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.
bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The King Parrots are easy to spot when they visit the bird bath.
king parrot_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

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.
yellow faced honeyeater_lewins honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Silvereyes quite often arrive on mass
silvereyes_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

Looks like the White-throated Honeyeater is surrounded. One Yellow-faced Honeyeater has been in for a bath, no longer looking sleek.
yellow faced honeyeaters_white throated honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

I only just caught a Buff-rumped Thornbill who flew off before I could get set for another photo.
buff rumped thornbill_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Eastern Yellow Robin didn’t look pleased to have a post bath photo taken.
eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

A typical stance of a Yellow-faced Honeyeater. The Eastern Yellow Robin didn’t care much while a White-throated Treecreeper waits his turn.
eastern yellow robin_yellow faced honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

A Grey Fantail gets ready to get into the bird bath.
grey fantail_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

As usual, a White-throated Honeyeater waits out of sight when a gang of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive at the bird bath.
white throated treecreeper_yellow faced honeyeaters_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

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.
white throated treecreeper_yellow faced honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

Peace at last and time for a bath. Look at those feet, made for scaling vertical surfaces.
white throated treecreeper_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

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.
silvereyes_eastern yellow robin_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

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.
red browed firetail_silvereye_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Eastern Spinebill was not sure about having a Yellow-faced Honeyeater at the bird bath.
red browed firetail_eastern spinebill_yellow faced honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Noisy Friarbird isn’t the most handsome visitor to the bird bath
noisy friarbird_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

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.
currawong_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Female or Juvenile Satin Bowerbird love the bird bath.
bowerbird_female_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

They make a huge splash when the plop into the water.
bowerbird_splash_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Male Satin Bowerbird is wonderful. The camera doesn’t quite catch the sheen and colour shifts from black to blue
satin bower bird_male_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

The Rainbow Lorikeets are the most colourful visitors to the bird bath.
rainbow lorikeets_bird bath_named_home_aug 2018

I hoped you enjoyed your visit to the bird bath. Did you have a favourite bird at the bird bath?

This is August 2018

Not a terribly exciting month for photos as I have been unwell with a cold which is not going away. I decided to do two or maybe more posts about August, one is a fairly large post which will be done soon. At least being unwell allows me time to sit at the computer to sort photos and do stuff that I put off as I have lots to do outside before the weather warms up, although this Winter had been unseasonably warm.

Let’s get started. A few mornings have been slightly foggy. One morning, the early morning fog made the bush look quite surreal.
durranbah_fog_forest_named_home_aug 2018

Some days the clouds were in shapes that made me just stop and look.
clouds_named_home_aug 2018

I am glad this Red-necked Wallaby stopped and looked before hopping across the road in front of me.
red necked wallaby_named_home_aug 2018

A day was spent at an event in town called Wings and Wheels held at the South Grafton Airfield. It was great to see the Grey Ferguson tractors lines up. This one looked like mine.
ferguson_tractor_named_grafton_aug 2018

One day out and about, we came across this most colourful and crazy garden. Lots of ideas for Cee’s Odd Ball photo challenge that’s for sure.
garden_crazy_named_alstonville_aug 2018

My bestie said it was time for the old wheelbarrow to get a succulent garden. Didn’t she do a great job? All the plants came from pots around the house and garden.
succulant_garden_wheelbarrow_named_home_august 2018

The hanging geraniums are always in flower.
geranium_flower_named_home_aug 2018

We doing things in my besties garden when we felt that someone was looking at us.
cow_peeking_named_caniaba_aug 2018

Here is the biggest Brush Turkey from a nearby town, Kyolge.
big brush turkey_named_kyogle_aug 2018

Getting home from a drive, the chook decided to detail the car, removing all sorts of insects from the front of my car.
chook_car_named_home_aug 2018

It is nesting time. I wondered what was going on with the mat on the verandah. The White-browed Treecreeper, normally hopping on vertical tree trunks, gathering nesting material.
white throated treecreeper_rug_named_home_aug 2018

A Spotted Pardalote was foraging among the vines.
spotted pardalote_named_home_aug 2018

The Welcome Swallows have been nesting in the verandah at my besties new place for years. They have started building their nests too. They are always together.
welcome swallowa_named_caniaba_aug 2018

A young King Parrot morphing from juvenile to adult
king parrot_morph_named_home_aug 2018

Checking out the tree tops, an Australian Raven, surveys the scene.
australian raven_tree top_named_home_aug 2018

A Pied Currawong found the berries on a Murraya irresistible.
currawong_berry_named_home_aug 2018

The rather prehistoric looking Noisy Friarbird love Grevilleas.
friarbird_red grevillea_named_caniaba_aug 2018

