Sunday, February 23, 2014

Blue-Tounged Lizard

It was on the road sun-baking, but I moved it off the asphalt before it got hit by a car.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Blue Wrens scavenging on the dog's bones.

They come by ever day to do this, a whole family of them.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A bush cricket

I didn't realize that this is a cricket - the colour fooled me - until someone pointed it out (thanks Jenny S.). The plant it's perched on is a Variegated Pittosporum, also known as Lemonwood or Tarata (the Maori name).

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


the summer has brought out the skinks, which like to run along the veranda amongst the pot-plants and into the veranda garden beds. The plant is a Spider-plant (Chlorophytum comosum) and it's over 60 years old, having been bought by my grandmother in the late 1940s.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Purple Loosestrife

This is one of very few species that are native to both Europe and Australia - without occurring in many of the countries in between. Extremely unusual.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

A possum's midnight feast

One of the resident Ring-Tail Possums eating pittosporum leaves late at night. I must try to get some better pics.