North Sydney sometimes seems like Rainbow Lorikeet Central. By day, these showy birds can be seen feeding on a wide variety of flowers, like this one on a bloodwood (Corymbia ficifolia):
Wednesday, the 20th May, was officially named World Bee Day, honouring the importance of bees and other pollinators in the world’s ecosystems.
Bee Day is a recent Slovenian initiative, reflecting the great love of bee-keeping in that country. Its focus is almost entirely on the honey bee, even though honey bees comprise just 7 out of the 16,000 or so species of bees worldwide. This is a typical European Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), photographed in the Sydney Botanic Gardens:
Since COVID-19 isolation began, more and more people are walking in the areas I usually visit, often with dogs in tow. One result is that the birdlife is also practising isolation from human-infested areas! I was pleased therefore when a small bird put his (size 24) foot down on a tree trunk close to me in Lane Cove National Park this week:
So far this blog has been light on flowers. However today is the second Sunday in May, which is Mothers’ Day in Australia. As this is a traditional day for giving flowers, I thought now would be a good time to remedy my omission.
These photos aren’t of local (New South Wales) flowers, however. They were all taken on one day nine years ago at two spots near Kalbarri in Western Australia. Neither location was your typical flowering meadow; this was one of them, on the Murchison River.
I’m not familiar with most of these WA flowers, so I’ll let the photos speak from themselves, with just a brief afterword.
Just before the COVID shutters came down in March, I was walking in the Burrewarra Point reserve at Guerilla Bay when I saw a black cockatoo. It flew into some nearby undergrowth, but flew off before I could get a clear view of it. I then followed in the same direction and before long I saw what looked like an orange flare in a casuarina tree.