Friday, 31 October 2014

Sulphur (Crested Cockatoo) Sky

A blue and sulphur sky for all of those of you who are heading into the greyer times of the year.

Early evening, Grampians, Victoria.

You can find more skies at SkyWatch Friday.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 120 - Laughing Kookaburra

After last week's Magpies, this is another iconic Australian bird - the Laughing Kookaburra - or as it is called in my part of the world, just Kookaburra!  There is another species of Kookaburra further north from us, but I'd have to travel a very long way to see them!

I'm a few days into a hectic week, so I just tell you that this is the largest kingfisher in the world!

Also, I can't resist a good tale of taxonomy, busy or not.  The Laughing Kookaburra goes by the name of Dacelo novaeguineae.  The genus name is an anagram of the genus of the Kingfisher found in the UK - and the first specimen of this species was thought to have come from New Guinea.  In fact it came from what is now New South Wales in Australia.  So, the name is a combination of a private joke and a mistake!

In one of these pictures you can see the nictitating membrane, a thin membrane that is drawn over the eye to help keep it moist.

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

And the mouse police never sleeps

While we were away in the Grampians we had the pleasure of being in the company of this rather elderly mouser called Alice.

Here legendary mousing abilities reminded me of a song from one of my favourite albums; as this is a photo-blog I wont inflict the song on you!  But its reasonable to say, that neither the track nor the album is current!

More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Red Beaks

This orchid is called a Red Beak - and it has a very close association with that most Australian of elements, fire.

This is a plant that only flowers in areas that have been recently burnt - I have only seen them twice - but on both occasions they were common.  A strange combination of rarity and abundance

You can see the the ground around the first plant is burnt - by the time I had taken a few pictures I was less than clean!

You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro.