Feathers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

When thinking about this photo challenge I was flooded with so many ideas, funnily enough, I seem to have lots of feathers in my folders.
But my thoughts turned to where all this photo challenge started. One day in 2014 I received a comment asking about my post. I started chatting with Yvette from https://priorhouse.blog/  who encouraged me to enter photo challenges.
You may wonder what this has to do with feathers I guess. The post that Yvette found was My Rooster

Yvette asked if she could link my post to her post Of course I said yes. From this, I met Paula who also encouraged me to enter photo challenges. Yes these two are responsible for my addiction to photo challenges.

OK on to the feathers of Flaming Prince who is no longer with us but his memory lives on in bushboys world

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This is April 2019

Well hello and welcome to my world in April. What started out as an uninspired photography month suddenly came alive at the end. I was thinking that I would have to tell you that a quick flick and scroll was all that was needed earlier in April. I have included a number of photos of the same subject as I couldn’t pick the one that satisfied my desire to give you something that was a wow or hmmmm that’s interesting.

A lack of rain at the beginning of the month probably assisted my malaise and desire to get out and about.  With a lack of rain also brings about a lack of insects, birds and the garden suffered. I did a bit of travelling around so there is some things I found from other parts of New South Wales.

I have put some of the April finds in other blogs. Some are repeated here but I have excluded others to make your checking out a bit less time consuming. So I do recommend a good cuppa or drink of choice as a lot of you are either sitting up late or just having breakfast. This is what makes blogging so good that you may be in any part of this world and I can show you a bit of mine. Enough blah blah blah, let’s get going if you are ready.

May as well start at sunrise
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One foggy morning while at a friends place in Springwood, the sounds of a helicopter broke the morning silence.helicopter_fog_named_springwood_april 2019
We are going to stay in Springwood for a while. We went to the Norman Lindsay Gallery and studio. The grounds were full of sculptures including these ones. Norman Lindsay wrote a book called the Magic Pudding in 1918 The story is about a pudding no matter how often it is eaten, always reforms in order to be eaten again. This is Albert, the Magic Pudding.magic_pudding_lindsay_gallery_named_springwood_april 2019

Bunyip Bluegum, the Koala, and Benjamin Brandysnap plus Sam Sawnoff and other animals and people who own the pudding have to defend the pudding from being stolen by Pudding Thieves who want it for them selves
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Part of one of the sculpture/fountains
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My friends garden is quite spectacular. There were some butterflies like the Blue Triangle Butterfly who is a bit ragged resting on a Zinnia.blue_triangle_butterfly_flower_named_springwood_april 2019
It did rain a bit while we were there putting water droplets on the Pelargonium geranium_pink_water_drops_named_springwood_april 2019
An Eastern Spinebill enjoyed the Grevilleas
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So did the New Holland Honeyeater. A very striking bird.new holland honeyearter_front_grevillea_named_springwood_april 2019
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I really like this capture so in it came.new holland honeyearter_grevillea_named_springwood_april 2019

The cooler weather of the mountains hadn’t quite began so the fungi were still about
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I like Hydrangeas. This was a small flower head but has delicate colours. hydrangea_blue_lindsay_garden_named_springwood_april 2019

Now for a bit of the flowers at my place as the sporadic rain over the past couple weeks bought out some Autumn flowers, like this Camellia
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This red Hibiscus is from a cutting of my childhood home, one of my Mothers favourites.flower_hibiscus_named_home_jackadgery_april 2019
All around the garden Impatiens self seed and they pop up in many placesflower_impatients_named_home_jackadgery_april 2019
Over at my besties place the Zinnias are a riot of colourflowers_zinneas_pink_red_named_caniaba_april 2019
The Echinacea had it’s petals eaten by a grasshopper probably but the centre caught my eye.flowers_echinacea_pink_orange_centre_named_caniaba_april 2019
A post with flowers would be the same without Pentas flowers and a Blue-banded Beeblue_banded_bee_flower_pentas_pink_pollinate_named_caniaba_april 2019
Bees aren’t the only pollinator. A beautiful iridescent fly helps a Zinnia along flower_zinnea_fly_pollinate_named_caniaba_april 2019
At The Channon Markets (a Which Way a while ago) a stall had Pitcher plantspitcher_plants_green_named_the channon_markets_april 2019

in all manner of colour and shape
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While on the way home from the markets, we stopped off at Rocky Creek Dam (a Silent Sunday post and the Featured Image taken with my phone) where the water lillies looked fabulous
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I loved their reflectionswater_lily_flower_purple_reflection_named_rocky_creek_dam_april 2019

