Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Spotted Pardalotes (Pardalotus punctatus)

The scorching hot weather doesn't seem to bother the Spotted Pardalotes, two of which have come again and again all afternoon looking for insects in the hanging baskets and rose bushes.

Monday, December 28, 2009

More lizards

These skinks are smaller than the black ones, ranging in size up to about 3 inches. They are also more abundant and can be found all over the garden, although they especially like to live amongst the rocks and groundcovers near the front veranda. The pair look as though they've recently lost their tails and are growing new ones.

Friday, December 25, 2009


These black skinks seem to move around the garden. Sometimes they live under the rocks and rose-bush pots near the front door. At other times they live under the steps of my grandmothers cottage, in the shed or in the drainage pipes along our driveway.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Heron returns

Our regular visitor was back the other day checking for tadpoles and frogs. We're going to have to do something so that some of them survive this elegant predator.

King Parrot

This King Parrot showed up at the loungeroom window looking for food or a bit of attention one rainy afternoon last week. We don't put food out for the birds every day - otherwise they become too dependent - but sometimes when we are in the garden they suddenly appear out of nowhere to see if there's something on offer.