More Dragons.

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Female Orange-Winged Dropwing 

The dragonflies have been very active around the pond once more and I snapped this beauty yesterday morning perching on the Xmas tree we have on the patio by the pool.

Isn’t she beautiful?

Citrus Swallowtail

This was the final shot I took of this butterfly after it had walked off my hand and found secure purchase underneath this lemon tree leaf where it hung for a while, presumably thoroughly drying its wings,  before flying away to begin it’s new life.

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Citrus Swallowtail.

Watch the Birdy. Woodpecker. Can’t you hear me knocking?

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Cardinal Woodpecker

Not a great shot – she was very high up.

When I made the decision to record the flora and particularly the fauna found at Our Spot it was for no other reason than curiosity; curiosity that soon became somewhat of a minor passion that sees me do a quick tour of the  garden most days looking for something to add to the collection and boost the numbers on the ‘Fauna list’.

For example, the number of birds I have identified has been a real eye-opener. I would imagine most people would identify around a dozen garden birds on sight without  much difficulty but I wonder how many of us are actually aware just how many birds visit our gardens.

There’s no doubt location is important, but I’ll bet there are far more feathery garden visitors than we are aware of.

Before I began my ‘quest’, and with our suburb having largish stands, and some pretty big open areas including the golf course, I would have estimated maybe twenty. After all, we are still bang in the middle of suburbia.

But now, a couple of years later I have identified forty-eight separate bird species, including the most recent, the Thick Kneed Curlew, a nocturnal visitor we spotted quite by chance the other evening when we  opened  the curtains in the bedroom after hearing a strange call.

To date I have managed to photograph thirty-six.

I wholeheartedly recommend such a quest to everyone. Even if all you do is jot down the species you find.

We can share lists!

There really is so much life just outside your back door, you will be amazed.



And as we are featuring a woodpecker knocking then we need a knocking song.

Here’s the Stones.


Leading you up the Garden Path. Beeing there.

I mentioned to Argus that most of the time, for me, a good shot is simply a matter of plonking oneself down in the midst of the ‘bugs’ I want to photograph and simply watch. Watch what they do. Once they are used to you and you them you just have to start clicking.

In other words, just beeing there.

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Honey Bee covered in pollen.

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Honey Bee visiting Pickeral Plant

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Honey Bee at Arum Lily

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Honey Bee at California Poppy


Honey Bee at Cosmos


Honey bee at Plectranthus