This is December 2019 – The Birds Edition

I have been concerned about the birds who live at my place since the fires have engulfed my property. There isn’t much left for them in the way of food, especially the honeyeaters and those who rely on the blossoms of the Eucalypts. I have been putting some food out for the parrots and other seed eaters but not every day so they don’t become reliant on me as a food source.

The birds who don’t have their photo but have been seen when I didn’t have my camera when I have been doing stuff around the place – Laughing Kookaburra, Willie Wagtail, Fig Bird, Magpie, Striated Thornbill and some other small birds who are very fast.

Let’s start with the Eastern Yellow Robins who are always around the garden. I have seen around three or four hunting about the trees and shrubs.
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The Eastern Spinebill found the poor Hydrangea flower that have suffered from the heateastern spinebill_hydrangea_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019

It’s not often Fuscous Honeyeaters come around the house. Mostly they are found down at the waterhole. When I finally was able to get to that part of the property I found the waterhole has dried up. This is the first time that this has happened in over the thirty plus years I have lived here.
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The Grey Shrike Thrush have always hung about the gardengrey shrike thrush_tree_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes don’t come around the house all that often but can been seen in the bushblack-faced cuckoo shrike_tree_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
I am glad that Satin Bowerbirds survived. The female found an old saucepan I have put in the garden so birds and animals can get a drink.bowerbird_female_bird bath_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The male Satin Bowerbird is still around too but the Bower with all it’s blue treasures has gone. I wonder if he will make another Bower in the garden. satin bowerbird_male_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
The Little Friarbirds are a constant in the gardenlittle wattlebird_tree_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
There doesn’t seem as many Pied Currawongs but they may have moved across the road which hasn’t been totally burnt.pied currawong_bird bath_garden_named_home_jackadgery_dec 2019
Always Peaceful Doves in the garden. They are getting the bonus seed that falls to the ground from the feeding station. Yesterday there was about ten Peaceful Doves foraging in the garden.peaceful dove_tree_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
This Noisy Friarbird found a Cicada. The usual background drone of Cicadas is missing so far this December.noisy friarbird_catch_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
An Australian Raven looking about the blackened bush. Luckily their nest tree is near the house so that tree wasn’t affected by fireaustralian raven_log_bush_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
Noisy Miners seem to hang out across the road rather than here. This one was found in the bush when I went for a walknoisy miner_tree_bush_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
There has been a family of Olive-backed Oriels around since late Springolive-backed oriel_bird bath_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
Spangled Drongos are regular visitors and quite a few of them have been here for a while now.spangled drongo_bird bath_hanging pot_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
Rainbow Lorikeets come and go. This large flock needed a water refuel before they headed off again.rainbow lorikeets_bird bath_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
King Parrots are always around the garden, more so now I have been putting a bit of food out.king parrot_drinking_hanging pot_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
The Square-tailed Kite is seen regularly in the sky above my place. I know it is around as the birds go quiet.square-tailed kite_named_durranbah_dec 2019
The ever present White-throated Treecreeper. There was a few days where there was the promise of rain but less than 1ml fell. The Treecreeper was rubbing itself among the leaves of the Grevillea getting a lovely bath.white-throated treecreeper_tree_rain_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
Always around the garden White-throated Honeyeaters love drinking and bathing in the little hanging pot bird bath.white-throated honeyeater_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
The latest additions have been Leaden Flycatchers. The little female is very quick as she moves through the garden.leaden flycather_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
The Leaden Flycatcher male seen here contemplating the small puddle of water left in the old swimming pool.
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This Kookaburra was seen often looking soaking wet after diving in the old pool. I thought I would have to rescue him but there he was again and again sitting on the ladder looking like this
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This Magpie Lark (or Pee Wee) was tapping on the window. I opened the curtain just a bit and saw thismagpie lark_pee wee_looking_window_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
The ever present Blue-faced Honeyeaterblue-faced honeyeater_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
Crimson Rosellas don’t often come around the garden. This male came with his partner yesterday.crimson rosella_tree_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
A flash of blue flying through the tress caught my attention. An Eastern Rosella came for a couple of days. I haven’t seen them around the garden for years.eastern rosella_tree_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
I was most concerned about the welfare of the family group of White-winged Choughs. They are always on the forest floor kicking over leaves, rocks and branches on the ground looking for insects and small lizards. This is the first time they have been seen foraging around the garden.white-winged chough_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
When I went for a walk a couple of days ago I was quite happy to see the group of Grey-crowned Babblers. They too forage on the forest floor.grey-crowned babblers_tree_bush_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
The beautiful Scarlet Honeyeater came to let me know they were OK.scarlet honeyeater_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
Red-browed Firetail Finchs are around the garden more now. I have put a water station tucked away in the garden where they love to have a drink and a bath.red-browed firetail finch_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
I haven’t seen Red-backed Fairy Wrens around the garden for quite a few years now. I wasn’t sure if they had gone but a small group have started to get about the garden. The females are quite shy.red-backed fairy wren_female_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
The male Red-backed Fairy Wren is a sight to see in the garden as he hops about looking for food.red-backed fairy wren_male_garden_fire_durranbah_dec 2019
OK, now for some first time sightings
I was sitting in the office at the computer on a hot day when a bird landed on the verandah. It was a Spotted Quail-thrush. Normally a shy bird they too forage on the forest floor. I was too scared to move lest I scared it away before I could get a photo hence the less than good image. When I was out the other day I actually saw one in the bush and it flew away before I could even think about my camera.spotted quail thrush_garden__fire_durranbah_dec 2019
I have heard Powerful Owls in the lower part of my property over the years but have never seen them. I wasn’t sure if they would be still around as I haven’t been down there at night for a few years. When I went to see the state of the waterhole, suddenly from the tree that had fallen in the fire, a couple of large birds flew out and landed nearby. I was delighted to see the Powerful Owls for the first time. I left quickly as not to disturb them. I wonder if the tree that had come down was where their nest was? I will go down again one day and have another look around.powerful owl_bush_waterhole_fire_durranbah_dec 2019

