Snapshots

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.


Plants

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.

Birds

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.

 Red-necked Avocet    Recorded by Leo Berzins in Eden

Red-necked Avocet   Recorded by Leo Berzins in Eden

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.

 White-bellied Sea-eagle   Recorded by Liz Allen, Bournda

White-bellied Sea-eagle   Recorded by Liz Allen, Bournda

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.

Insects

Insect sightings are still scarce, but that is likely to change very soon.

These Reed Bees are a sign of the coming Spring.

Frogs

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]