Boxing day treats

Boxing day treats

The weather has been so hot and sticky lately and todays no exception, but I was keen to try and find and photograph another Sunshine Coast Frill necked lizard. With all of the storms that have been passing through recently it seemed like the logical time to look for them, but it was far from comfortable walking 8 to 10k's in 33-degree heat and pretty much saturation point humidity. Worth it all in the end though being rewarded with a stunning sub adult specimen basking on a stump. So calm too.

Medium density high rise apartment blocks occur in nature as well and in my opinion are far more attractive and functional than the ones built by us. 

Artistic flair aside the moth larvae that create these patterns in the tree trunks are pretty amazing. This tree was obviously a good canvas. I wonder why they call them Scribbly Gums?

A couple of bugs braved the sweaty conditions (do insects sweat)? The first was a brown fly about 15mm in length that I initially mistook for a bee mainly because of the loud buzzing that accompanied its flight. It kept landing in the sand and appeared to be feeding but on closer inspection it may possibly have been depositing eggs in the sand.

The other was a huge (60mm plus) Giant Robber fly (thanks to the Amateur Entomology group on Facebook for the ID) which buzzed my face before settling on the truck of a banksia. Never seen one before, very trippy.

The most common reptile however was the Barred-sided skink. They seemed to be present in all of the habitat types that I walked through, more so in the rain forested sections though. Beautiful animals.

Despite the obvious moisture in the soil there wasn't a lot of fungi to photograph but this flush was pretty impressive.

All time spent in nature is time well spent even if you don't find what you're looking for or you have to sweat your arse off getting there. Get out and enjoy it while you can.

Mike.

 

 

 

 

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