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July 31, 2014 / diannegray

The birds and the bees

As you know I am surrounded by a menagerie of wildlife on the farm in Tropical North Queensland. Some of it can be pretty scary, but most of it is magnificent.

I was on the porch the other day when blue flashes in the sky caught my eye (it was before wine o’clock so I knew it wasn’t my imagination).

In the mango tree out the front I saw some cute little birds paying me a visit. When they’re flying you can see the bright blue under their wings. Once they land on a branch they’re perfectly camouflaged.

They are Rainbow Bee-eaters.

You probably can’t see them in the picture below unless you look really closely.

Tree

I’ve saved you the trouble of zooming in with the picture below.

Two Rainbow Bee-eaters3

These two weren’t talking to each other, and then….

 

….a third one joined in to say hello, but they still didn’t want to talk

Three Rainbow Bea-eaters4

…and then I spotted this one sitting all by itself watching the three ignoring each other

One Rainbow Bee-eater1

I don’t know what was going on in the bird world that day, but it would make a pretty cool story!

Have a great week!

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  1. aviets / Jul 31 2014 6:46 am

    Gorgeous photos, and I love the narration. Watching the birds in my back yard is one of my favorite pastimes, and I often imagine what they’re thinking and saying to each other. 🙂 -Amy

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 6:48 am

      Thanks, Amy! I wasn’t sure what they were at first and had to Google them. I can’t ever remember seeing them here before so we must have an influx of bees somewhere close 😀

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  2. Minuscule Moments / Jul 31 2014 6:47 am

    Wow Dianne I have never seen these before, such beautiful colours. I would have been captivated and snapping away too. Thanks for sharing them, anything to do with birds and I am there.

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 6:52 am

      I’d never seen them before either, Kath! They’re magnificent. I’ve noticed a lot of native bees around this year (I love native bees and the honey!) so this may be what is attracting them.

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      • Minuscule Moments / Jul 31 2014 6:56 am

        Dianne I adore those fuzzy little native bees too. You are blessed that they sat quietly long enough for you to take your gorgeous photo’s.

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      • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 7:43 am

        I was surprised they sat so long. I had to run inside and get the camera – so lucky they sat there posing for me! 😀

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  3. Carol Britt Bryant / Jul 31 2014 6:55 am

    Beautiful!

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  4. cravesadventure / Jul 31 2014 6:57 am

    Pretty Birds – thanks so much for sharing – Beautiful Captures 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 7:44 am

      Thank you! They certainly are very pretty (and well behaved – sitting there posing for me!) 😀

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  5. avwalters / Jul 31 2014 7:09 am

    They’re gorgeous. I hope they’re not really eating the bees, though.

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 7:45 am

      They are unfortunately. But that’s just nature I guess 😦

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  6. JackieP / Jul 31 2014 7:26 am

    Wonderful photos Dianne! You have such fascinating wildlife. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 7:46 am

      Thank, Jackie! They all make great subjects for photos 😀

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  7. davidprosser / Jul 31 2014 7:39 am

    Such beautiful birds. Well taken photographs.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 7:46 am

      Thank you, David! Huge hugs right back at you 😀

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  8. Colline / Jul 31 2014 7:51 am

    These are really beautiful birds.

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  9. Sheila Morris / Jul 31 2014 7:57 am

    Incredible photos Dianne Gray! I just opened my reader for the first time in a while and saw your post – which is always one I love to read, of course…the mango tree birds were fabulous. We just returned from 10 days in Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco Mexico and was thoroughly entertained with the fruit trees everywhere – including mango! Thanks for the great post! Life in the RUC is good. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 8:11 am

      This is wonderful, Sheila! 10 days in Puerto Vallarta would be absolutely fantastic! I wish I’d been there as well 😀

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  10. Ruth Rainwater / Jul 31 2014 7:59 am

    Great shots of some gorgeous birds. I can’t wait for the cool weather so we can go back to taking pictures.

