Australia · clouds · Mount Warning · native Australian birds · spring · Tweed Valley

Blue clouds – and fledglings!

The light this afternoon made the clouds glow and defined every crevice in the mountain and ranges. I’m loving the blue and white clouds we’ve had over the past couple of days too. There’s no rain about – and the ground is in need of a major soaking – so it seems the clouds are simply there for ornamental purposes. They are very lovely ornaments, I must say. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mount Warning is living up to her indigenous name of “cloud catcher” too.

This morning there seemed to be several Noisy Miner birds in our back garden, causing a bit of a hullabaloo, so I went outside to investigate. Sitting on my clothesline, all cuddled up together, I discovered three gorgeous, fluffy, baby miners. They didn’t seem to mind me going right up close to them to take a photo either, so perhaps the adults, in whatever way they communicate, let the babies know they were in a safe garden. I still see the baby magpie in the tall gum tree out the front, but so far it hasn’t ventured into the back garden. I’m assuming it just isn’t old enough, or strong enough, to fly too far yet.

Australia · clouds · in my garden · Mount Warning · native Australian birds · pecan nuts · spring · Tweed Valley

Blue-grey clouds at sunset

The day started off rather cool this morning, but by midday it was in the mid-twenties and rather warm. Around sunset, when this photo was taken, it looked like it could rain – it didn’t – and I made sure I fit as many interesting blue-grey clouds into the camera lens as I possibly could.

During the week I have taken a few photos of birds when they have visited the garden. I thought this kookaburra had quite an inquisitive tilt to its head.

And this butcher bird actually stayed still long enough for me to get a half-decent photo. They flit around very fast usually, so I often end up with a blurred patch of wings in flight on the screen when I upload photos.

All of my figbird photos are taken from a distance. They are very shy birds who don’t get too close to people. This photo is as much about the tree as the bird, it’s my pecan nut tree, and the branches are showing signs of new growth. That means I won’t see the birds on the branches for too much longer, at least until the tree loses its leaves again next winter.

I couldn’t resist adding this last photo of the two little larrikins! Kookaburras have a talent for saying so much, without speaking.

This week is the last week of semester two at uni. I submitted one assignment today, and still have two to go, so it’s going to be a busy week. I’m already dreaming about spending more time in the garden every day after my assignments are done. ๐Ÿ™‚