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Fishing spider catching tadpoles in the garden pond

I often see fishing spiders in our garden pond, but this is the only time I have seen one actually catching prey, and I was fortunate to have the camera with me. Continue reading “Fishing spider catching tadpoles in the garden pond”

There be dragonflies

Considering there are over 3000 species of dragonflies in the world, it’s not surprising that a few find their way to our garden pond. Continue reading “There be dragonflies”

On garden pond: Homemade and wildlife friendly

A wildlife-friendly pond even in a suburban garden can really enrich the space. Although we still provide bird baths, which are heavily used, a pond with aquatic plants adds another dimension, attracting other creatures in addition to the birds. Continue reading “On garden pond: Homemade and wildlife friendly”

The tale of our Banded Tilapia: Freshwater fish in our garden pond

Don’t get exotic goldfish for your pond, get indigenous Banded Tilapia, was the advice. And so we did. Continue reading “The tale of our Banded Tilapia: Freshwater fish in our garden pond”

Just pondering: Reflecting on our garden pond

A pond or water feature can add liveliness to even the drabbest of backyards. No, I am not promoting a garden makeover, but thought I’d share something of the enjoyment I get from our garden pond, not least because a variety of wildlife get to enjoy it too. Continue reading “Just pondering: Reflecting on our garden pond”

Fishpond Collage

Banded Tilapia gather together to sun themselves near the surface of our pond. Continue reading “Fishpond Collage”

Surprise! The frog that blinked

I was photographing this Common River Frog in the small water feature in our garden. Imagine my surprise when it blinked! Continue reading “Surprise! The frog that blinked”

Dragonfly hawking

Atop a leaf, a dragonfly perches waiting for prey. Continue reading “Dragonfly hawking”

Mirrored pairs of mating guttural toads

Not only do the male and female in each mating pair of guttural toads mirror each other, but the two couples are mirrored “in reverse”. Spring and a welcome shower of rain triggered spawning by guttural toads in our garden pond, despite the water level being low. The deeper areas of the pond are now coiled with long ropes of spawn.

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