbill_wading_named_ballina_april 2018

Don’t my orange eyebrows give me a certain something.
royal spoonbill_close_named_ballina_april 2018

I couldn’t not have a post without a photo of everyones favourite Northern Yellow Robin, our little regular garden visitor, Bobbin.
northern yellow robin_tree_named_binna burra_april 2018

Thanks for stopping by. Did you have a favourite or two?

This is January

January has been a month of hot weather a bit of rain but most of all the butterflies are around. The hot days have made the birds a bit scarce. Now the Summer flowers are out they’ll return. The rain over the past 5 days has seen a lot more smaller birds in the garden.

Ok lets get going. Another huge lot of photos so maybe your favourite drink you enjoy while looking at blogs may be in order again.

Perhaps some flowers and plants to get going. Isn’t the bark on this Australian Native Fig Tree wonderful
bark marking_named_ballina_jan 2018

The Red Tower Ginger flowers are looking after the garden
red tower ginger flower_named_binna burra_jan 2018

More red flowers are emerging
red flower_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The Blue Ginger buds are ready to burst
blue ginger buds_named_binna burra_jan 2018

I did find a bit of wood fungi in the forest
fungi_named_binna burra_jan 2018

I have never seem Macaranga flowers before. I am still not sure if they are flowers or buds
macaranga flower buds_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The flower buds are high in the canopy. When they open they are tubular white flowers which drop to the garden floor.
silk tree_flower buds_named_binna burra_jan 2018

A mixture of weeds. A Camphor Laurel leaf on a Cobblers Peg plant
weeds_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The Cunji are growing so well on the banks of the spring
cunji_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The spring is a lovely place to be on a hot day.
creek_named_binna burra_jan 2018

I discovered this Australian Native plant when I was mowing the front of my place. It is almost two meters tall, covered in white flowers which ants love.
austrailian native flower_named_home_jan 2018

Some bits and pieces
Holding the cattle yards together
fence fix_named_jackadgery_jan 2018

The trawler setting off in the afternoon to fish through the night
trawler going to sea_named_ballina_jan 2018

The rusty seat on the old tractor
rust_named_jackadgery_jan 2018

Reptiles I have found
The Geckos live in my house. This is the Gecko who lives in the hallway.
gecko_named_home_jan 2018

You never know who is sleeping on the verandah rafters.
carpet snake_verandah_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Such pretty markings
carpet snake_close_named_binna burra_jan 2018
Time for some birds
I didn’t know this bird as it flew about me. I have taken photos of Jacky Winter birds before. This is a young bird
jackie winter_named_jackadgery_jan 2018

The Lewins Honeyeaters are always on the look out for the grubs in the Poinciana tree
lewins honeyeater_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Late afternoon and the Pelicans are ready to sleep
pelicans_asleep_named_ballina_jan 2018

The Gulls are ready to annoy them.
pelican_seagull_named_ballina_jan 2018

The lovely Eastern Yellow Robin happy to be in the garden.
eastern yellow robin_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Found these native snails in the garden having a snooze.
snails_namewd_binna burra_jan 2018

The Cricket was happy to be taken outside
cricket_named_home_jan 2018

What would Summer be like without Dragonflies
dragonfly01_named_binna burra_jan 2018

I love their wing patterns
dragonfly02_named_binna burra_jan 2018

A grub in the Paperbark tree making track and holes all over the tree
lavae_paperbark tree_named_tweed heads_jan 2018

There was a migration of moths. We called this one a Fox Moth
fox moth_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The outside wings of the Meadow Argus are quite muted
meadow argus butterfly_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Inside is a different story
meadow argus_wings open_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The Wanderers are slowly coming back
wanderer butterfly_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Common Crows are everywhere at the moment
common crow_named_binna burra_jan 2018

A Common Ringlet about to take off
common ringlet_named_binna burra_jan 2018

There are so many butterflies with the word Common in front of their name. The Common Eggfly is a name that doesn’t do this butterfly justice.
common eggfly01_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Remember The Quest to photograph a Blue Triangle Butterfly. Well now I have two Blue Triangles. Aren’t their faces great
blue triangle butterflies_mating_named_binna burra_jan 2018

The Moon is up and about in the clouds
moon_cloud_named_ballina_jan 2018

The Sun is almost setting
sunset_early_named_binna burra_jan 2018

So it is time for me to finish off. Hope you have enjoyed my January.
sunset full_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Elevation

Join in with Debbie over at Travel with Intent with the word prompt: Elevation

Here is a my Elevations for the photo challenge

The Wattlebird has a good lookout in the coastal heath atop a Banksia
171210_blog challenge_elevation_wattlebird

Pelicans in the harbour will find anywhere to sit
171210_blog challenge_elevation_pelican

High in the Pine Tree, a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo surveys the best pine cones for dinner
171210_blog challenge_elevation_black cockatoo

This is October: Part Four

Of course Part Four would have to be the birds of October.

