Orchids, Birds, Monitors (Lizards) and Wallabies

Late Spring near Pambula NSW

This was a busy time for birds with many still present from earlier in the year and frequenting the bird bath.  Swallows were nesting under a verandah roof and directly above a doorway, as they have done for the last 5 years.

Tiger orchids, purple bearded orchids and common fringed lillies were in good numbers in a cleared section of our block.  They flowered for over 4 weeks in rapidly drying conditions.  This was the first year that we have seen the tiny lillies.

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Tiger Orchid
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Common Fringed Lily
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Purple Bearded Orchid

The birds were now busy feeding their young and busily flying in the flowering bushes.  Common ones were the New Holland Honeyeater, Little Wattle Birds, Red-browed Finch and Splendid Blue Wren.  Some less frequently seen birds are in the photos below.

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Cresent Honeyeater
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Scarlet Honeyeater
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White-breasted Pidgeons

Swamp wallabies were frequently around the house, including a very dark coloured lone (probably male) wallaby which proved impossible to photograph.  One morning there were two swamp wallabies siting in the sun in a hard to photograph position.  The photos were taken through a not very clean window and a mesh wire fence, and are testament to the focusing ability of the camera (Panasonic GX8).

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A common sight in the last two years has been a small (1m) lace monitor living on the roof of the house and, presumably, surviving on careless birds and rodents.  This time for two days we also had a 2m lace monitor that liked to sit on its tail and cuddle a tree in the morning sun.  On the second day it did not even bother to move while we were nearby.

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1m Lace Monitor
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2m Lace Monitor (over half its length is in the tail)
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Close up of the 2m Lace Monitor
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