This is July 2021 – Changing Seasons

Last month was the first post from Ju-Lyn at Touring My Backyard for The Changing Seasons. Ju-Lyn and I will be taking turns at hosting The Changing Seasons that Su from Zimmerbitch hosted with great results. We hope you will enjoy, as you have done in the past, and keep posting your Changing Seasons with us. Just add your link in the comments or pingback to this post for your Changing Seasons.

I have had an action packed July with my camera being able to get around the local area despite the Covid restrictions that the state of NSW is currently under. There has been a couple of “incidents” on the North Coast from people coming from Sydney Covid positive. A lot of businesses are starting to not allow customers from Sydney into their premises.

Enough of the doom and gloom, something I am not used to posting on my blog. Let’s start with an Aussie song you all should know to get you through the photos.

I thought we should start a bit bright and cheerful with some flowers.

My Bromiliads flowered with such unusual flowers

My besties Gymea Lily sent up a spear. It’s about three metres tall.

The flower is yet to open and as I haven’t been there for almost two weeks, I hope it waits until I can get there to show you the flower.

A while ago I was talking about my poor sad Peach Tree. It seems to enjoy July don’t you think?

The flowers have a lovely deep pink colour. I know a couple of people will love this colour.

The bees love the flowers too.

Just beside the Peach is a Nectarine Tree and the Stingless Native Bees are loving the blossoms of light pink petals with a rosy centre.

There has been a few Black Jezebel Butterflies in the garden too.

It’s not just the insects who love the flowers. The Brown Honeyeater enjoys snacking on Lions Tails flowers.

The Rainbow Lorikeets flock to the Honey Gem Grevillea in the morning.

Lewins Honeyeaters like to pick the centre from the Ornamental Ginger flowers

Can you count the number of King Parrots in the red Bottlebrush? I have lot of King Parrots in the garden.

This female King Parrot was watching me as I was walking in the garden.

There is always someone peeking through the window to see if I am home.

or peeking over the gutter

Or sitting in the tree where this Pied Currawong was outside of my office door.

One wonderful thing is that a Chatter (yes that’s the name for a group of Choughs) of White-winged Choughs have increased in number and often cackle away while picking their way through the garden.

Driving home a few days ago I heard the sounds of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos flying overhead. I saw them start to land so jumped out of the car camera in hand. Of course they decided to fly off to a distant tree. There were a lot of Cockatoos in the flock. This is just a few as others had landed in other trees further away.

Getting out to the beach was good way to spend the day even though it was very windy.

I think that there is a system of ownership of this rock. The Crested Terns were sitting there as I walked past.

On the way back, the Cormorant had taken over

Pied Oystercatchers were combing the beach for morsels in the sand.

The Sooty Oystercatcher decided the rocks was the best place to find a snack.

A Pelican was taking a stroll along the sand.

and another Pelican enjoyed a cruise on the Clarence River

Overhead it was rather busy. A Brahminy Kite scanned the beach intent on stealing whatever the Gulls had found.

A White-bellied Sea Eagle was hovering and circling in the wind right near us looking among the rock pools where the Sooty Oystercatcher was as well.

The brown on the outer side of it’s wings is lovely

At full stretch doing a turn in the wind ready to circle back and scan once more

We were also lucky enough to see the Humpback Whales on their northerly migration even though they were not very close to the shore.

It was an amazing sight to see hundreds of Ibis heading west to the wetlands where they will spend the rest of Winter and in Spring, raise their hatchlings.

One afternoon in the grey afternoon sky, a pair of Ibis were heading to roost.

Speaking of roosting. Down at the beach there is a colony of Red-Headed Flying Foxes who were squabbling over the best places and getting ready to fly off for their nightly foraging.

While in the trees, for Becky’s July Square Trees photo challenge, I posted the avenue of Fig Trees but from one end, I commented to Becky that I should have taken a photo in the middle. Yesterday in the late afternoon I did just that – and it’s even square.

Sitting in the garden the sun reflected off something that caught my eye. It was a rather ragged spiders web which had the most amazing colours.

Only a little bit of rain for July but thee is always the opportunity for a water drop photo.

