Yesterday, you caught a glimpse of the White-Eared Honeyeater in My Morning Walk and I promised you more photos today. Here they are! We’ve been catching glimpses of this species ever since we moved in, but they are fast, and tend to spend their time in denser trees. This makes them hard to photograph. On … Continue reading White-Eared Honeyeater
I’ve discovered the WordPress blog ‘The Daily Post’ which offers challenges to bloggers. Today’s challenge is to photograph or write about a journey. I won’t do this every day, but today I was inspired to get out and capture the journey I take every day around our property, including the things I look for each … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Journey – My Morning Walk
I’m discovering that identifying wildflowers is very time-consuming. Our two field guides cover wildflowers from all over Australia, with multiple variations on most species. Looking at the small illustrations or photographs in the field guides, often nothing looks exactly the same as the wildflowers I have found. However, by looking at locations they are found, … Continue reading October Wildflowers: Part 2
Our cats were running up and down the back yard today, in the cat enclosure, making enthusiastic noises about something fluttering just under the netting. It turned out to be this beautiful Spotted Pardalote, which had found its way into the cat enclosure through the holes in the lattice fence. Don’t worry, no damage was … Continue reading Spotted Pardalote
Crackle crackle… plop! Crackle crackle…. plop! This is the sound I heard around me this morning on my walk. It is a still day, and I have heard the same sound on other still days. Having investigated the noise about a month ago, I recognise it immediately and smile to myself. This is the sound … Continue reading Crackle Crackle…. Plop!
Colourful flowers, including some Native Orchids caught my uneducated eye in October, as I began to investigate the bushland a bit more closely. Wax-lip Orchid (Orcidaceae Glossodia Major) The beautiful colour and form of the Wax-lip Orchid made them highly visible against the greens, yellows and whites of almost everything surrounding them. Dillwynia Many different … Continue reading October Wildflowers – Part 1
Helen commented on A Family of Four, reflecting on the way kangaroos were affecting the number of wild flowers in South Australia. This has inspired me to go back and keep a month by month record of the native flowers I have photographed since we moved in. This will build into an index of flowers … Continue reading September Wildflowers – A Beginning
At the risk of overloading you with photographs of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, here is an update. Three female kangaroos have been coming past the house to graze a couple of times each week. As noted in my previous post Three Morning Visitors, it appears to be a mature female with two female offspring from her … Continue reading Family of Four
In my last post about the Australasian Grebes, I left you trying to spot two white fluffy bottoms hidden among the reeds. This time, I managed to get better photos – as it turns out, inadvertently. I was actually trying to photograph the small birds in the eucalypts and acacias surrounding the dam. As soon … Continue reading Breeding Australasian Grebes?
This is a sight I have often seen, but never before with camera in hand! Finally, I have captured it to share with you. A pair of magpies lives in a tree near the house, spending much of the day on the lawn leading down to the dam. One of these magpies is particularly territorial, … Continue reading One Magpie v. More than Twenty Ducks
After what seems like a long absence, we are beginning to see Australian Wood Duck again. The family of thirteen has not returned as a group – maybe because the ducklings are making their own way in the world. Or perhaps (horrendous thought) because of duck season. Maybe some of the ducks have found new … Continue reading Return of the Australian Wood Duck!
Kangaroos make their presence known in various ways, even when you can’t physically see them – often with damage to plants in the garden. This usually happens overnight, in the dark, when you don’t even get the pleasure of watching these beautiful creatures. So it was both surprising and pleasant to see three female Eastern … Continue reading Three Morning Visitors
While I much prefer to photograph birds in their natural habitat, providing a little bit of bird seed does offer a fantastic chance to get some close-up shots of the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. I wanted to convey the playful nature of Cockatoos, but also show their beauty. To other birds, in this case a couple … Continue reading Playing around with Cockatoos
On a calm day last week, many small birds were calling from the treetops, and I could identify where they were sitting from the rustling noises they made when they moved. I took many photos of one small bird which was hopping around the trunk of a tree at the point where the bark peeled … Continue reading Immature Golden Whistler? Identify this bird if you can!
Every single day we have a large flock of Long-Billed Corella fly South over our land shortly after Sunrise, and return Northward just before Sunset. We don’t know where they come from, or where they go to each day. It is one of nature’s mysteries. Rarely do they land here. If they do, it is … Continue reading The Colour of Long-Billed Corella
We’ve had more encounters with frogs this week than we have in the entire time we’ve lived here. They must be beginning to emerge after the hot Summer weather. Each time we have a small rain shower, the number of frogs ‘singing’ seems to increase! We found this little fellow in a patch of long … Continue reading Eastern Froglet
We have been trying to identify some of the small birds which hide in the undergrowth and treetops. Among the methods we use is to sit in the bush listening for their calls. Yesterday, while doing this, Richard spotted our first Autumn Native Orchid. So far I have not been able to identify it precisely, … Continue reading A Tiny Native Orchid
We’ve seen these small frogs in our back garden on a number of occasions. The distinctive yellow stripe down their back makes them easily identifiable. This one has a bit of a kink in the stripe, but most have a fairly straight line from nose to tail. As you would expect, we see more of … Continue reading Spotted Grass Frog / Spotted Marsh Frog
We haven’t had a lot of rain, but in the last few weeks, we’ve had scattered showers here and there over a number of days. Measured in millimetres, it wasn’t very much, but measured in newly growing native plants in the bushland, it has been extremely valuable water in our crunchy dry bushland. For a … Continue reading What a difference a little rain makes!
It has been so hot here that over the last week, it has really been quite still. Nothing dares to move, including me. Well, not quite. I have been for a few walks around the boundary, but the birds are finding shelter any way they can, and are well out of sight. The ground is … Continue reading Sunbathing Cats
Late in the afternoon, I decided cooking dinner could wait for half an hour while I went for a walk. As I walked, I practiced deep breathing and tried to clear my mind of all of the ‘mental clutter’ built up during the day. These walks are becoming my way of stilling my mind. I’m … Continue reading Koala
For the first time in weeks – it seems like a couple of months – it rained here. Well, we had good rain for a whole five minutes. After that, only fine drizzle for a few minutes at a time over an hour or so. The forecast predicts more rainfall over the next couple of … Continue reading Five minutes of good rain
Over Summer, we’re forever monitoring the wind direction. This is new for us. Living in the city, we monitored temperature throughout the day, but wind direction was just a vague acknowledgement that North Winds were hot, and South Winds were refreshing and cool. Also, when the Southerlies came in on the back of a hot … Continue reading Hot Northerlies, Cooling Southerlies, and Rough-Barked Trees
We’ve had a few cormorants here before – the pied cormorant, and the little black cormorant – so when we saw this huge bird sitting on our jetty, we both exclaimed “What’s that!” and rushed for the Field Guide to Australian Birds. Turns out this is the Great Cormorant which can grow up to … Continue reading Great Cormorant