Flora and Fauna

My Phalaenopsis Orchid

I’ve been waiting quite a while for this baby to bloom, tending it carefully.  My Mother has quite the touch with orchids, some of which were her Mother’s, so I was pretty relieved when this one, which she gave into my care, started to flower.

My Phalaenopsis Orchid, detail

It usually lives on my kitchen windowsill, where, unsurprisingly, the flowers have grown to face out the window.  I can’t just turn the pot, because in all the other directions, it sticks out to much to fit on the sill, so occasionally I am going to put the pot on my table where the blooms can face me.

Yellow-Tailed Blck Cockatoo

For the past two days we have had a pair of very special avian visitors in our garden, Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoos.

In all my 37 years as a resident of the North-East-Melbourne-suburbs, I have never had one of these in my garden, so I was pretty excited.  It is tricky to tell from the shot, but these birds are really big, much bigger than the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, or Corellas that we are used to.

Male Yellow-Tailed Black-Cockatoo

This one is definitely a male, as indicated by the pink ring around his eye and the darker beak, and I believe (although I didn’t get as close) that the first one pictured is a female (white beak and no pink-ring around her eye).

The male was very busy, noisily eating the seed pods on our Hakea tree, while the female diligently kept a lookout.

It is visitors like these that make me feel so lucky to live in an area of the suburbs that still has quite a lot of native trees.  They really did make my day.

What fauna do you welcome to your garden?

One thought on “Flora and Fauna

  1. Oooh I love Phalaenopsis orchids! They’re so simple and beautiful!

    I love attracting birds and insects to our garden, particularly bees, ladybirds and butterflies. And of course, WORMS!

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