Bees in Chicory

Sunday, 12 January 2014
European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in Chicory (Cichorium intybus) flower

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in Chicory (Cichorium intybus) flower

I grow Common Chicory (Cichorium intybus) for my rabbit Bertie. There’s an awful lot of it, and it grows too fast to keep under control in summer when it becomes a prolific flowerer. The scapes grow several centimetres a day, and before you know it the raised beds are full of scraggly droopy stems with lovely blue flowers and almost no leaves.

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in Chicory (Cichorium intybus) flower

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in Chicory (Cichorium intybus) flower

The flowers attract members of the local European honey bee (Apis mellifera) colony, important pollinators of crops, garden plants (and weeds), and then I have a photo-op!

[Click on individual photos to embiggen].
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Corella and Cypress

Monday, 6 January 2014
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)

Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)

One of the houses in the neighbourhood has a pair of cypresses that bears fruit almost every year. If there is a bumper crop like the one that happened in 2011 (alas, no pix) the trees will, at some point in the nut-ripening cycle, attract an entire flock of Little Corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) which will then hang from the branches and leaves like strange, large, off-white/pinkish fruit. Said spectacle is frequently accompanied by noise and mess.

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Birdpalooza #2: Around the feeder

Monday, 18 November 2013
Crashing the party

Crashing the party

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Birdpalooza #1: Cockatoo

Saturday, 16 November 2013
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)

The same cockatoo from a previous post continues to hang around the house and drink out of the swimming pool. My friends tell me that it still says “hello” sometimes.
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Rough-housing

Friday, 15 November 2013

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Bruno and Dexter are 6-month-old brothers, bred from a working line of German Shepherds. At this age they are incredibly active, playful and somewhat destructive (they ate the curtains!) but their owners are teaching them — quite successfully — to be polite: no jumping on the visitors, no crotch-sniffing, no begging at the dinner table and so on.
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Singapore 2013: #2 Long-tailed Macaques

Thursday, 14 November 2013
Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Singapore’s Lower Pierce Reservoir is known for its roving bands of Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). They are often fed by visitors, which is a really bad idea because they can get pretty stroppy when they’re hungry — and these creatures can tear apart an entire coconut with their bare hands.
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Bertie’s backyard perambulations

Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Bertie the house rabbit having a bit of garden time.

Bertie the house rabbit having a bit of garden time. (05 May 2013)

It’s not particularly easy to photograph Bertie because his eyes are sensitive to light: he only likes to be in the backyard as the sun is rising or setting. This means low light and slow speeds. Contrast may be fairly poor (deep shade) or overly intense (dappled sunlight).
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