On the Queensland expedition we came across a huge flock of Cormorants and Pelicans on the edge of Somerset Dam.
birds_named_somerset dam qld_oct 2017

On a bit of a chilly day the Cormorants were a bit sleepy in Ballina.
cormorants sleeping_named_ballina_oct 2017

So were the Pelicans
pelicans sleeping_named_ballina_oct 2017

The Satin Bowerbird has been busy collecting his blue bits and pieces to decorate his Bower. This is the fifth year this Bower has been used in the bush at my place.
bowerbird bower_named_home_oct 2017

Of course who could forget Brendan the Bush Turkey. Here he is on his mound he has built for the females to lay their eggs in. The mound is about 2 meters tall. Brendan does a great job of raking the leaves.
brendan_mound_named_binna burra_oct 2017

A Figbird sits high on a branch keeping an eye on the goings on in the garden.
figbird_named_home_oct 2017

The Laughing Kookaburra was on the other side of the garden.
kookaburra_named_home_oct 2017 (2)

This bloke is more of a smiling Kookaburra don’t you think? He likes the sitting branch which is the most popular in the garden.
kookaburra_named_home_oct 2017

The Eastern Whipbird sends his call down the gully This is what a whip bird sounds like here
eastern whipbird_calling_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The Pied Currawong was always around the garden.
pied currawong91_named_home_oct 2017

This branch is a favourite sitting spot in the garden.
pied currawong02_named_home_oct 2017

The Pied Currawong is sitting on the eggs in the nest at my besties place.
pied currawong_nest_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The Noisy Friarbird on the famous sitting branch
noisy friarbird_named_home_oct 2017

Another stand off in the Honey Gem Grevillea between the Blue-faced Honeyeaters and the Noisy Friarbird. Check out the fight here from last year
blue faced honeyeaters_noisy friarbird_named_home_oct 2017

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater was wondering what the fuss was all about.
yellow faced honeyeater_named_home_oct 2017

Check out my pink feet said the White Headed Pigeon.
white headed pigeon_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The King Parrot having a snack of wattle seeds.
king parrot_named_home_oct 2017

The Eastern Rosella high in the old Fig Tree wondering what I am doing.
eastern rosella_named_binna burra_oct 2017

The Olive-backed Oriel took his turn in the bird bath.
olive backed oriel_bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

There was a Rainbow Lorikeet queue at the bird bath.
rainbow lorikeets_bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

“Hey Stan……are you in there?”
rainbow lorikeet_looking in bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

“What do you want?”
rainbow lorikeet_in bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

Well that’s the end of This is October. I hope you got through the Four Parts.

Birds. Bugs, Flowers and Things

I love it when I have a mixed lot of photos I have taken. This blog does contain a lot of birds and things that have been previously in past blogs but they keep doing things that are different or I just like the photo and hope you do too. There is one photo that has something different from the usual photos, can you spot it?

The weather over winter and early spring has been dry with some hot days and some windy days. Since 1 August to end of October there only a couple of days where there was good rainfall, but only 14 days of rain over 3 months. Some of the flowering plants have enjoyed the dry. This year the bottlebrushes and paperbarks have had the best flowering ever.

One of the things I like to photograph is when I can see faces in things. These are a couple I have seen lately. Can you see the faces too? The first on was taken at the beach during a walk after a North Coast Landcare get together.

Can you see a dog?

dog-rock_named_coffs-harbour_oct-2016

Sometimes the faces can seem rather scary. I had a feeling that someone was watching me.

tree-face_named_-sept-2016

The Red-necked Wallabies have had a bumper Joey season this year, so it may indicate that the grass in the paddocks will soon turn green and there will be a good summer. These two were eating beside the veranda where there are patches of feed. The Joey may be too big for the pouch but still likes to get a drink from Mum.

red-necked-wallabies_named_home_oct-2016

One plant that has had a fabulous flowering this year has been the Native Frangipanni. The birds and insects are always around the tree in the early morning and late evening.

native-frangapanni_named_home_oct-2016

My besties garden always has flowers as the rainfall there is much better than at my place. I love the way that this flower seems to explode towards you.

flower_named_binna-burra_oct-2016

The colours of this small flower are stunning adding a splash of colour throughout the garden.

flower02_named_binna-burra_oct-2016

My hanging pot of bromeliads have never had so many of these striking red flowers. I counted six flowers around the hanging pot. Yes that is a bird’s nest I found on the ground and was placed in the pot.

