The Rule of Thirds

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge:The Rule of Thirds

When I photograph birds it is quite easy to get the photo within the rule of thirds. I always have the grid switched on so I can see where to place things. I use the rule of thirds to capture what the bird is looking at or doing perhaps.

Although what is it that gets the attention, the flowers or the bird?
A Figbird among Jacaranda flowersfig bird_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

A Noisy Friarbird and Bottlebrush flowers
noisy friarbird_named_home_aug 2016

The Satin Bowerbird enjoying the nectar from Honey Gem Grevillea flowers
satin bowerbird02_home_named_sept 2014

Thief

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Thief

At my place I have Satin Bowerbirds. They build a bower where the males try to attract a female with decorations. These decorations are mainly things blue. Now-a-days the blue items they gather are mainly plastic. I think some of the pegs may be mine but I have no idea where the rest of the treasures came from.

The males like to visit other bowers and become the thief of others treasures. Here is my video of The Bowerbird Burglar. It is a few minutes long so I hope you have time.

 

Birds Around My Neighbourhood

Two photo challenges caught my eye today.

Lens-artists: Around the Neighbourhood

Jenns: Feathered Friends

Come for a quick walk around my neighbourhood. There is my dead end gravel road which is about three kilometers long which has an intersection with another gravel road which is paved about sixteen kilometers from my place. It goes from the highway to a long way away, perhaps fifty kilometers.

Lets get going.

The Noisy Friarbird will often let others know we are about
noisy friarbird_tree_named_home_nov 2018
Listen for a chip chip and look at the tree trunks to see a White-throated Treecreeper scouring the bark for an insect or twowhite throated treecreeper_named_home_oct 2018

The lovely face of a Blue-faced Honeyeater
blue faced honeyeater_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

You might hear the wings of the Eastern Spinebill before you see one zoom past
eastern spinebill_grevillea_named_home_july 2018

The Pied Butcherbirds song will fill the forest as we walk along
pied butcher bird05_chain saw_named_home_july 2018

We may see a Jackie Winter sitting on a fence
jackie winter_named_home_june 2018
Lovely little Eastern Yellow Robins will be chip chip chipping seemingly endlesslynorthern yellow robin_named_home_june 2018

Of course the familiar sounds of Kookaburras will resound around the bush
kookaburra_named_home_oct 2017

Small Brown Honeyeaters will be silently having a snack on a Bottlebrush
brown honeyeater_named_home_august 2017

A flash of colour and a Spotted Pardelote will fly by
spotted pardalote_named_home_june 2017
A Forest Kingfisher, a sudden flash like a blue jewel, as he flies through the bushforest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

The unmistakable squawking of Rainbow Lorikeets as they argue about whose branch it is will get your attention
rainbow-lorikeets_named_home_dec-2016

The beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler will kep you spell bound for ages
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A whistle, a flash of red, the smallest honeyeater is unmistakable in the bush
scarlet-honeyeater_singing_named_home_nov-2016

High in the tree, the resident Square-tailed Kite will keep an eye on you
square-tailed-kite01_nest_named_home_nov-2016

While overhead it’s mate will soarsquare-tailed-kite_flying_named_home_sept-2016
Up the road a bit, some Crimson Rosellas have a snack on the horses feedcrimson-rosellas_named_home_sept-2016

What’s that chatter chatter chatter? I hear you say. The Grey-crowned Babblers walk about the forest floor snacking on unsuspecting insects talking about their day
grey-crowned-babbler_named_home_aug-2016

More jewels in the sky as the Rainbow Bee-eaters gather
rainbow-bee-eaters01_named_home_aug-2016

Another remarkable song and bright yellow of the Golden Whistler will make you stop and listen
golden whistler01_named_home_may 2015

Musk Lorikeets can be seen as they feast on the nectar of Pink Euodias
musk lorikeet02_named_home_feb 2015
The largest bird of prey, a Wedged-tailed Eagle on the lookout for an unsuspecting wallaby or animal, will sit silent until we get to closewedged tailed eagle01_named_home_feb 2015

A bit more whistling heralds that we are near some King Parrots
king parrot_home_crop_named_dec 2013
A strange metallic sound draws our attention to the iridescent and distinctive tail shape of the wonderfully named Spangled Drongo spangled drongo_home_named_oct 2014

A Satin Bowerbird who is similarly coloured to a Drongo will be in the bush sometimes finding food
satin bowerbird_male_home_named_june 2016
or finding sticks or blue stuff to decorate and construct his Bowerthe-bower_named_home_feb-2017

Thanks for dropping by and having a bit of a walk around my neighbourhood. I hope you had a good time.

