This was June

It has taken me ages to sort through the photos that I took in June. Luckily I took out the photos of birds that I encountered and put them in this blog. I was surprised at some of the subjects that I managed to capture as it is Winter here which is normally a bit dry but we have had a rather wet Autumn. I am wondering where to start as I have quite a number of photos so maybe I will get going with some of the old bits and pieces I came across in June. The photos are at my place unless otherwise stated.

When I visited a neighbour, I had to stop and photograph the old farm stuff they have near their front gate. I think this is a horse drawn stick rake.
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The old cart has seen better days. My Grandfather was a Wheel Wright and I reckon he would love to have a go at restoring this cart.
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As you know, I love rust, the colours and the shapes that make the metal into an art work.
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The chains and hook are a wonderful knot of rust.
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This old pulley is hanging on the besties verandah. It may have been part of the old dairy that used to be on her place years ago.
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I love the tiny water drops in the spiders webs from the misty rain.
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The rain has put water drops on the flowers in pots on her verandah.
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The Zygote Cactus water drops seem to be able to defy gravity
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Even the spiders web caught a water drop or two.
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The spiders web in the Red Ironbark had a golden glow. The Red Ironbarks are majestic trees on my place.
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The rain drops on the spiders web in the grass looked like jewels.
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Moss and lichen are other favourites of mine to photograph. A lovely green on the Bloodwood tree.
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The wonderful coloured red sap from the Red Ironbark oozes from fissures in the bark.
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The Tuckeroos are in flower and the trees are full of these tiny flowers.
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The trees were abuzz with the sounds of bees and insects.
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I am not sure if this is a bee or a wasp.
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The bees certainly have to scrunch to get to the pollen and nectar.
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I didn’t notice the red eye on this insect until I down loaded the photos.
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The Blue-banded Bees were still hanging around the Pentas. I love their blue bums.
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They hardly sit still and this bee looks like he hasn’t any wings.
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Down on the forest floor, I was trying to get the right angle for a photo of the fungi when along came this fellow. I love the colours of the fungi. The reds are very striking to see. just little red dots on the ground.
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I found this bunch of fungi during a Landcare visit to a site in Tucabia emerging from the mulch.
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In the rainforest on my besties place I always come across fungi growing on the fallen trees. This is the first time I have seen this wood fungi which went the length of the log. Amazing colour isn’t it?
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This wood fungi was on the end of a log nearby. Such a contrast in colour from the fungi above.
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I found this little Stink Horn Fungus walking down the driveway at her place. I think I was stalking the Brush Turkey trying to get a photo of him on the mound he built.
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Isn’t the yellow of this fungi just lovely? And it even curled its edge to show me its frill.
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The Gold Top mushrooms are everywhere at the moment on my place.
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I love looking under the fungi to see the frills which have a fascinating shape and texture.
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Growing on a log in the forest, the mix of moss with its seed pods and the fungi looked like a tiny elfin garden.
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The Bromiliads in my besties garden are flowering but mine haven’t as yet. The mix of colours on this flower is just right.
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The Matchstick Bromiliad flower is different.
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This is me being a bit artistic with the hanging Hibiscus flower.
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I can’t remember what this vine flower is called but it certainly caught my eye in my besties garden. I love the curly tendril as well.
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Looking deep inside the flower, it almost looks like it is exploding outwards.
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The Banksia flower in the afternoon sun.
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My neighbour has a wheelbarrow full of these Pancake cactus. They are becoming one of my favourite cacti.
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When I was watering some pot plants on the front verandah, out popped the little Broad-palmed Frog.
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Isn’t it one of the cutest frogs you have ever seen?
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At the Landcare walk at Tucabia you know I couldn’t resist chasing a butterfly. The Large Grass Yellow was feeding on a Farmers Friend or Cobblers Peg plant.
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The Orange Palm Dart butterfly just happened to sit on a leaf while I was stalking a bird in my besties garden. What wonderful colours
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The Orange Palm Dart was very co-operative in getting its photo taken.
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In Winter, you have to be careful when you go to the wood pile. You never know who is getting the warmth of the afternoon sun. Luckily I saw this small Red-bellied Black Snake
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Well the sun is setting so I better get off and do stuff. Hope you enjoyed the things I found in June.
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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

More wandering on the weekend

The weekend always brings new discoveries, sights and other things that have been seen before but still can evoke a bit of wonder. There are always birds, insects and animals that I happen upon and yes, as someone asked recently, I do often chase bugs and butterflies to get a photo. This weekend was no exception but I am lucky with the birds as they come to me. Well not to me actually but my besties most wonderful bird bath. We were chatting in the morning with a cuppa where we worked out what birds that drop in have been seen in the bird bath and which ones haven’t had their photo taken. The main ones were, not surprisingly, the raptors – Wedgetailed Eagles, Pacific Baza and the other kites and falcons that whizz through too quickly to identify.

So onto the things that managed to wander into my gaze and camera lens. The start was on Friday evening with a wonderful sunset that was filled with different colours.

I first saw a small piece of red that was one of the reddest reds I have seen.

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The yellows were quite lovely too.

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Saturday morning was filled with many butterflies flitting around the garden. Orchard Butterflies and Azures (possibly) were too fast as were some Awls and Skippers but the Lemon Migrant, I think, stopped for a bit of nectar.

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I didn’t manage to get the wings down to identify properly so a guess at Lemon Migrant will have to do, until someone lets me know what species of butterfly it is.

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As well as butterflies there was a wasp buzzing about so a quick photo was in order, then run ha ha ha

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Of course the dragonfly was just waiting to get its photo taken.

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With all this going on,  a couple of folk were dropping into the bird bath.

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I can’t help but post a couple of more Eastern Yellow Robins as they are so cute and very bright as they chitter chatter around the garden.

This one is “You keep a look out….I’m going in!”

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Even when a bit damp, the Eastern Yellow Robin manages to look resplendent.

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This is the first time that the Noisy Friarbird has dropped in for a quick dip.

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What do you look like when you shake the water from your head?

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The Eastern Rosella was waiting in the trees nearby.

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But finally had its turn which didn’t last long as a Noisy Minor decided that it was his bath time.

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On the way to give PJ his breakfast, a Grey Fantail was doing some post hopping, a quick dart into the air to catch a flying insect or two and back down.

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This time without that serious looking face

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And one more because it is such a happy little bird that always brings a smile at its acrobatics. Ready for take off…

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In another part of the garden, a Green Tree Snake was checking out the garden mulch for any tiny bug that happened upon its path.

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They certainly have big eyes.

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OH, thats right I mentioned PJ didn’t I. PJ is a horse and we finally found out why Mini was putting on weight. At feed time, Mini trots down after everyone is gone to see if there are any gumnuts that PJ has dropped and not yet found. Say hi to Mini and PJ.

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Well that’s about all I discovered last weekend although I am keeping a few photos of the Eastern Whipbird for later. Here’s another look at that fabulous sunset.

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brian