While we are around the water, A Broad-palmed Rocket Frog likes to hang around the pot plants on my front verandah
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I am not sure what this small flower is. It was growing on the small dune at the beach.flower_pigface_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
My besties Red Eucalypt is starting to flower possibly a Corymbia ficifolia.eucalypt_flower_buds_red_named_caniaba_april 2019
While at the beach last weekend, yes a almost Summers day in Autumn around 28C, I came across some Small Grass Yellow Butterfliesbutterfly_small_grass_yellow_named_broadwater_beach_april 2019

While we are at the beach, here are some views. We climbed among the dunes to get to Broadwater Beach. In the distance, looking south,  is Chinamans Beach where we often go.
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The north view. The disappointing thing is the wheel tracks made by (*insert appropriate word) people who drive their stupid four wheel drive oversized pieces of junk along this beach. As you enter the walking track, there is a sign that tells you that there are protected birds who nest on the sand plus the other creatures who live in the sand, crabs plus other microscopic beings and that us walkers don’t disturb the ecology but these dickheads barge their way along the sand. Look how deep those wheel tracks are!!! Sorry please enjoy the view.broadwater_beach_north_named_april 2019
The seas were quite big. This rocky part of the headland at Boulder Beach is about 4-5 meters high. wave_before_splash_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
Can you see it now!!!wave_splash_named_boulder_beach_april 2019
One of my favourite photos is Pelicans on the light poles. The bridge has four sets of lights and every one has Pelicans. The best spot is on the light itself where a boss male sits. Further towards the bendy end is a juvenile Pelican.pelicans_light_pole_named_evans_head_april 2019

Upstream of the bridge, a couple of Pied Oystercatchers sat on the sand bar.
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A Silver Gull was keeping an eye on the picnickers in the park in case a chip dropped onto the groundsilver_gull_named_lennox_head_april 2019
A White-faced Heron came to Chinamans Beach looking for a seafood dinnerwhite_faced_heron_named_chinamans_beach_april 2019

I loved finding the Sooty Oystercatchers at the beach. A post with more photos of Sooty Oystercatchers here in case you missed it.
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I am not sure if it was the same White-faced Heron at Boulder Beach too.
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The White-faced Heron and Sooty Oystercatcher didn’t get along and avoided each other.
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The cliff face at Boulder Beach has what could be Ironstone in it. It certainly looked rusty
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Now for a bit of reflection. Still with me?
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Speaking of rust, one of my favourite things to photograph. This old door had some wonderful rusty bitsrust_door_locks_handles_named_lennox_head_april_2019
Isn’t the sliding lock marvellous?rust_door_lock_named_lennox_head_april_2019

While at the Farmers Market, I wondered why there seemed to be more cars than usual. There was the Annual Lismore Poultry Show on. Of course because I love chooks I had to go and have a walk around. Here are some of the chooks I found, some of the more unusual ones to say the least. I don’t know all of the breeds as some I have never seen before like this one who looks like it just got out of bed.
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A fabulous hatpoultry_show_fluffy_brown_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
Lace Wyandottes are one of my favourite chooks, ever so pretty.poultry_show_lace_wyandotte_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
I don’t think I have ever seen such a fat chook and purple to boot!!!poultry_show_fluffy_fat_purple_chook_named_lismore_april 2019
Some feathers seem to have a life of their ownpoultry_show_fluffy_white_chook_named_lismore_april 2019

So alien
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A rooster who kept an eye on what was going onpoultry_show_rooster_looking_named_lismore_april 2019
Speaking a Roosters. Prehistoric is the only word that comes to mind. I couldn’t get the whole chook in the photopoultry_show_rooster_big_named_lismore_april 2019

Ducks always make me smile
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One morning at my besties there was a cacophony of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. The flock was around twenty who all were squawking as they flew about.
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They all stopped in a tree on the hill a bit of a way away. The quality of the photos isn’t that good as it was early morning and the photos are hand held but I had to capture their antics in the trees.yellow_tailed_black_cockatoo_acrobat2_named_caniaba_april 2019

I thought this one was going to do forward rolls.
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OK it’s almost night time, our Moon is on the rise among the cloudsmoon_clouds_colours_named_caniaba_april 2019
The Night Spider has spun it’s web near the light to catch an insects who come to the light.spider_night_web_named_caniaba_april 2019

The centre of the web is a bit ratty
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Our Moon is looking lovely and shining a bright light so you can see your way home
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I gotta go…..see you later I hoperainbow_lorikeet_bird bath_flying_named_caniaba_april 2019

This was May

Ever so late doing my “this is what I found in May.”

So many things have needed doing and my time has been spent doing the many Photo Challenges, which I seem to be obsessed with as they give the opportunity to showcase your photos and techniques and at the same time see what other bloggers from around the world are doing. I love showing my part of this world or some photos of my travels. I hope you have enjoyed these Photo Challenges as much as I have.

