Got up early and got down to waiting for some sunshine to get Australian Reed-Warblers up and going in their stretch of Common Reed (aka Bamboo Grass and got more names). Got good shot of bird near top of reed stem.
And got lucky with bird that had just got lucky.
Also got up close to one of several Crimson Finches getting active in small Pandanus.
Got these shots of Crimsons the other day.
Got Leaden Flycatcher hopping on Pandanus branch.
And got female Olive-backed Sunbird getting into nicely colour-matched nectar-flower.
Got to get Double-barred Finch on to today's list.
Now, got to get to the GOT:
Onya, Arya! Starkest of the Starks. Cracking opening to season 7
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…