Blue

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Blue

A pile of Blue Figs from a Quandong Tree
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A Superb Fairy Wren looking down
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The Blue-faced Honeyeater and a Bottlebrush
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The wonderful Blue Triangle Butterfly
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A Blue-banded Bee buzzes past
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The clouds are dark and stormy
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The blue hour
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Odd One Out

A great photo a week challenge from Nancy Merrill: One of these things……. “Who remembers watching Sesame Street as a child (or with your child) and hearing “One of these things is not like the others. Which one is different? Can you tell?””

A tough one to start
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This is a bit easier
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An easy “who’s the odd one out” to finish.
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Pairs

The word prompt from Lost in Translation: Pairs

A pairs of Red-browed Firetail Finches
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A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets
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A pair of Superb Fairy Wrens
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A pair of Pacific Black Ducks
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I’m out of here too. Hope you liked my pairs

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This is August

I do seem to have a lot of favourite photos from August. I have done quite a hard cull. I hope you are able to get through all of this blog. It was a busier than usual month. The rain hasn’t come and the place is dry now. It is a pity the dam I use for around the garden leaked as it was full in Autumn and that would normally have seen me through Winter until the Spring storms arrive.  Being so dry the number of birds are reduced but I have maintained the water points around the garden for the birds and animals. I almost feel like a bad parent, selecting the plants to water and hoping the others will hang in there until I start the pump and give the garden a good soaking.

Enough of the sob story and let’s get started with the things I found in August.

I just love the colour of this leaf.
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Late one afternoon while I was searching for a new log to cut firewood, I went down to the water hole. This water hole has never dried even in some of the severe droughts in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Camera settings 1/320 F6.5 ISO 800
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Driving about the property, mainly gathering firewood and pulling lantana out, I often come across a family of White-winged Choughs as they patrol the bush, walking about looking under leaves and bark for insects. It was good to see that this family group has grown from five to seven.
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The wily Currawong was sitting in the Bottlebrush waiting for an unsuspecting small Honeyeater to drop in for a meal.
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At the small paddock dam, in reality a wetland now, the Peaceful Dove was walking down the slope heading for a drink.
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In one of the water points I have placed a stick so if a bird falls into the old drum, they have something to grab onto and get out. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on the stick after having a drink or plopping in the water for a bath.
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The main sounds that were echoing through the bush in August were the calls of the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. They loved feasting on the Bottlebrushes.
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The Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike was surveying the scene at Modenville.
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One morning the Bowerbird was eating the grass for breakfast. It had quite a number of beak-fulls before it flew off.
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The Bowerbird looked stunning in the afternoon light.
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I love having King Parrots around. Their whistle resounds through the bush.
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A Restless Flycatcher dropped in for an afternoon.
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The Superb Fairy Wrens were bustling about the garden at Modenville hardly sitting long enough for a photo.
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The little Variegated Fairy Wren was very busy with his flock of females as they explored the garden at Binna Burra.
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I wondered what had happened to my beautiful blooms on my Cyclamen and then I saw the culprit. It is almost like the caterpillar has a straw in its mouth.
caterpillar_cyclamen_named_home_august 2017

I found this tiny “house” that an insect has constructed on the bark of a block of firewood I had cut. I have bought it home and hope to see what come out of this beautifully constructed nest.
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I found this beetle marching with purpose along a log.beetle_orange black_named_home_august 2017

