The Daily Post word prompt: Partake
At the bird bath there is room for everyone who wants to partake
Some birds come in pairs like the White-browed Scrub Wrens
Red-browed Firetail Finches prefer a communal bath time
The Variegated Fairy Wrens take turns
This little Buff-rumped Thornbill was happy to have a bath all by himself
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Busy or People Working
Can’t stop now…..have things to do
The rain on the window from the 75th floor overlooking Sydney Harbour
A close look at the rain on the window
What could be more rainbow than a bird bath of Rainbow Lorikeets?
Looking at you
Or a tree with Rainbow Bee Eaters
Or just a double rainbow
This is a bit more dramatic from my bushboy YouTube channel
More great rain inspired photos at Cees
The Daily Post Word prompt: Blush
What could be sweeter than the blush of colour on a little Rose Robin?
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge topic: Birds
I think I may have a photo or two of a bird or two I could use for this photo challenge. I took these a couple of days ago. It’s just a few so no need to get set in for a while.
A flurry of wings sounded as the large White-headed Pigeon alighted on the bird bath with a watchful gaze.
A short while later, a young White-headed Pigeon flew in, it’s grey plumage starting to turn white.
The parent bird was vigilant as the young one took a drink.
Such a lovely looking bird don’t you think?
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The letter W with 2 vowels
The Whipbird at my besties enjoy going to the bird bath. I hope you enjoy this short tale of the Whipbird having a bath
I am ready for my bath
OK. I am going in.
This is great.
I really enjoyed that bath.
I hope my feet are clean.
Well………how do you look after your bath?
As you know, I love taking photos of nature. I love the colours of butterflies and it is a great pleasure to have so many different species of butterfly in our gardens.
One butterfly became a quest to get a photo – the Blue Triangle. Blue Triangles are seldom still and have such a fast and erratic flight, it is so hard to get a photo of them in flight. They zip around the garden and suddenly they will fly to the top of the trees, up and over and gone in an instant.
One thing they do is come down to puddles on the road near my besties to have a drink. They seem to have a 6th sense and in the blink of an eye they are off when I get close. Similar to birds they know when I am almost focused with my camera and then gone.
The other day, walking about, camera in hand, spotting a bird here a dragonfly there, getting a photo or two of a Common Crow butterfly, when suddenly I am zoomed by a Blue Triangle. Now’s my chance, I thought. I followed it around the corner of the shed and saw the butterfly disappear into the shrub.
I know the Blue Triangle landed in here somewhere. Can you spot the butterfly?
Ah…..there. I can see the butterfly. How long will it sit still for?
When they fly all you see is a dark colour and the flash of blue. Look, it has blue legs too.
The colour cahnges a bit as the wings begin to open. Perhaps it is time to take off.
You can see a bit better why they are called Blue Triangles
A truly stunning butterfly
My quest is over….until the next time I spot a Blue Triangle
Have you ever seen a Nest hotel? The Pied Cormorants must enjoy nesting together as it was rather raucous with calls of “It’s your turn” or “Bring me a fish” or just chatting to while the time away. How many nests can you count?
There are more nests here have a look
Check out all the other fab “N” photos at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge
I’d like you to meet Kurrie. Kurrie has been living at my besties place for a few weeks now. Luckily Kurries parents are always close by and are very good parents. Kurrie has survived 2 hail storms plus countless rain events as well as hot sunny days. We are enjoying Kurries company and will be sad when Kurrie finally decides it’s time to leave.
Here is a small photo story of our new friend Kurrie
Kurrie lives high in the tree tops not far from the house. Kurries place looks a bit thrown together but as I mentioned has survived the weather. You can just see one of Kurries parents on the right.
Here is a bit of a closer look at Kurries place. We were never sure that there was anyone in the nest.
Then one day we could hear this raucous sound and there was Kurrie.
Kurrie spend a lot of time asking Mum and Dad for something to eat.
I wonder what the parent is thinking.
As Kurrie is growing, now it’s standing up and stretching.
All the time keeping an eye out for the next snack
Or stretching out as far as you can
The parents are constantly bringing Kurrie food. A growing baby needs lots of nourishment.
Here, Kurrie gets a bit of food from the parent.
A bit about Kurrie.
Kurrie is a Pied Currawong. Currawongs live in most coastal areas of Eastern Australia. They live in the forest and have adapted to city life. I know when the weather is getting cooler in the mountains as the Currawongs come down from the mountains to hang around my place. They are around 48cm. Currawongs have a loud and distinctive call which is heard in the mornings, before roosting at night and sometimes before it rains.
Here is their call from Graeme Chapmans website
Join in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with all the other photographers who have lots of K’s in their photos.
A King Parrot often drops in to see what’s happening on the verandah
Rainbow Lorikeets are here in numbers to feast on the nectar of the eucalypt blossoms
Musk Lorikeets only drop in every now and then
The Grey Goshawk frightens the chooks
This Australian Kestrel was hunting for lizards in a car park
A Fan-tailed Cuckoo kept an eye on me
Had to include a Chook
and some Chickens
and of course Brendan the Brush Turkey
The little Forest Kingfisher is a brilliant flash of blue as he darts through the forest
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos love pine cones and eat them like an ice cream cone
These Plumed Whistling Ducks were paddling about in a puddle in a football field
Dis someone say Duck