Birdwatching in Wagga Wagga

(Some of) The Flora and Fauna of Willans Hill
October 15, 2009, 11:14 am
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This will be the first of several posts detailing the more interesting flora and fauna of Willans Hill. These posts will consist largely of photographs (taken on Willans Hill itself, except where specified), with a minimum of text.

Sticky Everlasting (Xerochrysum viscosum)

Sticky Everlasting (Xerochrysum viscosum)

Early Nancy (Wurmbea dioica)

Early Nancy (Wurmbea dioica)

Early Nancy is, as you would expect, one of the first flowers to come out. The form found on Willans Hill typically lacks the purple markings common to the species, and when they are present they are extremely pale.

Blue Heron's Bill (Erodium crinitum)

Blue Heron's Bill (Erodium crinitum)

Note that there are several other members of the genus Erodium present on the hill. These are weeds – the blue-flowered E. crinitum is the only native Erodium to be found here.

Black-Anther Flax-Lily (Dianella revoluta)

Black-Anther Flax-Lily (Dianella revoluta)

Scrambled Eggs (Goodenia pinnatifida)

Scrambled Eggs (Goodenia pinnatifida)

Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor)

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)

Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus)

Unfortunately, the Echidna sighted on the hill refused to pose for photographs, instead opting to bury its head in leaf litter.

This is a female parasitic wasp of the family Gasteruptiidae. The long attachment to its abdomen is its ovipositor, which it uses to lay its eggs into the nests of other wasps and bees.

There are many more photographs to come. See this earlier post for images of the four dragonfly species sighted on the hill. Note that that post states that nine species of butterfly have been recorded on the hill. That number has now increased to 10, with three more found elsewhere in Wagga. I hope to post photographs of some or all of these at some stage.


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GREAT pics with wonderful focus and clarity! It doesn’t hurt that I love kangeroos! 🙂

Comment by Pretty Project

Beautiful photography! How lovely to read about spring coming on in your part of the world when we are heading into dreary winter here in Northern USA. I’ll be checking back for more inspirational photos to get me thru the winter! North Coast Muse @

Comment by SallyK

Wow, amazing photographs. I’m a Brit and have never been to Australia (although I’d love to one day).

Your wildlife is rather different to our cowslips and primroses, hedgehogs and woodpeckers!

Great post.


Comment by Anna

Simply very beautiful photographs and informative!
Keep up your good work, friend.

Comment by Vasudevan.L

Beautiful photography. Thank you for sharing! That sticky everlasting photo is really stunning.

Comment by Emma

I’m so happy to have happened upon your blog today! These pictures are gorgeous– the bashful Echidna is my favorite. Well done!

Comment by Elizabeth

Oh wow, very nice nature and animal photos!

Comment by Star (Sarah)

Thanks all for the kind words. Surprisingly, this post has received more pageviews than all other posts and pages on this blog put together (about five times as many, in fact)!

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