The White-winged Chough.

A bird that’s always great to see, although a worry when they are fossicking along roadsides, because they have little road sense and are often hit by passing vehicles. A flock of about fifteen has been working through the gardens and verges along our road, finally reaching our garden the other afternoon, just seven years since the last visit. When disturbed they will fly up into a convenient tree, and sometimes those on lower branches will receive whitewash from those above, as can be seen in the last two pictures.

As Graham Pizzey once noted, they are highly sociable birds and in autumn and winter can form large flocks. Many years ago while on a walk along a back country lane, that was confirmed with a count of over one hundred and forty birds working through a bush paddock.

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Close Ups.

With May here the Hakea laurina buds are starting to burst, and as was the case just twelve months ago, the native bee Hylaeus Prosopteron littleri is attending the opening flowers. This is a tiny bee, just a few millimetres long, and it flits around so quickly that the eye has difficulty following it. Luckily for the camera it often perches on a leaf.

The yellow face identifies this individual as a male.

The excellent field guide Spiders of Australia notes that the Salticidae genus Opisthoncus may have more than one hundred Australian species, of which only around thirty have been described. This one was found while watering the Waratah, it had a retreat behind a loose bract from where it had emerged to capture a meal.