Birds looking at me

The word prompt from Maria at CitySonnet for April Photo a Day 15/4: Birds

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It’s all about nature

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature

How could I not resist this photo challenge. Showing self restraint here is a bit of the nature from my part of the world.

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Here are the twos

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: 2 Different Things or the Number 2

I often see two different birds at the bird bath. (search on here bird bath to see more in colour) This post isn’t all about two birds and the bird bath, some other twos for your enjoyment as well.

Despite the Spangled Drongos death stare, the Noisy Miner remained oblivious
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Sometimes you have to defend your territory even if the other bird is much bigger. The Noisy Friarbird kept harassing the Square-tailed Kite
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“Hey Bobbin, what did he write down there?”
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There is always somewhere good to perch to see if anyone has any chips.
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I thought I really should include some flowers for Cee
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A favourite song

Birds and butterflies and perhaps a snail

I really enjoy sitting down and writing. Something I haven’t done a lot of lately so this little bit of writing includes a lot of photos. I was intending to do a series of birdbath photos. Instead here is a selection of the two birdbaths, my besties birdbath and the small hanging pot that I found some of the birds at my place love to visit.

First off is the birdbath that has been a regular feature in a lot of my blogs. I still remember the first time I saw a Noisy Friarbird. They are so prehistoric looking. I tell visitors that they are Australia’s only vulture. Naughty aren’t I? Their songs are one of the most distinctive as they call in the bush. I love seeing them when two Noisy Friarbirds sing in unison, both doing the same movements as well.

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The little Eastern Yellow Robin must have had a hot tail as he sat with his tail in the water for quite some time.

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The White-browed Scrubwren was far more interested in what the other scrubwrens were doing underneath the birdbath.

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“Oh for goodness sake, tidy yourself up!” The Spangled Drongos having a lovely time at the birdbath.

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I wonder what the Little Wattlebird was giving the Drongo the stink eye about?

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Here is the little hanging pot. One day the hole in the bottom was blocked with some leaves and dirt. It filled with water after the rain and I heard some birds having a good time, drinking and having a splash about. I sealed the bottom and now keep it filled with water. The small birds, especially the honeyeaters, are the ones who use it the most.

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The White-throated Honeyeaters are regular users. They are here every afternoon to have a drink or a bit of a splash in the water.

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One has a bath while the others keep a look out.

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The Brown Honeyeater caught with his tongue out after taking a drink.

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The Lewins Honeyeaters are in the garden most of the day. This one came for a drink in the middle of a rather warm March day.

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Another tongue out shot. This time of a White-throated Honeyeater.

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You can see why I need to keep the water up to the birdbath. The Lewins certainly enjoy a good splash.

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The White-throated Honeyeaters are a bit more refined in their bathing habits.

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I love seeing the little Thornbills in the garden. They always seem to have something to investigate.

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The Whipbirds are always hiding behind something or rustling about in the garden under the bushes.

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Enough of the birds. I also love Dragonflies. We were doing some bush regen down at the spring, when this Dragonfly took an interest in what we were doing. Yes, that is one of the lantana bushes he is sitting on that got pulled out.

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After a bit more zooming around, I realised that he was doing something other than watching what we were doing. At least it reminded us to have a break and a snack.

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Speaking of snacks. There was a loud buzzing and upon investigating, there was the fly caught in the web and a Daddy Long Legs getting ready to wrap the fly up for his dinner. Fly wrap anybody?

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I don’t think it is fair to be called common but the butterfly world has many “common” butterflies. This Common Crow was very obliging to have its photo taken.

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The Pentas are a great flowering shrub for butterflies.

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Butterflies are so delicate as they stand on flowers to gather nectar.

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Getting your proboscis right in there seems to be the way to go.

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The Orchard Butterflies were in the garden a lot in march. These two were having a good time fluttering around the garden.

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Quite often their dance became quite close and eventually there was a lot of blurred photos as they mated. As this isn’t one of “those” blogs I haven’t included the very blurry photos, mainly as they were very blurry

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Aren’t they beautiful big butterflies?

