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
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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
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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
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The little hanging pot is a favourite for small birds
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Really getting a splash on
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A quick in and out for a White-throated Honeyeater
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Quite often it was mixed bathing. The Eastern Yellow Robin and Silvereyes shared a quick dip
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Often the Rainbow Lorikeets came in numbers which often ended up in squabbles
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Hope you enjoyed Bath Time

This is January 2019

January. A month of hardly any rain, only 6mm over 2 days at my place, whereas the average is around 120mm and it rains most days. It was also freakingly hot. Days in succession of over 38C to a top of 42C here. There were some magic moments, a bit of travelling and the return of the butterflies. I spent a lot of my time watering my garden and plants in shade house. The dam became low so I was thinking of water rations to the plants. I became the bad parent having to decide which plants would get water and those who I hoped would survive.

Among all of this I did manage to get out and about and take quite a number of photos. Looking through the folders, I decided that I would have to do special posts that encompassed some of my days out and about, as I have a lot of things I want to show you this month. It has taken me a long time to decide on what I want to put into this post.

Yep……it’s another huge lot of photos.  So once again, get a cup of tea or coffee (I have a coffee while writing this) perhaps a snack (I have already eaten my biscuits). For those reading in the evening, a glass of wine will help sustain while scrolling through this mammoth month. I shall try to keep the captions short.

Ready. All sitting comfy. Lets go

I best start off with a bit of morning and sunrise through the trees. I don’t get to see the full splendor of sunrise living in the bush or in a forest for those non-Australians
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I liked this morning photo as it has a sliver of our Moon. Can you see it?
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This is what our Moon looked like up close
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Seeing a full moon in the morning was fabulous. A great start to the day.
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While visiting my daughter in Toowoomba, we spent time walking about the streets looking at street art (a post of those wonderful art works to come) and strolling though the many gardens and parks.
I was glad to see that Yarn Bombing was still happening and Council was leaving them in place.
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I just had to get a photo of this carrot that was on top of the vege display at the local Farmers Market
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The distant hills have sentinel like Grass Trees over looking the valley.  Grass Trees grow at around 25mm (1 inch) a year. Some of these are probably 2+ meters tall so ancient wonders on the other side of the valley from my besties place.
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Now for the flowers.
The many colours and shapes of (I think) a Gazania
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Despite the heat, a red Frangipanni buds and flowers appeared.
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The photo doesn’t capture the wonderful red colour.
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The flower of a Eucalypt, not sure which one, with a bee. There was lots of bees around in January too.
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Just a wonderful flower.
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Bougainvilleas flowered well in the heat and dry.
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I have many photos of Native Frangipannis but have never seen a seed pod before
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The Dahlias in my daughters garden
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I saw a flower and while I was looking, some kids came along and said “Look brain flowers”. Yep Brain Flowers or Cockscomb or a Celosia flower.
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Also came in red.
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More bees and flowers
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This one was getting stuck into the pollen at my besties
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A Wattle Line-blue Butterfly enjoying a Brain flower. Did you spot the butterfly earlier?butterfly_wattle line blue_flower_celosia_red_named_toowoomba_jan 2019

An Orange Ochre stopped to enjoy the afternoon sun
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A Cabbage White Butterfly flitted about the garden
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and stopped to have a snack
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The Dragonflies are all flying around the garden and over the dam. These two stopped for some “relaxation” on a branch on the ground.
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Should I have told my visitors that Dragonflies are having sex on their car aerial?
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A golden moment with a smiling Dragonfly
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The Lesser Wanderers came to feed on the flowers that popped up in the grass.
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Wings open to get a bit of sun before take-off.
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The Meadow Argus Butterfly seemed to stop anywhere. You can see how dry it has been. The grasses are dead.
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With wings open it helps to know what butterfly I have photographedmeadow argus_butterfly_named_caniaba_jan 2019

On the flowers, the Meadow Argus looks lovely.
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Another photo of the flowers and butterflymeadow_argus_butterfly_flowers_named_caniaba_jan 2019

A Native Australian Bee, a Carpenter Bee flying among the Ponytail Palm flowers with some beetles and ants. Carpenter Bees quite often make their nest in Grass Trees.
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Among the dried grasses, the Dandelions still had time to flower (see This is December 2018) and set seed
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The branches of a Bunya Pine – Art Direction, my daughter, Photo, me
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High in the trees at my besties, late one afternoon, a flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos came to roost for the night. Not the best photo as the light was failing and the birds kept moving.
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The raucous sounds of the Sulpher-crested Cockatoos sounded all over the park as we strolled about. cockatoo_sulpher_crested_gardens_named_toowoomba_jan 2019
As the weather was hot and dry, the bird bath had to be topped up regularly. The Lewins Honeyeater made enough noise to let us know that there wasn’t much water in the bird bath.lewins honeyeater_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019
Once the bird bath was filled, the Noisy Miners queued up to get a drink and a bath.noisy miners_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019

