Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Douglas Park. Images from Caroline's garden

I am now going back to Caroline's garden, with a few images left over from the other day.
Firstly, here is the Swamp Wallaby again, as seen the other day. Once again, caught in action in Caroline's vegie garden. This time, the target is the cabbage patch.
Here is the result, after it has left.
A Superb Fairy Wren (a.k.a. "Blue Wren"). Malurus cyaneus. This is a male bird, in "eclipse plumage", i.e., a male in non-breeding plumage. The tell-tale clue is the blue tail, and the dark beak and eye. Females have brown tail feathers, brownish beaks and a reddish mark around their eyes.
In the morning light, the leaves of the Pistachio tree were a lovely golden colour, as seen through the window of Caroline's lounge room. I could not resist taking the photo.
I showed an image the other day of a possible Crowea exalata, growing above the Cataract Gorge, in the yard of Caroline's neighbour's property. That plant had shorter leaves than today's plant, and wider-spread flowers.

Here is a better photo taken two weeks previously, of a similar species of plant, at Bombaderry. Although on the South Coast, near Nowra, it was growing in very similar habitat - a sandstone gorge. With a better photo here, I think this may be Crowea saligna. Croweas have 5 petals and a tightly structured cluster of stamens "cohering by their prominently pilose margins, apices spreading during anthesis." (PlantNET).


mick said...

It's a very cute wallaby - but I am not sure that I would want to be giving it the veges - or were there so many that it was OK? Great photo of the little wren.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Mick
Yes, I liked the Wren too.