In My Garden

The Ragtag Daily Prompt for Tuesday: Garden

Have a quick wander about my garden.

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Blue-banded Bees like dropping in
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When the pink Crocus flowers the Stingless Native Bees all come around
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One of the wheelbarrow gardens with Hippeastrums
hippeastrum_red_wheelbarrow21_named_home_nov 2018

The Frangipanni flowers scent fills the air
flower_frangipanni_pink_named_home_dec 2018

The Bromiliads flower too
bromiliad_flower_named_home_nov 2018

One of my favourite flowers – Cats Whiskers
cats whiskers_flower_named_home_nov 2018

The Dietis look great buit trhey are taking over in places in the garden
dietes_flower_named_home_sept 2018

One of the many Hibiscus flowers
hibiscus_named_home_may 2018

The Agapanthus put on a show around the garden borders
agapantus_blue_named_home_dec 2017

The garden is a place to relax
red-necked wallaby_named_home_feb 2015

Even Long-necked Tortoise stroll through heading to the dam
long necked tortoise_named_home_nov 2017

Every now and then when working in the garden, I surprise a frog. The Broad-palmed Frog took a while to wake before hopping off
broad-palmed frog_09_named_home_june 2017
Lots of Bottlebrush flowersbottlebrush flower_red_named_home_nov 2017

The Pelagoniums add colour
rose geranium_named_home_sept 2017

There is always help in the garden
chooks_garden_looking_named_home_2017

So many Grevilleas too
grevillea_red_named_home_august 2017

The Native Wisteria winds its way among the foliage
native wisteria01_named_home_august 2017

Always wear gloves and shoes as you never know who you might disturb. The Mouse Spider was rather fiesty
mouse spider_front_named_home_april 2017

The Bullants let you know if you are getting too close to their nest
bullant_named_home_feb-2017

Every now and then another variety of fungus appears
fungi black_named_home_march 2017

The garden is a lovely place to raise a family
joey07_fast_named_home_jan-2017

The fruit trees look wonderful in Spring
nectarine tree_named_home_july 2016

and of course the garden is home to lots and lots of birds from the smallest Honeyeater, the Scarlet Honeyeater
scarlet-honeyeater_male_pink-lilli-pilli_named_home_dec-2016

to the larger birds like the Satin Bowerbirds
satin bower bird_male_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

Bath Time

The word prompt from Bren for the Photo for the Week 27: Time

I love the bird baths that are at my besties place and here at mine. Some birds opt for a quick dip while others just love to splash about.

It’s time for bath time

The first few are from the bird baths at my besties old place. This one in particular was near the verandah so it gave me plenty of opportunities for bird bath photos.
Some birds, like this Eastern Yellow Robin, just enjoyed a splash around
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A Magpie getting right in
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I think this was a Whipbird really splashing about
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The Noisy Miners loved to get wet
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Sometimes it is just good to sit and soak like the little Thornbill
180425_blog challenge_partake_bird bath_buff rumped thornbill
The Eastern Whipbird jumped right inwhipbird01_in birdbath_named_binna burra_sept 2017

A Red-browed Firetail Finch made sure the water went in everywhere
red-browed-finch_birdbath_named_binna-burra_dec-2016

Onto a few photos from my place. It is a pity that possums managed to smash my lovely terracotta bird bath while trying to get a drink even though they had lots of ground level watering places around the garden.
The White-throated Treecreeper enjoyed a good butt soak
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A female Satin Bowerbird liked to sit and thinksatin bowerbird_female_bird bath_splash_named_home_july 2018

