A trip out to the Avon River, perhaps some flowering bursaria to be found, and some odes on the river. Well, the bursaria was duly found and investigated but was something of a disappointment with honey bees, pintail beetles, and grass blues the main inhabitants of the flower city. A Yellow-banded Dart and a brown of some description were briefly sighted but flitted off and away. Never mind, on to the river to see what odes were about, and the first sighted were two or three brilliant blue male Diphlebia nymphoides flying low over the water. A couple of females too, but although they landed occasionally they were off and away as soon as I started to approach, I was comprehensively defeated by those beautiful large damselflies. No such problem with the abundant Southern Vicetails, they were quite happy to let me get close, set up the tripod in the water and snap away.
Small frogs were constantly jumping out of the way as I paddled about in the shallows, then in amongst the boulders one posed for a photo. It is Litoria lesueuri, one of the common names being the Rocky River Frog, very appropriate in this situation. The skin on the back of this species can be either smooth or granulated, the latter applies here.
The Red-browed Finches must have had a successful breeding season, a small flock with many immatures dropped in on the far side of a pool, way too far for the 200 micro but I took a shot anyway, two are keeping watch on me while one bathes.
Then a Rufous Whistler decided it was bath-time too, but it didn’t like the look of me and after thinking it over decided to go to the other side of the callistemons for its dip. The 200 coped well at the distance.
On then to the manna gums where summer campers were still in residence, and keeping them company was one of those opportunistic scoff anything vaguely edible characters, a big goanna. I couldn’t get far enough back to get it all in frame.
A one hundred metre paddle upstream yielded nothing new in the way of odes, but certainly of interest was an Incense Plant, Calomeria amaranthoides growing up from a tangle of flood rubbish, and in full flower.
This plant thrives after a bush fire, it can appear in huge numbers and I’ll point you to a 2008 blog post by Gouldiae that illustrates this fact.
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