Spring – more wonders discovered

Oh yeah, it is Spring. So much is happening, the weather is great for wandering around the north coast and there are so many things to see and do. One drive about took us to Clarrie Hall Dam at the Crams Farm end of the storage. Tweed Council have done a great job making it a great place to visit. Just the view as you drive in is spectacular.

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The water is covered in water lilies and water birds are everywhere. The Cape Waterlilies make a stunning sight as they stand tall.

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The Yellow Waterlilies are dotted here and there around the dam.

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It is so crowded that the leaves curl making it hard for the lilies to push their way skyward.

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Unfortunately, under the water’s surface is a good amount of Cabomba, an introduced plant from America, usually a fish tank escapee. At the moment it is flowering which makes a good resting spot for dragonflies.

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This flower was partly submerged and made great patterns on the water.

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In the trees, as well on the water, were many birds enjoying the late afternoon spring weather. The Brown pigeons were always wary of the bloke with the camera.

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The Darters took off when someone ventured into the water

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While the Eurasian Coots just paddled around looking for something to eat before it was dark.

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The Purple Swamp Hens were always walking about, flicking their tails and squarking in general.

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High in one tree the young Willie Wagtails were practising being big birds, flapping wings and generally making a racket.

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The adults were telling them to be quiet, I think.

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Just sitting and looking at the water was very relaxing but it was time to head home.

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When we got home, there was Badger, who had found a shady spot to lay down on the warm spring day.

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Going down to the creek there were birds staying cool among the trees and shrubs. The Emerald Dove kept moving around the tree, all the while watching where I was going.

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The Cunjivoi is flourishing.

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Scattered through the bush are little native gardenia plants with their amazing looking flowers.

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I just had to see what was inside the purple flower growing on the fence around the house.

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It wouldn’t be Spring if there weren’t birds nesting. The Fantails nest is held together with spider web.

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She sat there watching me as I watched her.

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I was waiting for the change over of the egg sitters so I could see how many eggs were in the nest. Two small lovely eggs.

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Looking up, the splashes of green and orange of the Silky Oak made wonderful abstract patterns.

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The warmer weather also had a few blow flies whizzing about. This one seemed to like the pelargonium leaves more than me.

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Late in the afternoon, near dark, the Figbirds were singing their wonderful song.

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In the front yard, the wallaby wondered if the joey was at home.

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And there he was.

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A bit of a long one but thanks for getting to the end. I have so much more, so I better get started on the next installment of my Spring.

I Have A Lot Of Small And Cute

I had many comments on my blog photos of animals around my place and some people wanted to see more of the joeys. Well I am happy to oblige…..here is a selection of the little blokes I have although some of these are mothers and fathers themselves by now.

Synchronised eating or breakfast in bed

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Some of the littles ones can be shy and just peek out of the pouch every now and then

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While other are quite relaxed and appear rather casual

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But can just disappear in the blink of an eye

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But still can’t resist to see if I am still there

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On a winters day, a pouch looks like a warm and snug place to be

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It is especially important to stay warm when you don’t have any fur

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This is how you get into a pouch

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Every now and then you get an itch and just have to scratch

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On occasion, Mum looks like she need a bit of a scratch

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Or maybe a bit of a kiss

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If you aren’t sure what’s around, just stand still and check it out

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Even when you are eating

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But there is always something that makes you laugh

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Here is my video of one little bloke just hopping around the front yard – http://youtu.be/WMmwyO4BhVE

Animals…Yes I said it….Animals

There are animals everywhere, especially around my place. Some are small, some are large but most don’t mind having their picture taken, as long as I am quick. It is certainly a privilege to have them around, not only in the bush but sometimes close to the house. The garden always has a wallaby eating or resting, there is always lizards of course, or should I say skinks and sometimes a snake or two will rustle through the undergrowth. I have heard Koalas at night but not seen them but possums are always somewhere around even in the chook house.

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Other possums, that aren’t here but at my besties place, are the Ringtailed Possums. This bloke was high in the tree and it takes balls to climb high.

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At her place at least I can see the Koala!!! This bloke was in the front garden about 10 meters from the house.

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There are small bats somewhere around, in hollows and sometimes they stop inside for the night. Summertime, the windows and doors are open to catch the breezes and the little micro bats often whizz around sweeping up moths and other bugs attracted to the lights. This Lesser Eared Bat found a box to rest in.

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Geckos have many a spot around the house. Most of the pictures on the walls have a gecko or two behind them, When they get frisky, the pictures jump and bump on the walls. This Velvet Gecko was stalking a moth and didn’t really want my attention.

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Outside the skinks have the run of the verandas, garden and basically everywhere, all through the bush.

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I have a recycling and garbage area, as I don’t have a garbage service, where I store all my garbage and recycling until I get a good sized load to take to the transfer station in town. I open the bale flaps very slowly each time as there is usually a frog or spider under there. This day as I opened the bale up, there was a small Red Naped Snake warming under the flap.

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One of the hard parts of bush living is life and death. I love my chooks but so do a lot of others who mainly love them as dinner. Over the years I have lost a few to Spotted Tail Quolls. One time, after around 6 chooks were killed, I took a carcass and put it into a trap hoping to get the bugger and take him for a ride up the mountain to the National Park.

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But mostly it’s the wallabies that get attention as they are quite calm around me and they come closer to the house than most other animals. Here is the “Whole lot of Wallabies” part. I couldn’t decide which one to use so I just included a selection of different wallabies, their young and places they hang out.

Sometimes they come in groups. The Red Necked Wallabies are everywhere.

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They don’t mind hanging out with the chooks. The Whiptail Wallabies, or Pretty-faced, seem to hang out in the back.

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The Red Necked Males are quite large and in breeding season, the red really stands out.

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I was lucky enough to get a photo of a very young joey before it grew any hair.

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The Joeys are so adorable.

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Sometimes the come to the front door…..

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….and sometimes to the back door.

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I love the animals that are around my place.

Do you have many at your place?