One thing I like to photograph is rusty things. The steel and the rivets plus their shadow on the Grafton Bridge.

While looking on the other side, the setting looked rather idyllic

I love clouds and these in horizontal layers with varying colours one afternoon looked wonderful.

OK folks it time for sunset and to reach the end of my July and Changing Seasons.

I hope you enjoyed a scroll though my July and enjoyed the sunset as much as the cows do.

Did you have a favourite photo? See you next month for This is August 2021 and Ju-Lyn will be hosting The Changing Seasons

This is March 2021

March seemed to whizz by but not before dumping a lot of rain on the East Coast of Australia. I have well over 300mls at my place, the gullies were rushing, the water tanks and dams filled to overflowing. Probably the best part of March I was given the all clear to drive again. What a difference that has made to my life. Independence to get about and even do simple things like shopping.

With all the rain and occasional sunshine the grass and vegetation in the bush has grown. The grass is so thick it is almost waist high and impenetrable. I have been waiting for things to dry out a bit so I can use my new lawnmower and other tools. Yes I did have to buy a new mower as the old one died and a second hand replacement was not very good. The new lawnmower, and I use the term lawn loosely, had one session around the house but in a week it’s hard to see where I mowed.

Enough of this lets get going. Another rather large post with lots of photos. I haven’t included more as there has been some used in my addiction – photo challenges. So get a cup or glass of your favourite drink, perhaps a snack and I hope you can spend a bit of time having a look at my March.

Your March song to scroll to while picking a favourite.

I am starting at the beach. During a Regional Landcare Gathering we went to Arrawarra Beach where one of the First Nation Elders showed the fish traps which have been there for thousands of years and modified over time to take advantage of changing tides. I found a few things including this wonderfully coloured rock. We’ll come back to the beach a bit later.

When nature reclaims. A building in Grafton, my nearest town has this tree and along the facade ferns are growing as well.

The flowers have almost finished leaving the nuts behind ready to drop seeds on this Eucalypt tree at my besties.

The flowers were quite stunning all over the tree at my besties place for the birds and insects to feast upon. Now the seed eaters will have a go at the nuts.

A delicate pea type flower of the Lance-leaved Rattlepod. Can you spot the tiny native bee?

My besties garden is fabulous. I love this Hibiscus.

Not to be out done, the Golden Lycras in my garden were a treat this year.

OK, now back to the beach for a look at the stunning red fern like seaweed which could be an algae.

The water patterns and sand caught my eye.

While heading over the rocks with a group of people, we startled a flock of Ruddy Turnstones who flew off in a second and I only had one chance for a quick photo.

Somehow I don’t think the Pied Cormorant and Sooty Oystercatcher are talking.

The White-faced Heron ignored them both and was intent on hunting among the rocks.

Back at the bird bath a Grey Fantail showed why he is called a fantail

The little Striated Thornbills really enjoyed their bath

Two female Superb Fairy Wrens waited their turn for the bird bath in the morning sun.

A female Rufous Whistler spent some time in my garden looking for insects.

A new bird in my garden!! A Fantailed Cuckoo stopped in for a visit.

An Eastern Rosella enjoys the morning sun.

I wondered why a dead tree was loosing the branches. Then I found out. An Australian Raven was building a nest. It’s hard to see the branch in its beak. The flying off photo was just a glimpse of tail unfortunately.

High above, most days, Wedged-tailed Eagles patrol the skies.

Can you count the Straw-necked Ibis in the tree?

It was a wet day and Tiny, the King Parrot, came to see if I had any seeds for him.

Water drops on the Elephant Ears leaf.

More water drops. This time on a spiders web that really looked like diamonds sparkling in the grass.

One day I’ll work out how to capture the beating wings of a Blue-banded Bee as he seeks nectar among the Salvia flowers. I think this Salvia is called Summer Jewel. It flowers non stop from Spring to Autumn and spreads into empty spaces easily. The bees love it.

An unfortunately named Dingy Ring Butterfly among the grass seeds.

A small Line Blue Butterfly and a Stingless Native Bee competing for a snack on the Leopard Lily flower. The Leopard Lily flowers were spectacular this year.

A Meadow Argus Butterfly found the Zinnias in my besties garden.

