The Waterhole

The word prompt from Amanda at Life Amazing: Pools or Ponds

I have been meaning to post a bit about my property for a while. One day it will be whole post. For the moment, thanks to Amanda, here is a bit about the waterhole or pool on my place. It always has water and I have never seen it dry. I went for a bit of a bush walk a few weeks ago, before the rains came, just to see how the environment and and birds and animals had been coping with a lack of rain.

This is how the waterhole or pool looks when there has been a bit of rain.
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This is what I found. A small pool behind some gravel and leaves.
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To my surprise, the waterhole was filled with the sounds of birds. This is the only water source down this part of my place so the birds were there in numbers. A tiny Scarlet Honeyeater makes the waterhole look big.
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A White-throated Honeyeater enjoyed a drink.181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_white throated honeyeater
A yellow-faced Honeyeater was joined by some Fuscous Honeyeaters. There were so many Fuscous Honeyeaters that I couldn’t count them.181010_blog challenge_pool_pond_yellow faced honeyeater_fuscous honeyeaters

This is a small amount of the birds that were there. The air was filled with bird song. A lovely way to spend the afternoon, sitting and watching until the mosquitoes sent me on the track back home.

August at the Bird Bath

There has been lots of activity at the bird bath. August was very dry so the water in the bird baths at home had to be replenished often. I have three bird baths around my house. This is what has been happening at just one.

This is the view I have of the bird bath from my verandah so it makes it easier to get a few photos. The birds still notice me and often fly off.
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The King Parrots are easy to spot when they visit the bird bath.
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When competing families arrive at the same time, a bit of arguing takes place.
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Notice the look on the Yellow-faced Honeyeater on the left. They are the guardians of the bird bath and swoop in to scare other birds away. The Lewins Honeyeater was rather nonplussed at the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters presence.
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The Silvereyes quite often arrive on mass
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Looks like the White-throated Honeyeater is surrounded. One Yellow-faced Honeyeater has been in for a bath, no longer looking sleek.
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I only just caught a Buff-rumped Thornbill who flew off before I could get set for another photo.
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The Eastern Yellow Robin didn’t look pleased to have a post bath photo taken.
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A typical stance of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater. The Eastern Yellow Robin didn’t care much while a White-throated Treecreeper waits his turn.
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A Grey Fantail gets ready to get into the bird bath.
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As usual, a White-throated Honeyeater waits out of sight when a gang of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive at the bird bath.
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I love the way the Treecreepers sit on the edge of the bird bath. He seems taken a back at the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters attitude.
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Peace at last and time for a bath. Look at those feet, made for scaling vertical surfaces.
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The White-throated Honeyeaters often arrive in numbers too.
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How embarrassing seeing me like this the Eastern Yellow Robins seems to say as a flock of Silvereyes arrive.
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A Scarlet Honeyeater watches on as the Silvereyes take a drink
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The Red-browed Firetail Finch and Silvereye discuss their day while hanging around the bird bath.
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The Eastern Spinebill was not sure about having a Yellow-faced Honeyeater at the bird bath.
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The Noisy Friarbird isn’t the most handsome visitor to the bird bath
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Pied Currawongs drop in from time to time. They have a disgusting habit of vomiting food pellets into the water before drinking necessitating in water changes.
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The Female or Juvenile Satin Bowerbird love the bird bath.
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They make a huge splash when the plop into the water.
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The Male Satin Bowerbird is wonderful. The camera doesn’t quite catch the sheen and colour shifts from black to blue
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The Rainbow Lorikeets are the most colourful visitors to the bird bath.
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I hoped you enjoyed your visit to the bird bath. Did you have a favourite bird at the bird bath?

This is September: The birds

G’day,
September, the first month of Spring but still no rain. The last drop of rain I have had was 6mls on the 6th July. Good news is there was 21mls over the last weekend. The dry Winter and September didn’t  stop the Grevillieas from flowering. I didn’t include many Grevilleas in this or the next blog. You can see them here from a previous blog. But I digress. This part of This is September is just the birds. The next blog is everything else as I looked at the number of photos and there are too many for one blog. I didn’t want your cuppa to get cold scrolling through or fall asleep before the end.

Ready……..lets get going.

The first lot are birds who are not very good at hiding, although some were just sheltering from the heat of the day probably.

The Australian Raven gave the game away by incessantly calling.
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The Noisy Friarbird was in the Sweet Pittosporum
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The Little Friarbird was hiding behind the Mago
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The Striated Thornbill was hiding in the Hibiscus
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Can you spot the White-throated Treecreeper?
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The Figbird was trying to be inconspicuous
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Little Friarbirds don’t hide very well do they?
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I love seeing the Variegated Fairy Wrens hopping through the garden. They usually come in small flocks looking among the bushes and flowers for insects or heading to the birdbath.
The females are hard to see aren’t they?
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Whereas the males really stand out
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They are so cute when they sit together
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As the weather has been very warm, almost Summer temperatures, the bird bath was the place to be. The Little Friarbird came for a drink.
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Bottoms up
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Looking about before having another drink
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A Spangled Drongo seemed to have a gargle
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While a White-throated Treecreeper jumped in and splashed about
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Sometimes you can emerge from the birdbath looking a bit bedraggled like this White-throated Honeyeater
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Eastern Whipbirds love the birdbath
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Almost ready for another dip
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Lewins Honeyeaters like the mosaics of this birdbath
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Of course there are birds who live in the water. Darters enjoy a swim
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While other birds prefer to be in the trees. Blue-faced Honeyeaters enjoy lunch
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Figbirds wonder what other birds are doing
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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters like sitting on sticks
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A regular Spring visitor is the Rufous Whistler who sing their little hearts out during the day
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The Square-tailed Kites have come back to their nest from last year to raise more chicks
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Other birds don’t mind a stroll about. A Grey-shrike Thrush hopped about the leaf litter
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On their regular patrol around the garden, the Wonga Pigeons stopped for a drink.
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A Common Bronzewing takes a walk along the road
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I like the first signs of Spring when the Rufous Whistler and the Spangled Drongos arrive at my place. Did you have a favourite bird?

