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Baby Birds.

While working in the paddock the other day I noticed a pair of Masked Lapwings, then a second glance revealed two tiny chicks. A trip back to the house for the camera ensued and photos of the parents and one of the little ones were obtained. I trust the gale force winds yesterday didn’t blow the chicks away, hopefully the parents would have had them safe in the long grass. One of the great Australian sounds I believe is the call of the Masked Lapwing on a moonlight night.

lapwing


lapwing


lapwing

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Signs of Spring #2

On the ridges away from the river, the Golden Wattle, A. pycnantha is of course in full bloom, a common and sometimes dominant understory species, but in my opinion one of our most showy and beautiful wattles.

golden wattle

Continuing with the yellow theme, the Golden Grevillea, G. chrysophaea, lacking the rusty indumentum of the Heyfield form, but very hairy nonetheless. Strangely, on another ridge further downstream there is a form with almost glabrous flowers.

golden grevillea

I still prefer the old name, Dillwynia retorta for the next species, now known as D. phylicoides. It too was just coming into early flower.

dillwynia retorta

And another, the Grey Guinea-flower, Hibbertia obtusifolia that had escaped the burning, flowering above fresh new foliage .

hibbertia

From yellows to bluish shades, new flowers and buds on the Nodding Blue-lily, Stypandra glauca, and the first flowers on Hovea heterophylla.

stypandra


hovea

And finally, an everlasting, formerly Helipterum, now Leucochrysum albicans, the Hoary Sunray. Many fresh young plants springing up in the rocky soil beside the track with a few very early flowers.

everlasting


everlasting

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