B – Banksia species and birds in my garden

There are many species of Banksia found in Australia. They are easy to grow and care for so are found in many gardens. They are also very attractive to birds.

They are named after Joseph Banks who journeyed with Captain Cook in 1770. Joseph collected many species to take back to England to explore more about these unusual plants.

Below are those I have taken in my travels around Australia but in particular in Western Australia. If you know their scientific name, please leave in a comment below.

Banksia species

The image above was taken on the Donnelly River Cruise near the Windy Harbour area of Western Australia in October 2012.

Banksia species

The image above was taken in Albany near the whaling station in October 2012.

Beautiful banksia

The above image was taken at a house near where I live in Tasmania.

Birds in my garden

You will find images of many of the birds that visit my garden throughout this A-Z challenge * but here is a list of my most common visitors.

  • Magpie
  • Eastern Rosella *
  • Musk Lorikeet *
  • Galah
  • Kookaburra *
  • Noisy Miner
  • Grey Butcherbird
  • Yellow tailed black cockatoo *
  • Sulphur crested cockatoo *


January 4 Animal


I know that many people have pet dogs or cats that they have probably photographed for today. But I don’t have any animals at my place. Instead I have a Tasmanian Devil named Davo who travels everywhere with me. He even has his own blog, but is not too good at keeping it up to date.


149/366 Migratory route

Even though I have been in a desert area for the last few days – temp is now 102F or 39C – there are many green sections of land. These are kept to allow for migration of birds from North America through to South America. Noted these herons? in one of the green areas the other day.

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