Dedicated to Carina – Fly High
Dedicated to Carina – Fly High
Dedicated to Carina – Fly High
Hello Mr Garden Skink!
Met this little fellow today in my bathroom hiding amongst my little ones bath toys. It was my dog that brought my attention to him, she doesn’t like to see animals alone or in danger. Because of her – I’ve rescued 6 dogs wandering down my road over the past year, a baby possum and a couple of blue tongue lizards. She doesn’t bark or anything at them, she just points with her nose at them and cries, to let me know they are there. She doesn’t try to attack, I believe that she’s genuinely concerned for their welfare.
Tree of Life
This afternoon, as I was sitting outside, a little Mynah bird visited my veranda with what seems to be a gift – it brought me what I thought was a hermit crab! A live one. It left it on the wooden rail and flew off straight away! It wasn’t frightened by me, it was like it purposely came here to leave it.
As it had survived being in the mouth of a mynah bird, I thought I’d try and save it and put it in some water until I could take it to a beach.
As I gently knocked it off the railing, it fell, but as it fell, it spun a thread…it wasn’t a crab, it was a spider! Like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I don’t do spiders. But as it was now submerged in water, I didn’t want it to die, so I released it into some grass far enough away from my home.
I actually kind of felt sick when I realised it was a spider – it was a fair size one!!
I’ve researched it and it’s actually called a bird poop spider! You learn something new every day! It’s given that name because it looks like bird poo.
Here’s some info on them;
One of the best known Bird-dropping Spiders is Celaenia excavata. Other names for this spider are the Death’s Head Spider, as its markings can also resemble the shape of a skull, and the Orchard Spider, because it is often seen on fruit trees where moths, its main source of food, may be abundant.
Its large size, distinctive colour pattern and resting posture all make this dung mimicking spider hard to mistake. The abdomen is broad and triangular in shape, concave along midline, and has a pair of roughened humps towards the rear. The legs are usually held folded against body.
12 mm (female); 2.5 mm (male)
The Bird-dropping Spider is found throughout much of eastern and southern Australia and have even been recorded from Uluru in central Australia. They are moderately common in suburban gardens but often overlooked.
Vegetation Habitat: open woodland
Feeding and Diet
The Bird-dropping Spider also uses mimicry of a quite different sort to capture its prey, which consist almost exclusively of male moths. At night the Bird-dropping Spider hangs from the edge of a leaf or twig on a short silk thread, its forelegs outstretched. While doing this it releases a chemical scent (pheromone) that mimics the airborne sex pheromone released by female moths to attract their mates. The unfortunate male moths that are attracted by the spider’s deceiving pheromone eventually flutter close enough to the spider to be grabbed by its strong front legs.
This shot was taken on Sydney Harbour, at a beach called Clontarf. I love starfish, for some reason, they make me smile.
Came across this beauty, back in December. :-)
I love kookaburras, they make me smile, I love their call….for it sounds more like a monkey than it does a bird song.
This shot was taken in Sydney a couple of months go. Do you remember a shot I took of a kookaburra with the light on its wings, staring out across Sydney Harbour, looking across to the City? Well, this was the same beautiful bird. Haven’t they got beautiful eyes!
This is a photo that I took whilst we were camping over Christmas, of a wild goanna, that came very close to our tent. I think it’s really beautiful!
Little Yellow Bird
As promised, here’s the photo of the little yellow bird that I took last weekend, but I chose another photo that I took on the same day to represent my day, in the 365 project.
Today was the first day in a year that I haven’t taken a photo and I must say, it feels really strange!
Over the next week, I will share some photos, like this one, of shots that I took during my 365 project, but didn’t make it in to the project itself. They will be put on here in no particular order… After or maybe during Easter, I will start my 365 project part 2, so stay posted. :-)
A Day of Tranquility
Today has been such a lovely day, as went to a place called The Forest of Tranquility, which is located on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia, where we went for a 5km walk and then had a picnic.
Afterwards, we drove back along the coast and stopped off at a lake which is where I took this photo. Both the water and sky were so blue.
If I hadn’t taken this shot, my other choice for today,would have been a photo that I took of a yellow bird…it was really beautiful. Perhaps I will share with you, after my 365 project comes to an end.
This photo, of the pelicans ties in really with me and my passion of water, of peace and well….tranquility.
Out Came the Landing Gear…
It only took me 2 hours to get home today, so I made the most of my time and went to the local beach, hoping to photograph another sunset.
There I was, sitting on a rock, watching and listening to the waves and also looking up at the sky every now and again….monitoring how much longer I’d need to wait before the sky would start to change colour.
I had taken quite a few shots, of the cloud formation and was all poised, ready to take another shot, when right in my view came this rather haphazard pelican, who landed rather clumsily but then composed itself and went about its business….of floating and doing, well nothing really!
I am really pleased with this shot and as I uploaded it onto here, I couldn’t help but smile….I hope it has the same effect on you. :-)
You can also see that the clouds were just starting to change colour too….btw it was a nice sunset!
Time for a Feed
I left work early today, so that I could get to my physio appointment on time. On my way home, I was taking some photographs of the lagoon here. As I walked past the local petrol station, I heard a lot of birds making a lot of noise, there must have been about 20 wild rainbow lorikeets sitting on a fence eating breadcrumbs that someone had obviously left out for them.
