Just Hanging Around

White-cheeked honeyeater, Phylidonyris niger. York, Western Australia.


Well we’re at the start of another year. I’d like to think that it’s going to be better than the last two, but that does not seem likely. In another four weeks our borders will open and COVID will come flooding in. Most years we like to plan projects and trips, but this we haven’t as so many things get cancelled due to COVID. My partner and I have decided that the priorities for this next year will be to get the booster shot – not easy in rural Western Australia – and to hole up at home for the duration. Anything that we do undertake will be either based at home or in the locality of York. Last year I started documenting the birds that come to our garden. This next year I’m casting the net wider and am going to include all animals. In fact I’ve already started so here are few photos of our visitors.


A less than graceful landing on the fence by a juvenile Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata). York, Western Australia.


Yellow paper wasp, Polistes dominulus. York, Western Australia.


Feral honeybee (Apis mellifera) feeding on sap from a Brazillian Peppercorn tree (Schinus molle). York, Western Australia.


Blue ringtail damselfly, Austrolestes annulosus. York, Western Australia.


Gum tree Shield Bug (Poecilometis spenceri) aka stink bug. York, Western Australia.


Crusader bug (Mictis profana) instar nymph. York Western Australia.