Christmas Bells

Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells - Blandfordia nobilis

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

White-headed Pigeons arrive to feast on Privet seeds.

I drive past this plant several times a day, so I knew it was heavily in fruit. But the seeds are not yet ripe (they go black when ripe - but as you can see the seeds are still green.) So consider my surprise when this evening (low light conditions which explains the poor images) I came around the corner and saw at least a dozen White-headed Pigeons peering at me from this Small-leaved Privet bush (Ligustrum sinense)

White-headed Pigeons
on Small-leaved Privet
These Pigeons are a seasonal visitor to Robertson. Usually their arrival coincides with the fruiting of the local Lilly Pillies (Acmena smithii). But this year, their fruits are not yet ripe, just getting ready. But then again, so are these Privet seeds.
These Pigeons apparently like to get in early.

Female (grey head) facing camera.
Others with pure white heads are males,
But they are not co-operating.

Female flying off  (black wings visible)
Male bird's head now clearly visible.
Pure white head.


And now for something completely different.
This is the Ladies Tresses Orchid, Spiranthes australis.
My father, who was the only male child in his family, but who had 5 sisters, was very experienced in doing "French Plaits" for his sisters. These plants remind me of his stories of plaiting his sisters' hair.

Spiranthes australis
I have written about these plants previously, That particular plant had its spiral pattern going in the opposite direction to today's specimen.

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