The nests

The word prompt from The Daily Post: Nest

There are many different nests that Australian birds construct. Have a look at a few that I have found

Yes that is a nest. The Tawny Frogmouth nest is a couple of sticks haphazardly thrown in the fork of a tree
tawny frogmouth1_face_nest_binna burra_102011

A nest of sizeable proportions is the Osprey nest. This is a nest that is reused all the time.
osprey_nest_named_lawrence_sept 2014

Nests are for raising babies. Grey Fantail babies are always hungry.
fantail young03_nest_feeding_binna burra_named_nov 2014

A Spangled Drongo nest is tied to the branches of the Spotted Gum tree.
spangled drongo_nest_named_home_dec 2014

The male Figbird has his turn on the nest among the Jacaranda blossoms.
fig bird_male_nest_grafton_named_nov 2015

I think the Square-tailed Kite, sitting on her nest, has seen me.
square-tailed-kite02_nest_named_home_nov-2016

Sometimes a tail is all you see protruding from the nest.
square tailed kite_nest_named_home_sept 2017

The Pied Currawongs nest is very messy but it still is comfort to the young one who wants breakfast.
currie_the nest_just a beak

Black and White Sunday: Structure

This photo challenge from Lost in Translation, Structure, has made me think of the structures that I like to discover and photograph. Of course I don’t mean man made structures but the wonderful structures in nature.

Look how the Spangled Drongo has attached the nest to the trees branches in a very loose looking structure.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_drongo nest1

It is just right for the Spangled Drongo to sit among the eucalypt leaves.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_drongo nest

The Noisy Friarbirds nest is a jumble of strips of Stringybark trees woven into a basket like structure with a side opening
170816_bandw challenge_structure_friarbird nest

The most basic of nests has to be the Tawny Frogmouth. The nests structure is a pile of sticks in the fork of the tree. Shhh, don’t disturb the nocturnal Frogmouth.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_frogmouth nest

Another jumble of sticks makes the structure of the Square-tailed Kites nest. There is a pile of sticks under the nest which didn’t sit properly and fell to the ground.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_kite nest

The Ospreys huge nest on an open branch where they can see all around. The nests structure of sticks, moss and a huge amount of Grandfathers Beard.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_osprey nest

What nest wouldn’t be a nest without some babies!!! The cup like structure of the Grey Fantails nest is built onto the branch using spiders web to help make it stick.
170816_bandw challenge_structure_fantail nest

Wandering on the Weekend

Most weekends I can be found roaming around with my camera whether around my property or somewhere on the north coast of New South Wales. There is nearly always something that I see that needs to be photographed as I wander around the bush or in my besties garden. Her garden has so many interesting things happening. The huge variety of birds and insects plus the flowers has me out there whenever I get the chance. There is sometimes a chance to happen upon a bit of sex as well…..

On the way, I cross a causeway which on the occasion has a bird or something that makes me stop and, hopefully, I am able to get a photo. Last time there was a Long Necked Tortoise on a rock that is known locally as Turtle Rock. You will see why…

Image

The hipeastrums are in flower at the moment, the orange ones are quite lovely

Image

The variety of flowers and colours are fantastic…some are in the garden…

Image

Some are in pots…..

Image

But the colours sometimes just burst out…

Image

While we were sitting outside, doing a bit of chook watching, two of her chooks disappeared recently – I suspect an eagle as the Wedgetailed Eagles often ride the currents in the valley, I spied so many things around the yard. Anyway everyone should do a bit of chook watching in their life as chooks are quite comical as the go about their busy lives with their fluffy pants…

Image

She spotted Mr Tawny Frogmouth keeping a close eye on us from a shrub close to where we were sitting

Image

Looking around, I found Mrs Tawny Frogmouth sitting on the nest. Nest is an exaggeration of the word as it is just a pile of twigs stacked in its precarious location

Image

And as for the Magpies nest….a rather ramshackle affair. Notice the embarrassed lift off…didn’t want her face on the internet…

Image

Something was fluttering about us so I decided to see what it was. Of course as soon as I got close off it went again so I had to make do with the Lacewing hidden among the greenery of the garden

Image

The ant was doing everything it could to not get photographed but walking into the wall soon stopped him

Image

Luckily the butterfly, a Common Ringlet, was quite content to sit around

Image

Did I say there was a possibility of a bit of outdoor sex…..

Image

Some weird bug was walking around flicking its orange antenna

Image

Inside of a pretty yellow flower, I found someone looking back at me

Image

The bird bath has its usual Scrub Wren splashing about or just sitting to cool down its little butt

Image

I heard a knocking in the trees above. Looking up I saw a Fig Bird

Image

But he wasn’t doing the knocking….it was his mate with something in her beak

Image

We wondered what she had. A bit of a walk over the other side of the hill the answer was quite obvious why the Fig Birds were hanging around

Image

The best way to finish of a great day of discovery

Image

I hope everyone’s weekends are as fabulous as mine….wandering about making great discoveries with my  bestie

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.

Image

Galahs seem to have old eyes

Image

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

Image

and this duck

Image

the Fig Bird’s red mask really stands out

Image

The Noisy Miner only has a small bit of eye decoration

Image

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

Image

A Kookaburras eye is just among its feathers

Image

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

Image

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

Image

The Black Necked Stork is a spot of yellow in black

Image

The osprey has an alertness about it

Image

Many birds eyes have different colours like the Koel

Image

and White Headed Pigeon

Image

and Satin Bower Bird

Image

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

Image

but sometimes they can look a bit sceptical

Image

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

Image

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

Image

Thats the journey through the eyes of birds