So the guys and I had the chance to get in a short two-day ride on Friday/Saturday. I wanted to test my body on a ride of a little greater length and difficulty with weight than last time. It ended up being a bit too much because of the wind, but we still had a nice time. You can see that ride and our qualifying treats for the CLC challenge here:
Eclipse – March Ride 1 – Sense of urgency
The flora and fauna pics are below for the March challenge.
Bike + straw-necked Ibis (plural). I’ve never seen a whole bunch sitting in a tree before. They are often called the ‘farmer’s friend’ because they love to eat grasshoppers and locusts. And there are plenty of those around here today!
Close-up of the ibis.The Straw-necked Ibis is widespread across much of the Australian mainland, and can fly hundreds or thousands of kilometres between temperate locations in the south and tropical areas, as well as between inland sites and the coasts either due to seasonal movements or in response to local environmental conditions. It has a preference for wet and dry grasslands, pastures, croplands and swamp or lagoon margins. It will often mainly feed on terrestrial invertebrates such as locusts and spiders, but will also take aquatic invertebrates, crustaceans, fish, frogs, small reptiles and small mammals such as mice.
Bike with some gum flowers.
Oh, so you couldn’t see the flowers? Try this close-up. Sadly, I don’t what species this is – probably messmate, but I’m not sure.