An afternoon spent sitting on a friend's porch watching the birds coming in to the feeders yielded many images of the two commonest finches that are found on the Tablelands: Chestnut-breasted Mannikin and Red-browed Firetail.
This female Lovely Fairywren is part of a study for a PhD project studying the role of ornamentation in female fairywrens. They are unusual among the fairywrens, as the females of most members of the family are uniformly drab brown in colour.The colourful leg jewellery she is sporting helps to allow the identification of individuals within the population as each bird in the study has a unique combination of coloured rings on each leg.
Both Coppery Brush-tailed and Green Ringtail Possums are nocturnal, but can sometimes be spotted resting during the day in the fork of a tree.
Red-bellied Black Snakes are common on the Tablelands and are, in my experience, the most commonly encountered snake. It is not a particularly aggressive species and is unlikely to strike unless provoked but, as with all dangerously venomous species, you should always treat treat them with extreme caution. This one was photographed with a 600mm lens allowing me to not only maintain a safe distance but also reduce the risk of scaring it away...
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