Quest

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Quest

I have always liked the idea of a quest probably from reading King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as a youngster.
Over the years I have set myself a number of quests. These quests involve getting a photo of something I have seen but never able to get any good photos. I have written about one such Quest
I take my self imposed quests quite seriously, much to the bemusement of my bestie who sometimes won’t stop the car when I see what could be an opportunity or calls out when we are going out “What are you doing?” Most times I am ready to go but just outside chasing butterflies, dragonflies, stalking a bird or getting that perfect shot of a flower.

Here are some of my quest conquests.

A Blue Triangle Butterfly. They don’t land that often and have an erratic flight.
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A Royal Spoonbill. I have a few photos but never seemed to be able to get close enough for a good photo.
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Rainbow Bee-eaters. Always on the move, never settling for long.
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Catching that Bee in flight
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The featured photo. Always trying to get birds in flight. An ongoing quest.

 

Birds

Welcome back Bren with a theme for the Photo for the Week Challenge: Birds

Instead of having a bird overload I decided just to play with a photo to make things a bit different than my usual stock standard bird photo.

There is a road we drive along where we take in the scenery and hope there will be something special along the way. One particular drive, around a bend something colourful flashed in front of the car and landed on a barbed wire fence just beside car. It was a couple of Rainbow Bee-eaters. Beautiful little birds.

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This is October 2018

OK folks strap yourself in for this ride. You will need stamina, food, drinks and a possible toilet break as I have been unrelenting in snapping away with all manner of things. I was going to break the photos down into subject groups in separate posts, but I thought “What the heck, you can scroll through at your own pace.”

What better way to start the day (or post) than with a sunrise from my besties new place
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Let’s start with things. I don’t know what to call this bunch of photos as they are different. Enough talk. Off we go!

I found these gelatinous blobs on the beach, hundreds of them. Perhaps baby jelly fish?
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When you see a land form that resembles something else
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The planes have been showing themselves a bit in October.
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Just love these rock cliff, the colours and again, can you see a face?
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The moss gave the tree a bit of a dress with a vine for dramatic effect.
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More moss. This time at the waters edge at the beachmoss_rocks_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The rock pool took on an ethereal mood
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Just the shelf at my besties place
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When I put on this lamp, I just had to take the photo. Another shelf at my besties
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October saw the rain come. This dam, I use the water around the house and garden, was about one-eighth full. Seeing the water flow into the dam cured my blues.
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The waterhole on my place never is dry but came very close this year. Seeing it full again made me happy. I think the birds and animals are pleased as well
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Waterfalls make such a soothing sound don’t you think? Even little waterfalls that help fill the waterhole.
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Of course a bit of rain and sunshine brings out the fungifungi_named_home_oct 2018

Fungi of all shapes and colours. Some big….
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…some small
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and some are ediblemushroom_named_caniaba_oct 2018

I love Grass Trees. These are at a place called Naughtons Gap. They are bigger than some of the Grass Trees on my place.
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A wonderful discovery was a whole street in Grafton lined with Bottle Trees. This will be investigated as to why and how and perhaps a bushboy post about the history of the Bottle Trees in Grafton may evolve.bottle tree_named_grafton_oct 2018

The early morning dew and spiders webs. I can’t resist
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Sitting having a cup of tea with my bestie when a large Skink wandered about the garden. Wonderful markings aren’t they?
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Would you believe that this tree is called a Cheese Tree?cheese tree_fruit_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

Just an ant having a swim. He did get out eventually.
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The flower and a bee. The flower is on what is called a broad leaf weed which is supposed to be undesirable in a lawn. Look at the bees pollen sacks. I don’t think the bee would be as happy if the “weed” wasn’t there. Think before you mow please.
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Just a feather
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and another
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The Forest Kingfishers have arrived. The male looked about for anything that moved in the grass or the garden.
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The colours on his back are lovely.
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This photo shows a bit more of the iridescence
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Galahs are funny birds. This bloke is sitting on the stock trough on next doors place at my besties
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It’s a bit of a way down to get a drink.
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Another arrival in Spring are the Grey Shrike Thrush. They are in the trees around the garden and sing in the morning and in the afternoons. What a delight to have in my garden.
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The Pied Currawong didn’t mind a bit of rain.
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Doesn’t he look great. The black with the red of the Flame Treepied currawong_flame tree_named_home_oct 2018

