Monday, 23 February 2015

Birds Butterflies & a Flood.

Just a couple of birds that came to our backyard in January.The first is an Olive-backed Oriole which we see every now and then, while the second is a Peaceful Dove. The first time we have seen this species in our yard, though we sometimes hear it calling in the distance.
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Olive-backed Oriole (Oriolus sagittatus)

 Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida (striata)
After having Cyclone Marcia hanging around for a couple of days, it was nice to see some sunshine. Butterflies and many other insects came to feed on nectar from our flowering Callistemon Injune. Including the two below, there were at least eight species of butterfly all looking for food.
Blue Tiger (Tirumala hamatus hamatus)
Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon choredon)
After nearly 8 inches, (198mm), of rain over two days we ended up with a moderate flood.
  Highway heading South out of Gympie

 River Road (well named)

 Mary Street

Mary Street is the main street of Gympie. Businesses were very lucky to not have the river come in this time. While we have seen water up to the awnings of the buildings in the foreground, the river only made it to 16.6m. The last flood was around 21m. with half the street underwater. 
For more birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday.