Wednesday 30 September 2009

Same Branch, Different Baby

Spring is a wondrous season, a time of birth and renewal. This branch – stripped bare thanks to the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos – outside the kitchen window makes the ideal resting spot for a fledgling White-plumed Honeyeater.

Tuesday 29 September 2009

All Babies Need Their Sleep

And this fledgling Crimson Rosella is no exception. Learning to fly is such hard work.

Monday 28 September 2009

Sunday 27 September 2009

Black Saturday: 7½ Months On

A thousand words…



Saturday 26 September 2009

Crimson Rosella

This parrot’s stunning plumage reminds me of rich velvet. My camera skills don’t do it justice.

Friday 25 September 2009


Thursday 24 September 2009

Grevillea Flower (Macro)

Honeyeaters love this nectar-rich Australian native.

Wednesday 23 September 2009

‘Little One’ – Juvenile Australian Magpie

Little One is one of last year’s young. Her mother abandoned her when she was a fledging, probably because she’s not quite right in the head. When she’s with the rest of his family, she’s extremely submissive, sitting with her belly on the ground and squawking. If she gets within striking distance of the matriarch – normally a gentle, placid bird – she attacks her. She never learns.

Every morning she knocks on the window with her beak, then stands back waiting for her daily treat. The whole time she’s eating, she’s chattering. Magpies don’t usually talk while they’re eating.

Tuesday 22 September 2009

Nature: The Ultimate Designer

The lines, the hues, the pattern and textures of this weathered tree stump say it all.

Monday 21 September 2009

Spring Gardening

The worst of the frosts are over (we hope) and the gardener of the house is hard at work planting vegetables galore.

Almost as much effort goes into protecting the plants from the local wildlife: wombats, rabbits, ravens (partial to figs) and the cockatoos.

Saturday 19 September 2009

Wet Sugar Glider with Young

With thanks to Andrea Hylands.

If you look carefully, you'll see the tails the of the Sugar Glider's two babies in her pouch.

Friday 18 September 2009

New Holland Honeyeater

Thursday 17 September 2009

Farm Dam, Yea, Victoria

Wednesday 16 September 2009

Grey Teal Ducks

Tuesday 15 September 2009


Monday 14 September 2009

Australian Raven

Sunday 13 September 2009

Hereford Heifer

Saturday 12 September 2009

Red-spotted Jezebel or Wood White Butterfly (Delias aganippe)

Spring's first butterfly. A huge thank you to Lyn Harwood for identifying this for me.

Friday 11 September 2009

White-plumed Honeyeater

Wednesday 9 September 2009