 

The birds of June

It may be Winter, but here, it is the time when birds drop in on their way north to build their strength for the next part of their journey, or stay for the winter in the warm days on the North Coast. The nights can get cold but the days are usually in the low 20’s C with the warmth of sunshine and the number of plants that flower in late Autumn and Winter makes it a good place to stop off. This is not a complete record of birds as there have been birds who I haven’t managed to get in my lens plus there has been some who have just been to fast for me to photograph. Yes I have quite a number of photos of empty branches!!!

This first gallery of photos are the birds from my place.

The White-throated Honeyeaters arrive in the morning and in the afternoon with their chirp chirp chirp as they set about diving into the birdbath or pool to have their bath.
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The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive from down south, some stay while others in the flock fly further north.
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The Blue-faced Honeyeaters come and go all year depending on what food is available. The Honey Gem Grevillea has finally started to flower after a long dry hot Summer. Look at the pollen dust on his head.
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The little Eastern Spinebills are here with the distinctive clicking of their wings as they zip around the garden and their calls echoing in the gullies.
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You can judge their size by comparing with the Blue-faced Honeyeater and Grevillea flower above. They really stretch to reach the blossoms at times.
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Their plumage is quite pretty don’t you think?
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I don’t include many photos of the female Golden Whistler but this one is so cute. They are around the place all year round with their repetitive call which can sound like a squeaky wheel, at times up to twenty single notes.
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They also like to land on the side of trees and have a look around.eastern yellow robin_named_home_june 2017

As do the White-throated Treecreepers who just hop up and down the trees looking for insects under the bark. They have a similar call to the Yellow Robins but not as persistent.
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They also like to defy gravity as the give the trees a very thorough checking over.
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The tiny Red-backed Fairy Wrens like to explore the lower parts of the forest eating grass seeds and insects foraging among the grass stalks. The Jenny Wren has good camouflage.  wren_named_home_june 2017

The Silvereyes are migrants who stop for a few weeks to gather their strength for their next leg of their journey north.
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They are another of the tiny birds around here.
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The Red-browed Firetails are another constant visitor to the bush as they move about in small flocks looking for grass seeds. This is a young one as the red brow isn’t as prominent as the adults.
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The tiny Striated Thornbills are always around the garden and in the gullies around the house.
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They love the birdbath.
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Someone who I haven’t seen for quite a while has turned up this month and has been around the garden early in the morning and in the gullies during the day. The Spotted Pardalote digs a tunnel in the side of the gully to make it’s nest. They are so pretty aren’t they?
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I think this one saw me as I snuck along the verandah for a better photo.
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They can be quite vocal too.
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The sounds of Kookaburras signal the start and end of every day. There are about three families that live in the bush around the house and sometimes the cacophony of up to five or six Kookaburras can be quite deafening.
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After I took this photo I noticed that there was another two sitting nearby in separate trees. All of a sudden they all flew off into the forest disappearing among the trees.
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This next gallery are from my besties place.

The Lewins Honeyeater is the boss of my besties garden. They swoop on most other birds that dares to come into the garden. The Lewins at my place aren’t as bossy.
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Can you spot the Varied Triller?
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The Grey Fantails are always doing their acrobatic flying around the place catching insects on the wing. A very serious looking bird.
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The Golden Whistler is always around the garden and nearby rainforest singing its lovely song.
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My besties place is surrounded by rainforest so she has more doves and pigeons than I do at my place. The White-headed Pigeon has a deep sounding whoomp whoomp call. They also fly about in large flocks.
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The Brown Pigeon didn’t want its photo taken.
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There is always up to ten bar-shouldered Doves foraging on the ground in the garden looking for pecans that have fallen from the tree.
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The Whipbirds also enjoy foraging among the leaves for pecans.
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While high in the trees the Figbirds look for seeds as well as pecans. This female Figbird found the seeds of an Umbrella Tree.
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The male Figbird was more interested in pecans.
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The Green Catbird is also interested in pecans. Not long after this photo was taken, so was the pecan.
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Another recipient of the fallen pecans is the large Brush Turkey. His strong beak breaks open the pecans and often leaves small pieces behind for the other birds to eat. This one we call Brendan who has taken over the garden and has a mound nest almost one meter tall in the front garden. One day I’ll try to get a photo of Brendan and his mound.
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The most exciting discovery was finding a Regent Bowerbird just on the edge of the garden late one afternoon. I only managed to get a couple of bad photos but had to share in my excitement.
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We went to Byron Bay one day to shop as we haven’t been for ages and Winter is a good time as the number of tourists is halved at least. The Golden Pendas are in flower and the Rainbow Lorikeets were having a great time screeching at each other.
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And of course there are always chooks foraging around both our gardens.
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That is a snapshot of some of the birds around here in June. My June photo round-up probably won’t have any birds this year. Hopefully I’ll get to that by next week.

 

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?