Here is a lovely Swamp Wallaby I found enjoying a feed in the long grass up on Mt Murray on Saturday afternoon. This was in the paddock adjacent to Celeste and Steve's studio at Cloud Farm.
It has a lovely warm red colour on on the back of its head and between its ears.This is a wider view to give you a sense of the lush grasses on which it was feeding.I am posting this as my brother brendan sent me an email a few nights ago about Hawk Moths. I replied that I had not seen any this year.
And lo and behold, tonight's batch of moths included this fine specimen.
They always remind me of Art Deco designed toy aeroplanes or even sleek 1930s race cars. It is a very fat Hawk Moth, but I am unable to determine which species it might be. The "Pale Brown Hawk Moth" does not appear to have the facial markings this one shows in the second image.
Here is a close-up view of the head.
The Moth is clinging on to my jacket. The antennae are clearly visible protruding from the top of the head, and the front feet are pointing forward.
I like the two prominent white lines starting at the front of the head and diverging up and over the eyes.
The mousy brown "fur" looks very soft.
I just cannot help admiring Hawk Moths when they turn up here.