This post is a mixture of things I have seen over the last few weeks and haven't had a chance to yet post about.
It is late winter here in SE Queensland, Australia and the wildflowers are blooming. The Leucopogon are in blossom. This is a small shrub and the flowers are small but I think it has the sweetest perfume of all the wildflowers around here.
Another flower I enjoy seeing is this orchid - common name Bonnet or Tartan Orchid - cryptostylis erecta. The colors of the flowers blend so well with the colors of the leaf litter on the ground that it is not an easy flower to find.
It has been an exceptionally warm winter around here and my lawn and garden are needing a lot more care than they have been getting! The other day this little lizard came out on the concrete path after I had been doing some lawn mowing . It was lying down among the lengths of twine from the bales of mulch that I had been spreading. I thought at first it was a little Blue-tongued Lizard but when it stuck its tongue out it was red/pink. I hadn't known that there was a Pink-tongued Lizard ( or Skink I have been told it should properly be called).
No matter what the season there are always some Pied Oystercatchers around somewhere. I have found that each pair of birds stays in their own stretch of beach. This pair seems to have taken over a territory that has been empty for a year or so. It will be interesting to see if they remain in the same place over the summer.
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