Eastern Spinebills also love Grevilleas.
eastern spinebill_honey gem grevillea_named_home_aug 2018

The blue black is lovely as a contrast to the rest of their colours. You can see why it is called a Spinebill.
eastern spinebill_red grevillea_named_home_aug 2018

The Galah just loved walking among the grass seeds snacking as he went.
galah_named_caniaba_aug 2018

I went down to the bottom part of my property to check on the waterhole. While I was there the activity of birds was quite amazing. A huge flock of Fuscous Honeyeaters were darting everywhere.
honeyeater_named_home_august 2018

One afternoon, the Moon looked so fabulous against the blue sky. I love our Moon.
moon_named_home_august 2018

Well there you go. A quick look at my month of August. Thanks for stopping by. Leave me a comment which will cheer me up no end.

This is May 2018

Another wrap up of whats been happening in bushboys world in May. This month has been so dry. Many of the usual birds that are around here in May are absent. The most exciting thing is that I have two new birds that have dropped in on their migration to warmer places.

Some of the photos are from my besties place where it has been raining almost every day. There isn’t a huge amount of photos but I still recommend grabbing a drink suitable for the time of day you are scrolling through This is May 2018.

I think I’ll start with a couple of flowers. I can’t wait for some of the plants which flower in the cooler months to flower.

I love the purple colour
purple flower_named_binna burra_may 2018
The last hibiscus flowerhibiscus_named_home_may 2018

Just a mud puddle with a bit of the sun and sky
puddle_named_binna burra_may 2018

This is the shell of a Frasers Banded Snail. One of the advantages of following scientists on Twitter is that if I can’t ID anything, there is always someone to ask. Bronwen Scott gave me the name of the snail. Bronwen is at Snailseyeview
frasers banded snail shell_top_named_binna burra_may 2018
Another view of the Frasers Banded Snail shellfrasers banded snail shell_under_named_binna burra_may 2018

When the cooler weather arrives, quite often so do some of the marsupial mice from out of the forest looking for somewhere warm to nest. I have a live trap where I can trap, ID and release back into the forest.
This is a view into the trap with a House Mouse, not an Antechinus as I first thought, who has been enjoying a bit of peanut butter. ID help from Dr Dave and Dale Nimmo
antechinus_trap_named_home_may 2018

Here is the little bloke ready to hop off and find another place to spend Winter other than my pantry
antechinus_free_named_home_may 2018

Another new discovery at my besties was this Eastern Stoney Creek Frog. The ID on the frog was also from a Twitter. The wonderful Jodi Rowley
eastern stoney creek frog_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here’s a bit of orange fungi growing on the side of a tree glowing in the afternoon sun
fungi_tree_orange_named_binna burra_may 2018
This fungi was so soft and really did feel like velvet. Also an added bit of Lichen as well as some Moss. Yes it was a wet habitat.fungi_lichen_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here is the usual warning for those who have an aversion to spiders. Try to have a peek as the Golden Orb Weaver is a rather beautiful spider.

Lets break in gently with a tiny but lovely web glowing in the morning suns golden glow. Not an Orb Weavers web as this spider is tiny
spider web_golden_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here she is, a Golden Orb Weaver looking lovely against the blue Autumn sky.
golden orb weaver_sky_named_home_may 2018

The markings underneath are so wonderful. She is not quite 75mm long.
golden orb weaver_beneath_named_home_may 2018
This is why she is a Golden Orb Weaver. She is attending to her larder dangling on the golden threads of her rather messy webgolden orb weaver_web_named_home_may 2018

A rainy day in Ballina. A Willie Wagtail found a place to try and stay dry during a downpour
willie wagtail_rain_named_ballina_may 2018
Only a few bits of green grass when this photo was taken of a Willie Wagtail hunting for a snack.willie wagtail_named_home_may 2018

The Eastern Spinebills have arrived. A few will hang around over winter as long as the Grevilleas have flowers.
eastern spinebill_honeygem grevillea_named_home_may 2018

A small flock of Silvereyes have taken up residence as well
silvereye_honeygem grevillea_named_home_may 2018

Not sure who this Silvereye is yelling at while at he bird bath
silvereye_bird bath_named_home_may 2018

On a drive I spotted a group of Ibis resting and preening. Among the group were a couple of Spoonbills having a rest.
ibis_spoonbill_named_south ballina_may 2018

It was disturbing to see 4WD wheel tracks on a section of South Ballina Beach which is a no go zone as the birds rest and nest on that part of the beach.
A Sooty Oystercatcher and a Little Tern in the wheel tracks, with some Crested Terns in the background
little tern_sooty oystercatcher_named_south ballina beach_may 2018

