This is October 2019

Oh my aren’t I tardy with the October wrap up? Lots of things have been happening – see some of the posts over the past week. I shan’t dwell on the most horrible situation I find myself in right now. I guess you have seen all about the fires in Australia, The north coast of NSW is where I live and the fires have been burning since early October.

I can’t really think straight as I haven’t slept well for a while now. Luckily and the end of October to early November my bestie and I had a brief holiday in Tasmania. I hadn’t been before so it was all new. Breathing air that wasn’t smoke laden was a blessing as was cool temperatures and even a bit of rain. That will be a post of its own later when I get around to it.

OK there isn’t all that many photos compared to previous “This is” posts but still grab a snack and a drink of your choice so you can stroll through my world in October.

I haven’t posted many photos of the Red-necked Wallabies that hang around my garden for a while. This little Joey has fun speeding around.
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His Mum was keeping watch. Check out those lovely lashes.
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I was out on a walk with my bestie and a friend when we came across some Eastern Grey Kangaroos resting in the shade. There was a female, a Joey and a male. When the male stood up we stopped and waited to see what they would do. Thankfully they group hopped over the fence in one bound and into the next paddock. When he stood up to his full height, he was about 2 meters tall. Look at those chest and arm muscles!! eastern grey kangaroo_male_named_caniaba_oct 2019
I may be in drought but every evening the frogs start up, not as many as usual. I love these tiny Eastern Dwarf Tree Frogs. Here he is again in a previous post that has the call as well.eastern dwarf green tree frog_garden_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
Meet Bob, one of the funniest fish I have ever seen. He would swim away and then appear from the side of the tank, look at you and swim away. The Seahorse World where he lives is at Beauty Point in Tasmania.fish_bob_named_aquarium_tasmania_oct 2019
A regular sight around the north coast are Black-shouldered Kites hovering over a field waiting for snack to make a move then drop like a stone.black-shouldered kite_hover_named_caniaba_oct 2019
Here is one some of the European readers will know. The European Goldfinch was introduced into SE Australia and Tasmania in the 1850’s.european goldfinch_named_tasmania_oct 2019
A Forest Kingfisher waits patiently on the power lines in the late afternoon for his meal to move in the paddock below.forest kingfisher_powerline_named_caniaba_oct 2019
The little hanging pot bird bath is too small for the King Parrot but its good for drinking. The Hippeastrums will come later.king parrot_hippeastrum_garden_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
One very unseasonably hot day, the temperature reached 38C IN SPRING!!! Here is a young King Parrot and a Spangled Drongo discussing the day, “hot enough for ya”king_parrot_spangled_drongo_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
Down at the waterhole on 3rd after a good fall of rain. Lovely to see a bit of water. The last rain since.waterhole_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019

Going up into the mountains for a bit of a walk and see new places. The players of the mountains from my favourite spot, the Raspberry Lookout.
raspberry_lookout_smoke_layers_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019
Another place near Washpool, (which is now on fire) The smoke is from the fires to the north in early October.lookout_smoke_layers_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019
I love finding a leaf that has been skeletised (OK I made up that word according to spellcheck)leaf_skeleton_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019
The new Spring flush of leaves on a Eucalypt.leaves_eucalypt_new_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019
The Casuarina and the blue of the distant hills. My bestie reckons it is like a Japanese print.she-oak_tree_named_gibraltar_range_nov 2019
One of the new crops on the north coast is dryland rice.rice_named_springgrove_oct 2019
Back at the waterhole on my place. The ferns in shelter spots are growing well. This is called a Five Fingered Jack or a Rough Maidenhair Fern.fern_five_finger_jack_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019

While in the Gibraltar Ranges in Spring I was hoping to find some native flowers. Here is a Blue Dampiera.
flower_native_blue dampiera_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019

Tiny False Lilac flowers
flower_native_false lilac_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019

A Hairy Bush Pea with a Native Stingless Bee
flower_native_hairy bush pea_raspberry_bee_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019

Don’t the little Small Leaved Boronia look ever so sweet.
flower_native_small leaved boronia_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019

There were lots of White Paper Daisies along the road sides.
flower_native_white paper daisy_raspberry_lookout_named_gibraltar_range_oct 2019

The flowers of a Flapjack Succulent
flower_succulent_pancake_named_caniaba_garden_oct 2019

The first time this plant from my old mate Geoffs place has flowered and I can’t remember what it is
crinum_flower_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
My besties Foxgloves flowered well this yearflower_foxglove_named_caniaba_garden_oct 2019
The start of my Hippeastrums hippeastrum_flower_spear_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
More have started to bud uphippeastrum_flower_buds_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
Once the flowers arrive, so do the Native Stingless Beesstingless native bees_hippeastrum_red_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
Look at the amount of pollen in the flowers. The Native Stingless Bees get coated in pollenstingless native bees_hippiastrum_pollen_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
An olden Hibiscus at my besties attracts a bee or is it a wasp?flower_hibiscus_bee_named_caniaba_oct 2019
Casting a fine web, this spider waits underneath for lunch to drop in.spider_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019
OK all is done. I had to include a photo of our Sun late in the afternoon on a fire day. A mixture of clouds and smoke.sun_fire_sky_smoke_named_home_jackadgery_oct 2019

I hope you enjoyed a stroll through my October. Did you have a favourite photo? I love to hear what you think so please drop me a line. I guess I need conversation

also for Su’s Changing Seasons

It’s Black and White

The May Photo a Day Challenge from Maria at CitySonnet: Silhouette

I have been doing silhouettes for quite some time now. These are my original photos converted to black and white and the outline of the birds redrawn by hand. The black enhanced and filled but not “flood filled” but each pixel or a group of pixels. The same process with the white part of my photograph.