I hope you have enjoyed this bird edition of This is December 2019.

Reflections at the waterhole

The August Photo a day Challenge from Maria at CitySonnet for the 29th: Reflections

When life gets you down
head down to the waterhole
A place where life gathers
A place where the day dissolves
Find yourself a rock
even though the water
is diminishing with drought
Sit
wait
listen to the bush
Hear the sounds of life
immerse yourself in life
The bush is never quiet
the buzzing of insects
the crunch of leaves
as animals and lizards
move about
The smell of the dry bush
the sounds of plants dying
dropping leaves and branches
surviving
waiting
The Rains will come
one day.
So for now
sit and reflect
your heart will not
be heavy for long
Cry if you want
let the bush
wash over
Sit and listen on
the rock by the waterhole.
Here they come
finding a place to be
a small puddle
of life
reflecting.

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In the sky

Debbie from Travel With Intent quotation inspired image: Looking Upward

  “I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.”
Charlotte Bronte

Up there
in the sky
Can you see?
So high
soaring on
invisible currents

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He is there
look again
Can you see?
Hunting
can he
see us?

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Majestic
almost gone
glad you saw
Wings spread
so happy
you looked upwards.

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I hope the water is warm

Now in the middle of Winter, here the weather is unseasonably warm, around 20 to 25C. I could go on about the conditions at my place but this is not about me. It is a short story of some of the action in my garden.

As it is quite warm for this time of year, I have lots of watering points around the garden for the birds and animals that enjoy coming around the garden and house in seek of water and perhaps a snack.

This is the tale of a Lewins Honeyeater. Lewins Honeyeaters are around here almost all year round so I guess they like my garden. The flowers are not as many as in previous winters but perhaps enough to keep some birds here.

