Hong Kong – Wildlife

We also saw more wildlife than you might expect during our trip to Hong Kong last month, including the Red-whiskered Bulbul above on Lamma Island and the grasshopper below on Lantau Island.

We also came across a number of cows roaming free on Lantau Island, in the area around Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha.

And one day we looked out of the window of our hotel room in Causeway Bay, and found a large Black Kite looking in at us. It was standing on a ledge below the window.

Bold Animals

As well as the flowers that we featured yesterday, we have seen plenty of interesting animals in Bold Park recently. There are quite a few colourful Rainbow Bee-eaters (above) and some well camouflaged Tawny Frogmouths.

There are also some impressive spiders, including Golden Orb Weavers with the “packaging” from previous meals hanging in their web.

And this colourful spider that looks like the West Australian version of the St Andrew’s Cross Spider that lives on the east coast. It’s called a Banded Garden Spider or Banded Argiope.

Bold Flowers

Spring is the peak wildflower season in Perth, it there are still some striking flowers in autumn. In Bold Park at present there are small wildflowers in the undergrowth, but the biggest and “boldest” are the Banksias. Acorn Banksia (above) is in full flower, and the Firewood Banksia (below) is just coming into its flowering season.

Slender Banksia (below) has finished its main season, but there are still a few late flowers hanging around.

On the Zamia Trail

We’ve walked around the Zamia Trail in Perth’s Bold Park several times recently. The loop trail is 5km in length, plus another kilometre or two if you park at the Tuart or Camel Lake carparks.

The trail takes its name from the primitive Zamia that grow along the route. They look like palms, but are actually cycads. Their ancestors used to get nibbled by dinosaurs. At present the seed cones on female Zamia plants are splitting open to reveal the large, bright orange seeds inside.

Fit for a King

We went for a walk through the botanical garden section of Kings Park in Perth recently. Although it was around the end of summer, there were still plenty of flowers to admire.

We liked the Marri (top) and Illyarrie (above), both of which you can see in many places in Perth, and also this pretty Aniseed Boronia which is native to the southwest of Western Australia.

Suburban Wildlife 5

In addition to the waterbirds that we featured a few days back, there are also plenty of dragonflies at the ornamental lake in Subiaco Common at present. These two are male Blue Skimmers – the female is yellowish, rather than blue.

At the nearby Watershed, which feeds water into the lake, you can also see plenty of Red and Blue Damsels. They are much smaller than the Blue Skimmers, but strikingly colourful.

Suburban Wildlife 4

There is also a pair of Australasian Grebes nesting in the ornamental lake at Subiaco Common, surrounded by houses.

The birds keep adding pieces of water plant to the nest, which made us think they were still building it. But when we saw the eggs inside, it became clear that they were doing home improvements, ready for their growing family. When they leave the nest, they cover the eggs with water weed to keep them safely hidden.