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The Rose-eating Swamp Wallaby

This old male Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor) is a regular around the house. He loves to eat rose leaves from our potted garden. It looks like he doesn’t mind vine leaves either. He’s become used to us and here he let me get within about 1 metre (3 or 4 feet) before he decided that that was close enough.

Christmas orchids

It’s that time of the year when our Dipodium sp. indigenous terrestrial orchids begin to flower around the paddocks in the vicinity of eucalypts. The orchids pushed their way through the soil up to a month previously to appear as purple or green leafless, ‘asparagus’-like stalks. They take their time to flower after that.

Those in the photograph are possibly ‘Dipodium atropurpureum‘. I’ll get a better look at it after more flowers mature.

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