A Little Tern resting on the beachlittle tern_named_south ballina beach_may 2018
Sometimes you have to wait for your turn in the bird bath. A White-throated Treecreeper hangs about waiting for a Lewins Honeyeater to finish his bath.white throated treecreeper_lewins honeyeater_bird bath_named_home_may 2018
Ahhh……that’s better. I love how the White-throated Treecreepers sit in the bird bath, the totally opposite to all the other birds.white throated treecreeper_bird bath_named_home_may 2018

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters are on their migration too. Some of the flock will stay here over winter. They are the bullies of the bird bath and chase the other birds away.
yellow faced honeyeaters_birdbath_named_home_may 2018

The Northern Yellow Robins are always around the forest . This bloke and his family are hanging around my garden
northern yellow robin_post_named_home_may 2018

My bestie has sold her place. Here is one of the last photos of Bobbin, the Northern Yellow Robin who lives at her place on the garden chair where he loves to survey the garden for something to eat. Bobbin is such a cutie isn’t he?
northern yellow robin_bobbin_named_binna burra_may 2018

An Emerald Dove found a good drinking spot in the garden. A stem of a Bangalow Palm filled with rain water.
emerald dove_named_binna burra-may 2018

Here is the first of the new birds at my place. This is a Striated Pardalote
striated pardalote_named_home_may 2018
The other new bird is a tiny Varied Sittella. A small flock dropped in one day for a drink, rest and a bite to eat before continuing on their way north. Another little cute bird.varied sittella_named_home_may 2018
The butterflies are becoming scarce as the weather gets colder. I have been lucky enough to get some photos of the inside wings as well as the usually more colourful outer wings. This butterfly is a Yellow or Common Albatross showing the inside wingscommon albatross_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018
The outer wings are a lovely yellow with a brown edging.common albatross_named_binna burra_may 2018
A Zebra Blue or Plumbago Blue Butterfly. You can see the blue on the inside.zebra blue_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018
The outer wings have a lovely marbling and striking pattern.zebra blue_side_named_binna burra_may 2018

The inside wings of the Common Jezabel are rather dull compared to the outer wings.
common jezabel butterfly_inside_named_binna burra_may 2018

Here is a Common Jezabel sitting high upon a flower stalk on a sunny day.
common jezabel butterfly_named_binna burra_may 2018

I hope you have enjoyed a scroll through my May.

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.
white throated honeyeater_named_home_june 2017

The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters arrive from down south, some stay while others in the flock fly further north.
yellow faced honeyeater_named_home_june 2017

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.
blue faced honeyeater_named_home_june 2017

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.
eastern spinebill_named_home_june 2017

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?
eastern spinebill_honey gem_named_home_june 2017

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.
white throated treecreeper_named_home_june 2017

They also like to defy gravity as the give the trees a very thorough checking over.
white treecreeper_hanging_named_home_june 2017
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.
red browed finch01_named_home_june 2017

The tiny Striated Thornbills are always around the garden and in the gullies around the house.
striated thornbill01_named_home 2017

They love the birdbath.
striated thornbill02_named_home_june 2017

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?
spotted pardelote02_named_home_june 2017

I think this one saw me as I snuck along the verandah for a better photo.
spotted pardelote01_named_home_june 2017

They can be quite vocal too.
spotted pardalote_named_home_june 2017

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.
kookaburras02_named_home_june 2017

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.
kookaburras01_named_home_june 2017

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.
lewins honeyeater_named_binna burra_june 2017

Can you spot the Varied Triller?
varied triller_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Grey Fantails are always doing their acrobatic flying around the place catching insects on the wing. A very serious looking bird.
grey fantail_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Golden Whistler is always around the garden and nearby rainforest singing its lovely song.
golden whistler_named_binna burra_june 2017

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.
white headed pigeon_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Brown Pigeon didn’t want its photo taken.
brown pigeon_named_binna burra_june 2017

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.
bar shouldered dove_named_binna burra_june 2017

The Whipbirds also enjoy foraging among the leaves for pecans.
whipbird_pecan_named_binna burra_june 2017

While high in the trees the Figbirds look for seeds as well as pecans. This female Figbird found the seeds of an Umbrella Tree.
fig bird_female_named_binna burra_june 2017

The male Figbird was more interested in pecans.
figbird_male_named_home_june 2017

The Green Catbird is also interested in pecans. Not long after this photo was taken, so was the pecan.
catbird_pecan_named_binna burra_june 2017

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.
brush turkey_named_binna burra_june 2017

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.
regent bowerbird_named_binna burra_june 2017

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.
rainbow lorikeet_named_home_june 2017

And of course there are always chooks foraging around both our gardens.
chook_named_home_june 2017

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.

 

June had something new as well as old

The rain finally came in June. The big dam, which leaks, almost filled which is lovely to see even though it only lasts a few weeks before it’s a puddle again. The frogs certainly liked the water and there were a number of different types of frogs calling.

