My May: Wild Flowers

We love traveling around Australia and this trip took us up north from our home in Northam through the wildflower towns of Buntine, Perenjorie, Morawa on the way up to Shark Bay. These photos were all taken on the inland roads.

This is the main wildflower that many travellers hunt for because it is not only beautiful but grows exactly like a real wreath that you would buy in shops.  It is one of the many wonders of nature. Yes, that is why it is called the Wreath flower.

Wreath flower near Morawa WA

There are also many different types of wattle growing in Western Australia. I loved this one because it has a solid flower and comes in a vibrant yellow.

Beautiful Wattyl

I am not sure but believe this to be the  “Thelymitra villosa” Custard Orchard although it could even be a tiger Lilly.  This one does not have all its petals, so I could be wrong.

Custard Orchard  Thelymitra villosa

There are so many other wildflowers to see, which you can see here May: Wild Flower photography  Challenge

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The Endangered Cuddly Australian Koala

Did you know that our cuddly Koala Bear has been added to the endangered species list? We need to do all we can to protect these Australian icons. The safety of the Koala cub is important as they are born blind and cannot protect themselves.

Baby Koala hangs on tight to its mother
Baby Koala hangs on tight to its mother

We call them Koala bears, although they are actually a marsupial mammal and not a bear. In other words, related to the Wombat and Kangaroo.  We saw these guys hiding high up in the trees near St Laurence in Queensland.

This Koala was hanging on tight in the top branches on a very windy day
This Koala was hanging on tight in the top branches on a very windy day

Capturing Photos of Beautiful Birds while Travelling

It is amazing the amount of different types of birds we see on our travels in Australia.  The hardest part is we always want a better camera to capture them with.  Especially the little birds they are so tiny. Just when you think you will get a great shot they flit off to another place and you miss out.

This little Kingfisher fell out of his nest in Berri South Australia. My husband caught it in his hat and put it in a hole in tree as the Minor birds were attacking it.  Eventually his mother showed up although we left before we saw her with it.

This little Kingfisher fell out of his nest
This little Kingfisher fell out of his nest

Injured Magpie

We felt sorry for this Magpie as he has injured his foot, and the others kept beating it to the food.

Whenever travelling always make sure you have your camera handy as you never know what you can see to capture memories to last you a lifetime.

Beautiful White Swans

These beautiful white swans were swanning about cleaning themselves after foraging in the undergrowth for food.

Lorrikeet feeding from flowers at Bluewater creek

We stayed for a couple of nights at the Bluewater Creek overnight stop in Queensland.  While there we saw many varieties of birds like the Lorrikeet above and Honeyeaters, Kookaburras and numerous other smaller birds.  Can highly recommend stopping there for a few days.

Talking Pelican at Cammoweal

If your looking for a great camping spot in Queensland then Camooweal is a great choice.  There is plenty of space where you can camp beside the river. An added bonus is the beautiful water birds that visit the area.  Plus it will not cost you a cent to stay for a few nights either, so this helps with travelling costs.

Quenching their thirst

These little guys below were looking for a drink at a water tank at one of the rest areas before Kiama.

Spotted this eagle with two others this trip 2015 near Baladonia
Spotted this eagle with two others this trip 2015 near Baladonia

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey.  Their wingspan is close to 3 meters wide and over 1 meter long. At the same time these are not the heaviest birds of prey.

This goshawk was feeling the heat in Berri SAustralia
This goshawk was feeling the heat in Berri South Australia

Like us the heat effects our beautiful birds too.  This Goshawk can be seen with mouth open gasping for air.

 

If you are a bird watcher then here are more photos of other birds we have seen on our travels in Australia