On Friday, I went for what I thought would be a quick walk. As it happened there was quite a lot of wildlife, all too busy watching other wildlife to pay me much attention. Fortunately, I had taken my camera along "just in case".
The wildlife interactions began pleasantly, with this Grey Butcherbird feeding a juvenile too lazy to pick up food for itself:
Then things began to get a bit snarky. An Australian Pelican flew over—so high that my next photo had to be heavily cropped. I would’ve thought this pelly was too high to worry any Magpie, but no, there was one in pursuit on its port wing. However, it did no more than issue an “I’m watching you” warning (the magpie equivalent of a mild caution.)
Back nearer the ground the bees were behaving busily and peacefully. They included this Carpenter bee:
She was heavily dusted with pollen:
Another smaller bee (I think a Lasioglossum) was also both dusty and peaceful:
Then the mood darkened, as a sinister shape appeared in the Hibbertia foliage:
The next time I looked, the mantis had caught a bee:
With typical insect insensitivity, the mantis immediately tucked into the still-struggling bee:
I went on with my walk, only to witness a Masked bee (Hylaeus) darting at a much larger Honey bee on a bottlebrush:
It seemed to work, as the honey bee moved on:
.. leaving the masked bee in control of the bottlebrush:
The aggressive spirit spread to a nearby fig tree where a Pied Currawong was diving at a Channel-billed Cuckoo:
This currawong was furious, its attack much more determined than that of the magpie. I’ve rarely seen a cuckoo perturbed by a currawong assault, but this one was clearly a bit rattled:
Eyes blazing, the currawong went past to prepare for its next assault:
The cuckoo wisely moved into the middle of the fig tree, and I took that as the signal to go home for breakfast.