Sunday, 22 February 2015

Pond life

I was fascinated by the insect life on a small, fairly ephemeral pond on my block. I have no idea what their names are, but there was plenty of activity going on. The block currently has two beehives "in residence" so that accounts for one image. It is amazing that anywhere there is water, life follows and fairly sharpish, too.

Dragonflies mating
Dragonfly laying eggs
Damselflies mating [thank you JH and HW]
Red dragonfly
Robberfly ??
Honey bee

Thursday, 19 February 2015

A Bevy of B-FDs

Duncan has posted an excellent 2 part blog on the Macalister Wetland Reserve [here and here]. I visited this morning hoping to spot some crakes. But as I descended the path from Princess Street, I could hear a heap of cheeping going on. I looked over the edge of the rushes to spot a bevy of Black-fronted Dotterels and a guardian Red-kneed Dotterel.

Alas, no crakes today.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Sometimes ...

... birds just pop up in the right spot just when you have your camera in hand.

Superb Fairy-wren, male, at Marlay Point.

"Hello, over here"
"My left side is most photogenic, thank you"
"Well, must be off. Ladies to attend to, you know"