And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kalamunda National Park

Kalamunda National Park with the recent rains is now turning green again after our hot dry Western Australian summer. The park is only 200 metres from our house and a place we often go to for a birdwatch, bushwalk or just to relax .

The mornings have been wonderfully cool and misty lately. Today we went for a four hour bushwalk with some birding along the way. It was nice to see a number of pairs of Red-tailed Black Cockatoos flying along the ridge in the park, including two big Wedge-tailed Eagles circling over Helena Valley.

Helena Valley has always been one of my favourite places and I remember many a sunny day when I was a kid, spent birding and exploring all the nooks and crannies for animals there.

Misty morning.

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo female.

Is this a leaf caught in a spider's web? No, it's a special species of spider, the Leaf-curling Spider that hauls up a leaf, curls it and then lives in it. A good, safe and natural-looking home!

For more info about this interesting spider see Leaf-curling Spider


eileeninmd said...

Now, that is a cool spiders web. Very interesting!

NicoleB said...

What an amazing place and how lucky for you to live so close by!
That spider is cool, never seen anything like that :)

Stu said...

Jesus, a spider that looks like a leaf. Better not tell my wife, she'll never leave the house in autumn......