As did a Rainbow Lorikeet
rainbow lorikeet_in bird bath_named_home_oct 2017

The little hanging pot is a favourite for small birds
scarlet-honeyeater_female_birdbath_named_home_dec-2016

Really getting a splash on
bowerbird_splash_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

A quick in and out for a White-throated Honeyeater
lewins honeyeater_bird bath_splash_named_home_march 2016

Quite often it was mixed bathing. The Eastern Yellow Robin and Silvereyes shared a quick dip
silvereyes_eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

Often the Rainbow Lorikeets came in numbers which often ended up in squabbles
rainbow lorikeets04_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

Hope you enjoyed Bath Time

Happiness is….

The photo challenge #22 from Ann-Christine at the Lens-Artists: Happiness is…

So many things to explore with happiness is.

Among other things, I get great pleasure from nature. Happiness is sitting down and watching the world drift past, from the big to the small. Hope this post can bring a bit of happiness into your day.

A Blue-banded Bee scrunching into a Blue Ginger flower always makes me smile
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Stingless native Bees whizzing about with full pollen sacs are a joy
native bee_flying_hybiscus_close_home_jan2012

A Blue-banded Bee getting a look at me too
blue bum bee_binna burra_crop_feb 2012

Finally finding a Blue Triangle Butterfly was a happy moment
blue triangle butterfly_side_named_binna burra_jan 2018

Having the Caper White Butterflies come into my garden on their migration is lovely
170712_blog challenge_bugs_caper white butterfly

The Black Jezabel is usually high in the canopy and when they come down for a visit I smile
butterfly_common jezabel_binna burra_named_mar 2014

Orchard Swallowtails are large butterflies who make the garden their home
orchard butterfly01_home_named_march 2016

Figbirds song is always a welcome sound around the garden
fig bird02_home_named_dec 2013

A cacophony of sound and colour means the Rainbow Lorikeets are here
rainbow lorikeets04_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

Even a female Satin Bowerbird snacking on a bunch of bananas is something special
catbird02_binna burra_named_dec2014

A Whipbird calling in the forest is a sound of delight
eastern whipbird_calling_named_binna burra_oct 2017

Having birds nest and raise their young close to the house is happiness
fantail young05_nest_binna burra_named_nov 2014
Or a Hornet building her nest on the wall is nicewasp_nest_named_home_dec 2017

Finding a spiders web in the morning with the dew shining like gems makes me happy
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as is finding an Hyacinth Orchid for the first time in the forest around the house – elation
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I hope you enjoyed my Happiness is…….

Things With Wings

The word prompt from Nancy: Things With Wings

Lots of photos to choose from so here is a mixed bag of Things With Wings

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australian gull butterfly_named_home_feb 2015

 

dragonfly red_home_named_feb 2014

 

rainbow lorikeets03_bird bath_home_named_oct 2014

 

square-tailed-kite_friarbird01_named_home_nov-2016

 

satin bowerbird_male_bird bath_named_home_july 2018

 

fly_named_home_march 2017

 

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scarlet honeyeater_named_home_feb 2015

 

northern yellow robin_bobbin_named_binna burra_may 2018

A Few Birds

Joining in with Kate and here theme: Birds

This particular post is in memorium to the terracotta bird bath that has given so much pleasure over the years. Over the weekend, possibly during a wild storm on Saturday, the terracotta bird bath plummeted to the ground and breaking into many many pieces. The bird bath had survived other falls but not this time unfortunately.

