Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 10, 2010

Melbourne Nature

Filed under: Wildlife — Tags: — admin @ 3:54 am

Merri Creek Trail

I took out the old Canon S5IS point and shoot camera today to try it out. I wanted to see if it could take some reasonable photos of birds and animals. Here is a photo of a Magpie-lark that was hanging out near the creek. I cropped this one about 20 percent or so. It came out reasonably well. Mainly I think because the bird was close enough for a decent shot.


Merri Creek was flooding somewhat and I did not see any ducks floating about in the water. The recent rain has really swollen the creeks and rivers in eastern Australia.

Merri Creek
Merri Creek

There were 3 Blue-tongue Lizards that I saw on my walk. They were on the path trying to get some sun to warm up after all the overcast and rainy weather. They were not moving too fast.

Blue-tongue Lizard
Blue-tongue Lizard

Quite a few butterflies were out and about as well. But I am pretty sure that this one might be some kind of moth. He looks all furry to me. And he looks somewhat like a Monarch Butterfly, almost. Edit: It is a Yellow Banded Dart. Thanks to Dennis for the identification. 🙂

Butterfly or Moth?
Yellow Banded Dart (Ocybadistes walkeri )

There were also lots of these white butterflies flittering around. They did not stop still very long and it was hard to get a shot of them before they flew off again.

White Butterfly
White Butterfly

Heaps of these shield bugs were on the paths and most of them were stuck together. I guess it is mating time. They might need a bucket of water thrown over them!

Shield Bugs
shield bugs ?

I saw quite a lot of Indian Mynahs, Blackbirds, Magpie-larks and Rainbow Lorikeets.


  1. Hi Steve
    Welcome back to Oz.
    Your little bronze-yellow butterfly is a “skipper” or “dart”. Try Ocybadistes walkeri
    Fast flying, then they just disappear when they land.

    Comment by Denis Wilson — December 10, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

  2. Thanks Dennis.

    You were spot on as per usual.
    I hope you are enjoying the rain.


    Comment by admin — December 11, 2010 @ 6:18 am

  3. Hi Steve! Back down under I see! those bugs might be Milkweed bugs, and the white butterfly a cabbage butterfly..anyway, the Australian versions. Always enjoy your posts ~ Cindy @Gemswinc

    Comment by Cindy — December 27, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

  4. Thanks Cindy,

    I will have a look up of those bugs.


    Comment by @steve_happ — December 28, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

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