Dahlias in the Gardens

The following photos were taken during a recent walk through the Colac Botanic Gardens.

 

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Bird Portraits

The following photographs were taken over the past couple of weeks.

1 – Red Wattlebird (Anthochaera carunculata)

Red Wattlebird

This is a juvenile Red Wattlebird which was being fed by its parents, but, after the adult birds flew off to hide in the foliage of the trees, it remained to pose for me.

2 – Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera)

Common Bronzewing

After feeding on the ground, this female Common Bronzewing flew into a tree near my house. It sat motionless for what seemed like an eternity. It actually gave me time to go into the house and get my camera. Light conditions were very poor and to ensure I got the shot I increased the ISO setting to 800.

3 – Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera)

Little Wattlebird

At 27 to 35 centimetres in size, the Little Wattlebird is smaller than the Red Wattlebird, and is easily identified as it has no wattles.

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For St. Valentine’s Day

Yesterday I was going through my photo library and found some photographs which I thought were suitable for Valentine’s Day.

1 – Affectionate Galahs

Galah

Galah

2 – Courting Superb Fairy-wrens

Superb Fairy-wren

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Magnolia grandiflora

One of my favourite flowers is the Magnolia grandiflora, or Southern Magnolia. This tree, a member of the family Magnoliaceae, is native to the southeastern United States.

This photograph was taken a couple of days ago at the Colac Botanic Gardens.

Southern Magnolia

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After the Rain

Last year was one of our wettest winters for many years. After a decade of drought, it seemed as though Mother Nature was trying to making amends in just one winter. In my part of Australia winter is the wettest part of the year. However, as winter continued it appeared as though the rain was not going to stop.

When winter became spring (at least by the calendar) the wet and cold weather continued. Spring was disguised as winter.

But, Mother Nature made amends by giving us some of the best showings of our Australian Native trees and plants. I had never seen such displays of beauty!

One of my favourite trees, the Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree (Corymbia ficifolia) was no exception.

Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree

Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree

The Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree is native to south coastal Western Australia. These photographs were taken in the Colac Botanical Gardens, in regional Victoria. The tree does very well in this area and is also used by the local Council for streetscaping.

Red Flowering Eucalyptus Tree

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2017 -The First Month

Almost in the blink of an eye, January, 2017, has been and gone. These are the photos of the birds I managed to take this month walking around my yard.

1 – Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Superb Fairy-wren

This Superb fairy-wren has been resident in my garden for a few years now. In this photo he is showing his full breeding colours.

2 – Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Every summer a small flock of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos turn up at my place. They hang around for a few weeks then just turn up occasionally.

3 – New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae)

New Holland Honeyeater

Another resident in my garden. This little honeyeater flits from bush to bush feeding voraciously on the Banksia and Bottlebrushes and other Australian native plants in my garden

4 – Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)

Yellow-faced Honeyeater

Another resident Honeyeater, but also hunts for insects around the house.

5 – Grey Fantail (Rhipidura albiscapa)

Grey Fantail

The Grey Fantail also hunts for little insects around the house.

6 – Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus)

Galah

My post would be incomplete without a photo of the galahs that visit my garden. This pair had become aware of me stalking them and desperately tried to hide among the leaves.

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