Late Winter Snapshots
mid August, 2018
This is the first in a new Atlas of Life series.
Snapshots will showcase a small selection of recent sightings recorded in our NatureMapr database.
Bodalla Silver Wattle in flower
Acacia silvestris is a true local. This species occurs in just a few areas of the south-east corner ... including the Brogo region. And the local trees are flowering.
A few orchids making an appearance
The drought is taking its toll on orchid flowering, but a careful search of known orchid territory has uncovered a few determined blooms.
Hoodies back in action
August is the predicted start of breeding season for Hooded Plovers – and local pairs are reappearing on our beaches.
A regular lakeside sighting
White-fronted Chat are listed as Vulnerable in NSW. These small birds favour saltmarsh vegetation, and Liz notes that they are a regular sighting alongside Wallagoot Lake.
Widespread but rarely seen
These near-silent nocturnal hunters are widespread and probably quite common, but positive sightings - and photo opportunities - are not so common. This female was probably chasing mice when she became trapped in a chicken coop. She was safely released ... but not before posing for a few photos.
It's still breeding season for Echidna, which may explain this midday sighting near Bournda National Park.
Beetles in hiding
There are still very few adult insects in evidence, but a closer look uncovers a few in winter shutdown mode.
Some species spend their entire lives in hiding, largely unaffected by the seasons. Passalid beetles are intriguing insects. They live in groups, tend their young, and even make audible 'calls' ... not something you expect from a beetle living inside a rotting log!
Early damselfly breeding
It's been a few months since the last Odonata sightings were recorded. These tiny damselflies were seen in large numbers this week, mating and egg laying in a salty, beachside lagoon.
Another sign of an early Spring
This large goanna was seen sunning itself. And, unusually for a reptile emerging from winter slumber, this one looks quite well-fed!
The most commonly encountered jellyfish of eastern Australia, this species sometimes 'swarms' in estuaries ... as was apparently the case in Eden recently, where hundreds were seen in Curalo Lagoon.
To browse more sightings – or to add your own! – go to the NatureMapr database
[cover image: Hooded Plover, by Leo Berzins, Haycock Beach]