Walking between a couple of fairways the other day and some large pieces of ‘shrapnel’ began dropping around me from above. I backed off and circled around a bit and discovered a trio of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos feeding in a Hakea and making short work of the tough seed pods with their powerful beaks.
Been seeing them fly over a bit lately and I was wondering if they were making any food stops on the course.
On another recent occasion I was mowing our grass at home and a largish shadow passed slowly over me. I switched off the mower and began looking around for the bird responsible. It was too slow for a swallow, but about the same size I estimated. Then a flutter of colourful wings on a nearby flower head caught my eye.
The Orchard Swallowtail is one of the largest butterflies we get around here - occasionally. Always a sight to see and once this female landed Glen and I got some nice close views of a tattered and torn lady. Time to check the lemon tree!