bromiliad-red-flowers_named_home_oct-2016

I wanted a few flowers around and planted some Alyssum seeds and they all came up giving cascades of white flowers from the many pots they were planted in. There were bees and this Hover Fly (I think) buzzing around. What a golden coloured fly!!!

hover-fly_named_home_oct-2106

Other visitors to the Alyssum flowers were small butterflies. I managed to get a photo of the Ochre Butterfly before is zoomed off to another flower in the garden.

ochre_named_home_oct-2016

You can see how dry the ground was when I took a photo of a Meadow Argus. They prefer to land on the ground. The underside of their wings seem fluffy and dull…..

meadow-argus02_named_home_oct-2016

….but the inside wings are very colourful.

meadow-argus03_named_home_oct-2016

In late October the Caper White Butterflies started to fly through my place on their migration to SE Queensland. They have been constantly been in the garden since then. The Pentas is a great butterfly attracting bush.

caper-white-butterfly05_named_home_oct-2016

While walking around Grafton we spied some bee activity around a large Camphor Laurel. I am glad they were too busy to notice me trying to get some photos. When we went back a couple of weeks later there weren’t many bees around at all. Sadly I suspect the Council may have sprayed the nest.

bee-hive_named_grafton_oct-2016

The coming of warm days brings out the insects. There are a good number of varieties of flys at the moment. This brown fly spent some time walking around the rim of the jug on the window sill.

fly_named_home_oct-2016

While this insect preferred the window to walk about.

insect_named_home_sept-2016

The garden also has its share of insects and bugs. I love the colours on this beetle, don’t you?.

insect_named_binna-burra_oct-2016

The Dragonflies are swooping around the garden and the dams. This is the blue variety. I  think will do a blog just on Dragonflies as I have some other varieties.

dragonfly_named_home_oct-2016

I just had to include another White-throated Honeyeater and the hanging watering come small bird birdbath pot. He looks to be saying “Ok mate, where’s my water!!!”

white-throated-honeyeater_named_home_oct-2016

On the walk along the beach I spotted some birds sitting on some rock off the shore. The Pied Cormorants were doing their washing.

cormorants_named_coffs-harbour_oct-2016

Here is bird number 91 I have identified on my place. (I say “I” but has been a team effort from lots of people in my network.) The Common Bronzewing was just strolling along but I managed to get a not very good photo.

common-bronzewing_named_home_oct-2016

Back at the beach walk, on the way down to the beach through the dune I saw a New Holland Honeyeater gathering material for the nest.I’m sure the spider didn’t mind a bit of web taken.

new-holland-honeyeater_named_coffs-harbour_oct-2016

Isn’t it funny how birds can have their heads looking back. The Brown Pigeon was certainly keeping an eye on me.

brown-oigeon_named_binna-burra_oct-2016

Amongst the vegetation, chit chatting away the Eastern Whipbird foraged for insects. Their distinctive whip crack call (from You Tube by Linda Hansbauer) many people know but when they are on the ground bustling about the have an insane cackle going on.

eastern-whip-bird_named_binna-burra_oct-2016

The most elusive bird at my besties is the Green Catbird and I am always excited when I find a Catbird amongst the foliage.

cat-bird_named_binna-burra_oct-2016

In Spring, the Figbirds arrive at my place. Late one afternoon I found this pair cosying up for the night among the branches of the fig tree.

figbirds_named_home_oct-2016

Of course you have seen lots of Blue-faced Honeyeaters on the Honey Gem Grevillea in my previous blogs but the way they can have a snack upside down always fascinates me.

blue-faced-honeyeater_named_home_oct-2016

The Yellow-faced Honeyeater is contemplating the first flower on a Grevillea I planted a few years ago. I will have to try to find out the name of this Grevillea.

yellow-faced-honeyeater_named_home_oct-2016

The Tawny Frogmouth (or it may be a Marbled Frogmouth) has the most basic of nests. Just a few twigs thrown onto a flattish spot in a tree. This bird hatched two babies.

tawny-frogmouth_named_binna-burra_oct-2016

Late in the evening, a walk along the shore at Ballina saw many pelicans coming in to roost. First stopping on the light post to make sure the fishermen weren’t cleaning their catch. It’s almost time to go….

pelican_named_ballina_sept-2016

…..the moon is up casting a glow so I must be off. See you next time.

moon_named_oct-2016

Birds, bugs and things in April

As you know I love to get about when I can, discovering new things or rediscovering stuff. I love living in a bio-diverse region where the trip to the mountains or to the coast always sends a surprise encounter. Over the month so far I have seen so many wonderful things this world has, sometimes it may just be something that I saw that I found to be wonderous whereas others have just walked by probably thinking what the hell is that bloke doing with that camera.

