The poor gum trees are looking almost dead as the psyllids have mostly done their damage and hatched. Thought I'd found a psyllid on this leaf - but it's not, as they have wings. Don't know what is it yet, though.
and a shingle-back lizard visited - at first I wasn't sure if it was dead, too cold to move, or playing statues. Fortunately it was the latter, because when I stopped harassing it with the camera it disappeared. The temperature at the time was 21c, which is right at the bottom end of their active range of 21c-35c, so it would have been quite slow I think.
Late yesterday afternoon there was a commotion in the tall banksia. Branches shook and wings flapped. There was growling, 'shouting' and, over the top of all this, the the loud and constant squawking of the LW adolescent. Even when I was standing beneath the tree I found it hard to work out what was going on.
As soon as this male Superb Fairy-wren vacated his perch the female took his place - or did she give him a nudge?
On the hunt for native bees - European Honeybees are plentiful -
- but finally found a native bee Lipotriches australica big thank you to Linda at SAM Discovery Centre for identification.
Yesterday the LWs moved their babies 25 metres across the corridor of shrubs and tree branches. Still, the babies are required to flutter across gaps and I was happy not to have witnessed it. Last year I saw the babies being moved and my heart was in my mouth the whole time lest one end up on the ground. This morning they were back in the sheoak.
Last month I saw the female LW taking nesting materials to the sheoak and yesterday the new babies emerged from the nest for the first time.
Needless to say, both parents very busy keeping these little mouths fed. The older sibling is still around and chirping to be fed, but I haven't seen/heard that happen.
The bottlebrushes are filling up with flowers and the LWs make frequent nectar stops during the day.
It's the month of returns. The eucalypts have another lerp infestation -
The lone cuckoo is back - the wattle shrubs have come back from the dead again and are in bloom - not a caterpillar in sight, so far...
But here's something new - this is the first year this Rose Cone Flower, Isopogon formosus, has flowered. This is another WA native and I think I'll try propagating this one - see if I can collect some seed.
The LW fledgling is being weaned. The time between each bill-full of food from the parents has been extended and the result is one noisy bird who is loudly and almost constantly begging for food.
Today it became too much for its aunt/female relative who kept flying over to feed the fledgling only to be driven away by the LWs.
The fledgling is well able to feed itself on the nectar around and does - but I think it will still need some help catching insects for its protein requirements, something its mother (below) has perfected.
Well this fellow has just a few feathers left from his eclipse plumage -
while this one is fully suited up in breeding plumage.
The female's song is not for them, though. It's how she communicates with other females in the group.