Got along to the Common an hour before gate opening this morning to search for immature male
Eastern Koel (Eudynamys orientalis) seen as blue beauty in full sunlight yesterday.
Heard and then sighted bird in trees near the automatic 6.30-6.30 gate (hoon guard). Views not up to yesterday's vivid colouring.
But 'pushing' the blues a bit in processing so-so flight picture hints at the spectacle the young males briefly offer. After maturing the birds look mostly black, unless seen in right light. Amazing what colours 'black' can hold.
Up the road after the gate opened met Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata) terrorising phasmids (not a bit interested in the cicadas everywhere).
Months of seeing back half of snake slipping away into long Town Common grass without being absolutely sure of species ended with Greater Black Whipsnake yesterday finally presenting front half to camera. The para grass surrounding the pool at Payets tower is probably home to more than six snake species. Mostly they're seen when swimming across open water.
One of their prey targets, Two-lined Dragon well out of snake danger on bonnet of Troopy. Nope, not my doing. It appeared from 'nowhere' the other morn. Clear bonnet one second, Dragon hood ornament the next. Odd, because dragon claws don't grip like skinks'. As seen when it nipped through open driver's door to inside Troopy but was easily scooped up as it kept trying to scale rubber matting over transmission tunnel, getting halfway up only to slide back down again.
Wouldn't be easy scooping metre's worth of Yellow-spotted Monitor from inside Troopy. But though the invitation's been made a few ti…