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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This is December 2018

First of all, thanks to everyone who has been part of my life this year. I have enjoyed sharing my part of this world with you. Your comments and feedback has been quite overwhelming at times. I take photos because I enjoy the results I achieve. I have a basic Canon PowerShot SX60HS which takes great macros, amazing telephotos and does everything I could ask, except focus where I want sometimes. Even then the capture can be a photo that goes into my Arty Ones folder. Some of those are posted in a recent photo challenge – Abstract.

On to December. This month was taken up in part with Becky’s great square format photo challenge #timesquare The featured image is one of the photos from Beckys challenge. Sometime last year I made a suggestion for the challenge which I cannot remember.

I have tried to cut down the number of photos but again it may be a bit of long read, so a drink, perhaps a snack may be in order. All settled back and ready. Join me in looking at This is December 2018
Sunrise is always a good place to start
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The wind blew the grass seed headsgrass_seed_head_named_caniaba_dec 2018

One morning, the tiny Line-blue Butterflies were all over the grass area while we were having breakfast. They loved the clover flowers.
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A Blue-banded Bee made a morning ritual of visiting the Chinese Lantern flowers. I never was ready to get that photo.
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A delicate flowering plant we were told was called Herb Robert. A lovely flower and bud.
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A Mistletoe Bird was a visitor for a few daysmistletoe bird_branches_named_caniaba_dec 2018

After the demise of the terracotta bird bath, a tempory replacement was found. A Rainbow Lorikeet looks unsure.
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Since the hatching of the Brown Honeyeaters, they have stayed around the garden. This is one of their favourite sitting places in the morning.
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Luckily one of the Grevilleas is flowering for them.
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I love it when you can see our Moon during the day.
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Many people call Dandelions weeds. The flowers add a great splash of colour in the garden.
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The Bees love the flowers too. Look at how much pollen has been gathered into the bees pollen sacs.
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I think it is wonderful.
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A Pumpkin display at the markets. So many varieties to choose from.
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This van belongs to one of the market stall holders at The Channon markets. I would love this van.
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Now Summer is here and it is hot and dry, the birds have to share the bird bath.willie wagtail_brown honeyeaters__bird bath_garden_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Coming in for a landing
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“I made it safely….so what are you looking at?”
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The Brown Honeyeaters. An adult and one of the young ones. Always look up to your elders.brown honeyeaters_adult_child_bird bath_named_caniaba_dec 2018

This is my bird bath the Magpie Lark (or better known as Pee Wee) is telling everyone.
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A spot of grub hunting has paid off.
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The Cape Chestnut Tree at The Channon Market was in full bloom.
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Now for a couple of native flowers I found at my daughters place. I looked in my books to try and identify so I could tell you their names, but wasn’t successful. I will have to ask an ecologist who said I could send him photos and he would try to tell me their names. Isn’t this one pretty?
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Like the above flower, most native flowers are quite small. The one above was about 10 to 15mm from petal tip to petal tip. This little flower is about 5mmsflower_pink_small_native_named_coaldale_dec 2018

Another tiny flower with an amazing structure
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Such a delicate ball of even smaller flowers. Each ball is around 10-15mm in diameter.
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The Stingless Native Bees just love the native flowers. The flower seems huge compared to the beebee_stingless_native_flower_named_coaldale_dec 2018
The start of Summer. The Frangipanni flowers around the garden are stating to emerge.frangipanni_pink_named_home_dec 2018

I love the soft pink and yellow of this Frangipanni flower which has a heavenly fragrance.
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The pinks and yellows of this one are much more stronger.
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The Pink Frangipanni is stunning.
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This Poinciana tree I see on the way home was the best I have seen.
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The tiny flowers of one of the Tea Trees I have in my garden is waiting for the bees.flower_tea tree_garden_named_home_dec 2018
This year, my Agapanthus flowers were the best flowering ever. All through the garden was spots of white and blueflower_agapanthus_garden_named_home_dec 2018
One of the blues.flower_agapanthus_blue_garden_named_home_dec 2018

The tree Begonia decided to have another flowering this December.
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I have a number of Datura Erecta plants around the garden. The berries looked lovely one morning. I think they may be poisonous as nothing seem to eat them.
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If anyone would, it would be a Fig Bird, seen here keeping an eye on me as I walked about.
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The King Parrots are starting to want some food as a couple of people who fed them in the street have since moved on. I give them a small amount of wild bird mix occasionally. Actually I hadn’t been home for a couple of days and this bloke came to the verandah and whistled to get my attention
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A migratory visitor to my place are Leaden Flycatchers, This female was scouting the verandah for a snack. Yes a photo taken while I was inside at my desk.
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One afternoon as I drove through the front gates, a Forest Kingfisher swooped in front of me and sat in the tree, almost like a welcome home.forest_kingfisher_tree_named_home_dec 2018
The Australian Air force is saying goodbye to the fleet of Orions. One of the planes is going to an Air Museum at Evans Head. It flew into Lismore. This was taken from my besties backyard.
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The old swimming pool, which is now a frog pond of sorts, is host to so many water insects and frogs. One of the frog species in the pool is the Perons Tree Frog. I think this may be one just emerging from tadpole to frog.
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I am unsure who these beastly looking gang are. Hopefully are dragonflies.
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Christmas is always a wonderful time in December. I wasn’t in a Christmas mood this year. My bestie had some decorations at her place. An op-shop angel and some lights looked great.
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An Australian Lilli Pilli tree in the corner with some little lights mad the room look bright.
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The Full Moon, just before Christmas Day was big and bright.
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One of the photo challenges was Abstract – see the opening words – I didn’t include this Moon photo as I thought it was rather special and needed to be in my monthly wrap-up post.
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I didn’t have my tripod so just had to have a go hand held. At least one turned out OK lol
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Summer arrives and the plants start to thrive so along come the Grasshoppers to have a snack. This one likes Basil….or used to.
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Another little Grasshopper from my daughters place. Her garden hasn’t been attacked yet.
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The Ponytail Palm has so many flowers, the bees don’t know where to begin. I walked outside and the buzzing was quite loud I looked up and the flower spikes were full of bees.
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The Blue-banded bee I couldn’t get in the Chinese Lantern Flower didn’t escape my attention as it buzzed about the Basil flowers.
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The Hover Fly loved the garden too
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The Palm Trees, the water and the ripples
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Late afternoon looking from my besties verandah across the paddocksscene_trees_subdued_named_caniaba_dec 2018

