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As the weather becomes colder, general nature photos are getting harder to come by, but the seeking eye can still discover subjects of interest. A wander at Bellbird Corner with the macro lens on the camera gave one opportunity on the little native geraniums that are still in flower. Native bees are hard to find now but honey bees are still at work.

Natural approach grafting is not uncommon on red gums, this example is on one of the venerable old trees in the north of the reserve.

The 100 mm macro lens is not what you’d normally use for bird photography, but if you can get close enough it can suffice. Unusually, these two White-faced Herons on the habitat tree allowed an approach close enough to produce an acceptable picture.

In the garden, the waratah is looking good with seven flower buds fattening up. This jumping spider thought it was a good place to build its retreat.

With many of the grevilleas having a flowering pause at this time of the year, hakeas and correas have been providing nectar for the honeyeaters, and now the Kunzea baxteri is coming into flower to supplement that supply.

Depending on the weather, native birds in the garden can be either scarce or plentiful, one afternoon it was the latter, when the tree tops were alive with small birds like this Yellow Thornbill that’s losing a wing feather.

Sulphur-cresteds are always about though, this one was perched on the TV antenna one morning possibly contemplating a glide down into the paddock for a breakfast of weed seeds.

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