No birds, but lots of cicadas.

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On a very hot late November's day the birds stayed somewhere cooler out of sight while the cicadas were out in force (another bumper year with the last being 2013).

A 'Yellow Monday Cicada' on a Terpentine Tree (Syncarpia glomulifera).

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A small crop of the above.

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'Redeye Cicada' on the same tree.

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Small crop of the above.

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I'm unsure about this one, but may be 'Black Prince Cicada' (on one of the Eucalypts).

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Small crop of above.

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Here's a taste of the sound of them.


All the Australian cicada names can be found here. https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/...-cicada-names/

All taken with E-M1 II & 100-400 f/5-6.3 lens.

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There is something so primal, to my ear, about the sound of cicadas! Where I live, we don't hear them often, but I feel both excited and a tad apprehensive when they call. Thanks for including the video for sound 👍
 
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We used to call the "red eye" a "black Prince" when I went to school.
Good to see another good year but they don't cover the tree trunks like they used 40+ years ago. I remember we used to fill those coloured net plastic bags you used to buy fruit in and empty a few bags in the class rooms for a bit of fun.
 

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We used to call the "red eye" a "black Prince" when I went to school.
Good to see another good year but they don't cover the tree trunks like they used 40+ years ago. I remember we used to fill those coloured net plastic bags you used to buy fruit in and empty a few bags in the class rooms for a bit of fun.
Yes, that was a point of confusion for me, but apparently it refers to yet another species (variation). Incidentally, the black redeye comes out looking very pale & then darkens.
 

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There is something so primal, to my ear, about the sound of cicadas! Where I live, we don't hear them often, but I feel both excited and a tad apprehensive when they call. Thanks for including the video for sound 👍
I just love that sound, Melanie. Like the bees in the callistemon and eucalyptus viminalis in our front yard.

Sounds that date back around 350-400 million years.
 

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I just love that sound, Melanie. Like the bees in the callistemon and eucalyptus viminalis in our front yard.

Sounds that date back around 350-400 million years.
We were lulled to sleep with them last night (11pm), until there were a few flashes of lightning. They stopped for that. ;)
I know how to silence them at night now (maybe) with my flash, but there were probably rumbles of thunder too.
 

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They can be a little noisy when there little minds are on making more cicadas, Ross ... :rofl: .
Like this? ;) This one looked like it was too much for him. :blush:
Took with my my phone on my morning walk.

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