Life is such a trial!
I usually consider myself lucky to get a photo of these little birds. They’re so quick and flit from flower to flower with their tails up at a perky angle. I love to watch them hovering like Hummingbirds but have never managed to catch the moment.
This afternoon I spotted this poor little Spinebill sitting on a bird bath looking very unhappy. It allowed me to get within a couple of metres so I was able to spray it gently. It’s been very hot all day, it’s now almost 5:30 in the evening and still 45 deg. C.
I don’t think I saw any Fairy Wrens last year at all, they didn’t even come when the “Stinky Bush” was flowering and they seem to love that. Today they reappeared and although the Red Wattlebirds chase them off as soon as they’re aware of them I did manage to get a couple of shots.
Below is a flower of the stinky bush, I have no idea what it is but it’s certainly tough.
We have hundreds of little Skinks scuttling about our place but recently I decided to photograph some differences. Most have copper coloured heads with grey/black pattered bodies. Some however have stripes, yellow tails or copper coloured tails. Most have white under bellies but some of the shinier, slimmer type have yellow under bellies.
I discovered that when you turn them over to check the colour of their bellies they lie quite still but the instant you turn them back over they’re off!
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