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The frogs were also on this little dam which is more of a wetland than a functioning dam. The animals drink from here as well as some birds. Dragonflies were flitting about on both dams.

dam_reeds_home_named_june 2016

As usual, we do our drives around the north coast and one day, as we were heading west out of Casino we came across this Long-necked Tortoise in the middle of the road with cars and trucks speeding by. A quick rescue mission unfolded and it was taken to the dam up a side road not far from where we picked it up.

long-necked tortoise_casino_named_june 2016

At my besties one of the old farm sheds, this one was a piggery, we have created a studio space for art exhibitions and rent the Lady Shed for workshops by all manner of people. We love rearranging and decorating the Lady Shed with all sorts of things found or created

lady shed shelf_binna burra_named_june 2016

I love this owl!!!

lady shed shelf_owl_binna burra_named_june 2016

Quite often when pillows or things are moved there are skinks that scurry away. This day it was a bit cold and some of the skinks were a bit too cold to move too fast.

lady shed_skink_binna burra_named_june 2016

Spiders are also disturbed as we do a bit of a cleaning and moving stuff around when there is someone else going to use the Lady Shed Studio. I have lost my spider ID book so I can’t tell you what is this one.

lady shed_spider_binna burra_named_june 2016

There is a lovely cane light shade in the Lady Shed Studio. We always check to ensure that no one has decided that the light shade would make quite a nice house. Most times a spider or two is moved on or a mud daubers nest is removed. This time a little micro bat with only a face a mother could love had taken up residence. Luckily it had gone the next day before the workshop has started. I think it may be a Lesser Long-eared Bat.

lesser long eared bat_lady shed_binna burra_named_june 2016

In the insulation, just under the corrugated iron, lives a Carpet Snake. It is a lovely warm place for a snake to spend winter. This Carpet Snake has been living in the Lady Shed Studio for ages and sometimes can cause a bit of angst among the workshop participants.

lady shed_carpet snake_binna burra_named_june 2016

One afternoon I was driving home from work when I spied a Black-necked Stork patrolling after the rains had replenished a wetland. When he saw me he just casually walked away.

black necked stork_south grafton_named_june 2016

On the drive west of Casino in a place called Piora, we came across a little watercourse that had a couple of Spoonbills, some ducks and a Heron. The Spoonbill was the only one who didn’t move off when the car stopped.

spoonbill_piora_named_june 2016

As it has been very dry at my place with only occasional showers and 2 days of good rainfalls. The normally abundance of birds has deserted the garden and surrounding bush. The Lewins Honeyeater has stayed waiting for the blossoms to appear. The rain bought out the Honey Gem flowers.

lewins honeyeater_home_named_june 2016

The Satin Bowerbirds have also stayed around as they steal snacks from the chook yard. They also have a been stealing all manner of blue things from the surrounding properties.

satin bowerbird_male_home_named_june 2016

The number of Satin Bowerbirds usually increases when it gets a bit cold in the Gibraltar Ranges. This day when I took these photos the trees were full of the mad chattering of Satin Bowerbirds.

satin bowerbird_female_home_named_june 2016

I did a bit of a bush walk one day. Just near the dam in the first photo there has been a bower for a number of years. The blue objects were strewn in all directions from the bower up to 2 metres away.

satrin bower birds bower_home_named_june 2016

So many blue objects. I have no idea whose place they get the blue bottle tops from as I don’t have any and my recycling is always in a sealed wool bale sack. I do think the strips of blue are from a disintegrating tarp in my building materials area.

satrin bower birds_treasure_home_named_june 2016

The bird bath is always kept with water in it for the birds. Actually I have three places where the birds can get a drink and a wash. This one is one of the favourites. You can always hear the constant call of Eastern Yellow Robins in the bush and they come to the garden for an insect snack or head to the bird bath.

eastern yellow robin_home_named_june 2016

The little Striated Thornbills are regular bird bath regulars. They only stay for a quick wash and drink before they are off.

striated thornbills_home_named_june 2016

One day I heard a call I didn’t recognise at the bird bath. At first I didn’t see anyone but then a head popped up whilst the bird was clinging to the edge of the bird bath with its tail in the water. Just then, another bird flew in a sat on the edge. The big feet gave it away. This was the first time I had seen the White-throated Treecreepers in the bird bath.

white-throated treecreepers_home_named_june 2016

At my besties there are always Eastern Whipbirds calling and foraging in the garden. This one was muttering to itself while it turned over leaves and small rocks hoping for a bite to eat.

eastern whipbird_binna burra_named_june 2016

Of course there a the little Eastern Yellow Robins in her garden as well. They are such a cute little bird don’t you think?

eastern yellow robin_binna burra_named_june 2016