Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Adelaide Botanic Gardens


Posted 2024-02-24 by Barry Silkstonefollow

Beautiful Buildings and Interesting Wildlife

I had to look twice to recognise the tiny transparent creature as a butterfly. Later research determined it is a Glasswing Butterfly - the first one I have ever seen.

Glasswing Butterfly

I am wandering around the various structures in Adelaide’s Botanic Gardens and looking for the animals that occupy them. Both the wildlife and man-made structures make fascinating photographic studies.

Simpson Shade House

Entering the gardens through the first gate in Botanic Park I am immediately confronted by the stunning Bi Centennial Conservatory which, at the time, was hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

Bicentennial Conservatory

In a rather serendipitous turn of events, I spot a small orb-weaving spider suspended in its web next to a pair of photographs exploring spider behaviour.

Spider in web unknown species

Photographic images of spider behaviour

On exiting the conservatory, it is hard to miss the spectacular glass sculpture entitled Cascade by Sergio Redegalli. My animal observation associated with this structure was a group of Hominids.

Wave sculpture 'Cascade' by Redegalli featuring a group of Homo sapiens

There is a small bridge on the path skirting the lake which leads to the kiosk. It is a good place to look for aquatic species such as turtles, water skinks or even water rats. Today, there is a young Pied Cormorant, sitting placidly on the handrail and ignoring passing visitors, quite unusual. Hopefully, the bird isn’t ill.

Juvenile Pied Cormorant

My next Botanic Gardens destination is the classic, old palm house. Built in 1877 and of German design it was fully renovated in the 1990s. However, palms grow better outside and the beautiful building now houses Madagascan flora. As I walk around the inside, I discover a female White-banded grass-dart butterfly as well as a few beetles and other bugs I have yet to identify.

Inside the Palm House

Female White-banded Grass-dart butterfly

My final destination is the pond by the kiosk which has always been a central feature of the gardens. It is home to a wide variety of animals ranging from dragonflies and freshwater turtles to ducks, grebes and a nesting colony of Australian Ibises.

Pacific Black Duck and Macquarie Short-neck turtle

Lunch is a ham and cheese croissant eaten slowly while I watch Dusky Moorhens and a Purple Swamp Hen wandering between the tables in search of food scraps. However, an information sign points out that the wildlife should not be fed and the patrons seem to be complying.

Additional notes
This is an easy walk which is quite suitable for families and seniors with public toilets, parking, restaurants and other facilities nearby and onsite.

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