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 8:13 am

      I’m so glad you like the shots, Ruth. I’m looking forward to seeing any pictures you take once the weather cools down a bit 😀

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  11. ramblingsfromamum / Jul 31 2014 8:12 am

    Wonderful shots hun. Love the bubble thoughts..is that what you call them? 😦 you should do more of this, very cute and they are spectacular birds, even though grumpy. xxx

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 8:14 am

      I only put the bubble thought in as an afterthought. But every time I looked at it I laughed (I’m SO weird!) 😆

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      • ramblingsfromamum / Jul 31 2014 6:56 pm

        Then I must be too, but as I said you must do more of them, it was very funny. xx

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  12. Bonnie / Jul 31 2014 8:28 am

    Love those birds and love your interpretative narration, But mostly love your reference to wine-o-clock. No, not so weird, as you commented in the comment above me- fun! Imaginative! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 12:26 pm

      Thank you, Bonnie! You’ve always been a woman after my own heart! 😉

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  13. Jill Weatherholt / Jul 31 2014 8:43 am

    Oh Dianne, I’ve been waiting for another critter post from you! I’ve never seen birds so colorful, they’re beautiful! I love your captions. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 12:27 pm

      These birds were SO beautiful, Jill. The colours just amazed me, but I could get a good shot of them flying and that blue part under their wings. Maybe next time 😀

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  14. Jacqui Murray / Jul 31 2014 8:45 am

    I love nature. She is so darn clever.

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 12:29 pm

      She certainly is! There is no way I would have spotted these beauties if I hadn’t seen them actually fly to the tree 😀

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  15. appletonavenue / Jul 31 2014 9:07 am

    Thanks for sharing. Such beautiful birds!

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 12:45 pm

      They are truly spectacular and I’m so glad they stayed still for me for a while 🙂

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  16. Theo Fenraven / Jul 31 2014 10:03 am

    Beautiful birds, nice photos. 🙂

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  17. helpwithyourlife / Jul 31 2014 10:05 am

    Loved the term “wine o’clock” Dianne! Very funny! And loved the pictures with commentary too! Would definitely make a pretty cool story as you mentioned. Another book in the making? Great post as usual! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 12:32 pm

      I thought of about ten stories while I was looking at them ignoring each other – mostly ‘Days of Our Lives’ type dramas (lol) 😉

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  18. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jul 31 2014 10:53 am

    Beautiful pictures….and I love the term “wine o’clock”!! 😀

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  19. nrhatch / Jul 31 2014 12:07 pm

    I’m glad you had a ZOOM lens. Gorgeous birds!!! Thanks for the great share.

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    • diannegray / Jul 31 2014 12:34 pm

      I’m glad I did too, Nancy. I was just zooming in on a kookaburra a few minutes ago when my battery died (D’oh!)

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  20. Denise Hisey / Jul 31 2014 1:07 pm

    They are so beautiful! Even if they are being a bit snobby! 😉

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  21. jannatwrites / Jul 31 2014 5:07 pm

    Haha, love the birds and the narration. I think they are pretty birds, but maybe a little on the antisocial side 🙂

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  22. anotherday2paradise / Jul 31 2014 5:33 pm

    Oh, these are such beautiful birds, Diane. Thanks for zooming in. I spent a good few seconds staring at your first pic, trying to find them, and then I scrolled down, only to find you’d done the work for me. 🙂 I really like the idea that birds can talk to one another……….if they are so inclined. 😀

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 6:26 am

      I’d just love to be able to hear their conversation, Sylvia! I was thinking something along the lines of Days of Our Lives when there are long breaks between questions and they just stare off into the distance 😀

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  23. Dragongirl0818 / Jul 31 2014 8:36 pm

    You live in such a beautiful part of the world! I love it when you share pictures of your surroundings. (although they make me so jealous lol)

    Those birds really do seem to be in squabble about something, don’t they?

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 6:32 am

      They reminded me of Days of Our Lives where there is a long silence between questions (LOL). I’d love to know what was going on in those cute little heads 😀

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  24. pommepal / Jul 31 2014 9:07 pm

    I remember seeing these tiny beauties at Kakadu they were like flying jewels flitting and diving over Gumlon. You did very well to catch them in a photo, and a great bird narration….

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 6:34 am

      I tried to catch them flying, but they were very illusive. I’m so glad you’ve seen them as well and I love the description ‘flying jewels’ because that’s exactly what they looked like! 😀

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  25. Roy McCarthy / Jul 31 2014 10:21 pm

    Nice, but a pity you didn’t get a shot of them actually eating some bees.

