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 :)


  1. So glad to hear there wasn't much devastation at your place. Your photos are spectacular. I loved the close-up of that green dragonfly and those ingenious ants. Those Orb Weavers are amazing things aren't they? We get them occasionally here as well and I spend ages just standing observing them.

    1. Thanks very much Bernie - and yeh, the Orbs are quite something. I tend to spend a lot of time standing and staring too - in fact, it can take me hours just to put some washing out lol!

      Take care - Paul


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