The number and variety of butterflies in my garden was amazing in March. The Black Jezebels are so beautiful. The inside of their wings is white so when they fly it is like a strobe in order to fool any predators. I love their furry yellow bodies.

Another Jezebel butterfly, this one, a Scarlet Jezebel loved the Bottlebrush flowers.

The Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters also loved the Bottlebrush flowers.

The Honey Gem Grevillea didn’t escape their attention either.

I had to show the whole bird as they are quite stunning.

A Yellow-faced Honeyeater paused from consuming nectar to contemplate whether to chase a Small Green-banded Blue Butterfly for dessert……

….instead had some nourishment from a Yellow Daisy

This Autumn saw a mouse plague in Australia. The grain growing areas had literally thousands of mice everywhere. I didn’t have many but caught a couple nearly every night for a few weeks. One morning I went into the bathroom and here was this little fellow in the bath. Judging by the mess he made, he’d been there since the evening before. I had to take a photo to make sure I identified him correctly. I have Native Mice here so didn’t want to “dispose of” an endangered native mouse called Antechinus.

One day coming home from my besties place I saw the tallest mushroom ever. It stood almost 30cm tall and was a resplendent white.

Meanwhile in other parts of the garden among the mulch pile a brown fungi proliferated. This was one of many groups of fungi on the various piles.

I just had to have a sneak peek under the cap to see the frills.

Well that’s almost all for March. One evening the sunset was such colours I hadn’t seen before. As I don’t actually see Sunrise or Sunsets from my place, this photo is looking towards the South-West of the painted clouds.

One afternoon the sun was looking quite promising. At my besties place there is a spot we call Sunset Hill, a great place to see the sunsets. I went out and took a few photos. One ended up in Becky’s Bright Squares

A while later I was inside when I was called to see the sunset. I thought I had seen it over with but no, it had turned into this sunset. Isn’t that amazing?

This time Our Moon began to rise in the late afternoons so the hint of blue sky, I think, gave the Moon a subtle glow.

I hope you enjoyed a look at my world for March. Please let me know if you had a favourite photo.

Also for Su’s Changing Seasons March 2021

This is May 2018

Another wrap up of whats been happening in bushboys world in May. This month has been so dry. Many of the usual birds that are around here in May are absent. The most exciting thing is that I have two new birds that have dropped in on their migration to warmer places.

Some of the photos are from my besties place where it has been raining almost every day. There isn’t a huge amount of photos but I still recommend grabbing a drink suitable for the time of day you are scrolling through This is May 2018.

I think I’ll start with a couple of flowers. I can’t wait for some of the plants which flower in the cooler months to flower.

I love the purple colour
purple flower_named_binna burra_may 2018
The last hibiscus flowerhibiscus_named_home_may 2018

Just a mud puddle with a bit of the sun and sky
puddle_named_binna burra_may 2018

This is the shell of a Frasers Banded Snail. One of the advantages of following scientists on Twitter is that if I can’t ID anything, there is always someone to ask. Bronwen Scott gave me the name of the snail. Bronwen is at Snailseyeview
frasers banded snail shell_top_named_binna burra_may 2018
Another view of the Frasers Banded Snail shellfrasers banded snail shell_under_named_binna burra_may 2018

When the cooler weather arrives, quite often so do some of the marsupial mice from out of the forest looking for somewhere warm to nest. I have a live trap where I can trap, ID and release back into the forest.
This is a view into the trap with a House Mouse, not an Antechinus as I first thought, who has been enjoying a bit of peanut butter. ID help from Dr Dave and Dale Nimmo
antechinus_trap_named_home_may 2018

Here is the little bloke ready to hop off and find another place to spend Winter other than my pantry
antechinus_free_named_home_may 2018

Another new discovery at my besties was this Eastern Stoney Creek Frog. The ID on the frog was also from a Twitter. The wonderful Jodi Rowley
eastern stoney creek frog_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here’s a bit of orange fungi growing on the side of a tree glowing in the afternoon sun
fungi_tree_orange_named_binna burra_may 2018
This fungi was so soft and really did feel like velvet. Also an added bit of Lichen as well as some Moss. Yes it was a wet habitat.fungi_lichen_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here is the usual warning for those who have an aversion to spiders. Try to have a peek as the Golden Orb Weaver is a rather beautiful spider.