The Common Jezebals have been flying about the bush and garden for a few weeks. When they fly they have an intense stroboscopic pattern flashing of black and white. When the wings are flat you can see the predominately white side of the wings.
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I love it when there is an unexpected spider on a flower or seed head as well as small grasshoppers and ants. The seed head is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
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This is the rest of the spike
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There is a lot of native flowers popping up this August. It was unseasonably very warm. A lovely circle of yellow flowers about the size of a 10 cent piece.
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I called this flower a Buttercup but it’s probably not. The leaves are similar to Oxalis.
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Look how hairy the leaves are and the flower has a lovely reddish brown centre.
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The Egg and Bacon plant is growing on the top of the dam wall. The flowers are beautiful and yes the leaves are spiky. A great place for small birds to escape into.
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I call this vine a Native Wisteria. It is also called False Sarsaparilla and a few other names. It looks lovely when the vine entwines with a wattle threading purple among the wattle flowers.
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Scattered throughout the bush these little star shaped flowers are easy to miss as they are about ten millimeters across.
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The Bottlebrush flower is photo-bombed by a Stingless Native Bee.
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This Grevillea flower is called Lemon Daze.
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Isn’t the inside of this flower interesting?
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Love the colour of these flowers.
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Pansys. Who doesn’t love smiling Pansy faces. The colours are spectacular.
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The camera can’t catch the deep purple of these Pansys
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One August afternoon the sunset was spectacular.
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I love the effect of the hills and trees on the horizon.
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One of my Canon Powershot camera setting is called “Creative”. It takes a number of photos with different setting. This one made the sun look explosive.
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Looks like the sun has set so goodbye and thanks for stopping by.

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 36 – Simple Things

I love the idea of Simple Things.

Like a little Super Fairy Wren looking for a snack

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A row of chairs in a church in Verona

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An old tap the one day may be turned on again in Venice

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A blue bottle left on a plinth with blue graffiti in Bologna

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Chimney pots in Paris

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Days end in a cafe in my home town

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Or the Simple Thing of finding that place to have a rest in my garden

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Look at the Simple Things that other have found

Here is December so far

December has been quite warm to hot and I wish it would rain. The birds are coming into the garden for the watering places I have set out for them. The garden is getting drier but most of the plants are hanging on.

The Red-necked Wallabies are hanging around the house. Some have taken to the cool under the house or in the shade offered by the house and sheds.This bloke just hopped into the garden and lay down for a rest.

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The Pink Lilli Pilli had a fantastic flowering this year, and the insects and birds made the most of what was on offer. The bees were buzzing around and sampling the Lilli Pillis wares.

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I never get tired of watching Blue-banded Bees scrunch into the Blue Ginger flowers so their blue bums are on show.

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When the Crocus flower, the Stingless Native Bees come flying in the early morning when the flowers first open for the day. How much more pollen can a bee fit into its pollen sac?

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First off, I must apologise for the poor photo of this Planthopper. It was in the kitchen late one night and I have never seen one at my place before. It wouldn’t sit still enough to get a good photo. The black with stunning orange spots and those eyes!!!!

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On a hot day the Australian Painted Lady came onto the verandah. The colours are far more prominent than the other Australian Painted Lady butterflies I have found.

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The hanging pot bird bath, the subject of so many bird photos, also hosts insects as well as birds looking for a drink.

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Yes it is hot. The little White-throated Honeyeater does look he needs a drink doesn’t he?

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“Well George, do you come here often?”

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On a hot day, everyone has to share. The Scarlet Honeyeater and White-throated Honeyeater both enjoyed a drink.

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The female Scarlet Honeyeater thought it was a good time for a bath. A quick dunk in and out.

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Meanwhile at the other bird bath, the King Parrot enjoyed the bird bath to himself.

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At my besties bird bath, the birds who arrive in the afternoon for a quick bath and drink are different to the ones at my place, although the Eastern Yellow Robins are at my place too.

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A very fluffy Eastern Yellow Robin after a number of dives into the water.

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A view from the back shows the yellow feathers aren’t just on the chest of the Eastern Yellow Robin.

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The Eastern Whipbirds always look at their legs and feet when they get out of the water!!! Remember this blog

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The Red-browed Finches come to the bird bath in a large flock. Some have better eyebrows than others lol

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The Superb Fairy Wrens arrive at the same time as the Finches. They are such delightful birds.

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The males are so different to the females. I like the Jenny’s eye make-up.

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It’s the same with the Scarlet Honeyeaters. The females are so different.

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I think this one may be a juvenile male just starting to get his scarlet colours.

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Soon he will be as striking as this Scarlet Honeyeater male.

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Meanwhile, from high atop the gum tree, a Peaceful Dove watched what was going on in and around the chook yard.

