Nature's Place

The Washing Line

A brief clearance of the cloud cover over Brisbane in recent days. Robber Fly taking a break towards dusk.*Click on the picture for a proper look … and click again

Probably the driest place right now, only because the inches of recently fallen water are flowing across the ground beneath.

It’s been raining for days now, lost count, and not much animated life forms are presenting. Except some cane toads at night as they go about their nocturnal business of decimating what local fauna they can find and swallow.

Fortunately they are not great climbers, cane toads. Ironically it was their presumed climbing abilities they were introduced to Australia for, to rid agriculture of the sugar cane beetle – that flies.

Would be funny if … well, you gotta laugh because crying about it doesn’t help. Sanity dictates I don’t judge the situation.

But what’s that to do with a Robber Fly on the washing line?

Nothing at all, it just came along with the story is all.

One beauty of a Robber Fly.

That’s all for now folks.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. treesshrubs said, on 05/03/2022 at 3:18 pm

    I love it’s beautiful random hairiness..sure is something to look at. Thanks 😊
    I hope you are OK given all this flooding caused by the actions of the human species.. thanks again.

    • Mark said, on 05/03/2022 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Therese. I think I’m in a pretty good spot here, at it’s worst the water wet my veranda tiles and passed me by. Had to dig a small drainage channel though, just in case of next time. :-)

  2. pflanzwas said, on 01/03/2022 at 10:19 am

    Wonderful picture! I never saw them so colorful, what a nice one!

    • Mark said, on 03/03/2022 at 9:08 am

      Thanks Almuth. This was the best of the three shots. Often it’s the exposure that affects the saturation most. But there are so many variations in nature …

  3. macmsue said, on 28/02/2022 at 3:01 pm

    An absolutely Wow Photo!

  4. picpholio said, on 27/02/2022 at 2:11 am

    A great macro shot and thanks for the information about this fly.

    • Mark said, on 27/02/2022 at 1:10 pm

      Thanks Rudi. These are magnificently agile predators on the wing, little escapes them below a certain mass.

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