Taking the High Ground 2

Although it is mid autumn here in Perth, there were still some interesting wildflowers along the Baldwin’s Bluff trail at Serpentine National Park. There was plenty of the large flowered Hibbertia species above and also these small daisies.

And a few spectacular flowers on the Lemon-scented Darwinia as well.

We were pleased to see that Lemon-scented Darwinia was featured on the large sign in the picnic area – because it featured one of our photos ( with our permission, of course). Oops, sorry for the shameless self promotion – but we did earn the bragging rights after all.

Easter Eggs

Last month we featured this Australasian Grebe with eggs in the nest, amusingly located in the ornamental lake in Perth’s Subiaco Common surrounded by houses. Today the eggs and the nest have disappeared. In their place you will find a group of little grebelets (or should that be grebelings?).

They have striped faces and keep their parents busy, diving to find waterweed for their young chicks to eat.

Bold Autumn Colours

We went for a walk through Perth’s Bold Park recently. It’s mid-autumn here in Perth and you might not expect to find any wildflowers in bloom. However if you look carefully, there are still colourful flowers to admire.

We noticed Fringed Lilies (above) and this Grevillea vestita.

And Yellow Leschenaultia.

And Firewood Banksia.

And even some trees with the less common, all yellow variety of Firewood Banksia. You don’t have to wait for spring to enjoy wildflowers in Perth!

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.