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 6:35 am

      They may have eating bees, just very politely 😉

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  26. bulldog / Jul 31 2014 10:47 pm

    When I saw this I said to myself…”myself we have a bee eater just like that…” whipped out my books and loo and behold I was wrong…. with all the colour combinations that we have here I thought it impossible that there could be another… brilliant captures… and this I found interesting… “The Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) is a near passerine bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is the only species of Meropidae found in Australia.” All of ours are of the Merops family so yours must have been an outcast or done something wrong and sent to Australia…

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 6:39 am

      I was actually going to send you the pictures, Rob, because I’d never seen one of these birds before and didn’t know what species it was. But I Googled first to see if I could find it and eventually did! Thank you so much for the extra info on them.

      These little dudes must have been very bad boys to be shipped off to the colonies! lol 😀

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  27. restlessjo / Jul 31 2014 10:49 pm

    I’ve ‘seen’ these in the Algarve, Dianne, but they’re always too quick for me. Michael points them out and I just miss them, so I’m very grateful for your closeups. They’re beautiful, aren’t they? 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 6:41 am

      They’re absolutely beautiful, Jo! I’m not sure what is attracting them to this area because this is the first time I’ve seen them. Maybe our native bees are becoming prolific (I’d love to think that and hope it’s true) 😀

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  28. Andrea Stephenson / Aug 1 2014 6:30 am

    Beautiful birds Dianne, thanks for sharing them with us.

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 6:42 am

      Thank you, Andrea! I just think they’re so very pretty 😀

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  29. tw / Aug 1 2014 6:44 am

    These birds are so pretty… If a little uncommunicative! Lovely photos Dianne 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 11:50 pm

      Thank you, Tracy! I’m having some serious computer issues so I hope this response gets through to you 🙂

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  30. Janna G. Noelle / Aug 1 2014 8:49 am

    Beautiful! I love their “eye-masks”; they’re like avian superheroes!

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  31. EllaDee / Aug 1 2014 9:59 am

    What gorgeous feathered neighbours you have. I deduce if you have Rainbow Bee-eaters, you must have bees, and if there are bees your garden must be coming along 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 11:55 pm

      I absolutely love bees, so I’m a little torn here. The native bees are my favourites and we seem to have a lot of them at the moment. Which is a wonderful sign for the environment. I’m having some serious computer issues at the moment so I hope this response gets through 😦

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  32. Letizia / Aug 1 2014 10:01 am

    Do they eat bees? They are so beautiful!

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 11:57 pm

      Unfortunately they do (I love bees). But it must mean there are plenty about at the moment, Letizia 🙂

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      • Letizia / Aug 2 2014 1:12 am

        I love learning about the animals in your part of the world Dianne.

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  33. Luanne / Aug 1 2014 1:54 pm

    Dianne, what a cute story and adorable birds. That’s quite a mouthful, though, Rainbow Bee-eaters.

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    • diannegray / Aug 1 2014 11:58 pm

      Try saying rainbow bee-eaters ten times quickly (lol!). They certainly are adorable 🙂

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  34. ly / Aug 1 2014 8:48 pm

    Can I count these birds on my bird watching list? I’m going to anyway!!

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  35. 4amWriter / Aug 1 2014 9:25 pm

    Wow, love the powder blue feathers! What a gorgeous bird. I’m sorry that they eat bees (assuming by their name, of course), because bees are having a helluva time these days!

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    • diannegray / Aug 2 2014 12:07 am

      They do eat bees (unfortunately) 😦 But I’m thinking there must be a load of bees around here at the moment to attract so many so I guess that’s a good thing 🙂

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  36. cestlavie22 / Aug 1 2014 10:42 pm

    Those are adorable birds! I love all your pics!

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  37. mcwoman / Aug 2 2014 12:03 am

    You’ve done it again, Diane. You’ve shown me some wild life I’ve never seen before. Thanks for sharing your world–it’s so utterly beautiful and different from mine in Wisconsin!

