Sunday, November 13, 2011

Walking Through the Week

The creeping crawling and climbing critters
are out and about

scampering, slithering and sunning
my walks along the coastal tracks

and over the hill through the forests
and banksia wallum 

don't seem complete without ~
a critter or two

this well camouflaged fellow
is a small frill neck lizard
keeping absolutely motionless

in the first picture 
you almost miss him in the twigs

look at the fine detail
in his suit of armour

without ~
a wildflower or bunch
I thought this butterfly
was a moth
until I learned that moths 
are mainly nocturnal
that they rest 
with their wings flat open
and they never ever have knobs
on the ends of their antennae
so those facts would determine
that this creature is a butterfly
see his long proboscis
sucking, straw-like,
the nectar from the flower
The flower
is a Long Podolepis

without ~ a splash of green 
today from the Livistona fan palm
in the rain forest

and without ~
an obliging bird 
even if that bird
is just a humble pied butcher bird
with a lovely trill...

camera critters


  1. Hi there - what a great set of pictures. Really like the lizards. I could be wrong here, but I think your humble magpie could be a Pied Butcher Bird. I no expert on this I have to say! Whatever the bird is, it’s still a nice one.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  2. Hi Stewart
    I deliberated over naming the bird as I have seen other small birds on the coastline in the same place and previously posted them and named them and knew it was pied I asked my daughter and she replied of course it's just a magpie so then I went to Mr Google and poured over bird pictures to match the I am very happy if you think he's the pied butcher bird...I'll go and google again...

  3. PS Stewart
    I also noticed mine had a hooked beak and the magpie doesn't so well done for putting me straight...thank you, I'll amend the post...

  4. Hello,Delwyn.
    I always like your step by step photos! I felt as if its critter was approaching me!!!
    But don’t worry, he did not scare me. His side view is verrry humorous and cute.
    Have a great week,Delwyn.


  5. If that frill neck lizard were flat against the tree, he would be almost impossible to see. We have a few tree frogs and moths that have that same bark pattern. The fan palm capturing the sun was certainly bright and shapely. Most of the leaves here are now brown and on the ground!

  6. I am still so amazed at the size and uniqueness of each of the different lizards. What a treat to see all these interesting creatures on your walks.

  7. As I have more opportunity to see these critters through your close-up photos, I’ve come to be familiar with them and come to have warm thoughts toward them. The frill neck lizard has lovely but a little drowsy eyes. The fan palm in the light is freshly beautiful. Thank you for sharing, Delwyn.

  8. What fabulous shots. Love the lizard - very stately!

  9. Love the lighting on that palm, Delwyn - it was in the spotlight! The lizards you encounter always look prehistoric to me. The Frill Lizard looks like he's trying on a cape that's too big for him. Those three happy yellow flowers in your Header are quite a nice greeting when I open your Blog.

  10. You sure live in a lively, colourful place :)

    Arnab Majumdar

  11. Hi there - I did not mean you to have to change the post!

    They do have a really splendid voice - I stayed with some friends in Brisbane - and they were calling from a park across the road. That was the first time I had hear their call.


  12. Stewart,
    No I was happy to set it right, thank you.

  13. Enjoyed all your photos immensely. That lizard is gorgeous as is your humble bird (whatever it might be ~ seems to be some question?).

  14. Wow, thank you for showing a macro photo of frill neck lizard. That reminds me of the TV commercial of some Japanese motor company several years ago, using video of frill neck lizard running on its hind legs. It was so funny and cute.
    if you are interested, here's youtube video;

    It caught on and some started to import the lizard as a pet. But you know the fad is easily wearing off. I wonder what has become of them.


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