Christmas Candles


There are plenty of flowers on the Candle Banksia (Banksia attenuata, aka Slender Banksia) in the bushland of Perth’s Bold Park at present.

And dead flowers/seed pods from last year as well.

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In the Wild


We also went for a walk through the bushland of Perth’s Kings Park recently and saw plenty of wildflowers growing in their natural habitat. That’s a Sand-dune Fringed Lily above, and Yellow Starflower below.

There is also quite a lot of this amusingly named Yellow Autumn Lily (it is still spring here).

This one with the dry, papery petals is Waitzia suaveolans (no common name that we know of).

In the Garden


A few days back we went for a walk through the botanical garden section of Kings Park. Although it is almost the end of spring, there were still plenty of West Australian native wildflowers in bloom.

We especially liked the Cooloomia Verticordia (above) and this brightly coloured Kalbarri Beaufortia.

And this delicate Blue Lace Flower as well.

Urban Wildlife 3


You don’t have to head into remote country to see interesting wildlife in Western Australia. We were recently walking around the rather tame lakes in Sir James Mitchell Park on the South Perth Foreshore. That’s one of the lakes in the foreground above, with the Swan River and central Perth in the distance.

Despite the exposed location and grassy surroundings, there were plenty of waterbirds going about their daily routine. The Australasian Darter above was drying its feathers in the sun, since they aren’t waterproof like ducks’ feathers. Meanwhile, this Eurasian Coot was patiently sitting on its nest.

And among the reeds there was a pair of Great Crested Grebes with their nest.

Urban Wildlife 2

There are also plenty of waterbirds at Herdsman Lake, about 7km northwest of central Perth (on the horizon above). At present there are plenty of bird families with very cute offspring, like these Grey Teals.

You’ll often see Australian Wood Ducks grazing on the grass beside the lake, or out for a swim like these ones.

And the fluffy Black Swan cygnets are as cute as can be.

Urban Wildlife

We’ve also seen plenty of interesting wildlife in Perth recently. During our walks in the bushland of Bold Park, we noticed the Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike above, just taking to the wing. By contrast, the family of Tawny Frogmouths below sat very still and pretended to be part of the tree.

And this Bobtail Goanna was hoping that we couldn’t see it hiding in the undergrowth.