OK……….on to my May. May is show time in my town. What I love (as many of you know) are chooks so I always go to the poultry pavilion when I go to the Grafton Show. Here are my favourites from the show.

“Do you like my new hair do?”fluffy bantam_grafton show_may 2017

“I find the bun at the back is what the fashionable ducks are wearing this season.”
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This is the Champion Pair of the Show – I think they are Wyandottes –  a classy pair
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Even the excitement of the Show doesn’t stop the need to lay an egg.
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“Are you talking to me?” “Are you talking to me?”
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“Is lunch coming or what?”
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One of the Photo Challenges I did was Frames and the Currawong was the first image. This Currawong found the water well in the Poinsettia tree and was enjoying a drink.

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The Lewins Honeyeater has been a constant visitor in May to the verandah looking for insects and gathering spiders webs for the nest. I think I was spotted as he looked in the door from the Zygote Cactus.
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Another visitor to the garden at this time of year is the lovely little Rose Robin.
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The Zygote Cactus have wonderful blooms this year

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Some of my besties Pansys
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I love this dark purple variety.
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Just sitting in a wheelbarrow garden looking fabulous.flower_named_binna burra_may 2017

Some flowers look lovely at the end of Autumn don’t they?
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Sitting in a cafe in Brunswick Heads I spotted the Native Stingless Bees in the garden bed on the street.stinglessw native bee_named_brunswick heads

The spiders web have a certain magic in the morning light.
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One night, there was a banging on the window. We went outside to see what was making all that racket. We found an Emperor Gum Moth sitting on the window sill. Aren’t the antennae wonderful?
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You know when Winter approaches when the insects wear their fur coats.
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The evening walk had wonderful lighting. I love this old fence with the air ferns and other plant life growing.

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The grass seed heads looked spectacular in the late afternoon light. I didn’t do any photo manipulation this is what they actually looked like.
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The Moon is almost setting the same time as the sun.
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The Sun is setting so I better say good evening and hope you have enjoyed a little bit of May in my part of Australia.
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Tuesdays Photo Challenge: RBG

What a photo challenge!!!! How many photos have Red, Green and Blue colours? I am sure I can find some as I enjoy taking photos of birds and many Australian birds are quite colourful.

But first the jumping castle at the markets certainly has the colours.

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The Chinese Lantern flower with a background of leaves and sky.

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A Blue-faced Honeyeater and the Bottlebrush flower

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A Rainbow Lorikeet among the Bottlebrush blossoms

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The Orchard Butterfly enjoys my garden.

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The Musk Lorikeet about to take off.

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The lovely Eastern Rosella striking a pose.

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The feathers of a rooster who used to strut about my place. (More about the rooster here)

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Look here to see other photos in the Tuesday Photo Challenge RGB https://dutchgoesthephoto.net/2017/04/25/tuesday-photo-challenge-rgb/

A mixture of many things

So much has happened since my last blog. I am no longer employed and have time to try to sort out my photos and other stuff. I am not able to do all that much as my hips are hurting a bit especially when I bend down. It’s quite amazing to discover how clumsy I am, I seem to drop so many things which leads me into decision-making. Do I leave whatever I have dropped there or do I really need to pick it up!!!

Enough of that and onto some of the wonders in nature I have come across as well as other things that I have thought was a bit special and hope you do too.

The succulent that is growing among the rocks in the garden, possibly dropped there and started to make a home for itself, has flowered. So many tiny flowers that only were around for a couple of weeks but added a drop of colour in the garden.

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The Grevillea, Yamba Gold is flowering for the first time. The rains in July were a life saver for the garden which had a flush of life.

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I gave the nectarine tree a severe trimming and this year it has been covered in blossoms.

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The bees have been visiting the tree. The buzzing, as I walked about, was very loud.

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The Stingless Native Bees have also discovered the tree.

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Both bees decided to visit the same flower at the same time. It looks like a face off doesn’t it?

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I love finding a Praying Mantis slowly swaying as it makes its way around the garden. Just after this photo, it decided to jump onto the camera and wander about. The photos of the Praying Mantis on the lens didn’t come out as good as I thought they would.

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One evening in July, it was rather warm so I had windows open and in flew a fly. The fly just buzzed around me while I was trying to do stuff!!!

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We had a few days away and while we were sitting outside enjoying the late afternoon and the sunset, this cloud caught my eye. I immediately thought it was Micky Mouse. What do you think?

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All of a sudden there was a loud flapping of wings and the Brush Turkeys headed to their roost high in the Norfolk Island Pine.

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The Eastern Spinebill hung around the garden all through the dry period and took over ownership of my favourite Honey Gem Grevillea. They did allow the Silvereyes to enjoy the flowers as well. The Silvereyes dropped in on their way north as they usually do in July.

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The Silvereyes stayed around for a week or so before going on their way. Such a pretty little bird.

