Monday, 25 January 2016

Two fat boys

This is not a new cooking show but recognising that I was joined today by a Koala, in the eucalypt next door.  We didn't get a look at its genitals but its generally chunky shape, and bad tempered roaring, suggest bloke rather than sheila.

This was the position when first sighted.  It does look rather as though it has a hangover!
 A couple of hours later it was very perky.
Late in the afternoon it was sitting up again and roaring.  You will note that it has changed orientation: in my experience that counts as hyperactivity for a Koala!
Sticking with mammals, I was keen to see the fruit bats fly out, from near the colony,  As it involves walking down the steep hill I kept an eye out from the deck and at 2033 saw a few flying out over the Inlet.  I grabbed the camera and headed off.  The sky was full of bats.
I couldn't persuade my camera to take a really clear image - but it was close to dark and they were moving very quickly.  Within 10 minutes they had all gone: perhaps two bats in the sky.  Better images of the fly-out are on the Wednesday evening.

A Welcome Swallow sat on the line holding the shade sail.  It was facing into the rising sun so is a little redder than reality.
A surprisingly silent Wonga Pigeon came to walk around outside the kitchen window
While at Bastion Point there were good numbers (at least 10) of White-fronted Chats around.  I knew they were around somewhere around a bush so just snapped.  To my surprise I got quite an acceptable image.
My second birdie walk was to a track under a powerline.  The power company had slashed under the line so visible birds were few.  It was nice to see 3 (circled) Sacred Kingfishers at once.
 Here is one of them.
An on-going battle is to get a photo of an Azure Kingfisher.  They don't stay still.  Here is the best I have achieved so far.
These seed-heads were at Bastion Point.  To our surprise they seem to rise from a bulb.   My guess is that they are some form of Lily.
 This old cone of Banksia serrata is one of the better Banksiaman images I have seen.
The local form of heath (Epacris impressa) has apparently been mucked about with by taxonomists and shifted to the pommy heath family.  Probably in rebellion against this, there were few plants in flower.  (An alternate explanation is that they flower in Spring not mid Summer.)  However I manage to find all three colours along the powerlines.

 A bean - possibly a Dillwynnia.
 A small white Lily.
This was one of the few bits of Angophora (probably) floribunda.  This plant is a favourite food of the fruit bats!
 A fungus: I have found very few for the last couple of years, either at home or the coast.
The beach at Bastion Point with Surf Patrol in evidence.  Also in evidence and against The Rules are three pooches.  Which seemed to be having a good time and not interfering with other beach goers or the wildlife.
On the matter of the beach etc, I took my new spotting scope to Bastion Point and was able to count Crested Terns on a sandbar so far away that with the naked eye we could barely see the bushes on the bar, let alone the terns!

Back at the harbour the Pelicans were dining on fish offal.  Frances counted up to 30 of them.
Late in the evening a stand-up paddler was out on the water.
Perhaps he was after 2 small fishes?

1 comment:

Sharpen said...

Love the photo of the Banksia man.