The Colours of Oz

The Ctreatures that make up the Character of our Nature

Archive for the ‘Biodiversity’ Category

First G1 shots

The best of the bunch.

Maybe the best too, sleeping together – no kidding. ((:

I like a lot about this camera and lens. It’s light, has a large articulating hi res LCD for MF – was a breeze – but in the wrong place, full time liveview, better IQ – less noise than FZ, but there’s too much to do to make it work as I am used to with the FZ50 + Raynox Achromats.

The G1 + 35mm is 1: 1 on an 18mm wide sensor. The FZ + R250+150 is 1.2 : 1 on a 7mm wide sensor. To get equivalent magnification on the G1, which I want, I’d need more than 2.5 : 1. Can’t see it happening and staying small and light for one handed work.

I am open to suggestions though, if anyone has any for higher mags that keeps me light and small with a working distance of about 2 inches.

Blue Lacewing

A Few With the G1

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LOTS OF PIXX

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Botany Bay Weevil

Found a pair on the same bush I found one last year. Wonderful creatures, even walked on my hand for a while. Didn’t get the light quite right though, next time maybe.

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ODDS 11

A variety of wonderful local creatures.

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Stilt Legged Flies – Courting and Mating and …

At first I only saw him, standing on the edge of the leaf waving his front legs in the air. I looked across the chasm between leaves for what he could possibly be waving to and I saw her, not waving back.

After a little waving, mostly by him, they got together and that leg waving stopped but another leg waving started, the pair of legs behind the first.

Anyway, long story short, they got together and then parted. She went about grooming herself and he started waving those front legs again.

Sound familiar?

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Ant Hunter

These little Jumpers are the kittens of the spider world, so apparently playful at times the way they hop, skip and jump about in what looks like playful abandon. Not the times depicted here though. Here they are hunting ants, successfully. Ants will often travel in a line on an open surface and there you will find these spiders, waiting in the wings to pick off strays, or pouncing on the line and carrying an ant off to eat it in quiet.

These lines of ants are often guarded by soldier ants, big and ferocious fellows. But even they can become a Jumpers dinner, as you can see here – one has an ant nearly as big as itself.

Cute? Not to an ant.

March/Horse Fly – Flower Feeder2

A colourful little beauty this. Usually blood suckers, but this one feeds on nectar. I’ll have to remember that so there is no unnecessary wariness, if there is a next time.

This one came in through the open window one night so I trapped it. Can’t have a big fella like this roaming the house at night. Next morning I got a few shots of him – I think – on some carnations from upstairs then gave him a little honey and water before letting him go outside. As soon as I let him go he landed on the red flower you see in the last picture.

Then off he lazily flew, into the wild yonder.

Odds 10

A few of the creatures that live on the wooden bollards in the car park at the local nature reserve.

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Collected Works of Nature

Some of nature’s wonderful creatures that each have an essential place in the order of things, or they could not be.

Written by Mark

October 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

Odds 9

The Leaf Cutter Bee cutting a rose leaf to help make its nest. The Midge resting on a yellow flower. An Assassin Bug eating a Midge. Grasshopper riding a flower in the wind. Fly, tasting a leaf. Every one as alive and active as you or me.

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Written by Mark

September 18, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Ant

These ants have been occupying a sunny spot at the top of an unused entrance to a building in the local scout camp. Two kinds, big and smaller. The activity was feverish. The pic with the two kinds touching is a momentary exchange, not a fight. Each day I went there was a different bull ant on the highest position, each time with parts missing, a foot, a leg, antennae. The bulls had one posture, jaws agape in ready stance. A domination game perhaps.

Ichneumon Wasp

Another beautiful Wasp, elegant and colourful. And they don’t sting, they just fly around doing wasp things. Like exploring, eating, sleeping and all the other things creatures do. Just like me and you.

Grasshoppers

A collection of Grasshoppers from the year just gone. They come in all colours and sizes and will eat all the vegetables if allowed to.

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