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Late one afternoon the light was just amazing. It changed the whole colour of the Honey Gem making the greens so vivid.

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There was a bit of competition at my besties bird bath. The birds have a bit of a bath or a drink.

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Early one morning the Little Wattlebird Olive-backed Oriole (thanks for the ID @carolprobets ) wondered if the water was too cold to have a bath.

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I went onto the verandah and there was a flurry of activity as around 20 Red-browed Finches flew out of a patch of long grass where they were feeding on the seed heads. Some flew into the trees whereas others just popped onto the garden edges to watch what I was doing.

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The palm frond made a good perch to wait until I went away so they could continue with their seed eating.

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The Wrens make a splash of colour as the hop about the garden looking for things to eat.

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Down at the beach I am always on the look out for birds of prey in the sky. This time the White-bellied Sea Eagle Brahminy Kite (thanks for the ID @carolprobets )soared high in the sky, occasionally dropping lower to investigate a possible meal.

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The unseasonal rainfall and warm weather produced so many fungi. The tiny orange fungi were all through the leaf litter.

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These dimpled fungi pushed their way out of the soil in the morning sun.

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I found this silver looking fungi under the tank stand. The red centre looked a lot redder than the photo shows.

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These larger orange fungi were scattered in small clear patches throughout the bush.

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Now come the tale of woe. During the few days I spent away enjoying myself at the resort in Kingscliffe, mayhem was happening at home. I came home to find that all of my chooks had been killed by a dog or perhaps two. I was devastated. There were four dead chooks in the chook house, a few piles of feathers in the bush and one pile of feathers on the road about 60 meters from the chook yard. When I saw those feathers on the road as I drove home, I had a sinking feeling. Speaking to some neighbours, I found out that three properties had some of their chooks killed as well. Apparently there had been a stray dog spotted around the neighbourhood.

Here is my rooster who was giving me the stink-eye for disturbing the foraging among the food scraps I just threw down. The six brown hens had only been here for about three weeks. These were the first hens I had ever purchased and they were just settling into the chook yard routine. One hen had just started to lay as well.

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Sorry to end on such a sad note. I love my chooks and now I am sure the dog has gone, I’ll have to get some more chooks.

Little birds and flowers

What have I found over the past couple of weeks? The rooster has been doing what roosters do and the hen has been doing what hens do – sometimes. Yes, the Big Red Rooster (remember him) and the hens have produced a small but cute batch of chicks. The Fantail eggs (from the last blog) have hatched and two little chicks are doing well. But first, I have found some beautiful flowers.

This flower I have since found out can be rather weedy in its habit. The red and green together really caught my eye.

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The Pelargoniums are flowering with their unusual petals and lovely colours.

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Orange flowers stand out and this one was trying to attract insects.

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The yellow colours around the garden add a splash among the greenery.

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But the reds are very striking and this flower is most unusual.

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The Lewins Honeyeaters are always zooming around the garden making sure that everyone behaves or sitting and watching.

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The White-browed Scrub Wrens are always foraging among the leaf litter in the garden. They look quite small when they pop up onto the deck.

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The chickens hatched out a week ago. I came home to the sounds of a very proud hen cluck clucking ready to show me how clever she was hatching out these little fluff balls.

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The little red chick was always in or around the food bowl.

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I hope it is a hen as I haven’t had any red hens for ages.

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One of the yellow chicks seemed to be very interested in what I was doing.

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The Fantails nest has been all go with both eggs hatching and two hungry mouths to feed.

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Every now and then, they would curl up together and have a nap.

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They always seem to know when one of the parents is around with food.

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There is always something to catch around the garden.

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Which is delivered quickly to the babies.

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Afterwards there is time to have a bit of a stretch.

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When it gets a bit cooler in the evening, one of the parents comes for a sit to keep them warm.

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It’s good just to sit and contemplate their future.

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I think the time spent sitting on eggs and keeping chicks warm may have seemed a bit boring.

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Aren’t the whiskers around the beak amazing. I didn’t know that they had those did you?

That’s all from flowers and baby birds. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of new lives in my life.

My Rooster

My rooster is a large, mainly red bloke, who thinks he is the best as he struts around the yard.

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Looking a bit closer at his feathers you can see the subtle shades and the complex colours that make for a magnificent bloke. The neck feathers just fall nicely

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And cascade onto the contrasting back feathers

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The dark red on his back is so different to the feathers on his chest

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The dark tips on the breast feathers carries on around the side to the softer feathers under the wing

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The brilliant colours on his back near the tail feathers are quite bright

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Which contrast with his magnificent tail feathers

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Even some of the chooks don’t mind a bit of a glance at those tail feathers

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That’s a look at my rooster….time to say see ya….cock-a-doodle-doooooooo

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