I haven’t done any new ones for a while now as it is rather time consuming. I haven’t applied borders. When the photo is framed it doesn’t need a border but on the web page perhaps.  I hope you enjoy my bird silhouettes.
This is the first one I attempted. A White-faced Heron who was sitting on a tree in my garden.silhouette_blog_white-faced-heron
A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo flying at my placesilhouette-blog_yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo
The distinctive tail shape of a Spangled Drongosilhouette_blog_spangled-drongo
Another easily identified bird by their tail – a Rainbow Bee Eatersilhouette_blog_rainbow-bee-eater
A Golden Whistler singing in the treesilhouette_blog_whistler

 

One of my best and most complicated, a Wattlebird on a Banksia flower at Evans Headsilhouette-blog_wattlebird

The featured image is a Pied Cormorant keeping watch on the dam at my place

the old song

The new song

Negotiations at the bird bath

The Daily Word Prompt from Sheryl: Negotiation

Quite often
they come
you see
to splash
or drink
or just be.
Some find
a reason
some go
the bird bath
boss sometimes
a Spangled Drongo.
Sitting waiting
a dip
now and then
a Spangled Drongo
negotiation skills
says who when.
They look
they wonder
some stay
in they go
to splash
and play.
But only
if allowed
by a Spangled Drongo
who lets
them bathe
then off you go.
Please may I have a bath implored the Little Wattlebirdspangled drongo_wattlebird_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016
Well then Noisy Miner you will have to decide….in or off you gospangled drongo_noisy miner01_birdbath_binna burra_march 2013
Did he dive or was he pushed?spangled drongo_wattlebird_binna burra_march 2013
Hurry up dear, we haven’t got all dayspangled drongos__bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

Puzzled looks

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel With Intent: Puzzle

I was puzzled at what I could post for this photo challenge, If I am puzzled, so must many other things.

Some puzzled looks
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red necked wallaby_joey_home_named_june 2014

 

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It’s all about nature

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature

How could I not resist this photo challenge. Showing self restraint here is a bit of the nature from my part of the world.

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spiders web_blackandwhite_named_binna burra_march 2018

 

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180817_blog challenge_blackandwhite_mirors_reflection_huntsman spider_mirror

 

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This Is My Post

This is a tale of a fence post, a Spangled Drongo and a Noisy Friarbird  –  as told by the Spangled Drongo.

What started out as a normal day, you know, a bit of flying about, some singing with my mates and looking for insects and other snacks around the place.
I always drop onto this fence post nearly every day. It’s a great perch to see if any insects or bugs are moving about in the garden or on the grass.

As you can see, This is My Post.
spangled drongo_my post1_named_home_oct 2018
A mate was flying past and he said “Hey, can I come for a visit to your post”spangled drongo_my post2_named_home_oct 2018
Sure, but I don’t really like anyone sitting up here on my post.spangled drongo_my post3_named_home_oct 2018

Oh, that’s OK. I’ll just hang on this side if that’s alright with you.
spangled drongo_my post4_named_home_oct 2018

And then, out of the blue, this big ugly bloke decides to sit on MY post. Oi, you. Get off my post
spangled drongo_my post5_named_home_oct 2018

Yeah. Right. get down there. This is my post.
spangled drongo_my post6_named_home_oct 2018

Suddenly, he looks at me and of all things, he pokes his tongue out.
spangled drongo_my post7_named_home_oct 2018

Well, that’s not on. You better get off now.
spangled drongo_my post8_named_home_oct 2018

Oh I see. You want to make a bit of a do about sitting on my post do you?
spangled drongo_my post9_named_home_oct 2018

Cop that buddy. Just get away.
spangled drongo_my post91_named_home_oct 2018

No you don’t. You can’t get back on there. This is my post.
spangled drongo_my post92_named_home_oct 2018

OK you. I don’t want to sit on the ground. I am a bird who likes to sit on posts.
spangled drongo_my post93_named_home_oct 2018

Well I am really afraid buddy. This is MY post
spangled drongo_my post96_named_home_oct 2018

I better be off then. I don’t want to sit on the ground and argue with you and your stupid post. I’m going, see ya.
spangled drongo_my post94_named_home_oct 2018

I’ve had enough of hanging around here. I going as well. I will be back later and sit there. Because, This is My Post
spangled drongo_my post95_named_home_oct 2018

Birds from the Back

The word prompt from Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: From the Back

Spangled Drongo
spangled drongo_named_binna burra_feb 2018
Brown Pigeonbrown pigeon_named_binna burra_june 2017
Wonga Pigeonwonga pigeon01_binna burra_named_sept 2014
King Parrotking parrot_named_home_dec 2015

Osprey
osprey1_yamba_named_nov 2013

Eastern Yellow Robin
eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

Scarlet Honeyeater
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Did you have a favourite? Please let me know.

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
bangalow palm flower buds_frog02_named_home_april 2018

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?