There’s only one rosebush in our garden, a climber with small white flowers that came with the house. The blossoms have a delicate pink blush on their inner petals, although this gradually fades as the flowers age. However, it’s still visible in this fully opened rose:
In my earlier post on these bees I said how I hoped to get photos of the inside of a beehive in October, the month when Elke Haege, a Stingless Bee expert, resumes opening them up. Last Thursday I was lucky enough to see Elke service a hive at a home in Hurlstone Park.
The hive box was in a good position for getting sunshine until mid-morning. The box in this picture is actually the temporary placeholder, put there while Elke serviced the actual hive. You can just see some bees milling about in the sunlight above and behind the temporary box:
The Australian Magpie is a complicated bird. It’s also one of the most familiar, with many households receiving regular magpie visitors. This adult bird on the NSW Central Coast is waiting for a handout:
We recently spent a couple of days in Mudgee, staying in a big share-house on 9 acres (3.6 hectares) of land on the banks of the Cudgegong River. Much of the land was mown grass with flower and vegetable beds, but on the river bank there were some big old trees, including a couple of 200-year old eucalypts. As you’d expect, there were quite a few birds around, including ones I don’t often see in Sydney.
These Straw-necked Ibis are cousins to Sydney’s well-known “bin chickens” (white ibis):