The Fig Bird was spotted eating Mulberries
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So was his mate
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A Coucal Pheasant came for a visit and sat high in the Gum Tree.coucal pheasant_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Later on, I think he was checking me out through the undergrowth.
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Another October visitor, a Brown Honeyeater
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He soon found the bird bathbrown honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_oct 2018

The Blue-faced Honeyeaters have arrived in numbers to feast on the Honey Gem Grevillea
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The female Blue-faced Honeyeaters also drop in for a snackblue faced honeyeater_honey gem_female_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

Remember the post about the Post where the Noisy Friar Bird was chased away by the Spangled Drongo. Here Rainbow Lorikeets get a serve from the Friar Bird. A bit of a peck to the head.
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The Rainbow Lorikeets were a bit bemused by all the carry on.
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A female Satin Bowerbird enjoyed the nectar in the Yamba Sunshine Grevillea.
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But like everyone else, the Honey Gem Grevillea is the best place to get a meal.satin bower bird_female_honey gem_named_home_oct 2018

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters seem to have a constant scowl on their faces.
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I think this Yellow-faced Honeyeater spotted me and my camerayellow faced honeyeater_named_home_oct 2018
The gravity defying White-throated Treecreeper taken from the comfort of the chair in my officewhite throated treecreeper_named_home_oct 2018

They are lovely as they hop up and down the trees looking for something to eat.
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Another photo from my office chair. I call this one, “I can see what you are doing” is what the King Parrot is saying.
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A young King Parrot morphing into a maleking parrot_young_named_home_oct 2018

Getting a good Eastern Rosella photo quest continues
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Out for a drive, we spotted a smallish bird run across the road and into a paddock. A new bird has been seen, an Australasian Pipit.
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On another adventure drive, we spotted flashes of green zooming across the road. A flock of Rainbow Bee Eaters were hanging about. This is a breeding pair
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Aren’t the males colours amazing?
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You may wonder why we are back at a couple of young King Parrots. I thought it was lovely to have them sitting on a hanging pot under the verandah, until I spotted what they were doing
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Yes, these “lovely” young birds had eaten half of the succulents in the pot. All around the pot, the succulent trailed over the edge. Can you see the bit trailing over the edge now. This hanging pot is no longer hanging where pesky King Parrots can get at it.
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Water drops and new growth
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I love the colour of this Succulent. Was tempted to pinch a leaf or twosucculent_named_caniaba_oct 2018

I love the colours in this photo of a Hanging Violet with red in the background
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A lovely Native Geranium growing in the “lawn” Another reason not to mow
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Pansies, pansies, pansiespansies1_named_caniaba_oct 2018
and more Pansiespansies2_named_caniaba_oct 2018
This year the Silky Oaks flowering was spectacularsilky oak_grevilea_named_caniaba_oct 2018

A flower of a Succulent
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The Budlea flower spike wonderful and smells delightful
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Some of the Roses looked a treat this year
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A pink Bottlebrush flowerbottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The native water lillies on my dam. Water Snowflake
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The rain knocked a lot of the flowers off the Flame Tree. The little cups filled with water
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Some native flowers that grow on my place. This yellow beauty is Dogwood
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I think this native flower is a Hairy Guinea Flowerflower_native_yellow_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

I have been encouraging a lot of Egg and Bacon plant to grow on one part of my property. It’s spikey habit is good for protecting small birds when it is in a fairly dense thicket
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Plus the flowers are lovely. You can see the sharp points in the leavesegg and bacon_flower_named_home_oct 2018

A small pink Grevillea.
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My besties flower beds are looking great
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and yet more flowersflowers_pink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
This flower has caused great excitement for me. This is the first time I have seen a Hakea Florulenta on my property.hakea florulenta_stem_named_home_oct 2018

Aren’t the tiny flowers delightful?
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The early morning fog gives a sense of wonder to start the day
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Of course when it rains, you also find rainbows. This one had a faint double above.rainbow_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Well, the sun is setting and you have reached the end. Well done for sticking around to get to the end and thanks for having a look at my October 2018
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Did you have a favourite photo?

Up in the Tree

The word prompt from the Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: Look up

Out for a walk I saw a sudden bright flash in the sky. Trying to find whatever it was, I Looked up high into the grand Ironbark tree at the entrance to my place. There do you see the little bird?
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It is a Rainbow Bee-eater taking in the sights from high among the leaves.
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The photos don’t show what a lovely little bird the Rainbow Bee-eater is so I put a better photo in the header

Birds in Black and White

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge : Birds

One day I was looking at some of my bird photos. One in particular was of a heron standing in a tree in my backyard with the sun behind. The silhouette wasn’t that clear, so I set about changing the white areas to very white and the bird and tree to black.
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Of course this started a series of converting colour photos to grey-scale so I could hand colour what I wanted. You can see at the very top of the Rainbow Bee Eater below where I missed a small amount of the white.

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When I print these and frame them I didn’t need a frame around the photo. On a blog post the white does disappear and the edges are gone. The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo just flies around the page.
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This one, a New Holland Honeyeater on a Banksia, was the most difficult  but worth the effort don’t you think? silhouette-blog_wattlebird
The Golden Whistler singing among the many branches was also a bit fiddly. I left a little bit of his yellow on his throat but didn’t make it white as something different to the others silhouette_blog_whistler

Writing the post wasn’t easy either as I added all the photos in one go and had to find the spaces to write. I thought about doing borders for this post. Do you think I should have put borders on the photos?

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rain or Rainbows

The rain on the window from the 75th floor overlooking Sydney Harbour

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A close look at the rain on the window
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What could be more rainbow than a bird bath of Rainbow Lorikeets?
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Looking at you
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Or a tree with Rainbow Bee Eatersrainbow-bee-eaters01_named_home_aug-2016

Or just a double rainbow
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This is a bit more dramatic from my bushboy YouTube channel

More great rain inspired photos at Cees

CFFC

Rainbow Bee Eaters

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The letter R, needs to start with R and have at least 6 letters.

I have some Rainbow Bee Eaters for you

One of my handmade silhouettes
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Just looking around
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Showing my colours
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A bit ruffled after a quick dip
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Everyone enjoying the afternoon sun
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CFFC

Silhouettes

A few years ago I looked at some of my photos and thought they would be good as silhouettes. I remade some of the best ones that I thought would be good to frame and sell at hand-made markets or other markets that abound here on the north coast of NSW. I only managed to get a stall at a couple of markets, no where near as many as I would have liked to attend, over the past year or two.

There has been some good sales and some where not one photo sold. Perhaps this year I may get to more markets as a stallholder and see if anyone enjoys my photos.

I don’t just convert from colour to black and white, in some cases I have taken the photo in monochrome, I actually trace around the photo to get a bit of a better definition. This takes time and sometimes I think I have spent more time than necessary but I enjoy doing the work.

This first silhouette is the photo that I took that started the process. I came home late in the afternoon and as I drove down the driveway, I disturbed the White-faced Heron on the dam who flew onto a branch near the house. I was just getting excited in capturing birds with my new digital camera, this was an ideal opportunity. The original photo late in the afternoon was almost in black and white with the sky blue and the Heron without any detail, just a dark image. The bark of the Yellow Stringybark was a challenge!!!

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I have always like to outline of birds against the sky. An Osprey wheeling above the water looking for a fish provided a nice silhouette.

