Sharing my spring

A few warm days, a fat black snake with a lunchtime bulge basking in the sun, and then five degree mornings again.

I know to keep an eye out now, but I have been watching the wallabies and roos accept the snake’s presence, and even close progress, and show no sign of anxiety.

I must learn to be still.

I saw the snake again today — and managed to keep on hanging out the washing.

Almost daily an echidna potters though the yard, weaving its waddling way between the groups of macropods that laze and graze — usually around 20, not counting joeys in pouches.

I enjoy their easy acceptance of each other, as I do when the wallabies let me pass very close and don’t move. No echidna is at ease with me yet.

Yesterday I saw the first satin bower bird pecking around the bay tree, darting in and out from its low growing shelter. She could have been a ceramic figurine, with her subtle colouring and well-defined bumps of breast feathers.

There will be many more, ready for what fruit the parrots leave. While the trees bear only blossom my feelings are simple: admiration.

4 thoughts on “Sharing my spring”

  1. Sure is, Peter, and biodiversity is pretty healthy here, unlike many places; we are still at risk of losing so many species!

  2. Hi Denis,
    Baby steps towards not panicking yet, and it’s only taken me 30 years. Bu the echidnas aren’t tame; they just treat the place as their own, which it is.

  3. Hi Sharyn
    Lovely snake shots, and I admire your resolve to not PANIC.
    Learning from the Wallabies is a nice touch.
    Great to have a tame Echidna waddle through the daffodils.

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