This then is what happened earlier this month
Hmmm….that looks inviting
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I guess I should just dive right in
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In I golewins honeyeater_bath_birdbath3_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
Wow that water is bracinglewins honeyeater_bath_birdbath4_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019

I better get out quick
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That was a lovely quick diplewins honeyeater_bath_birdbath6_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019
I wonder should I go in againlewins honeyeater_bath_birdbath7_named_home_jackadgery_august 2019

So many seeds, so little time

It’s time for Debbies Six Word Saturday

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“Do come and join us in our Saturday six-word musings.

I’ll admit that many of us openly break the numeric rule and share far more words (all excellent of course!) so the key rule is to have a title of six words – and then create around that the post that you desire! Perhaps in bunches of 6 words if you’re feeling inspired.”

 

Negotiations at the bird bath

The Daily Word Prompt from Sheryl: Negotiation

Quite often
they come
you see
to splash
or drink
or just be.
Some find
a reason
some go
the bird bath
boss sometimes
a Spangled Drongo.
Sitting waiting
a dip
now and then
a Spangled Drongo
negotiation skills
says who when.
They look
they wonder
some stay
in they go
to splash
and play.
But only
if allowed
by a Spangled Drongo
who lets
them bathe
then off you go.
Please may I have a bath implored the Little Wattlebirdspangled drongo_wattlebird_bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016
Well then Noisy Miner you will have to decide….in or off you gospangled drongo_noisy miner01_birdbath_binna burra_march 2013
Did he dive or was he pushed?spangled drongo_wattlebird_binna burra_march 2013
Hurry up dear, we haven’t got all dayspangled drongos__bird bath_named_binna burra_march 2016

Catching shellfish at Boulder Beach

After lunch at a cafe at Shelley Beach, we decided to go to Boulder Beach to see if we could find some things we could create among the cobbles. Unfortunately we couldn’t find anything to create to add to our beach art. But what I did find was a nimble group scrambling about the rocks looking for shellfish for their dinner.

C’mon Dave, last time I was here there was some great oysters over this way.
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I am sure there were some down there Dave.sooty_oystercatchers_named_boulder beach_blog2
It looks a bit slippery, so you be careful Stan.sooty_oystercatchers_named_boulder beach_blog3
Do you know what you are doing Stan? That looks dangerous.sooty_oystercatchers_named_boulder beach_blog4
Sure thing Dave. You keep an eye out for those waves and give me a yell if a big one heads towards the rocks. Hey, I think I got one.sooty_oystercatchers_named_boulder beach_blog5
Check out this beauty Dave.sooty_oystercatchers_named_boulder beach_blog6
So Stan, are you going to share?sooty_oystercatchers_named_boulder beach_blog7
No way Dave. You go and have a look, there’s plenty down near the waters edge.sooty_oystercatchers_named_boulder beach_blog8

Willie takes a bath

The other day, a Willie Wagtail was quite chirpy in the garden. I wondered why he was making such a fuss. Here is what I encountered.
I wonder if the water is cold or too deep? Maybe I’ll just pop in and see.willie_wagtail_bird_bath_named_caniaba_blog1

Hmm….it’s not deep and the water is a bit chilly but I think it will be OK.
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Boy…..this is invigorating. I love splashing about!
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Don’t forget to wash everywhere. A quick dunk will be just the thing.willie_wagtail_bird_bath_named_caniaba_blog4
Wow that water is a fabulous. I am going to have another big splash about.willie_wagtail_bird_bath_named_caniaba_blog5

A bit of a quick flick to get dry.
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It’s great to feel lovely and clean. How do I look?
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Spiky Squares #28

Becky’s photo challenge for March #SpikySquare is almost over. You still have four days to add a spiky.
Drop into Beckys Spiky Square site for some details and other peoples spiky photos.

The rules are simple:
Have fun interpreting the spikiness but don’t forget there is ONE absolute rule for this daily photo challenge – your main photograph must be square.

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