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The Cormorant sitting on a branch on the edge of the dam also looking for a fish or yabbie obliged by sitting still for quite some time.

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The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos with their almost slow-motion flying as they flew overhead to their roost for the night were a delight to watch and photograph. The wing tips were hard to get right.

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The New Holland Honeyeater sitting atop of a Banksia isn’t really a silhouette but the conversion into black and white was so striking that I decided to leave it as a monochrome. I included this one in my silhouette series as it is a popular photo at the markets.

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Some birds are so distinctive in their shape, they are just right for silhouettes. Even a brightly coloured Rainbow Bee Eater is recognisable in black and white.

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As is a Spangled Drongo.

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The Golden Whistler photo has taken me the most time to convert into a silhouette. I didn’t realise that when there are branches in the background that they are ever so slightly out of focus and need a lot of attention. I even left a small patch of the bright yellow colour on the neck as neither black or white to add a bit of definition of this wonderful small bird.

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I have posted lots of brightly coloured birds on my blogs over the years. I hope you have enjoyed something different.

Spring brings life

Spring has begun and is almost over so I better get going and post some of my world in spring so far. There has been a lot happening, too many photos to sort through and making time to write, sort, edit and get it out!!!!

My old friend a few properties down the street is no longer able to care for himself and has gone into a care facility. His garden has been a source of inspiration and his help has made my garden a better place. He was always coming with bulbs, seeds or cuttings some of which have survived the dry periods and some just reappear much to my amazement.

This Iris was one of the first things I saw as I visited him before he left. A stunning splash of purple.

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Of course it attracted the native stingless bees

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The Grevilleas begin to bud at the start of spring. They don’t look as spectacular as the flowers but have a certain furry interest……

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….and then they bloom into the most fantastic flower displaying many hues and colours.

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The Honey Gem attracts so many birds to my garden but when you look closely you find some of the smaller creatures in my garden.

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Throughout the bush around my place, the yellows and oranges of the Jacksonias splash colour into the bush.

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I love the tiny native flowers that appear throughout the bush. This tiny yellow flower is about 10mm in diameter.

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Another tiny native that has the most hairy leaves.

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I am amazed that the lichen has regenerated from what looked like a dead blob in the grass. A small amount of rain bought it to life.

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This is part of my “front lawn” I don’t have much grass and what is here is native grasses. I rarely cut the grass as there are so many tiny flowers that either grow at ground level or are on small stalks. This moss has gone to seed or is it the flowers?

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Come spring everyone wakes up. Some like to prowl around the garden and “back yard” looking for things to eat. This bloke was looking for my chooks eggs!!!

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One day coming home from town, there was a raucous noise and the sky suddenly was dotted with a huge flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. This year there has seemed to be lots of them around. Sometimes in large flock or in just a few, screeching as they wheel about the sky.

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I spent ages by the side of the road watching the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos argue of the best perch and change trees to find something to eat. Their aerobatics are superb don’t you think?

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I am the boss of this tree and can see for kilometers.

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Ahh….there is nothing as good as a pine cone.

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Heralding in the morning, Kookaburras fill the air with their call. I love the bit of blue on their wings.

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The beautiful call of the Grey Shrike Thrush is such a pleasant change from the usual suspects, Friarbirds, Blue-faced Honeyeaters and Ravens.

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At my besties, the Emerald doves pop in for a quick drink from the bird bath. THe shimmer of green is eye-catching as they move through the bush.

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A rare visitor to my road were these Crimson Rosellas. The bloke up the road put out feed for his horses and a flock of Rosellas dropped in for lunch.

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Their colours are very striking. The red can be seen from a distance s they jumped about among the horses.

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On a walk up the road, I found a Blue-faced Honeyeaters nest. As I was watching it became change over time.

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A keen eye was kept on me before he settled onto the nest.

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The best part was the Rainbow Bee Eaters as they swooped around. I played around with my photo program to see if I could get a different effect.

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Thanks for hanging out with me for a while.