In my backyard

Yesterday I saw another of these beauties, a Black-Winged Kite, or Élanion Blac. They are supposed to be quite rare although the population is expanding, but I’ve seen three of them round here in the last week. The photo is ©Wolbrum avner



The Green Whip Snake was sunning itself on the stream bank and just watched me as I almost trod on it. I had time to go home, get my phone and come back and it hadn’t moved. When I tried to get a very close close up, it slid off to its hole in the bank. It was easily as long as I am tall. They’re not poisonous but they’re biters if they get annoyed.


I managed to snap its back end before it disappeared, rather more than a metre of it.

whipsnake goine

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

34 thoughts on “In my backyard”

  1. That bird is stunning! I looked it up–we don’t have them here.
    The snake is beautiful, too, in its own way. :). How cool to see them both. Your own bit of magic.

    1. I’ve seen several of them and thought they were some weird kind of seagull. They’re that kind of colouring.
      I like finding snakes, but the way they just watch without getting out of the way is unnerving.

  2. Our snakes are killers worthy of a wide berth, however despite their danger they are, like yours, beautifully marked. Birds, I agree, are most beautiful and photogenic. Keep your camera close when you are rambling about because the photos complement your carefully chosen words. Cheers.

      1. I love the reptiles. They’re like something from another time period, and yes, the kite is eye-catching, though the fact that it’s the colouring of a seagull but flies like a raptor is somehow unsettling.

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