The Garden After Ita

Well, I'm happy to report that aside from a few flattened fruit trees and power loss, we and our place got through cyclone Ita unscathed. I hope you can say the same. Sadly though, our little Sunbird friends had just begun work on a new nest - the wind tore it from the vine ... all that hard work for nought.

It remains to be seen if they'll start over, however happily, they are still around.

We have a few new 'blow ins', including this spectacular golden orb weaver. Almost fully grown with a diameter of a mans hand - very impressive and beautiful, but a bit of a worry for our small insectivorous bats, tiny birds and small aboreal snakes. Guests beware eh?.

Actually, critters of all shapes and sizes have been cruising around ... here's a quick selection of but a few ...

Providing a feast for birds like this Drongo and Kookaburra below. The Kookaburra was happily munching down slugs on the back lawn ... yes, I know - singularly unpleasant, but he seemed to be enjoying every slimey morsel.

And some of my favourites - Dragonflies have been conspicuously patrolling the airways of the garden for any unwary insect that can be ambushed.

On a small, but nevertheless impressive scale, some weaver ants were gathering together to build a bridge - clever little ladies that they are ...

Well, that's about it - I don't feel very effusive today, the pics can speak for themselves. I hope you're well and happy, have a safe Easter no matter what god you may or may not believe in ...

No doubt I will prattle and ramble in my usual nonsensical way next time - till then,

Take Care :)

Feeding Wild Frogs

I've mentioned this little lady of the night before. She lives on the porch in a water feature/lamp and is one of the animals round the joint Jo and I are used to greeting of an evening. Last night, Jo decided to take the relationship to another level by offering her a woody, (from Jo's dragons special reserve).

The result was so astonishing that I had to grab the camera and get a few shots.

As a rule I don't believe in feeding wild animals for reasons I have gone into in previous posts.

Rules though are meant to be broken - also, I am not the boss of Jo ... and anyway, this frog is so bloody endearing that it'd be churlish to deny her an easy meal ...

L. caerulea in her usual spot

Fancy a roach?


Got a bit of finger there ...

Thanks Luv - you're a peach

The surprises didn't stop there however. At the end of the meal up popped another green tree frog (presumably a male). Now most animals, even frogs, tend to be a bit territorial - to find two living in such close proximity is, at least in my experience, quite something.

Say, ya wouldn't have any more of those would you?

Even though it stretches credulity to near breaking point, it's important to remember that these are wild frogs. We haven't gone out of our way to habituate them in any way (until last night).

It just goes to show that connections with even the unlikeliest of critters can be made ... it's not something that'll be repeated often, but a fun and entertaining little episode to share with you ...

Take care :)

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