The Usual Suspects

Spring has sprung! - Well, perhaps not sprung - but it's certainly out of bed and making a cup of tea. And with the warmer weather comes the wildlife. Butterflies, bees and my perennial favourites the skinks and snakes and of course, the birds ...

This little honey eater has decided to nest once again in our passion fruit vine, she's been very industrious and takes our toing and froing in her stride.


Honeyeater






excuse the quality here, lent Jo my camera and app she cleaned the lense with vaseline 

Alas, I doubt this story will have a happy ending as even while she was constructing her nest the resident night tiger had made his presence known by casually shedding it's skin right next door to the new tenants - a fact that seems quite lost on the bird.

I suppose though that the nest had already been constructed and the eggs doubtless fertilised so the bird has little or no choice but to lay and hope for the best.


neighbours?


Giant Grasshoppers creating the next generation


lynx spider awaiting her next meal

At this time of year you just never know what's going to turn up on the door step, snakes will be much more active and all manner of critters will be seeking out their respective love interests - hopefully, I'll get to snap a few of them and share what I find with you - so till then, stay all chilly and such eh?

Paul.


Honeyeaters are a diverse group of Australian birds belonging to the family Meliphagidae. One of their special characteristics is a 'brush-tipped' tongue, with which they take up nectar from flowers. However, nectar is only one of their foods. Most honeyeaters also eat insects, and some eat more insects than nectar. Many honeyeaters also feed on pollen, berries and sugary exudates (e.g. sap) of plants as well as the sugary secretions of plant bugs (e.g. psyllids). ^source

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