I haven’t yet planted out this year’s strawberry runners—I still have to prepare the bed!—but strawberry flowers can be dangerous places for small creatures. My recent post about Lacewings included a photo of a larva laden with trophies of past victims searching a strawberry flower for its next meal.
I saw this little bee fly checking out another strawberry flower for lurking predators.
“Plenty of pollen, looks safe… I’ll go closer”
I recently saw another Powerful Owl, this time in Centennial Park, and the contrast with the one I saw last year was interesting. While the first owl was in peaceful woodland and quite relaxed, this one was in a park with a lot going on, and was perceptibly more alert and watchful. First, it kept looking towards the café where people were having coffee:
I have mixed feelings about Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua gelerita). I rarely photograph them because they’re so common, not only in the wild, but also as pets and in zoos. Around Sydney they’re as ubiquitous as rats, noisy as buzz-saws, and destructive as borers. However, they are also intelligent, lively and entertaining, and can be attractive in their quieter moments. Such was the pair I saw recently in Lane Cove River National Park.
My last post began with the friarbird catching something that looked like an adult lacewing. This reminded me that I had some earlier photos of lacewings (Chrysopidae), such as this one of a typical adult green lacewing.
Just behind the tiny Uniting Church at Glen Alice in the Capertee valley is a patch of trees, mostly eucalypts. Here, a Little Friarbird (Philomen citreogularis), with its distinctive blue patches below its eyes, flies in to check for insects. It quickly spots something and pounces.