The tiny male Mistletoe Bird has a distinct high pitched call and scarlet breast plumage similar in colour to the mistletoe flower. Seen here feasting on mistletoe fruits in June in the Northern Flinders Ranges, he will then excrete the sticky seeds onto branches of nearby native plants, enabling the semi parasitic mistletoe to germinate and embed into the branches of host plants.Continue reading “Mistletoe Bird”
Mistletoe is a stem parasite seen throughout the Flinders Ranges. The sticky seeds are deposited on branches by the Mistletoe Bird and other small birds, where they germinate and attach to the sap wood of the host plant, in this case Acacia Victoriae.Continue reading “Harlequin Mistletoe”
Threadlike filamentous green algae growing in the shallows of Copley Retention Dam. These soft strands consist of a chain of cells, giving a thread-like appearance. Oxygen production as a by-product of underwater photosynthesis creates buoyancy, causing the strands to incline toward the surface.Continue reading “Filamentous Green Algae”
Moss living seeping spring water on a vertical outcrop at Nantiburry Springs, Warraweena.Continue reading “Moss: Warraweena”
Pink flowering aquatic plants are blooming this summer at the mouth of Aroona Dam in the Northern Flinders Ranges.
Algae growing in spring water at Warraweena.
Copley Retention Dam has naturalised into a complex wetland habitat over the past three decades, to support over 70 species of birds.
Sedge study by Anne-Maree Taranto.