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):
A honey bee was visiting another grevillea, this time a Grevillea sericea (sometimes called the Silky Grevillea):
Another shrub in flower was this wattle, possibly a Sunshine Wattle (Acacia terminalis):
In a very different style was this Dusky Coralpea (Kennedia rubicunda), barely visible between tall reed leaves:
I then heard persistent raven-calls so I looked up to see what was happening. At first, I thought I could see two ravens silhouetted, but then I realised the leading bird was quite a bit bigger. It was in fact an Eastern Osprey (Pandion cristatus), the first I had ever seen around the harbour. Unfortunately it was too far away for a detailed photo (this is a 100% crop) but from its darker “collar” I’d say it was a female.
The osprey sailed serenely on, and that was the last I saw of her.
So I looked back down again, where the next flowers I saw were yellow peaflowers, I think a Dillwynia species:
I find pink peaflowers even harder to identify than yellow ones, but whatever these were, they made an attractive contrast:
This one is a Grevillea, possibly G semperflorens. Semperflorens means ’always flowering’, which might explain its attraction for the honey bee.
The semperflorens was next to a Grevillea sericea (like the one in the second photo), and both Grevilleas had numerous honey bees buzzing around them. However the bees were completely ignoring a neighbouring Purple Twining Pea (Hardenbergia violacea):
However there was a different creature flitting around the Hardenbergia, (and ignoring the Grevilleas). It had more of a “hover and scoot” flight pattern than the honey bees, and seemed reluctant to be photographed. The best I could do was this indistinct image, showing what seemed to be a megachilid bee:
I returned a day later and saw no sign of this other bee, but the weather was then a bit cool for native bees. I persevered, and eventually saw it again on the next really sunny day, as well as another native bee—but that’s a blog entry for another day!
N.B. I’ve tried to identify the flowers shown in these images. However I’m no expert in identifying native flowers, and in suburban areas like Waverton identification can be complicated by plantings of hybrids and unusual cultivars of native species, as well as of plants that are native to other parts of Australia.