Some birds are really hard to photograph. They hide themselves amongst twigs and leaves and you might see a piece of bird but rarely the whole thing. Not so the Lemon Bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster) in my experience. It gives the impression it wants its photo taken. I came up with a theory today— I think the bird is intrigued by the shiny lens. It came out from the shrubbery and perched close up to cock its head and stare straight down the lens barrel. I love ‘em!

The Red-winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythoperus) is a biggish bird — from 30-33cm in length. It’s found widely across Australia’s north and south almost to Victoria in the east, both on the coast and inland, and in a range of habitats. The male is the more colourful but the flashes of red from the wings of both males and females is a treat when they are seen in flight.

“Set ‘em up Joe…and make that a double”. I wouldn’t usually anthropomorphise wildlife but in this case I couldn’t resist adding a gag caption for this lizard in my backyard. The lizard is the Tree Dragon (Gowidon temporalis), a species that grows to about 40cm. I have at least dozens enjoying my back yard. It’s very hard to distinguish Gowidon from another dragon also from this area, Lophognathus gilbertii but I’m fairly sure this is Gowidon.

The Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider (Nephila insignis) takes its common name from the bright yellow colour of the silk from which the female builds its large webs. The latin name Nephila is in fact not latin but derived from ancient Greek and means “fond of spinning”. She particularly favours monsoon vine thickets. She is up to 45mm in body length but is generally very docile and rarely bites. A number of males may share her web. Nephila is a genus with numerous species found in warmer places all around the world. Wiki notes that in Japanese folklore, Jorogumo is thought to be a Nephila (Joro spider) which can shapeshift its appearance into that of a seductive woman.