The December sun is almost set.
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Goodbye December and 2018.sunset_orange_named_caniaba_dec 2018

Thanks for being a part of my world. I hope to see you again in 2019.

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More Birds for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge

I have lots of birds for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge of Birds

Here are my Black and White Birds

Magpie Geese resting up after a long migratory flight
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Wonderful Willie Wagtail as he hops about the grass looking for a snack
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A White-winged Chough surveys where to walk to next
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A raucous Magpie Lark, or better known as Pee Wees, shouts at a tree
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Meet Chip, the Magpie who used to knock on the door to get a small snack, at my besties
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This Pied Butcher Bird would always come when I was in the bush cutting firewood hoping that I would disturb a grub or two.
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A Pied Cormorant catching a bit of afternoon sun
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A Pied Currawong looking for a free feed at the picnic table
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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
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The last hibiscus flowerhibiscus_named_home_may 2018

Just a mud puddle with a bit of the sun and sky
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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
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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
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Here is the little bloke ready to hop off and find another place to spend Winter other than my pantry
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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
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Here’s a bit of orange fungi growing on the side of a tree glowing in the afternoon sun
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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
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Here she is, a Golden Orb Weaver looking lovely against the blue Autumn sky.
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The markings underneath are so wonderful. She is not quite 75mm long.
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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
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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.
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A small flock of Silvereyes have taken up residence as well
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Not sure who this Silvereye is yelling at while at he bird bath
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On a drive I spotted a group of Ibis resting and preening. Among the group were a couple of Spoonbills having a rest.
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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
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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.
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The Northern Yellow Robins are always around the forest . This bloke and his family are hanging around my garden
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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?
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An Emerald Dove found a good drinking spot in the garden. A stem of a Bangalow Palm filled with rain water.
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Here is the first of the new birds at my place. This is a Striated Pardalote
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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.
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Here is a Common Jezabel sitting high upon a flower stalk on a sunny day.
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I hope you have enjoyed a scroll through my May.

Spring – more wonders discovered

Oh yeah, it is Spring. So much is happening, the weather is great for wandering around the north coast and there are so many things to see and do. One drive about took us to Clarrie Hall Dam at the Crams Farm end of the storage. Tweed Council have done a great job making it a great place to visit. Just the view as you drive in is spectacular.

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The water is covered in water lilies and water birds are everywhere. The Cape Waterlilies make a stunning sight as they stand tall.

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The Yellow Waterlilies are dotted here and there around the dam.

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It is so crowded that the leaves curl making it hard for the lilies to push their way skyward.

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Unfortunately, under the water’s surface is a good amount of Cabomba, an introduced plant from America, usually a fish tank escapee. At the moment it is flowering which makes a good resting spot for dragonflies.

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This flower was partly submerged and made great patterns on the water.

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In the trees, as well on the water, were many birds enjoying the late afternoon spring weather. The Brown pigeons were always wary of the bloke with the camera.

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The Darters took off when someone ventured into the water

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While the Eurasian Coots just paddled around looking for something to eat before it was dark.

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The Purple Swamp Hens were always walking about, flicking their tails and squarking in general.

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High in one tree the young Willie Wagtails were practising being big birds, flapping wings and generally making a racket.

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The adults were telling them to be quiet, I think.

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Just sitting and looking at the water was very relaxing but it was time to head home.

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When we got home, there was Badger, who had found a shady spot to lay down on the warm spring day.

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Going down to the creek there were birds staying cool among the trees and shrubs. The Emerald Dove kept moving around the tree, all the while watching where I was going.

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The Cunjivoi is flourishing.

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Scattered through the bush are little native gardenia plants with their amazing looking flowers.

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I just had to see what was inside the purple flower growing on the fence around the house.

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It wouldn’t be Spring if there weren’t birds nesting. The Fantails nest is held together with spider web.

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She sat there watching me as I watched her.

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I was waiting for the change over of the egg sitters so I could see how many eggs were in the nest. Two small lovely eggs.

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Looking up, the splashes of green and orange of the Silky Oak made wonderful abstract patterns.

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The warmer weather also had a few blow flies whizzing about. This one seemed to like the pelargonium leaves more than me.

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Late in the afternoon, near dark, the Figbirds were singing their wonderful song.

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In the front yard, the wallaby wondered if the joey was at home.

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And there he was.

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A bit of a long one but thanks for getting to the end. I have so much more, so I better get started on the next installment of my Spring.