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My poor Flame Tree gave it its best shot this year. The dry resulted in sparse flowers but the Little Friarbird still enjoyed what was on offer.

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The Satin Flycatcher likes to visit as you saw in my last blog. Here is his lady who was peeping out from the bushes.

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For the first time a gang of Grey-crowned Babblers came into the garden and had a quick snack in the fig tree. They are normally in the forest away from the house and in the semi-open country under the power lines. It was lovely to see them forage around the garden with their constant chatter..

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The last full moon, my bestie and I were lucky to be home to see the Moon Flower bloom. In the afternoon she said that the bud looked like it was ready to open so late that night we went into the garden to see this amazing flower.

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We used torch light to get the photos.

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The Moon Flower is so alien looking when you look deep inside the bloom.

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Thanks for stopping by and looking at what I have found this December. I love taking photos and sharing.

See you next year

Brian x

Flowers bugs and birds

The many wanderings around the north coast of NSW has taken me to many places, seen many things and of course taken many photos. The last wandering took in the warm days of Spring. The flowers are blooming and many of the birds are coming back to the gardens.

The Calendulas are looking great in the garden.

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The Gerberas just stand out in the sunshine.

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Lemon trees are full of buds. It’s hard to imagine that this little flower will turn into a lemon.

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All through the garden the nasturtiums are a riot of colour, brilliant reds and oranges.

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I thought it would be good to look deep inside to see what they look like. The patterns and shapes are quite different.

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The wisteria trailing over the arbour with the hanging blooms added a splash of mauve to the garden.

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Lots of native flowers are looking good this year as well. The Egg and Bacon plants tiny flowers, only about 5 to 8mm across, are very showy.

egg and bacon flower_home_named_oct 2014

With the onset of warm weather the insects are always present around the house and garden. This Crane Fly was hovering around and finally resting on a leaf.

crane fly_binna burra_named_oct 2014

The baby geckos are also on the move at night. This little bloke lives in the laundry.

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The King Parrots send waves of reds and greens through the garden as the fly about the trees and bushes.

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Whereas the Rainbow Lorikeets provide a constant chatter.

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The old broken pot has made a great birdbath. The Wattlebird is a bit shy when bathing.

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But doesn’t seem to mind sharing with the Spangled Drongo.

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At Lismore Lake the birds are busy. The late afternoon has birds flying and singing everywhere. The Egrets stalk around the water plants, probably looking for an unsuspecting frog or fish.

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The Superb Fairy Wrens were flitting about the shrubs.

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I wondered why that little bloke was so intent of capturing my attention. A bit of an investigation found these two.

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Back at home, the Scarlet Honeyeater kept a wary eye on me as he had a feed on the Bottlebrush flower.

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A convenient post let the Eastern Whipbird call his mate.

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The sunsets are quite spectacular this time of year, it must be time to go.

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The candles are lit so time to settle down for a bit relaxing after a busy day wandering about. Good night.

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From my window

My window at the office is quite good with a lovely view of the Clarence River, across the park where the citizens of Grafton and visitors often stroll about, sit on the benches, sometimes to canoodle, sometimes a ball game will start up or they are off to the toilets as they walk beneath the window.

But this is not about the people, this is about the tall cypress pine that is almost in front of the window. The distraction is that the tree is often a resting place or a place where there may be a snack or two or somewhere to gather twigs to be carried off to the bird’s nest. There is often a bird or two bustling about the foliage, going about their business.

Of late, there has been a few Superb Fairy-wrens hopping about the branches.

This is their story…..

He said, “I’m sure it is down there somewhere”

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“I’m saw it too. It just has to be there, it was earlier I’m sure,” she replied.

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“Do you really think it is still around, down there on the ground,” he asked.

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“Of course,” she said. “Look again and see if you can find it.”

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“I’m not so sure any more but I will have another look, just in case.”

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“Perhaps it has moved and is over there or somewhere else,” he pondered.

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“Or maybe over there.”

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“This is hopeless,” he said. “I’m going to find something else to do.”

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And with that he was off, closely followed by his mate. Lovely little birds aren’t they?

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brian