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.

June had something new as well as old

The rain finally came in June. The big dam, which leaks, almost filled which is lovely to see even though it only lasts a few weeks before it’s a puddle again. The frogs certainly liked the water and there were a number of different types of frogs calling.

dam_home_named_june 2016

The frogs were also on this little dam which is more of a wetland than a functioning dam. The animals drink from here as well as some birds. Dragonflies were flitting about on both dams.

dam_reeds_home_named_june 2016

As usual, we do our drives around the north coast and one day, as we were heading west out of Casino we came across this Long-necked Tortoise in the middle of the road with cars and trucks speeding by. A quick rescue mission unfolded and it was taken to the dam up a side road not far from where we picked it up.

long-necked tortoise_casino_named_june 2016

At my besties one of the old farm sheds, this one was a piggery, we have created a studio space for art exhibitions and rent the Lady Shed for workshops by all manner of people. We love rearranging and decorating the Lady Shed with all sorts of things found or created

lady shed shelf_binna burra_named_june 2016

I love this owl!!!

lady shed shelf_owl_binna burra_named_june 2016

Quite often when pillows or things are moved there are skinks that scurry away. This day it was a bit cold and some of the skinks were a bit too cold to move too fast.

lady shed_skink_binna burra_named_june 2016

Spiders are also disturbed as we do a bit of a cleaning and moving stuff around when there is someone else going to use the Lady Shed Studio. I have lost my spider ID book so I can’t tell you what is this one.

lady shed_spider_binna burra_named_june 2016

There is a lovely cane light shade in the Lady Shed Studio. We always check to ensure that no one has decided that the light shade would make quite a nice house. Most times a spider or two is moved on or a mud daubers nest is removed. This time a little micro bat with only a face a mother could love had taken up residence. Luckily it had gone the next day before the workshop has started. I think it may be a Lesser Long-eared Bat.

lesser long eared bat_lady shed_binna burra_named_june 2016

In the insulation, just under the corrugated iron, lives a Carpet Snake. It is a lovely warm place for a snake to spend winter. This Carpet Snake has been living in the Lady Shed Studio for ages and sometimes can cause a bit of angst among the workshop participants.

lady shed_carpet snake_binna burra_named_june 2016

One afternoon I was driving home from work when I spied a Black-necked Stork patrolling after the rains had replenished a wetland. When he saw me he just casually walked away.

black necked stork_south grafton_named_june 2016

On the drive west of Casino in a place called Piora, we came across a little watercourse that had a couple of Spoonbills, some ducks and a Heron. The Spoonbill was the only one who didn’t move off when the car stopped.

spoonbill_piora_named_june 2016

As it has been very dry at my place with only occasional showers and 2 days of good rainfalls. The normally abundance of birds has deserted the garden and surrounding bush. The Lewins Honeyeater has stayed waiting for the blossoms to appear. The rain bought out the Honey Gem flowers.

lewins honeyeater_home_named_june 2016

The Satin Bowerbirds have also stayed around as they steal snacks from the chook yard. They also have a been stealing all manner of blue things from the surrounding properties.

satin bowerbird_male_home_named_june 2016

The number of Satin Bowerbirds usually increases when it gets a bit cold in the Gibraltar Ranges. This day when I took these photos the trees were full of the mad chattering of Satin Bowerbirds.

satin bowerbird_female_home_named_june 2016

I did a bit of a bush walk one day. Just near the dam in the first photo there has been a bower for a number of years. The blue objects were strewn in all directions from the bower up to 2 metres away.

satrin bower birds bower_home_named_june 2016

So many blue objects. I have no idea whose place they get the blue bottle tops from as I don’t have any and my recycling is always in a sealed wool bale sack. I do think the strips of blue are from a disintegrating tarp in my building materials area.

satrin bower birds_treasure_home_named_june 2016

The bird bath is always kept with water in it for the birds. Actually I have three places where the birds can get a drink and a wash. This one is one of the favourites. You can always hear the constant call of Eastern Yellow Robins in the bush and they come to the garden for an insect snack or head to the bird bath.

eastern yellow robin_home_named_june 2016

The little Striated Thornbills are regular bird bath regulars. They only stay for a quick wash and drink before they are off.

striated thornbills_home_named_june 2016

One day I heard a call I didn’t recognise at the bird bath. At first I didn’t see anyone but then a head popped up whilst the bird was clinging to the edge of the bird bath with its tail in the water. Just then, another bird flew in a sat on the edge. The big feet gave it away. This was the first time I had seen the White-throated Treecreepers in the bird bath.

white-throated treecreepers_home_named_june 2016

At my besties there are always Eastern Whipbirds calling and foraging in the garden. This one was muttering to itself while it turned over leaves and small rocks hoping for a bite to eat.

eastern whipbird_binna burra_named_june 2016

Of course there a the little Eastern Yellow Robins in her garden as well. They are such a cute little bird don’t you think?

eastern yellow robin_binna burra_named_june 2016