Lets break in gently with a tiny but lovely web glowing in the morning suns golden glow. Not an Orb Weavers web as this spider is tiny
spider web_golden_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here she is, a Golden Orb Weaver looking lovely against the blue Autumn sky.
golden orb weaver_sky_named_home_may 2018

The markings underneath are so wonderful. She is not quite 75mm long.
golden orb weaver_beneath_named_home_may 2018
This is why she is a Golden Orb Weaver. She is attending to her larder dangling on the golden threads of her rather messy webgolden orb weaver_web_named_home_may 2018

A rainy day in Ballina. A Willie Wagtail found a place to try and stay dry during a downpour
willie wagtail_rain_named_ballina_may 2018
Only a few bits of green grass when this photo was taken of a Willie Wagtail hunting for a snack.willie wagtail_named_home_may 2018

The Eastern Spinebills have arrived. A few will hang around over winter as long as the Grevilleas have flowers.
eastern spinebill_honeygem grevillea_named_home_may 2018

A small flock of Silvereyes have taken up residence as well
silvereye_honeygem grevillea_named_home_may 2018

Not sure who this Silvereye is yelling at while at he bird bath
silvereye_bird bath_named_home_may 2018

On a drive I spotted a group of Ibis resting and preening. Among the group were a couple of Spoonbills having a rest.
ibis_spoonbill_named_south ballina_may 2018

It was disturbing to see 4WD wheel tracks on a section of South Ballina Beach which is a no go zone as the birds rest and nest on that part of the beach.
A Sooty Oystercatcher and a Little Tern in the wheel tracks, with some Crested Terns in the background
little tern_sooty oystercatcher_named_south ballina beach_may 2018

A Little Tern resting on the beachlittle tern_named_south ballina beach_may 2018
Sometimes you have to wait for your turn in the bird bath. A White-throated Treecreeper hangs about waiting for a Lewins Honeyeater to finish his bath.white throated treecreeper_lewins honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_may 2018
Ahhh……that’s better. I love how the White-throated Treecreepers sit in the bird bath, the totally opposite to all the other birds.white throated treecreeper_bird bath_named_home_may 2018

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters are on their migration too. Some of the flock will stay here over winter. They are the bullies of the bird bath and chase the other birds away.
yellow faced honeyeaters_birdbath_named_home_may 2018

The Northern Yellow Robins are always around the forest . This bloke and his family are hanging around my garden
northern yellow robin_post_named_home_may 2018

My bestie has sold her place. Here is one of the last photos of Bobbin, the Northern Yellow Robin who lives at her place on the garden chair where he loves to survey the garden for something to eat. Bobbin is such a cutie isn’t he?
northern yellow robin_bobbin_named_binna burra_may 2018

An Emerald Dove found a good drinking spot in the garden. A stem of a Bangalow Palm filled with rain water.
emerald dove_named_binna burra-may 2018

Here is the first of the new birds at my place. This is a Striated Pardalote
striated pardalote_named_home_may 2018
The other new bird is a tiny Varied Sittella. A small flock dropped in one day for a drink, rest and a bite to eat before continuing on their way north. Another little cute bird.varied sittella_named_home_may 2018
The butterflies are becoming scarce as the weather gets colder. I have been lucky enough to get some photos of the inside wings as well as the usually more colourful outer wings. This butterfly is a Yellow or Common Albatross showing the inside wingscommon albatross_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018
The outer wings are a lovely yellow with a brown edging.common albatross_named_binna burra_may 2018
A Zebra Blue or Plumbago Blue Butterfly. You can see the blue on the inside.zebra blue_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018
The outer wings have a lovely marbling and striking pattern.zebra blue_side_named_binna burra_may 2018

The inside wings of the Common Jezabel are rather dull compared to the outer wings.
common jezabel butterfly_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here is a Common Jezabel sitting high upon a flower stalk on a sunny day.
common jezabel butterfly_named_binna burra_may 2018

I hope you have enjoyed a scroll through my May.