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Food for birds and wildlife: Planting for heat and drought

In a hot dry spring many birds and animals are struggling to survive even here in suburbia. However, gardens large and small can help wildlife survive in difficult circumstances, especially when gardens are planted with indigenous (native) plants that provide food and shelter. Continue reading “Food for birds and wildlife: Planting for heat and drought”

A dry season: Just add water

The main seasons in our part of the world are only two: wet season and dry season. But prolonged drought over much of the country has erased that distinction into one long dry bleakness where rain of any significance is a memory or a hope. Continue reading “A dry season: Just add water”

Damselflies: Fleet flyer, aquatic egg layer

 

Damselflies hunt on the wing. They are not as acrobatic in flight as dragonflies, and I have seen them in flight manoeuvring slowly, rather like emaciated air balloons, floating horizontally searching for prey in the garden. Continue reading “Damselflies: Fleet flyer, aquatic egg layer”

The blues is alright: Butterflies and flowers

Members of a subfamily of gossamer-winged butterflies known as “the blues” are common in our garden. It is only when they open their wings that their blue colouration is revealed. Although these butterflies are small – in the region of about one inch across from wingtip to wingtip – their markings can be intricately detailed. Continue reading “The blues is alright: Butterflies and flowers”

Weekly Photo Find: Thoughtful vervet monkey

An apparently thoughtful young vervet monkey photographed while quietly savouring a small fruit on the back deck of our house. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Thoughtful vervet monkey”

Weekly Photo Find: Primate watching

Who, who’s watching who? A young vervet monkey watched me, matching my curiosity as I watched back. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Primate watching”

Weekly Photo Find: Top ranking vervet monkey

A top ranking vervet monkey loftily surveys the neighbourhood from the top of the roof of our house. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Top ranking vervet monkey”

Weekly Photo Find: Juvenile Vervet Monkey in the Suburbs

This young Vervet Monkey in all likelihood has a precarious future. She belongs to a troop of monkeys that survives on the fringes of a suburban area that is surrounded by a commercial plantation of eucalyptus trees. She has done well to survive this far as the mortality rate of baby monkeys is high. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Juvenile Vervet Monkey in the Suburbs”

Weekly Photo Find: Wistful Monkey in the Garden

An adult Vervet Monkey looks slight wistful as he watches the rest of the troop moving through the trees on the edge of our garden. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Wistful Monkey in the Garden”

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