Spring - Early Summer Snapshots
The latest in a new Atlas of Life series.
Snapshots showcases a small selection of recent sightings recorded on NatureMapr, from the Coastal Wilderness and the Budawang Coast.
Orchid sightings continued to be infrequent through the Spring and early Summer in the Coastal Wilderness region - doubtless due to the lack of rainfall in the Winter and early Spring.
There are numerous records of the Black-tip Greenhood (Pterostylis bicolor) further north and around Canberra, but there are few sightings recorded for our region. As Max commented, this tiny green orchid may be more widespread, but it is easily overlooked - particularly where it grows in grassland.
Further north, in the Budawang Coast region, it seems the orchids were putting on a greater show. There were more sightings, and a greater diversity.
Late Spring and early Summer is always an interesting time when it comes to bird watching. There are the many Summer visitors that return to our forests, such as the Sacred Kingfishers and the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters. And, of course, it’s breeding time for most species, so there is a heightened urgency as territories are claimed, mates are found, and food is gathered.
The other reward awaiting the keen observer is a glimpse of a rare or secretive bird.
As Spring gathered pace, sightings of insects and spiders from across the Coastal Wilderness and Budawang Coast regions began to flood in - an eclectic mix of the striking, beautiful, confronting and strange.
The insect hunters are out and about too!
This species of tiny bat captures insects in flight, from foliage and even off the ground. As Jackie comments in the NatureMapr sighting, they will even enter houses in search of insects!
Unlike many of our local frogs, the Striped Marsh Frog is truly aquatic. It is rarely found far from water, and its distinctive calls - a single “clock”, like two pieces of wood being knocked together - often echo from stormwater drains and ditches.
Another common species - Crinia signifera - is also heard more often than seen.
Cover image: Double-headed Hawkmoth caterpillar (Coequosa triangularis) … and, no, that’s not the head! Recorded by Kerri-Lee Harris, Wonboyn