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
sunrise_named_caniaba_oct 2018

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?
eggs_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018
When you see a land form that resembles something else
duck rock_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The planes have been showing themselves a bit in October.
areoplane_named_home_oct 2018

Just love these rock cliff, the colours and again, can you see a face?
rock formation_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

The moss gave the tree a bit of a dress with a vine for dramatic effect.
moss_vine_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
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
rock pool_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018

Just the shelf at my besties place
the shelf_swant_named_caniaba_oct 2018

When I put on this lamp, I just had to take the photo. Another shelf at my besties
the shelf_light_named_caniaba_oct 2018

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.
house dam_named_oct 2018

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
waterhole_named_home_oct 2018

Waterfalls make such a soothing sound don’t you think? Even little waterfalls that help fill the waterhole.
waterfall_beach_named_evans head_oct 2018
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.
grass trees_named_naughtons gap_oct 2018
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
spider_web_grass_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Sitting having a cup of tea with my bestie when a large Skink wandered about the garden. Wonderful markings aren’t they?
skink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
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.
ant_swimming_dam_named_home_oct 2018

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.
bee_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Just a feather
feather_striped_named_caniaba_oct 2018

and another
feather_grass_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The Forest Kingfishers have arrived. The male looked about for anything that moved in the grass or the garden.
forest kingfisher_front_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The colours on his back are lovely.
forest kingfisher_back_named_caniaba_oct 2018

This photo shows a bit more of the iridescence
forest kingfisher_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Galahs are funny birds. This bloke is sitting on the stock trough on next doors place at my besties
galah_named_caniaba_oct 2018

It’s a bit of a way down to get a drink.
galah_upsidedowm_named_caniaba_oct 2018

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.
grey shrike thush_named_home_oct 2018

The Pied Currawong didn’t mind a bit of rain.
pied currawong_wet_named_home_oct 2018
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
figbird_male_mulberry_named_caniaba_oct 2018

So was his mate
figbird_female_mulberry_named_caniaba_oct 2018
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.
coucal pheasant_named_naughtons gap_oct 2018

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
blue faced honeyeater_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018
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.
rainbow lorikeets_noisy friar bird_honey gem_grevillea_fight_named_home_oct 2018

The Rainbow Lorikeets were a bit bemused by all the carry on.
rainbow lorikeets_honey gem_grevillea_named_home_oct 2018

A female Satin Bowerbird enjoyed the nectar in the Yamba Sunshine Grevillea.
satin bower bird_female_reaching_honey gem_named_home_oct 2018
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.
white throated treecreeper_garden_named_home_oct 2018

Another photo from my office chair. I call this one, “I can see what you are doing” is what the King Parrot is saying.
king parrot_looking_named_home_oct 2018
A young King Parrot morphing into a maleking parrot_young_named_home_oct 2018

Getting a good Eastern Rosella photo quest continues
eastern rosella_named_caniaba_oct 2018

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.
australaisin pipit_named_caniaba_oct 2018

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
rainbow bee eaters_rambaldini rd_naughtons gap_named_oct 2018

Aren’t the males colours amazing?
rainbow bee eater_close_rambaldini rd_naughtons gap_named_oct 2018

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
king parrots_young_succulent_named_home_oct 2018

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.
succulent_hanging pot_named_home_oct 2018

Water drops and new growth
succulent_water_drop_named_home_oct 2018
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
violet_behind_named_caniaba_oct 2018

A lovely Native Geranium growing in the “lawn” Another reason not to mow
native geranium_named_caniaba_oct 2018
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
cactus_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The Budlea flower spike wonderful and smells delightful
budlea_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Some of the Roses looked a treat this year
rose_pink_named_caniaba_oct 2018
A pink Bottlebrush flowerbottlebrush_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

The native water lillies on my dam. Water Snowflake
water lilies_dam_named_home_oct 2018

The rain knocked a lot of the flowers off the Flame Tree. The little cups filled with water
flame tree_flowers_named_home_oct 2018

Some native flowers that grow on my place. This yellow beauty is Dogwood
flower_native_waterhole_named_home_oct 2018
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
egg and bacon_plant_named_home_oct 2018
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.
grevillea_flower_named_caniaba_oct 2018

My besties flower beds are looking great
flowers_pink_red_named_caniaba_oct 2018
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?
hakea florulenta_flower_named_home_oct 2018

The early morning fog gives a sense of wonder to start the day
rainy_morning_named_caniaba_oct 2018
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
sunset_named_caniaba_oct 2018

Did you have a favourite photo?