End August, 2018
This is the second in a new Atlas of Life series.
Snapshots showcases a small selection of recent sightings recorded in our NatureMapr database.
Orchid sightings on the rise
After a slow, drought-affected start, orchid flowering does seem to be on the increase. Terrestrial orchids are appearing in the far south, while a stunning tree-growing species was seen flowering in Bodalla State Forest.
Unusual visitors, unusual birds, and other sightings
Red-necked Avocet are not a rare bird, but they're not a common sighting in this region. Two birds have made Curalo Lake in Eden their home for more than a week.
With fire and blackened forest just a short distance away, a flock of 10 King Parrots made good use of the bird bath on a Brogo property. And two of the birds were sporting a most unusual patchwork of yellow feathers.
A ruckus by small birds gave away the presence of this owl, high in tree in Corunna State Forest.
Immature sea-eagles are far less recognisable than their distinctively-marked parents.
Max noticed two kites hunting in the same area ... until one appeared to force the other out of the sky! Good opportunity for a photo.
Along with a group of five Sooties, this pair of Pieds were feasting on mussels, taking full advantage of a this week's very low tides.
Insect sightings are still scarce, but that is likely to change very soon.
These Reed Bees are a sign of the coming Spring.
Late winter, a few rain showers ... and the chorus of frog calls is increasing in volume by the day. This male seems undeterred by a prowling diving beetle.
To browse more sightings – or to add your own! – go to the NatureMapr database
[cover image: Cyanicula caerulea, by Kerri-Lee Harris in Wonboyn]