A visit to Nangara Reserve yesterday helped quench my thirst for a ‘dose of bush’ after the silly season.
The omens were good as I got out of the ute at the gate to be greeted by the call of the Olive-backed Oriole and the din of the Cicadas. A small party of Silvereyes seemed to keep up with me as I made a bee line for the bottom dam.
The cooler gully regions at the bottom were alive with Craneflys, some determined to begin the futures of the next generation.
|Craneflys have a fascinating biology and ecology.|
As I sloshed around in the shallows and reeds of the bottom dam chasing some Dragonflys, a Rufous Whistler called continuously from some nearby trees. I’m never very confident with my odonata ID’s, but here goes.
I quickly noted at least four or five different Dragonflys and Damselflys. This first one I think is a Tau Emerald.
|My guess is a Tau Emerald - pretty common|
A pair of much smaller Dragonflys caught my eye and I waded out to the top of my boots and waited patiently for some shots of this pair of Eastern Pygmyflys, (perhaps?).
The male consistently landed with his colourful abdomen held nearly vertical; a courting ritual perhaps?
Back on the shoreline and a (immature?) Blue Skimmer (?) paused long enough for a shot.
|A Blue Skimmer that hasn't quite got complete colour yet.|
The still water of the two dams and the slow trickles of the two creeks plus the associated boggy/swampy areas seem to make Nangara Reserve a haven for dragons and damsels at this time of year.