Now that warmer weather has arrived sun-loving creatures appear.
Living, as we do in the country, or as Aussies say 'the bush' [though why I have no idea as this is a cropping/grazing area] wild creatures frequent not only the outdoors, but inside as well.
Over the past week a series of creatures has invaded our daily lives; albeit creatures that are welcome to share our space. They provide amusement and education.
Blue-tongue lizards, or known as bob-tail lizards by some, wander around outside as soon as the day warms up, often clambering over the mat, up a small step that is the sliding door, before exploring the house. Strangely enough, while I do not like snakes or spiders, or ants or flies, these little fellows are amongst my favourites.
The lizards are always on the lookout for a tasty treat, be it a moth that struggles under continual bashing against the ground by the lizard as it seeks to render its next meal helpless, or a piece of tomato dropped to the floor 'accidently on purpose' as one of the five vegetable daily intake recommended by nutritionists. The tomato proved almost as difficult to control as the struggling moth; unfortunately I had left the skin on! Blue tongue crunched the tomato end finally softening it enough to swallow.
Another lizard, smaller and considerably shyer than the blue-tongue, appears to have a home under an old refrigerator. Some days it sits on the concrete pathway, no doubt easing its limbs in the warmth. That it sat still long enough for me to pick up the camera was almost a miracle.
Last but not least our tawny frog-mouth family that successfully [after much difficulty and drama] raised one chick have reason to be proud. Sometime during last night the little one, who I have named Bambino [what else?!] fledged. This morning on the first of the many daily inspections, Eggsitter and Bambino were no longer in the nest. Twisting my neck to the left there in another low branch of the neighbouring gum tree the family perched, parents on either side of junior.
Another camera opportunity!