So…..this wander through my days I hope fills you with a bit of love for our nature and environment in which we inhabit as it does for me.

I do find butterflies amazing creatures, as you probably have noticed as a lot of my blogs seem to have a butterfly or two. This small butterfly, about 17mm in size, has been whizzing around my besties garden and mine as well –  a Small Green-banded Blue butterfly.

small green-banded blue butterfly_named_binna burra_april 2015

I was wading through the water at Taylor Lagoon when all bout there were dragonflies zipping here, zipping there on their mission to do…..waht do dragonflies do when they zip about like that. Well after a while some settled on the sticks poking out of the water. Their irridecence was amazing to see. Unfortunately the dragonfly isn’t quite in focus but I love the effect of the water, don’t you?

dragonfly_blue_named_broken head_april 2015

This dragonfly has a great grip on the stick.

dragonfly_yellow_named_broken head_april 2015

While wading in the shallows I looked at the water and the reflections of the over-hanging bottlebrush and sedges around the edge. I think it was facinating the way the image always changed as the water rippled and moved with the wind. This photo was my favourite of the couple I took.

water patterns_named_broken head_april 2015

The shadow of the tree looked like it was walking across the rock face. What do you see?

shadow on rock_named_broken head_april 2015

I love the contrast of colours, the shadows and where the rock landed (or was put by my bestie lol)

rock colours_named_broken head_april 2015

Shells. I love seeing the shells and stuff that is on the beach. The light shining through the shell caught my eye form a distance.

shell_named_broken head_april 2015

I wonder how the small creatures can survive when the tide is out or is it how do they survive when the tide is in? This one found a nice little niche in the rocks. Aren’t the colours subtle but striking at the same time?

snail shell_named_broken head_april 2015

The number of tiny sand balls that were spread all along the shore was incredible. Some of the patterns made were so artistic.

sand ball_crab_named_broken head_april 2015

And here is the little bloke who spend a large amount of its life making those tiny sand balls.

sand crab_named_broken head_april 2015

“OK fella…..how about a bit of privacy. I didn’t come down to the beach to sit in the shade of my lovely green umbrella just to have you come along taking your photos….”

umbrella_seagull_named_broken head_april 2015

“If you are going to hang around with that camera, I’m off….”

seagull going_named_broken head_april 2015

As I was walking along the shore, all of a sudden there was a whoosh and a couple of Pelicans came flying along looking for a place to land. They are so big up close.

pelican_named_broken head_april 2015

As we walked along the beach, we were discussing how we hadn’t seen any White-bellied Sea Eagles or Brahminy Kites, which are nearly always here. All of a sudden, at the other end of the beach, there was a commotion with Seagulls wheeling about and then appeared the Sea Eagle with a fish. Even with the lens at full stretch they were still a long way a way.

sea eagle02_named_broken head_april 2015

Here is a close up as best as I could manage. The image is heavily cropped just to show the size of the fish.

sea eagle_fish_named_broken head_april 2015

There was also another White-bellied Sea Eagle just soaring around the sky looking for it’s own fish.

sea eagle01_named_broken head_april 2015

Meanwhile at the waters edge, a group of Crested Terns were having a bath and preening themselves trying to get their “hair” in order.

terns01_named_broken head_april 2015

I have no idea what this plant is but the spots of white among the rocks certainly stood out.

white flowers_named_broken head_april 2015

Even the Eastern Spinebill was too heavy for the Pentas making hanging on a bit of a chore.

eastern spine bill_named_binna burra_june 2014

The Whipbirds are always pocking around in the garden, flicking over leaves and bits of bark to try and find some insects and bugs to snack on.

whipbird_named_binna burra_june 2014

Over the past few weeks the Eastern Yellow Robins have seemed to appear in numbers in the garden. This one was sitting out front on the warm gravel early one morning. They are such sweet little birds.

yellow robin_named_home_april 2015

Heading into town early one misty morning, I spotted this Black-necked Stork (I really prefer Jabiru) stalking about the small pond where the “Tyre Turtle” lives. It was one of a pair. The other one was further back in the paddock in the ffog.

black-necked stork02_named_grafton_april 2015

Aren’t the colours great. I never noticed their red cap before either.

black-necked stork03_named_grafton_april 2015

The Water Dragon has set up home in my besties garden. Such a lovely prehistoric looking creature.

water dragon02_named_binna burra_april 2014

But they still enjoy a good laugh. Not really. He really enjoys a few bits of apple. The inside of his mouth is so pink.

water dragon01_named_binna burra_april 2015

That’s the end of what I have found in April so far. Hope you enjoyed seeing what I have seen.