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
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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?

Birds, Bugs and Flowers

I have been meaning to do the last lot of photos for December. Being on holidays makes it hard to sit and do useful things. I haven’t really gone anywhere. Just doing the usual day trips around the north coast of NSW, trying to avoid the places where the tourists are massed and clogging the roads. Managed to get caught in a 7km traffic jam because I didn’t check Live traffic before I left home. A useful website when driving around here in the school holidays.

The title doesn’t really tell you everything that is in this blog but there are birds, bugs and flowers. I suppose I should warn some of my more squeamish readers that this blog may contain spiders and moths. Yes someone doesn’t enjoy my moth photos.

The Ibis is the garbage scavenger quickly replacing the Seagull. I looked up one fine day and there, high above me, wheeling around on the air currents were some Ibis. They looked so graceful.

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It was a hot day and the young Magpie Lark or Pee Wee as we called them as kids, was in the trees occasionally squawking but mainly panting – that’s if birds pant.

magpie lark_named_home_dec 2015

The heat of the day also brings some visitors to the verandah into the cool. The hanging plants make a good resting place for this King Parrot. King Parrots are regular visitors.

king parrot_named_home_dec 2015

Walking around Lismore Heights, we stopped at the lookout where there were heaps of Copperheaded Skinks. Mostly small ones that were quite fast who ran away when I got too close.

skink_named_lismore_dec 2015

I love coming across caterpillars. I have no idea what this one is and am feeling too lazy to get the books out. They are always ready to have their photo taken.

caterpillar_named_lismore_dec 2015

There has been a hatching of Cabbage White butterflies. There were quite a few flitting about the garden. I am not sure of the name of the flower this butterfly was enjoying.

butterfly_named_lismore_dec 2015

Bugs. I really need a bug book as there are so many in the gardens and places I go to. I just call these types of insects shield bugs. It was quite intent on sucking on the stem of the plant and didn’t mind me taking a few photos.

sheild bug_named_lismore_dec 2015

Whereas this bloke was quite busy trotting about the vege garden. As you can see it wasn’t a very big bug.

bug_named_lismore_dec 2015

The tiny moth just settled on the door frame, keeping dry from a passing shower. I love how hairy some moths can be. This one looks like it even has feathers on its back.

moth_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Bees. I love trying to get good photos of bees as you would know. I wonder how many bee photos I have?

bee_named_lismore_dec 2015

As I was doing a bit of a tidy up in the garden, I came to the Crinum and was removing some of the debris that had gathered in the leaf stalks. I was also looking for spiders as well because they love to make a home in there. This time it wasn’t a spider I found but a cricket. It tried to wiggle its way deeper into the stem. This was the first photo before it made itself smaller.

cricket_named_home_dec 2015

One evening I got into the shower and this girl was in there as well. I gently moved her out of the shower as I don’t think she would find hot water beneficial. She decided that the mirror was a good place to sit. Maybe she was reflecting on her day.

huntsman spider_mirror_named_home_dec 2015

I have developed an obsession in photographing Dragonflies. I didn’t realise there were so many different colours in dragonflies. This one almost looks like the stick it is sitting on.

dragonfly01_binna burra_named_dec 2015

Some dragonflies are quite orange. They seem to hold their wings out to the side when they are resting.

dragonfly_named_binna burrra_dec 2015

And then there are the red dragonflies that I have been trying to get a photo of for quite a while. The red is almost fluorescent. The red dragonflies hold their wings to the front.

dragonfly02_named_lismore_dec 2015

Dragonflies can also be a bit hairy.

dragonfly01_named_lismore_dec 2015

Of course any blog of mine would be complete without a fungi appearing somewhere.

fungi_named_binna burra_dec 2015

It looks like we are up to the flowers. I have had a fascination with photographing flowers since I got my first SLR camera. The small geranium flowers all seem quite different if you look carefully.

geranium_binna burra_named_dec 2015

The ball of flowers that make up the Pentas flowers looks so striking even when you get right into the flower and see the individuals that make up the whole ball.

pentas_named_binna burra_dec 2015

Flowers grow in all sorts of shapes and patterns. I didn’t notice the structure of this flower until I looked from directly above. What a lovely circle of flowers.

flowers_named_lismore_dec 2015

These marigolds have so many subtle shades of orange that changes when viewed in sunlight. In the shade they seem to darken with lighter highlights.

flower_binna burra_named_dec 2015

What would summer be without the scent of a Frangipani? I can almost smell them when I see the photos, can’t you?

frangapanni_lismore_named_dec 2015

Buddha has a nice shady spot to sit. I like to visit him often for a chat.

budda_named_binna burra_dec 2015

Well that is the last of the 2015 photos. I hope you have enjoyed being with me as I made some lovely discoveries over the 2015. Here is the year in review that WordPress build – http://bushboy54.com/2015/12/31/2015-in-review/

Thanks for the positive comments and support and I hope I can let you see what will be in my world in 2016.

What happens on a weekend

Some weekends turn up the most amazing things. I like to wander about, discovering…finding that special thing that almost asks for my attention. Well, not all like the limelight….you know – their 15 minutes – in some cases thats probably a life span – so they make things difficult. While others are quite content to show their best sides….or some just pop up at the right moment.

So off we go….as usual if any one know the name for anything in any photo, please let me know.

First, I found this bug who was hard to convince that it was a star. The bug, I call a shield bug, who said “no way I am in too much of a hurry…

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The bug even thought that getting up somewhere high would be a good deterrent from all the attention….

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Did you notice the little photo bomber….that miniscule beetle had three yellow spots on the head area.

The the shield bug decided that if it sat on the lens, it wouldn’t get its photo taken….

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Thought, probably, that a bit of colour to splash around would just be the way to be seen….

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A final close up and it was off to see what was else where around the place….didn’t see it again all day.

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While we are looking at bugs, it is amazing what could be in a flower….a flower as weird-looking as a ginger plant harbours many an insect….remember that little spider in the ginger flower? I couldn’t find anyone in the flower but there has been a very small spider living in here who more than likely has been snatched by a wasp and taken off for “an adventure with the family”….

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There are plenty of insects about at the moment…..so there are quite a number of birds enjoying a morsel or two.

Some of the birds are quite obvious with a sweet melody like the Fig Bird…..

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Other remain in the background

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Others, like the Wonga Pigeon just strut about on their daily ritual

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A bug must have been struggling in the long grass and a Lewins Honeyeater came along, offering the bug a lift…..off he flew…helping the bug. The bug had a great view from the birds beak….the bird is just ready to pick the bug up…

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Amongst the grasses were some quaint little fungi….this mushroom is about the size of a 20c piece….

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I love how birds fluff themselves up…..thats all….

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One of the best things about this time of year, flowers are appearing for summer. You saw the shield bug on the frangipani earlier but I love this hibiscus…the colours and blend of shapes…the colours….

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Hope you enjoyed some of the things I see when I am out and about….