Tuesday, December 27, 2016

French Island - Day Two (finally)


Many Xanthorroaea flower heads were covered in assorted invertebrates.

Onion-orchid, Microtis arenaria perhaps?

 
Heath Milkwort, Comesperma ericinum - pink form way less abundant

Heath Milkwort - the common purple form.
Cape Barren Geese.

Early morning 'grunter'.


















 
Large Duck-orchid, Caleana major - multi-flowered plants were plentiful.

















Large Tongue-orchid - Cryptostylis subulata?

Large Tongue-orchid - widespread and common but a first for me.
 
South African orchid, Disa bracteata - an invasive pest.







































































































































The above is a small sample of some flora and fauna I ticked on day two.

The bewildering array of flowers and orchids in particular was stunning. Frequently I would be down on the ground concentrating on getting an acceptable image of one species and from the corner of my eye another would appear. One time I needed to bend a stem away from the lens for a clearer picture and on top of that stem was a flower that to me was a lifer – heaven!















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