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The largest native bee in Australia. They are solitary and pollen eaters, the female lays eggs in hollow wood. Black abdomen and yellow thorax with distinctive black spot. A new sighting on the Conservation Area.

With glossy iridescent black wings and unique straw-like neck feathers. When sourcing suitable pastures they fly on thermals in a “V” formation and are an abundant and nomadic species.

Common Welcome Swallow in mud nest feeding brood of chicks.

This species can be migratory and are found across the Continent. Their are several subspecies from Indonesia and Samoa. A first time sighting on the Conservation Area.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans further reference available http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pier/java.html

Java White Butterfly

Working in conjuction with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust over one hundred and fifty local native plants went into the riparian zone along Sportsmans Creek Conservation Area in Stage 1.

Australia’s most widespread reptile. This lizard is non-venomous and mostly eats other small reptiles. Lizard in image around 30 cm in length.

An attractive lacewing with orange head and black eyes belonging to the Osmylid lacewings, this subfamily has only one species. They are carnivorous feeding upon caterpillars and aphids.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans. Further reference available at http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/none/strigatus.html

Locally nomadic, large ground foraging pigeon photographed in the Conservation Area.

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