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.

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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.

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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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Stuff I saw last weekend

So much happened last weekend. Most of the things I found were during a drive to Murwillumbah plus bits and pieces around my besties place. There were things made of plastic, flowers, big things, small things and of course some birds.

Lets begin with the first thing we saw on the road to Murwillumbah. Cruising through Mooball we just had to stop at the Moo Moo Cafe as the biggest motorbike I have ever seen was “parked” outside. As a bloke who loves his MotoGP and road racing since the days of the Yamaha TZ750’s, this one was worth a quick stop.

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Of course, the first stop was for coffee. This time we went to a cafe I hadn’t been to before. The inside was rather funky and we sat up the back so we could people watch and take in the feel of the place. I liked the lights.

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One wall had some wacky art works and the biggest paella pan I have ever seen.

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Of course the Op-shops had to be explored. I found one of my favourites, an elephant. It was made of plastic but at $45 it stayed in the shop.

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So did the rocker. I think it was a deer?

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The Garden around the Civic Centre was bursting with flowers. The Lilli Pillis were lovely.

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I think this is a Lilli Pilli too but not sure.

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Hanging around the garden was this little Water Dragon. He just ran every time I came near but stopped for a minute for me to get this shot before scurrying off again.

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On the way to the Art Gallery is a Kapok tree whose seed pods were bursting open.

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The Tweed Art Gallery is always a stop off when there are new exhibits. Only one really took my imagination. The art of Philip Wolfhagen was the best and well worth a visit. I just love the Margaret Olley Art Centre as I always find something that I hadn’t seen before. This time I found a chook. Okay, it may not be a chook but I want to think it is.

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Looking out of the window we saw a storm heading over the range and over Mt Warning. They are always spectacular and dramatic looking.

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That night the Huntsman came out from behind the cupboard to check out what we were doing.

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The next day the overnight rain had refreshed the garden and it seemed that there were flowers everywhere. The scent in the air was from the Jasmin growing on the old fence around the garden.

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And from the Wisteria growing on the arbour.

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A splash of yellow caught my eye. It was a Day Lily all by itself standing tall.

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The Azalias were full of blossoms.

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The red of these tiny flowers provided a contrast in the garden.

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There are Pansy’s everywhere, but these small ones looked a treat as they spilled over the edge of the garden.

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I disturbed a small spider who had folded the petals of a Gazania. He was gone in a flash, probably in case I thought he was a snack.

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High in the sky a couple of Kites wheeled about.

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They didn’t come down very close unfortunately.

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Walking around not caring about much, an Emerald Dove just walked down the track.

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While a Galah sat on the powerline looking rather fluffy.

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Among the bushes, a Brush Wattlebird was calling.

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The Wonga Pigeon didn’t seem to mind the rasping call and sat around watching what was going on.

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Late in the afternoon, it looked as if the wattlebird had its pants on fire.

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The next morning back at home, the Satin Bowerbird was getting into the Honey Gem before the Blue-faced Honeyeaters or Friarbirds were awake. This bloke did look rather serious didn’t he?

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Well, like the Brush Turkey, I’d better run.

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Sunday I saw stuff

I really enjoy walking around my besties garden or just sitting on the verandah with a cuppa watching birds just popping in…..sometimes to take a bath…..see some of the older posts to see what I mean…..maybe a bird bath selection will be next!!!!

The morning sun on the garden is quite spectacular at times….enhancing the colours of flowers, leaves, bark and berries.

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The flowers looked so different to when I have photographed them before….this is a small flower and of course being on a longish stalk….any breeeze…

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Near the chook yard…on a tree…..its a moth….very art deco my bestie reckons…..I love the texture on the bark….

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The trees are filled with birdsong all day……the fig birds are the latest arrivals……they are getting the fruit from the tobacco bush….this one was high in the trees….

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This while the wattle bird watched from a nearby tree…..

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In the afternoon…..while having a cuppa on the verandah….mr and mrs golden whistler popped in for a quick tub….

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He stayed in the shrub nearby to make sure it was safe while she had her bath…..

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A quick shake and she whooshed up into the bottlebrush to dry off and to keep an eye out so mr could take a dip….

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He was so quick in and out……..when he had his shake at the edge of the bird bath he did become rather befuzzled from his normal neat and tidy self……I love the water drops on his head….

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It’s so lovely to be able to sit and watch the world go about its business isn’t it?

After a bird bath

After you have a bath, it’s really good to be able to feel the warmth of the sun, to be able to stretch out and just feel good about the day don’t you think?

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Diving right in even though the Spangled Drongo seems a little miffed that he has to share the bath water.

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First off….you have to find a nice spot to sit…..

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Getting the correct angle to ensure you are well sunned and dried….

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A bit of warmth under the wings is just the thing……

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Aaaahhhh………that hits the spot just nicely thank you.