Saturday, 20 December 2008

Life on an escarpment

I got a phone call today from Dick. "Come and see the Blue-tongue at Seaview Park." Okaaay. "And the mistletoe's flowering."

So I dropped everything (I was supposed to be cooking for a family get-together tomorrow), found my camera and went. The Wire-leaf Mistletoe was indeed flowering, in profusion, on a stand of rare Wirilda Wattle in the middle of suburban Belmont. The park is on an escarpment on the edge of the Barwon River and supports very healthy natural vegetation but is under constant threat from everything suburban.


I wish I'd seen the little caterpillar at the time - I would have taken a macro to see what it was.

And the Blue-tongue didn't have much in the way of markings and wasn't very big so maybe it's a young one.


1 comment:

Gaye from the Hunter said...

hi Boobook,

lovely photos! I was also checking out mistletoes yesterday. It is quite amazing how many times I also inspect my photos only to find some interesting little creature that I had not noticed at the time.

Merry Christmas.

Cheers
Gaye