I rather like this shot, of how the first bird is the main focus again….this one is a bit different to the other lorikeet shots I have captured previously on this 365 journey of mine.
I hope you like it.
I took this shot whilst in the car at some traffic lights (passenger by the way). This cockatoo seemed to be enjoying feasting on the berries.
This week, I’ve been working half days, due to my back. I had a physio appointment this afternoon. This photo was taken on my walk home.
3’s a Crowd
My back is feeling a lot better today. I went to see my physio and I had ultra sonic treatment and some thing else that felt good, another machine, I don’t remember the name. My physio also re-strapped my back. Good news is, I can start work again on Monday, doing half days, as I sit at a desk all day and sitting is what causes me the most pain. I also have to get more physio on Tuesday.
As I looked out from the kitchen window on to the driveway and garden, I saw 6 cockatoos eating things that had fallen from our tree. I was about to take a photo of one in particular, when a lady walked by with a dog, the birds didn’t hang about and so flew in to a nearby tree, this a shot of some of them there. It did make me think of the phrase “3’s a crowd ” :)
My Encounter on a Short Walk
I have spent the majority of today lying down, resting my back. I was in agony again this morning, however, as the day went on, the pain has subsided which is good.
I went for a very short walk this afternoon and came across this beautiful bird, which was being harassed by several mynah birds, that kept swooping down on to him. Poor thing!
something to Look At
After a long day at work, I headed to a place on Sydney Harbour called Bradleys Head, which is whereI took this photograph of the kookaburra as it landed on the branch.
Sydney Harbour, NSW, Australia
I don’t have much to say about today, other than the majority of the day was spent packing more and more boxes.
This photo was taken just around the corner from where I live. This pelican was about to land….to meet up with its friends – a couple of floating pelican’s on the lagoon.
Manly, NSW, Sydney, Australia
Today, we decided to go on a mini road-trip a couple hundred kilometres in all. We didn’t have a destination in mind, just thought we’d see where the road would take us.
We ended up in another National Park called Crowdy Bay, which was really lovely, lots of beautiful coastline.
Part of the National Park is a place called Diamond Head, which is another beach area. We went for a short walk, on a track that ended up at a viewing platform.
Upon our return, as we were walking along the track we had company! This female kangaroo and her joey decided to accompany us for quite a lot of the way. They actually dictated our speed as we didn’t want to startle them. We must have stayed with them for a good ten minutes. How lucky we’re we!!
Today has been such a relaxing day, spent mostly on the beach.
As I was preparing breakfast, my partner called me outside. High up in a tree was a goanna, which looked like he’d got himself stuck, well, maybe not stuck, but he was having a bit of a hard time deciding how he was going to get himself down! It turns out that whilst eating breakfast, we saw a couple of other goannas, this time safely on the ground. One got spooked by something and ran right towards a tree that was next to our tent, so that he could scurry up it, out of harms way. The only problem for the goanna was that we had propped a surfboard at the base of the tree and a bodyboard against the trunk, so the poor goanna ended trying to scramble across the surfboard, but he wasn’t going anywhere, because it was slippery! Eventually he managed to make his way up the tree. It was pretty funny, like a cartoon.
As we arrived on the beach (which is a 5 minute walk from our tent) I looked out at the ocean and straight away, the first thing I saw was a pod of dolphins surfing in the waves! They were so beautiful to watch. We were so lucky! especially as the beach goes on for as far as the eye can see and we were the only people there.
At the moment, as I write this, there are only a few other tents here, though I’m sure as Christmas day gets closer, it will inevitably get busier, so for now, we are going to enjoy the peace and quiet whilst we have it.
Seal Rocks, NSW, Australia
Starfish in Numbers
You may recall a post of mine from a few weeks ago that showed 3 starfish….well, today I went back to the same place andI was greeted by these beautiful starfish, I couldn’t help but smile when I saw them.
Clontarf, Sydney HArbour, NSW, Australia
Waiting for a Train
I was waiting for a train this afternoon when I saw this cockatoo in the tree nearby, perhaps it was tired of flying and wanted to catch a train too?!
Wet & Hungry
I felt so sorry for this little fella, he was absolutely soaked in raindrops. At first, I thought he wasn’t alive, because he was just soaked through. He was on the table that I was sat at, in the local park close to my work.
After last weeks poor butterfly, I saw this caterpillar and I sighed quietly to myself.
About ten minutes later – he started hurrying towards me, as I was eating my salad sandwich. A piece of lettuce had dropped on to the table and this little chap decided that he was going to get a free meal.
Step on to the Light
The weekend is finally here, that’s a reason to smile!
Today, we headed up to the Central Coast of NSW, Australia to look again at a house that we are interested in, it would be so nice if we could be in a house before Christmas – time will tell.
This photo was taken, after we arrived back in Sydney. We stopped at a beach, for a swim and a bit of chill-out time. This Pelican was close to where our car was parked.
Had a lovely lazy Sunday afternoon today. We went to a beach called Clareville beach, Sydney. Where I read some of a book I’ve been trying to find the time to read. Went swimming, took lots of photographs of all of the boats that were moored around the area. One of these photographs was going to be my photo for today, however, this little chap decided to make my top its temporary home. I’ve no idea what it was, but it was about an inch long and was paper-thin and was honestly adorable.