You might think it was spring! Since the rain, the paperbarks have blossomed, and the resident pair of Spurwing Plovers have begun nesting. I saw them yesterday, when I was cutting grass at the back of the block. I left a circle of unmown grass around them.
While I was on the ride-on mower, the plovers were not fussed. But when I walked down to photograph them, they were much more excited… I would have liked to get closer, but they were very aggressive, dive bombing and screeching. I left them in peace.
Last year, the plover’s nest failed – I found two eggs in an abandoned nest – and shortly after, one of the plovers died. The remaining plover was a solitary soul for a while, until he found a new mate.
Also, yesterday while mowing, I found some pink fungus growing on one of the paperbarks – perfectly formed bright pink tiny shelf fungus. Today, they were much less well formed. But I did find some green fungus in one of the potted ferns outside Su’s studio.