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Oh. That’s right. I did mention a snail didn’t I. One evening I went into the bathroom and saw something high up on the wall. The soft-shelled native snail was very shy and seemed to sense when I was close trying to get a photo and went into it’s shell. At least I know what was making holes in the leaves of the plant in the bathroom.

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I am glad you have gotten to the end of one of the longest blogs I have done. Did you enjoy the journey? What was your favourite photo?

Little birds and flowers

What have I found over the past couple of weeks? The rooster has been doing what roosters do and the hen has been doing what hens do – sometimes. Yes, the Big Red Rooster (remember him) and the hens have produced a small but cute batch of chicks. The Fantail eggs (from the last blog) have hatched and two little chicks are doing well. But first, I have found some beautiful flowers.

This flower I have since found out can be rather weedy in its habit. The red and green together really caught my eye.

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The Pelargoniums are flowering with their unusual petals and lovely colours.

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Orange flowers stand out and this one was trying to attract insects.

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The yellow colours around the garden add a splash among the greenery.

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But the reds are very striking and this flower is most unusual.

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The Lewins Honeyeaters are always zooming around the garden making sure that everyone behaves or sitting and watching.

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The White-browed Scrub Wrens are always foraging among the leaf litter in the garden. They look quite small when they pop up onto the deck.

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The chickens hatched out a week ago. I came home to the sounds of a very proud hen cluck clucking ready to show me how clever she was hatching out these little fluff balls.

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The little red chick was always in or around the food bowl.

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I hope it is a hen as I haven’t had any red hens for ages.

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One of the yellow chicks seemed to be very interested in what I was doing.

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The Fantails nest has been all go with both eggs hatching and two hungry mouths to feed.

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Every now and then, they would curl up together and have a nap.

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They always seem to know when one of the parents is around with food.

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There is always something to catch around the garden.

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Which is delivered quickly to the babies.

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Afterwards there is time to have a bit of a stretch.

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When it gets a bit cooler in the evening, one of the parents comes for a sit to keep them warm.

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It’s good just to sit and contemplate their future.

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I think the time spent sitting on eggs and keeping chicks warm may have seemed a bit boring.

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Aren’t the whiskers around the beak amazing. I didn’t know that they had those did you?

That’s all from flowers and baby birds. I hope you enjoyed seeing some of new lives in my life.

Discoveries in June and July

I have been doing my usual wandering about, looking for things that are interesting, stunning or just plain great to photograph. This is what I have found over the past two months which have made a quick stroll or a drive into a lot of stop and look.

The early morning fog sitting in the Clarence Valley looked quite amazing as I came over the hill on the way to town.

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Some of the morning skies had so much colour

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The Pelicans were paddling on the Clarence River looking for their breakfast. Everyone knows that Pelicans are great fishers and know exactly where the fish are.

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The Little Corellas played on the light towers, swinging on the wires and generally creating havoc.

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There were many storm clouds around but I haven’t had much rain at my place in the past few months and the Summer storms just didn’t appear this season. These were looming while I was travelling around the Richmond Valley.

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The next few photos are stuff I found in Lismore. I will have to go back and see if I can get the shot I saw in my mind with this spiral stair case.

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I love puddles

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I also love rust – the textures and colours rust brings to metal.

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This is what it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun.

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The footpath also got my attention. The moss is such a striking green.

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The early Winter flowers were appearing in the gardens around Lismore. A splash of white caught my attention. I have no idea what it is though.

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One tree had ants massing all over as they were preparing to launch the winged ones.

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But the tree looked nonplussed.

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On the way back to my besties, we stopped at the outdoor cathedral in Bexhill. The Grevillea flowers (I think) were almost over but still looked amazing.

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The flowers at her place were also blooming. I was hoping to get a bee or two but they were too fast.

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The birds that are there are nothing like the birds at my place, although there are a couple that I find at mine as well as at hers. The cheekiest is the White-browed Scrub Wren who likes to hang around the back door.

“Is anyone home!!”

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“I know you’re in there!!”

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The Catbirds were around in the afternoon making their weird sounds.

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I also came across this butterfly. Its colours made for a great camouflage until I came blundering along.

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I guess the sun is setting so drop by soon and let me know if you enjoyed my some of my Discoveries in June and July.

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