Like Barkis, I suppose, but in this case the flesh was weak. Five a.m. passed and then seven a.m. and still I felt the body did not want to venture far. Eventually I decided I would go no further than the small coastal stretch near Cheung Muk Tau. I was surprised to see four Grey-tailed Tattlers on the rocks and a single Common Sandpiper. My main preoccupation however was to avoid the “dog mines” that had been deposited all over the place. Owners really ought to look after the area but they simply can’t be bothered I suppose. The dogs know no better.
And then something caught my eye. A moth! Resting up in broad daylight. Not even remotely well camouflaged. It was not a species I recognised so I thought I would take some photos. It was not in a great place for the tripod so I took some handheld shots with the toy camera first as bankers. When I was sure it wasn’t going to fly I set the tripod up and switched to the DSLR. This is the result.
Isn’t it a nobby one? Spodoptera picta was also easy to find in Dr. Roger Kendrick’s thesis so identity was quickly resolved. One recent record it said. That was a while ago and I found one record from May of this year. Definitely scarce though and it if it can’t hide itself any better than that I imagine it is easy prey. In Australia it seems to be known as the Lily caterpillar moth and it can be a pest in larval form.
I saw a few dragonflies but none that would make nice photographs. So I ended up with only one other image to keep. This is, I think, Canavalia [rosea] maritima. It appears to be psychoactive if you smoke it. I did not try.
It is a mangrove species. I have it on good authority that a former England rugby union captain, who may or may not have been named after a beer with a black label, was known in rugger circles as “Mangrove”, because of what was affectionately referred to as his indiscriminate rooting system. I think this is an Australian term. Such a rich language. I found the plant rather beautiful without needing to inhale and you can see that a couple of ants felt likewise.
So two nice images is a good enough return on 2 hours invested. It just goes to prove that sometimes it is good to be willing but weak.