Nature's Place

Bits ‘n’ Bobs

Little wasp having a feed of nectar. Hmmm … delicious.

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Wandering, in search of the greatest bounty. The next pot of nectar.

Insatiable … Well, not really. Enough nectar and they are away to do what else the little wasps do.

Sometimes they aren’t feeding, just standing there as if guarding the treasure while they digest the last meal. Perhaps …

Grandchester is a small village just up the road from Calvert, where I’m staying right now (west of Brisbane, QLD). Looking at google maps I could see a big dam named Railway Dam Reserve. An industrial dam perhaps. I went to have a look because insects and flowers gather at places of water in this dry country.

Turns out it has been out of use and drained for some time, with the dam floor cracked all about. The dam wall is about 10 meters high and any overflow would have come down it, splashing to the old rocks and creating a shaded oasis below and between the wall, the hills and the trees around.

I know the creatures loved it, because I love it. But it’s a ghost of what it was. All the same, where one thing dies another takes its place. Dams evolve … this one is a haven for some different plants and birds now.

I followed the bird, a wagtail, as she danced in the air catching her food, which brought me to one plant that stood out of the mass of green and blue around the protected edge of the dam. I don’t know the names but the small creatures soon became visible as I stood still enough long enough to see.

Small wasps, feeding on the pollen and nectar and oblivious of me as I cast my shadow to shade them from the sunlight and get a few shots with controlled flash.

The birds and insects in this place seemed unusually fearless, allowing me to get closer than has often been the case elsewhere.

A little pleasure to me …

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look

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