When we first decided we were going to do newsletters, I knew that we would do one on the wildlife that lives around here.
I had great fun trawling through all our old photos looking for some of our wildlife photos. While looking through the early of photos, it made me aware of how mature some of our trees have now become. It is amazing how quickly you forget what the tree originally looked like when it was first shaped.
The first photo is of a bumblebee which is not native to Australia. He had this beautiful iridescent blue green sheen to his body. He was having a grand old time gathering the pollen and allowed me to take photos on the micro setting. Those of you who don’t know the micro setting on a camera is, it allows the camera to focus an inch away from the lens of the camera. Great for the taking photos of insects, flowers and jewellery.
The next series of photos are of some of the parrots that visit our garden. Pete has been saying that he would like to put a camera hide in our garden so that we could get close-up photos of the birds on our trees. I'm not sure just how serious he is about doing this, time will tell.
We have quite a diverse range of frogs living here. Pete went through a real phase of photographing any frog he saw. He did this over about a nine month period. As Pete is a bit of night owl, most of the photos are at night. I even got in on the act, though I did take my photos during the day. When I saw this little beautiful metallic gold frog, I ran up to the house grabbed the camera and managed to get a nice photo of this little sleeping fella.
In the next photo, is the pair of kookaburras. I think they might be a mated pair, but I don’t really know anything about kookaburras. We have quite a few different photos with these guys in them. Relatively speaking the kookaburras are easier to photograph than the parrots. Less camera shy or something.
We have large flock of wrens birds that live here, but they are even harder to photograph than the parrots! Maybe if we made a hide with mirror attached, we would be able to get a close shot of the male wrens. As the males love to attack the car ‘s side mirrors.
Of course where there is a large population of birds and frogs, you will have predators. Gonnas are probably some of the larger ones that we get. Fortunately we don’t see them very often, though we did get to witness two large males having territorial dispute last year. Quite impressive.
Snakes is another animal that we get a lot of. They love eating the frogs and hunting through our trees for the birds nests. Which is what I am assuming this snake was doing when Pete photographed him. Pete tells me this snake a pyton. Pete got a range of photos of this snake travelling from one of our trees to the other. As a general rule we don't bother snakes and they don’t bother us. Though with the poisonous snakes we tend to make sure they leave our area.
I left my favourite photo for last, Pete took this photo at the beginning of spring this year. I believe this is a frogmouth owl. I don't know much about these birds either, I just like the way they look at you.
Well, that’s all for now. Happy growing. Becky
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