Woodswallows …

I was just heading off to one of my favourite birding spots, Maryborough sewage treatment plant when I noticed that my driveway was busy with woodswallows. So I changed my plan and grabbed the camera.

These birds are summer visitors and seem to always be on the move. There are plenty about this year probably because of the dry conditions further north. Flocks can be huge, White-browed Woodswallows tend to be the most numerous often accompanied by their masked cousins. They breed in mixed colonies.

The adult males of both species are beautifully marked. The youngsters and females are also attractive but in more muted tones – designer pastels.

White-browed Woodswallow adult male
White-browed Woodswallow
Masked Woodswallow adult male
Masked Woodswallow

Continuing South …

Flying past Brim. Still a favorite about which you can learn far more than you ever wanted to know <HERE>

Brim

Past Sheep Hills …

and heading for Rupanyup.

Rupunyup Silo

I saw this one nearing completion. Now it’s finished. It’s by Siberian mural artist, Julia Volchkova.

Not far from the silo is one of Georgia Goodie’s works honouring the fire service.

Rupanyup – Goodie

Silo Expansion …

The Silo Art Trail in western Victoria has grown a bit since I last drove it.

At Lascelles Rone has painted local farming couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman, part of a family that has lived and farmed in the area for four generations. They occupy one silo each facing in opposite directions. Maybe they’re not talking to each other …

Lascelles … Geoff

It has an unwanted effect for the photographer. When Geoff is nicely lit Merrilyn is contra jour.

Lascelles … Merrilyn

I’ll have to go back on an overcast day. Although the sky that day was being generous in other ways …

Authentic Orchids …

It’s not only time for the orchid society to flaunt the seasonally gaudy it’s also time for Victoria’s native orchids to show off their more subtle and delicate flowers. Here’s a couple that I’ve found in the past week.

This first one was in open woodland in the Grampians …

Caladenia tentaculata

This one was in the Wail State Forest …

Pterostylis maxima

Disclaimer … When it comes to matters botanical my id skills are suspect. Treat these names with caution.