The Silvereyes stopped by to get into the water while a Striated Thornbill waited his turn.
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I was spied by an Eastern Rosella who dropped by for a drink
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Getting a drink helped show the lovely back feathers pattern.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens make a lovely couple.superb fairy wrens_birdbath_named_caniaba_jan 2019

“Hey babe, check this fancy bit of flying”
“Get out of the way, you’re in my shot”
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Do you mind, I’m trying to take a bath here
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The King Parrot having a look at what I am doing in my officeking parrot_male_verandah_home_jackadgery_jan 2019

Just strolling through the park. Move along, there’s nothing to see here!
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The Tortoises sunning on a rock while another is swimming over.tortoises_japanese_gardens_named_toowoomba_jan 2019

What a face
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It has been so hot that I have left nearly all of the windows and doors open. That seemed to be an invitation for a Lesser Long-eared Micro-bat to take up residence in my pantry.
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This is one of the reasons I keep some doors closed at night. Brush-tailed Possums like to range about the garden at night. Given half a chance they will wander inside creating chaos.
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The Koalas have been active as it’s mating season. I have heard their loud calls at my place. At my besties place we can see this male who has taken up residence occasionally in the trees. Usually asleep, around 18 hours a day, the big feller was not very happy at me walking around taking photos even if he was about 10 meters above me.
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Well it’s almost time to say goodbye. A wave from one of the many Geckos who live behind the pictures on the walls.gecko_hand_home_jackadgery_jan 2019

The sun is setting. Aren’t the colours just wonderful?
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The oranges made for a spectacular sunset
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I was quite pleased to get a photo of our Moon with the coloured rings. It is a hand held photo. Most time I would use a tripod but didn’t have one handy.
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Well it looks like it is getting late so goodnight.
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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have enjoyed a scroll through bushboys world for January 2019. Did you have a favourite photo?

Threesome at the bird bath

The word prompt for Ragtag Daily Prompt Saturday: Three
A Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill and a Red-browed Firetail
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Red-browed Firetail and a couple of Silvereyes
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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and a White-browed Treecreeper190106_blog_challenge_three_bird_bath3

Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and a White-throated Honeyeater
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A Scarlet Honeyeater and Silvereyes having a drinksilvereyes_scarlet honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018
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Red-browed Firetails
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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.

A Birds Eye View

I have always believed the eyes are the windows to the soul. But with birds and animals it appears to be different, sometimes I wonder if anyone is in there and at other times I can see the intent or what I perceive to be intent. What do you feel when looking into the eyes of a bird?

Some of these photos are small but the difference in the eye and the eye ring is quite distinctive.

I guess I’ll start with a Silver Eye –  a bird whose name is its feature.

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Galahs seem to have old eyes

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There are some birds who have a mask like appearance like this finch

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and this duck

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the Fig Bird’s red mask really stands out

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The Noisy Miner only has a small bit of eye decoration

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whereas the Blue Faced Honeyeater’s covers a lot of their head

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A Kookaburras eye is just among its feathers

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A King Parrots eye with a yellow ring stands out in its bright red head

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which is much the same for a Rainbow Lorikeet with a red circle in a sea of blue

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The Black Necked Stork is a spot of yellow in black

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The osprey has an alertness about it

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Many birds eyes have different colours like the Koel

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and White Headed Pigeon

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and Satin Bower Bird

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The Peaceful Dove has blue as well but it’s around the eye

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but sometimes they can look a bit sceptical

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Tawny Frogmouths eyes aren’t open much during the day and are quite squinty

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But the bird with a huge eye is the Pelican….a bit vacant but rather big nevertheless!!

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Thats the journey through the eyes of birds

One Day at the Grevillea

One of the favourite shrubs in the garden is the Honey Gem Grevillea. Luckily it is near the house so I can either sit on the verandah with a cuppa or something stronger or even just take photos through the kitchen window.

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You can see why the birds just love the flowers. Some days they just drip with nectar…..bugs like the flowers as well…..can you spot them?

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The Eastern Spinebills can always be heard chit chatting away as they wait their turn.

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When they are in the shrub they are always on the lookout because the bigger birds tend to make it their own.

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The main birds who tend to dominate the Honey Gem are the Blue Faced Honeyeaters when they arrive in numbers in late winter

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The other bully of the Grevillea are the Friar Birds. They often battle with the Blue Faced Honeyeaters to see who owns it.

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The Lewins Honeyeaters were boss of the garden in autumn

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One day I was surprised to see New Holland Honeyeaters in the Honey Gem. That was a treat.

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The Black Chinned Honeyeaters are polite as they sit nearby to wait their turn as well. Sometimes they will take a quick bath while they wait, making them look rather untidy.

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The Yellowfaced Honeyeaters came for a few days in May.

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In Autumn the Silvereyes suddenly swooped into the garden for a couple of days rest before continuing on their way.

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Hope you have a great shrub or tree that attracts the birds, giving them a feed or just somewhere to sit.

*Disclaimer: It wasn’t all on one day 🙂