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    • diannegray / Aug 2 2014 12:11 am

      Thanks so much, Barb! I love my critters 🙂

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  38. billyraychitwood1 / Aug 2 2014 1:48 am

    Thanks for ‘zooming’ – would never have seen the beauties! Can you send me a few – we have carpenter bees they just might love for treats! 🙂 You take beautiful pictures. All the best.

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  39. Britt Skrabanek / Aug 2 2014 1:57 am

    Wine o’clock…love it! Those birds are fantastic and though cute, the bee snacks and snooty interactions tell a different story behind the feathers. I feel like all of these critters around you are going to end up in a Dianne Gray children’s book one of these days. : )

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  40. Daphne Shadows / Aug 2 2014 7:34 am

    I couldn’t imagine having sturdy enough insides to eat bees.

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    • diannegray / Aug 3 2014 1:57 pm

      They may be very yummy, Daphne (for birds) lol

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  41. agjorgenson / Aug 2 2014 8:02 am

    When I see pictures like this I understand why people become birders!

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    • diannegray / Aug 3 2014 1:58 pm

      I’ve never really been a bird person, Allen – but I just can’t avoid them here 🙂

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  42. tchistorygal / Aug 2 2014 11:08 am

    Talk about the invisible bird! How could something that beautiful and colorful be so hard to see? Next time I want to listen in to a secret conversation, I’m going to paint a black streak across my nose. Think it will help? 🙂

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    • diannegray / Aug 3 2014 2:00 pm

      Lol! I can just imagine you up there in that tree with them, Marsha! You crack me up sometimes 🙂

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      • tchistorygal / Aug 4 2014 10:52 am

        We have a new favorite TV show called Naked and Afraid. I can just see those two naked folks who need to find food, water, shelter, and maybe even a few clothes, up there in that tree with their noses all painted up thinking they blend in. 🙂 hehehe

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  43. Carrie Rubin / Aug 2 2014 10:19 pm

    That bird in the last picture must be my introverted doppelganger in the avian world…

    Sorry I’m late to the party. Was away from the Internet most of the past week. Such an odd sensation but strangely liberating, too!

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    • diannegray / Aug 3 2014 2:09 pm

      I’ve had that ‘away from the internet’ weekend because my laptop broke on Friday night. The worst thing about it is that I had heavily edited my latest novel and now it’s gone unless I can find a harddrive guru 😦 Im using my galaxy note at the moment and it was fun having to find all my passwords (not).
      I noticed your absence last week and was going to email you to make sure everything was okayxxxx

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      • Carrie Rubin / Aug 3 2014 2:56 pm

        Sorry to hear about your lost edits. I know how frustrating that is; I’ve been there myself. Hope you can rescue them. 😦

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  44. Hazy Shades of Me / Aug 3 2014 3:53 am

    Ha ha! Aww, they’re so cute. I hope they become friends again! As always, great photos. Dianne!

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  45. raphaela99 / Aug 7 2014 3:25 pm

    Love! I nominated my fellow Aussie a few days ago for two awards on my blog, hummingbirdredemption. xxx

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  46. jmmcdowell / Aug 8 2014 10:01 am

    What an amazing supply of writing prompts you have around you every day! I’m thinking those birds could make a great children’s story…. 🙂

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  47. Alarna Rose Gray / Aug 18 2014 8:41 am

    If it’s anything like the birds and bees here, they are all anticipating spring, much too early. But who can blame them? 🙂

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  48. Inion N. Mathair / Aug 27 2014 10:25 am

    Hi Diane: as we said we’ve been gone for so long we’re knocking around your blog checking out a few posts!! 😉 Loving this one by the way! Not sure if I told you, but my mother, Inion’s grandmother (Nana) is from Queensland, Australia. She still has Aunt’s who live there. So she’ll get a kick out of these pics, which I’m sure will bring a tear to her face. By the way, I’m totally using the wine-o’clock!!! lmao 😉 xoxo

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    • diannegray / Aug 28 2014 11:05 am

      What a small world it is! It’s nice to know that you’re very familiar with Australia – and attached to the country as well. What wonderful news this is! 😀

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  49. Helen Gray / Sep 11 2014 2:53 am

    Beautiful and great photos. I have mainly brown British sparrows in my garden!

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:54 am

      Thank you, Helen. I just love colourful birds 😀

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