Author Koh Lin ◦

Sometimes in your everyday life, Mother Nature throws an unexpected moment your way…

There I was, working busily in the garden at my work place in Alice Springs… I was looking in the cabinet drawer for a garden tool, when sudden a movement on the small folded step-ladder next to the drawer unit caught my attention.

A short intake of air… and my hands immediately went to my pocket for my mobile phone… snap, snap!! There it was resting on one of the rungs of the ladder, a juvenile White-plumed Honeyeater.

Juvenile White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata), Alice Springs, NT
Juvenile White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata)

My heart skipped a beat, as I very slowly moved around the ladder to get a better view with my mobile… snap, snap, snap, snap…

Suddenly, I froze… the juvenile had now jumped onto my finger… I was amazed that I could take photos on my mobile with one hand…

Juvenile White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata), Alice Springs, NT
Juvenile White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata)

All this time, the parent birds were flying around above us… watching…

I then slowly raised my hand up to the paperbark tree and gently coaxed the juvenile onto the branch of the tree… a few more photos and I felt elated. Mother Nature had done me a treat.

Juvenile White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata), Alice Springs, NT
Juvenile White-plumed Honeyeater (Ptilotula penicillata)

Now walking into the web of that Golden Orb Weaver Spider is another story!

Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs, NT
Australian Golden Orb Weaver Spider (Trichonephila edulis), Alice Springs, NT