Watching Me Watching It

eastern water dragon

With the hot summer days comes the appearance of the local lizards, mainly the eastern water dragons, usually spotted lying in the afternoon sun on the warm pavers.

One afternoon I came across a male dragon who was basking in the sun on a pile of overgrown rubbish down the paddock.

eastern water dragon

If you take a closer look, these reptiles really do remind me of a dragon.

eastern water dragon

 

eastern water dragon

 

eastern water dragon

This water dragon continued to watch me watching him while I paused to take a few snapshots as I moved around him.

eastern water dragon

 

eastern water dragon

I’m sure he was hoping I would keep on walking away so he didn’t have to move out of his sunny position. No worries there old fella!

 

 

 

 

 

Tasty Afternoon Treat

What could be more Aussie than feasting on prawns on the Australia Day long weekend? 😀 But then afterwards there’s the rearranging of the freezer to fit a bag of prawn heads and shells until it’s bin collection day. Well, over this long weekend, I got rid of some prawn leftovers in a most interesting way!

As you may know, there is a family of kookaburras that hang out around my place a lot. Since they were hanging around the veranda, we put a few prawn heads on the railing to see if they would like to eat them. One of the adults investigated them, picked one up, and after a bit of juggling in its beak, downed it in one go. It then got another prawn head, flew over to the juvenile, proceeded to eat it in front of him, then flew off into the gum tree. I threw a couple of prawn bits and pieces over to the young kookaburra and here’s what happened –

Yum! It went down so fast I didn’t get a photo! Not too surprising really, since kookaburras are part of the kingfisher family who eat fish.

Although I was surprised to find that the kookas weren’t the only ones interested in the prawns. I could not believe it when the big eastern water dragon scurried out from its hiding place towards a piece that had fallen on the ground and started getting in on the action.

Mmmm tasty! 🙂