After several weeks of successive Antarctic weather “blobs”, the weather seems finally to have turned. This last week we’ve have several cloudless days, with 22°C on Friday and 25°C today, making it an absolute delight to go for walks.
Yesterday, my Waverton walk began with a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo screeching overhead as it flew towards the city.
Last week’s wildflower photos included some blue-purple Hardenbergia flowers with a partially obscured solitary bee. That bee flew off before I could get another picture, so I went back later hoping to get another opportunity.
My first effort on a cool day was unsuccessful, but I had better luck on a warm (20°+C) sunny day. The patchwork of sunlight and shade meant that the bee was unevenly lit:
The weather has been pretty changeable lately, but over a week ago, I took my chances and went for an afternoon walk. The clouds were beginning to gather after a fine clear day, and looking up, I couldn’t see many birds.
Looking down, however, I could see lots of winter wildflowers. One was this Spider Grevillea (Grevillea speciosa):
Three weeks ago I posted several photos of Brush Turkeys on nests. Three days later, I put this photo on my Facebook Page, showing the male watching his hen of the day digging hard, with both turkeys completely unfazed by the schoolchildren walking past.
But my recent focus has been on another turkey, the late starter in the Australian Catholic University. Four weeks ago he didn’t have a nest, but some rapid sweeping of the soil and leaf litter around his chosen site soon gave him a respectable mound. Not long afterwards, he began to attract a few females. The first one I saw was about 7 a.m. July 30th:
Last week I wrote that I would keep the Chiltern Trail honeyeaters for another post, and here it is.
The first honeyeaters I saw on the walk were White-eared Honeyeaters (Nesoptilotis leucotis). Unfortunately they were all in separate trees, socially distancing from me as well as from each other, and this was as good a photo as I could get: